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Yoga for the Voice – Singing Lessons in Austin

By Gfire M. - Austin Voice Teacher

I have been singing since age 3 and taking voice lessons since age 14, beginning with classical songs, musical theater, and opera before getting into rock, blues, folk, country, R&B and anything else I felt like trying! One thing that always bugged me about voice lessons was that I was never told exactly where all of my singing sounds come from. Of course we discussed chest voice, middle voice and head voice, but I never really understood what to do with my throat to make these sounds happen.

Fortunately, very early in my professional singing care
er, I happened upon a book in the library called “Science and Singing.” It was my first real “Ah-Ha” moment – the author explained that the real source of singing tone comes from air vibrating in the sinus cavities of the head. Then the sound resonates in the rest of the vocal instrument to create the full tone in each singer.

I went on to become the only certified teacher of the “Science of Singing” in the United States. I later added my full certification as a kundalini yoga teacher, since I found that I sing better when I do yoga each day. The combination of these two disciplines allows me to instruct every singing (and speaking) pupil with precision how to create every note in her/his singing range.

It’s been quite a journey for me!! I love teaching singing lessons in Austin and hearing my students’ voices gain in beauty and power – but mostly I love giving every student the confidence that he or she can sing the songs they enjoy with a real sense of mastery. Take singing lessons in Austin and learn some yoga for your own voice!
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Julie F.

Austin, TX

About Julie

Julie holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Pennsylvania State University with a focus on contemporary and musical theatre vocal technique. She has been a sought after performer both in the studio and on stage recording and performing from New York to Austin. Julie opened her studio Vocyl Studios in Austin in 2010 and has become the vocal go to for the performers in the Live Music Capital. She is passionate about teaching the healthiest technique to give singers the stamina to not only sing for hours but sing for life as well. Julie's technique builds voices to last throughout the demands of a professional career. *** Lesson Details *** I believe strongly in creating a fun and creative atmosphere. A lot of troubles singers seem to have stem from being nervous to sing in front of ...

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Holloway B. May 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Julie is the best! I had never taken individual voice lessons before, but she really opened me up to whole new world of singing I never thought I could do! I learned so much from her and she is so much fun to be around too. She makes it fun and after just one lesson I felt more comfortable signing in front of other people. I definitely recommend taking lessons from her, she is awesome!
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Sarah M. April 10, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
TAKE HER! She listens, offers advice, and helps you set and work towards a goal. I came to her just to prepare for a musical theatre audition (my first ever at 23) and she helped me pick a song. I know nothing about musicals. We tried a few and then she sent me one transposed and with a transposed accompaniment that I could sing along to in between our once-a-week sessions. She even covered how our bodies actually produce our singing voice (diagrams and everything) and how we can manipulate them. I've been to others but they just focus on sounding pretty. She helps you get to know your voice and how to use it.

When I began I was sure that I was just going to ride out the five lesson package for my audition but Julie made it so chill, fun, and informational that I will continue to take lessons with her in the future.
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Janet B. January 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I love Julie. She makes me feel very comfortable and has a great personality. I have been to other voice teachers and she has a special way about her that helps me have more confidence!
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Tara G.

Austin, TX

Singing, to me, is the purest form of expression. I love all music, and I love teaching it! I love getting my students to really feel what they're singing, and when that happens, it's magic.

About Tara

I graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA! I received a BFA in Musical Theatre. What a change that was to go from Texas to Philly! I auditioned for many different schools, and know what it takes to get there. I then moved to New York City 2 days after graduating, on my 22nd birthday! I had 13 wonderful, and also challenging, years in NYC. Lots and lots of auditions, of every kind! Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV, Soaps, Film, Commercials, Concerts, Readings, Showcases, etc. I have sung for ABBA (Mama Mia), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Hal Prince (Gypsy). I was also up for leads in Mama Mia, Wicked, Rent, Hairspray. So, I definitely have a lot of versatility, and knowledge of what they're looking for! I did a Eugene O'Neil play called "Ah Wilderness" at the Guthrie ...

