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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 career, 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 others. Singing should be an enjoyable experience and that's what I try to create at my studio. I believe strongly in creating a good foundation on which to build on so you can sing any style of music, but also think when students can sing songs they really enjoy singing it helps the learning process. After 3 Months you will have learned:

Eliminate vocal fatigue and tension
Improve vocal range, tone and flexibility
Develop diaphragmatic breath control
Improve strength and endurance
Bridge the gaps between chest & head/falsetto
Clear up nasality, breathiness or tone imbalances
Learn pop “sound” and style (all contemporary styles)
Improve diction and phrasing (“sing like you speak”)
Change from Musical Theatre or “legit” singing to Pop, Rock, R & B genres
Find your own signature sound and style
Improve vocal performance

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with microphones, keyboard and a guitar. I also have some instructional posters demonstrating
how the voice works.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own keyboard. A room with a mirror and where they feel comfortable is key.

*** Specialties ***
Contemporary/ Pop/ Rock/ Musical Theatre
Teaching the correct and healthy way to belt.
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Reviews

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jennifer P. June 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She's awesome! Great teacher! She's patient. I really like her!
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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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Julie F.

Julie F.

Austin, TX 78704
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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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 lead
s 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 Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. We opened there, and then toured it all over the Midwest for 6 months. I did appear on NBC's Law & Order as a featured role, with the late Jerry Orbach. Lot's of experience, lot's of knowledge, and I'm excited to share it with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach in a laid back manner. That's not to say that I don't expect you to work too though! I don't necessarily teach one specific method. I feel like if you can get ALL the information, and different methods, then you can choose what best works for your voice , or your piano playing. I want my students to feel comfortable and safe to explore all different facets of their talent. After all, the little imperfections are what make us all unique!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a keyboard, among many other instruments! My husband uses those, I use the piano. There's definitely a comfortable living room, for the parents or caregivers to sit and wait.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I go to the students house, they must have a piano, or keyboard. I can bring books of music.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach any style of singing! I majored in Musical Theater, but I sing everything. I played piano for 10 years. I have many many years of music theory lessons! I had surgery on my vocal chords, back in 1995, and had 4 years of speech and vocal therapy, so I have lots of experience with that as well. I don't use a specific method with my acting. It depends on what they would want to work on! I have many books of music, and music theory, and piano learning. In terms of learning piano, I would start with scales, and chords, and learning the right hand, then the left.
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Stephanie C. June 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tara's instruction is bae. Even an old fart like me is exploring the world of vocal performance without stigma in her concentrated, fun lessons.
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Meggan W. June 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tara is so personable and inspiring! She is warm and kind, and my daughter looks forward to seeing her every week. She is wonderful with kids and makes my girl feel special, really bringing out her best, helping her feel more confident and pushing her to try new songs and techniques. We love working with Tara!
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yujuin Y. June 7, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Tara is a wonderful instructor. Her method of showing me how to sing has been more like helping me stand out. She also is good in making sure that you don't take things too fast as far as breathing exercises come, and how you sing.
Music and singing are there to regurjitate your voice as well as your how your mind, your heart and who you are. Take it as an exercise, or better yet, something that will help you become something better in life.
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Tara G.

Tara G.

Austin, TX 78745
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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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 tai
lor 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 early to contemporary classical music.

* Breath control
* Healthy vocal production "bel canto"
* Fach transition
* 20th Century music

Roles performed:

Rodolfo, La Boheme
Canio, Pagliacci
Count Almaviva, Barbiere di Siviglia
Goro, Madama Butterfly
Mr Splinters, The Tender Land
Don Basilio, Marriage of Figaro
Juror #3, Resurrection (Machover)
The Cowboy, The Blue Hotel (Hulse)

Credits include:

* Aspen Opera Theater Center

* Boston Lyric Opera

* Rome Opera Festival

* Austin Lyric Opera

* Amato Opera

* Dicapo Opera

* Bronx Opera

I have made demonstration tapes for new works (musical theater and opera) and know how to work a new piece into any voice.

In addition, I have worked with the Alexander Technique for over 15 years and integrate its principles into my lessons. My approach is creative, energetic and disciplined.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is different and every lesson will be different depending on the needs of the individual, and the demands of the day. I use the principles of the Alexander Technique to open up the student's mind and body to new experiences.

In general, lessons will start with a simple warm-up. Then scales and arpeggios to develop agility, musicality, range, dynamics, and phrase shape. Finally, the last part of the lesson I incorporate some of the new ideas that were communicated earlier into the student's repertoire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Alexander Technique table,

*** Travel Equipment ***
NONE

*** Specialties ***
Teaches beginner through professional:
Singing, Voice Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Alexander Technique.
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Reviews

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Andrew H. June 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jameson is an exceptional singer and teacher. He is kind and patient in lessons and wants to make sure you understand what he is teaching. Not only does he go over the notes and rhythms of a song, he also goes over the meaning and emotions of the piece to help you understand and perform the piece.
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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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Jameson J.

Jameson J.

Austin, TX 78735
(21)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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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 sin
ging 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 Wiz", "Hello Dolly", and the "Malcolm X" plays. While attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., Hope was under the direction of Grady Tate and the late great Webster Lewis. She performed with the Legendary Shirley Caesar and Wynton Marsalis. Hope performed at the 20th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors. She also performed with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble & Howard University Chorus. Hope's recent performance was in Austin, TX with the Gospel Musical Genius... Richard Smallwood.
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Shannon C. May 26, 2015
Music Performance · Online
Verified Student
Great enthusiasm, a lot of connectivity issues, but that may be on both ends.
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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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Hope G.

Hope G.

Austin, TX 78701
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Bruno B.

Austin, TX

BM Voice Performance from UT Austin/Performed roles in Opera/MT. The main goal is to teach students basic vocal technique so that singing can become easier and more effective. If a student has an issue producing a healthy, comfortable, resonant sound, we can always turn to fundamentals to diagnose and fix the problem. My belief is that singing is just like anything else that requires learning; my goal is to give students the necessary tools to help them improve/succeed.

About Bruno

Voice Lessons, Essay/English/Grammar, Math tutoring (Credentials below)
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance: have performed operatic and musical theatre roles, recently with The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin and Spotlight on Opera. I have studied pedagogy and focus on teaching students the most healthy way of singing with their own voices--the major goal is to get students to understand how their voices work and to be able to use their voices effectively with minimal effort.
Bachelor of Arts in English- I have 4.0 in my English degree at UT, am a published author and received a
perfect score on the English portion of the ACT. Also seeking a Creative Writing Certificate at UT. Can help students edit or plan a paper, or simply help with English/Grammar homework.
Also tutored High School Math in High School as part of National Honor Society, won awards at Math UIL and feel comfortable tutoring up to Algebra 2.
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Bruno B.

Bruno B.

Austin, TX 78712
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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