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I teach beat matching, turntable fine-tuning and repertoire selection to help you become the DJ you aspire to be. I own crates and crates of vinyl records and CDs, and I have DJ'd all over the world to enthusiastic crowds, so I can teach you to attain a real joy and skill in the art of turntablism.

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 knowing their songs and their instruments inside out an
d with a real sense of confidence in their musicianship. Plus they have a lot of fun as they make musical progress!

Gfire is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and "Yoga for the Voice" innovator. She has released 4 CDs of all-original music and is currently working on her 5th CD, to be released in 2015.

As a teacher, Gfire works with students of all levels and all areas of interest. In October 2007, Gfire became the only vocal teacher in the Western Hemisphere to gain full certification in the Science of Singing, developed by Ernest G. White of London, England. Her unique voice training program, entitled "Yoga for the Voice," combines this knowledge of the Science of Singing with ancient yoga breathing techniques. This technique allows each voice student to develop a "vocal tune-up" for the voice AND to discover what the natural singing range is and how to use the voice as effectively as possible. With the internet SKYPE technology, Gfire teaches voice students all over the world, from Switzerland to the U.K. to New Zealand to New York.

Her vocal students have sung in touring rock bands, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, in successful auditions, in karaoke clubs, in coffee houses and folk clubs, at weddings and for their own enjoyment amongst family and friends. Whatever level of singing training you wish to acquire, she will show you the way to achieve it!

Gfire was also the main voice instructor and one of 3 main piano teachers at the Austin branch of Mars Music (now defunct) for 3 1/2 years. In addition to her vocal study and innovation, she has studied piano with top classical and jazz pianists, studied songwriting with Pat Pattison of Berklee College in Boston, gotten her full yoga teaching certification in 2004 and DJ'd at clubs and parties worldwide. For eight years straight - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 - she has won the prestigious ASCAPlus Award for professional songwriting.

As a singer-songwriter, Gfire continues to write, record and perform with some of the best musicians and engineers in the world, including engineer Stuart Sullivan (Willie Nelson, Sublime, Meat Puppets, etc.), Hammond organ player Ian McLagen (Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart), cellist John Hagen (Lyle Lovett), fiddle/mandolin player Warren Hood (The Waybacks), bassist George Reiff (Ray Wylie Hubbard) and banjo picker Danny Barnes (Bad Livers, Dave Matthews).

Gfire's original songs have been played on over 200 radio and television stations worldwide. She has toured in over half of the fifty states, plus the U.K. and Canada.

*** Lesson Details ***
NEW - Gfire is now available to teach WORLDWIDE via SKYPE or FaceTime - so you can have a music lesson in the privacy of your own home!!

Voice lessons - I have created a unique and wonderful vocal method, "Yoga for the Voice," which combines ancient yoga breathing exercises with special vocal exercises to give you a "complete vocal tune-up." These techniques are simple, effective and easily-learned by any student of the voice, from about age 5-105. I love to help you learn to apply these wonderful techniques to learning the songs you wish to learn - whether they are pop, r 'n' b, folk, singer-songwriter, rock, country, opera, musical theater, jazz, etc. "Yoga for the Voice" is just as effective for professional speakers, such as teachers, lawyers, clergymen or actors - we just use a range of notes that is smaller than a singer's range, and we focus on using your speaking voice as effectively and efficiently as possible.

In 3-6 months, you will be able to:

1. master the "breath of fire" and "one-minute breath" - the BEST yoga breaths for singers!
2. master the "sinus humming exercises" - identifying where EACH note in your range originates in your own head
3. master the "full-body exercises" - traditional singing exercises on "mah, mee, moh, moo, meh" - so that you can move easily between your chest voice, middle voice, and head voice
4. master 2-10 songs or more, depending on your level and the level of difficulty of each song - being able to sing each song in TUNE, with feeling, and having a blast doing it!!
5. if you wish, you can perform your song(s) at one of my voice and piano recitals - on a REAL Austin stage!!

Piano lessons - I teach a wide range of piano styles at levels from beginner to early advanced, beginning around age 5. Whether you want to learn classical, rock, blues, country, boogie-woogie, or other styles of piano and keyboard playing, I will sculpt your lesson plan so that you have a great foundation in technique AND you learn the styles and songs you wish to play.

In 3-6 months, you will be able to:

1. master the Leschetizky, hand massage, and isometric warm-up exercises - the BEST piano warm-ups!
2. depending on your level, master Hanon exercises 1-12, major and minor scales, major and minor arpeggios
3. for beginners, you will be able to play with BOTH hands on the treble and bass clefs - at the same time!!
4. master the I-IV-V progression in 3-12 keys, depending on your level - so that you can play blues, rock, country, boogie-woogie, and ragtime songs!!
5. master 4-20 songs or more, depending on your level and the level of difficulty of each song (classical songs tend to take more time to master) - being able to play each song with great technique, with feeling, and having a blast doing it!!
6. if you wish, you can perform your song(s) at one of my voice and piano recitals - on a REAL Austin stage!!