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America R. May 14, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Absolutely fantastic! And she has a cute cat!
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CarolR March 6, 2014
Beautiful voice..Beautiful person

I watched Tara grow up while attending our local Center Stage Theater in Houston . which by the way was lead by a very professional staff ....Tara was featured in most of the productions and did an amazing job...even back then she had a strong work ethic. I recently had the pleasure of hearing her sing again when Center Stage held their 30th Reunion in November.....She is such an amazing performer/singer...with a wonderful personality which would work well teaching students.....I highly recommend Tara as a teacher/coach...
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JustinW March 6, 2014
Quality lessons from a quality human being.

I have known Mrs. Gillespie for the majority of my life and have seen her love for art, gymnastics, theatre, dance and song, grow significantly through the years. If you, your child, or anyone you know would like to gain experience and confidence, Mrs. Gillespie will help you soar.
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Jameson J.

Austin, TX

From beginner to professional. Find your ideal sound based on your structure and resonance capability.

About Jameson

If you are a seasoned performer, I will guide you in developing agility, musicality, range, dynamics, and phrase shape. If you are a first-time vocal student, I will provide an engaging, supportive environment to find your voice. My instruction is based on professionalism, experience and range from more than 25 years of singing and 13 years of teaching. I have advanced education in vocal performance and am an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which allow me to integrate the intellectual and physical aspects of singing. I use my energy, attentiveness and creativity to tailor lessons towards each student's unique needs. I base my vocal technique on the Italianate tradition of operatic "bel canto," but also incorporate broad experience in musical theater, jazz, and ...

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Arnold B. February 6, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jameson has been patient with me in the few lessons I've had with him so far.
He's very knowledgeable and understanding, so I felt no need to be ashamed when I make mistakes or sometimes sound funny. It helps that he's friendly and approachable.

The lessons are purposeful and insightful. I like how he allows me to ask questions and he helps me understand mechanics that I've never learned before.

I've sung in a few church choirs for many years on and off without any vocal training. I've only ever sung for just the love of singing, so I've collected some bad habits that were never addressed until now. It didn't take long for him to develop a gameplan for me and figure out how he's gonna get me right on track.

Today he helped me "find my voice". It was a Eureka moment of sorts I won't soon forget. There's still work to be done, but surely I will
continue with my lessons with him because I'd like to see where he can help me take my voice.

Definitely top-notch instruction from a pro here, so for me, it's money well-spent.
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Michael L. August 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jameson's knowledge and instruction go well beyond the physical mechanics of singing. His lessons bring you to the mental approach to singing and performing. He somehow makes the abstract tangible, at least in so far as it can be applied in a real way. Lastly, I don't think I ever had a lesson where we did not share some laughter.
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Ruth W. July 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I worked with Jameson for a year and a half, and it transformed singing from a source of self-doubt into something I do with confidence and joy. The Alexander technique works wonders for really being able to understand how to use every part of your body to find the best sound. Lessons were always comfortable, fun, and exciting as I learned new ways to feel comfortable throughout my entire range. I seriously envy his Texan students!
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Gfire

Austin, TX

I have been teaching singing for over 17 years, using my unique "Yoga for the Voice" technique to students ages 4-90 at all levels. My students have sung on national television shows (X Factor, etc.), the Grand Ole Opry, for Motown, for touring professional bands, and for professional musical theater. "Yoga for the Voice" combines my studies in classical singing with yoga breathing and many other effective singing techniques from my studies with the top voice coaches in the world.

About Gfire

Gfire has been teaching and performing music full-time for over 17 years. Based in Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capital of the World," she offers voice, piano, songwriting, yoga, folk guitar, and DJ'ing lessons to students from 5-105 and she specializes in sculpting her lessons to the strengths and desires of each individual student. Her students range from beginning to advanced levels, and they sing and play a multitude of musical styles, including classical, pop, rock, r 'n' b, country, folk, singer-songwriter, musical theater, blues and more. Gfire loves to share her talents with her students. She prides herself on instilling a "sense of mastery" to each of her singing and piano students, no matter on which level they are. The students come away with a real sense of ...

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Kevin L. May 1, 2015
Speaking Voice · Online
Verified Student
I just finished my 5th and final lesson and wanted to acknowledge the help that I received in practicing to strengthen my voice. She was very positive and upbeat while working with me. She geared our practice lessons to my particular situation and I appreciate all of the good advice.
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Alan L. March 29, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
An absolutely wonderful experience taking lessons from Gfire. She's professional, patient, highly knowledgeable, and truly a wonderful teacher. If you're considering taking lessons, do yourself a favor and just jump in with Gfire...you'll be glad you did!
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Kimberlee S. March 12, 2015
Gospel Singing · Online
Verified Student
Gfire is a great teacher! She's good at starting where YOU are. She's encouraging, easy going, and helps you to relax and feel comfortable enough to sing. She's really good at keeping you on course.
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Hope G.

Austin, TX

Experienced teacher of 15 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn while also building a strong foundation of Vocal Training. My specialty is Singing. I have extensive experience in Jazz Voice, Classical Voice, Broadway Singing, Christian Gospel, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Gospel Singing, Musical Theater, Music Performance, and Audition Prep. I typically use Hal Leonard books, sheet music and more. So come and enjoy this Live Musical Experience with me!

About Hope

An extremely organized Educator of 15 years with significant expertise in Music, Math, and English. Hope has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with the Concentration in Vocal Jazz; Minor in Radio, Television, Film at Howard University. Extensive experience with elementary and secondary school choirs, mentoring and coaching college preparatory students. Enjoys celebrating the joy in students when they excel beyond their expectations, begin to develop self-confidence to realize their dreams, and become excited about the world of learning. Hope's Musical Background: Hope has always enjoyed singing and writing Music since the tender age of five. While in high school, she was a member of the International Thespian Honor Society & Senior Choir of Western Hills High School and performed "The ...

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Charity G. September 24, 2014
Singing · In home
Hope is a Phenomenal Vocal Teacher!!! She really puts her heart into what she does! Furthermore, she believes in her students even if at first they don't believe in themselves (I for one can attest to that!) No matter what the genre is, Jazz, Pop, or Rock, Hope HAS the ability and gift to move her students to not only sing on key, but also with passion! You'll be glad to have her as your Teacher. Her lessons with you will take you a long way!
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Anthony J. September 24, 2014
Algebra · Online
I needed to prepare for the Electrician Test. It was told to me ahead of time that Algebra is a big part of the test and imperative to know. Being that I've been out of school for decades, I needed to brush up on math. Not knowing a tuitor, but learned about great thing about Hope from my wife, we set up an over the phone tuitor session. Who does that? Normally people need to sit down face to face. Ms. Hope was so skilled she was able to write down the math problems and help me. I actually learned and was prepared enought to take the exam. The amazing part is that Ms. Hope conducted the tuitor session over the phone. If that's not a skillful person, then I don't know what is. I strongly recommend Hope. She also has an upbeat personality. Me being a grown man, I still asked questions and no question is a "dumb" question for her.
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Kiera A. September 23, 2014
Vocal Training · In home
It was my brother's wedding and I was selected to sing "I Believe In You and Me". This was my first solo performance so you could imagine how nervous I was. The song in my opinion was challenging and I was uncertain how to carry the notes and sing from my diaphragm. Knowing Hope from Howard University, I asked if she could help me prepare. We first started over the phone with was amazing. Then we held vocal lessons face to face. Hope was so encouraging. She built my confidence and encourage me ever step of the way. Thankfully, she attended the wedding and to see her face and her excitement, she literally was conducting me while sitting amongst the other guests. I finally got through the song (with relief) and I received a standing ovation! My confidence boosted up 1000%, all thanks to Hope's natural ability to teach and encourage.

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