Songwriting lessons - I will teach you how to create a great song, in the style you wish to write in. Country songs, pop songs, rock tunes, r'n' b, folk, etc. - all of these genres have "unwritten rules" about how to put together an effective song. We will utilize special songwriting exercises and tools to help you learn to be a wonderful songwriter.

DJ lessons - I teach beat matching, turntable fine-tuning and repertoire selection to help you become the DJ you aspire to be. I own crates and crates of vinyl records and CDs, and I have DJ'd all over the world to enthusiastic crowds, so I can teach you to attain a real joy and skill in the art of turntablism.

Yoga lessons - I am a fully KRI-certified yoga teacher and I can help you develop a valuable yoga routine to help you achieve your health and relaxation goals. We will choose from literally hundreds of exercises and breathing techniques specifically geared to your needs and wants.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools mBox PRO Full Recording Studio
Yamaha U1 Upright Piano
Shure SM 58 Microphone
Shure SM 57 Microphone
Korg microKorg Synthesizer
Yamaha M06 Synthesizer
Yamaha StagePas 300 PA System
Neumann TLM 103 Microphone
Neumann KMS 105 Microphone
Nord Lead Synthesizer
Taylor Acoustic Guitar
West African Djembe
MacBook Pro Computer
Universal Audio LA-610 Pre-amp
2 Technics 1200 Professional DJ Turntables
American DJ Pro-Scratch 1 Professional CDJ
Rane MP22 DJ Mixer
Mogami Professional Audio Cables

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha M06 Synthesizer
Yamaha StagePas 300 PA System
Neumann KMS 105 Microphone
Macintosh Laptop Computer

*** Specialties ***
music, singing, piano, songwriting, DJ'ing, yoga, folk guitar

I have developed "Yoga for the Voice" - a combination of my 18 years of studying and receiving certification in the "Science of Singing" (as taught by Ernest George White of London, England) and my 10 years experience and certification in yoga, specifically ancient yoga breathing techniques. I will work with voice students as young as 4 and as old as they want to go! Voice lessons span all styles and all levels - pop, rock, r 'n' b, country, folk, singer-songwriter, opera, classical, musical theater, etc. from beginner to advanced. Generally beginning around age 7.

Piano - levels beginner to early advanced, most styles, including classical, rock, pop, folk, country, singer-songwriter, blues and boogie-woogie. Generally beginning around age 5.

Songwriting - all popular styles, including rock, pop, folk, country, blues, singer-songwriter, r 'n' b, etc.

DJ'ing - all basic DJ methods, including beat matching, turntable basics and repertoire selection.

Yoga - yoga breathing AND physical exercises, depending on the needs and wants of the student.

Folk guitar - finger picking and accompaniment skills for folk singers.

In piano, I specialize in teaching students who want to play a wide variety of music - classical, pop, rock, country, blues, etc. I begin with piano students who are 5 years of age and older, as long as they have the requisite attention span.

In songwriting, I specialize in teaching students methods of developing popular songs - pop, r 'n' b, country, rock, folk, etc.

In DJ'ing, I specialize in basic beatmatching and repertoire selection.

And in yoga, I specialize in tailoring the yogic needs of the student - whether she/he wishes to work on stretching, breathing, abdominal strengthening, etc.
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Magdalene R. September 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
G-Fire worked well with all three of our children. She was able to meet them at their level while keeping the lessons productive and challenging. G-Fire is a very gifted teacher!
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Roxana C. August 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
my 5yr old son's very 1st piano teacher and his love and knowledge for the piano has increased so much. gfire is very patient w/ his young wandering mind. would highly recommend.
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Beth July 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Gfire is an awesome voice and piano teacher. She has been my teacher for the past two years, and my voice has developed tremendously. I highly recommend her to anybody wanting to learn proper techniques in order to better one's musical skills.
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In addition to producing tracks in Ableton Live, I also use this software to perform as a DJ. I can teach you how to set up Live and your audio interface for performance, beat match, take requests, use effects, and create remixes on the fly.

About Emilio
Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning. I've been studying and experimenting with music since I was a toddler and I have been teaching people to play music and use music technology for over 10 years.

My goal as a teacher is to get you to the point of not needing a teacher. I want you to be able to figure out any kind of music you want to make! But, I also realize that getting to that point takes a long time and a lot of patient, thoughtful instruction. I have been lucky enough to study with some really amazing people over the years and I want to be able to give that same experience to other people.
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About Sergio M.

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Garfield, NJ
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I've been a DJ for almost 10 years. I have done and entertained at many types of events: weddings, sweet 16's, quinces, coorporate, festivals, and many more.

About Sergio
Hi, there! My name is Sergio and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons for a few years and have loved helping my students play saxophone, DJ, and learn the basics of piano. I went to New Jersey City University and earned a degree in Music Business in 2018. I'm a patient and understanding person and my teaching style is fun, understandable, and personable.
I am Proficient in the following:
Pro Tools 12
Saxophne
Serato DJ
Cannon Camera
I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Sarah Zaky August 17, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
I know it's too early to write a review after the first lesson. However, I was surprised by the wonderful way Sergio handled the time and the introduction for such a hard instrument like the alto sax.
My son Moneer is so excited to continue learning how to play alto sax with Sergio. In short Sergio is a very talented music instructor!
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Isaac May 29, 2018
· DJing · In home
Definitely knows his stuff and does his research! Sergio is a guy who goes over and above to fufill the highest expectations. Highly recommend.
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About Dylan T.

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I have performed at over 200 nightclubs and music festivals internationally alongside names like The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, DJ Snake, Steve Aoki & more. I am currently a resident DJ at OMNIA San Diego. I can provide dj lessons for students at all levels. Lessons will be given on the interntational club standard Pioneer CDJ 2000 dj system at my studio. Subjects will range from basic set preparation and mixing strategies to advanced fx and a variety of other djing techniques.

About Dylan
Hi! My name is Dylan T., aka Dyluxe, and I'm available for in-home, in-studio, and even online music lessons worldwide! I offer tutoring and mentoring on electronic music production with Ableton Live software, Ableton Push Hardware, and other software plug-ins, as well as DJing on the professional standard Rekordbox software with the Pioneer CDJ 2000 Nexus DJ system. All lessons are taught on a one-on-one basis and will be customized to your specific needs. Whatever your knowledge level or ability, I can teach you anything from the basics of electronic music to advanced production, engineering, and mixing techniques. My innovative hybrid curriculum will teach you to both create and perform your own original music. I have a complete in studio set up with all of the premiere tools you will need to achieve your goals. My goal is to help you
expand your knowledge of electronic music and DJing so you can bring your artistic visions to life.

I am an Ableton Certified Music Producer and Graduate of Dubspot Electronic Music School with a degree in DJing and Music Production. I also have a Bachelors Degree from San Diego State University. I am currently a resident DJ for OMNIA San Diego & Hakkasan group as well as an Internationally Touring DJ. I have performed at over 300 nightclubs, music festivals, and events worldwide alongside artists like The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Dillon Francis, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Steve Aoki, & many more.

Aside from my DJ career, I have a ton of experience teaching and working with children. I have always enjoyed teaching people and helping them to reach their goals. I started out at a young age as a babysitter for family friends. In high school, I took a job managing a local skatepark and giving skateboarding lessons. Once I moved to San Diego to attend SDSU, I took a side job as an activity leader for Harmonium, an after school program for elementary school students. During the summers, I also managed and taught skateboarding at the local YMCA Skateboarding Summer Camp.

Anyways, after I started to excel in my music career, friends and acquaintances started reaching out to me for advice and information. Ever since then I have been tutoring, mentoring, and helping my peers learn how to DJ, produce music, book shows, boost their marketing & much much more. I look forward to working with you and helping you to achieve your goals!
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Stacy D. November 26, 2018
· DJing · Online
My son (a beginner) loves his lessons, and talks about his next session every time. My worried son was so nervous for his first lesson, but Dylan put him at ease, and then proceeded to start from the beginning, giving my son the much needed confidence and began at the beginning with set-up, getting to know him, explaining the software, and was so down to earth; and gave him the one-on-one, a person could only dream of. He is an A++ teacher with a resume too long to list. I highly recommend him and I hope to meet in person one day... (Dylan is the Best DJ for any level, and his way to break it all down is phenomenal!)- -----Thank you --- ****** A+++ ****
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Jack M. July 6, 2018
· DJing · Online
You can watch for weeks or get your answers from this guy in 5 minutes. Great instructor.
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Oluwatola February 16, 2018
· DJing · Online
perfect first lesson. looking forward to the next 5 lessons.
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About Zen R.

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Redlands, CA

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Want to know how to DJ with Serato and the Pioneer DDJ-SX2? Book a lesson now to starting learning the fundamentals of DJing.

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Trying to learn the drums? Want to know how to produce, mix, master, record, or perform with Ableton Live? Set up a lesson time to learn and collaborate right away!

Bio:

Starting with percussion and drum set in the styles of Classical and Jazz at Cuesta College for his A.A. in Music Performance. He then moved to the Inland Empire (Southern California), attending Cal State San Bernardino focusing on his B.A. in Music and Minor in Music Technology. Co-Founding his own Record Label called, MASS Productions, he now works with many artists for live performances, music production, recording, mixing, etc. Still, actively playing in a Jazz Fusion Quintet (“Half-Past”) and Orchestra. Drum lessons taken with Mike Raynor, Darrel Voss, Todd Johnson, Justin Scott, and Joel Taylor. Tech lessons taken with Scott Vance.
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as an instrumentalist with Ableton Live 10 and the Push II, using the Push as a musical instrument.

Hardware:
-Push II
-Launchpad
-Maschine Mikro MK2
-M-Audio Keystation Mini32
-Pioneer DJ DDJ-SX2

Instruments:
-Gretch Catalina Club Drum Set
-15" Zildjian Kerope Hi Hats
-20" Zildjian Kerope Ride
-21" Sabian Cross Vault Ride
-8" Zildjian A Splash
-Late 70's Ludwig Acrolite Snare Drum (14" x 4")
-Tama Swingstar Snare Drum (14" x 6")
-Nord Stage 2 (88)
-Electric Guitar
-Makala Ukulele
-Aux Percussion
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Akshans October 11, 2018
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Chill and helpful instructor! He gives you a good structure on where to spend your time and energy as efficiently as possible
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Shane August 31, 2018
· Percussion · In studio
Zen is a great teacher. He has taught me polyrhythms, timing, and playing subdivisions with different note groupings in jazz styles. He also shows up on time and prepared to get to business. Id recommend him to anyone looking to learn drums or Ableton!
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Adam June 4, 2018
· Ableton · Online
Zen is a great teacher and makes online lessons worth your time and money. I appreciate his patience and knowledge in ableton and look forward to more training from him.
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I’ve been doing for over 10 years and I bring a unique flavor to the turn table. I’ve got a background in Hip Hop scratching, but I’m progressive in the EDM scenes! DJ will change your life if you let it.

About Raymond
I’ve been djing for over 10 years in all different scenes across Los Angeles and Las Vegas . I am versatile and because I’ve worked with kids for many years , I’m able to teach with patience. I am well known for what I do. I can teach the basics as well as adnebced techniques and scratching. Once I evaluate your goals as a DJ, I will make a personalized lesson plan to get you where you want to be, having fun along the way!
DJing will change your life if you let it!
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Shay May 23, 2018
· DJing · In home
Raymond is a great teacher!! I learned how to set up a set list and mix one song into the other. He was AWESOME! Going to continue lessons for sure!
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We offer classes for DJ's at every skill level Beginners, intermediate, & Advance.

DJ Mike has over 30 years EXPERIENCE in the DJ Business. With DJ Mike you will learn everything that a DJ needs to know in order to be successful. With DJ Mike you will learn:
music theory (counting beats & bars)
* ethics (do's and don'ts of professional DJ-ing, being a professional DJ)
* intro to beat mixing (how and when to mix a song, learning how to create your own break)
* techniques to reading all crowds
* music organization (set-up folders and crates)
* intro to video mixing - earn more as a video DJ 
* methods to marketing 101 (get booked!) 
* hands-on instruction

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DJ Mike Production has over 30 years in the DJ business and we will teach you every aspect of DJing. Here are some of the things that you will learn.

music theory (counting beats & bars )
* ethics (do's and don'ts of professional DJ-ing, what it means to be a professional DJ)
* intro to beat-mixing (how and when to mix. How to create your own break in a mix)
* techniques to reading any crowd
* music organization (set-up folders and crates)
* intro to video mixing - earn more as a video DJ 
* methods to marketing yourself or DJ business (get booked!) 
* hands-on instruction
* equipment knowledge
* proper mic technique
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Djing is a beautiful art form that allows you to express emotions through the music you play, it is one of the art forms that embodies the art form of hip hop

About Jay
Hello everyone my name is J. Prime. I started in hip hop when I was 13 mainly rapping, done a lot of shows and had succes at it then I transitioned into production working with a lot of local artist but I always had a passion for the art or djing. I’ve always been around and inspired by djing so taking all my knowledge in music I’ve bundled it altogether and started djing. I’ve dj’d In many arenas, and overseas, hopefully you will allowed me to teach you and you can take what I teach you and you can go far, skies the limit.
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Every lesson will be tailored to the needs of the student! Whether it is a beginner that is just learning what inputs and outputs are or a student looking to fine tune their skills with fxs controls and midi mappings. From analog turntables to digital controller DJing, I have it all and can help build you up to becoming a professional in no time!

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The average cost of 60-minute djing lessons in San Diego is $75. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $75 and $75 per hour.

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