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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.

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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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Kenan August 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great intro singing class today. I'm looking forward to the next class with Gfire!!!
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Ava July 18, 2017
· Piano · Online
Gfire was a pleasure to work with. She was interested and attentive and worked hard to learn about my daughter's musical interests and tastes. She supported my daughter's playing and has earned a high recommendation from our family.
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Kyle A. June 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Gfire is a teacher for creatives, encouraging exploration and expression while supplying students with effective research-based tools to support realization of potential.
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I am a Christian singer/songwriter that seeks to help any other aspiring artist or singer in their vocal development just as someone helped me. No matter what race, color or gender, I am available to do what it takes to make sure you find comfort in honing your vocal talents and abilities. My main areas of focus are breathing, range identification, ear training and tone
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· Cosmetology · Online
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About Janay G.

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Greensboro, NC
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I'm a professional Mezzo/Soprano vocalist and I sing locally at a church for services and performance events as well as assist with youth choir. I hold a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Music from Greensboro College that gave me a wide variety of performance experience. I love to participate and be enriched by my city's local music programs. Post college, I've performed with the Concert Band of Greensboro and the Choral Society of Greensboro as well as musical theater. I have skill in classical performance including opera studies, musical theater performance, and a range of ensemble performance from solo and small chamber ensembles to larger ensembles.
I currently work with students that have autism and special needs and I love to incorporate music into my time with them. I welcome all students!
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Beverly August 14, 2017
· Music Performance · In home
Janay is a wonderful musician, instructor and person! She is patient and kind and you will learn many musical concepts from her. I enjoy singing and working with her and find her to be very professional.
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Greensboro, NC 27403
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About Ha-eun R.

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Dorchester, MA

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I have been surrounded by music my whole life and have played violin for 17 years. I went to high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, obtained a BM in violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory, and am now a Master's student at the Boston Conservatory. I have won competitions, played in professional orchestra gigs, performed with college faculty, soloed with orchestras, and won the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists Award.

I have completed a pedagogy course in college and at the graduate level. I have taught children, teens, and adults alike. I had the fortune of studying with wonderful teachers and strive to be like them and pass on their wisdom.

I am passionate about teaching out of a desire to help people express themselves and appreciate music on a deeper level. I am very enthusiastic and adapt my approach to each student's leve
l, personality, and needs while seeking to build a good rapport. I make creative analogies to keep them engaged. I am positive while critiquing because I believe negativity is counterintuitive to effective learning. I have experience working with elementary school kids, having spent three years employed at a Boys and Girls Club.

Just as I believe in culturing love of music in children, I truly enjoy working with older and more experienced students. I am very eager to help them develop their musicality and good technique. I have an extensive repertoire list and thus am able to aid students in learning challenging music such as show pieces and concertos.

I predominantly teach classical music but have helped students in other music activities. With older and more advanced students I am willing to teach music of their own choosing. I have also helped a student prepare for college auditions.

I really look forward to meeting new students and to inspire them to be at their best!
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Mark Wilson September 1, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I’m an adult learner of violin with a full-time work schedule that frequently goes over 45 hours during slow weeks. I’ve never been what many would musically talented, but the desire to learn an instrument has always been there. Like a lot of people with a full-time schedule and trying to advance their career, it’s hard to carve out time for extracurricular hobbies. On a whim, I decided to learn violin and bought one from Amazon. I quickly realized I was out of my depth. I went looking for an instructor and found Ha-eun on Take Lessons.

She’s a fantastic instructor because she’s always willing to take time to answer questions, change the lesson plan to fit what the student’s needs at that time, and focus on the basics while learning how to play music. There is a lot to know when playing violin and it can feel quite overwhelming. Ha-eun broke down some of these big overwhelming chunks into small comprehensible sizes. There is an art in teaching an instrument without making the process frustrating, and she actively tries to make learning how to play violin easy on the student. The violin is a difficult instrument, especially when you realize there is no frets on it. I think Ha-eun does an excellent job and recommend her as an instructor.
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Amy L. August 8, 2017
· Violin · Online
Ha-eun is very knowledgeable, professional, and patient with my 12-year-old son. I highly recommend her!
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Emily June 14, 2017
· Violin · Online
had a very nice experience with a very skilled tutor
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I have been teaching private lessons since 2008 and I am currently available to teach lessons at your home, at my studio, and online. It is my goal to cultivate skills for my students to develop a lifelong appreciation for music. I have helped students successfully audition and be accepted into music schools, aided students to receive high scores in competitive solo festivals, and I strive to create an environment for students to reach their fullest potential.

I completed my masters in music performance at Kent State University this past May. Prior to this I received my training at Fredonia State University of New York in 2014 where I received a degree in music education and music performance.
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Melanie August 5, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Liz has inspired my daughter Katie to love the flute and to work hard. She is incredibly patient and will go out of her way to help Katie succeed. Highly recommended!
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Greensboro, NC
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After graduating from college with a degree in education I was determined to change the course of the education for my own family. I was the first on either side of my entire family (all generations) ever to go to a university and graduate. I came from very humble hard working (yes bullheaded Irish) people. As a naturally highly creative person the school system was not a nurturing place at all for me. As a deeply right brained visual person the left brained system was toxic for my creativity and I struggled to thrive and be myself.

For the past 21 years I've dedicated my time, energy, creativity to home schooling my own two children and supporting them in their academic quests as well as teaching them life skills. Thankfully, I had the opportunity not to put either of them in day care one day. My focused sacrifice has been int
ense, serious, determined and planned.

The ignorant verbal flack I encountered, during these years was insane, but I didn't waver. I believe in one on one education customized for each child and knew from the start what I wanted to accomplish with both of them! I wanted them to learn how to learn with their personalities, natural strengths and talents but I had to observe and implement very different parenting and teaching techniques with both from birth.

Yes, my hard unwavering work has paid off and is continuing to pay off. Both of my children walked into their first college courses at age 14...yes, real college classes on real college campuses! Both are honor students and my first will finish his degree in English Lit/Creative Writing at UNC Asheville in Dec 2016 at age 21!

All that to say...private piano lessons are nothing more than home schooling. I bring the same customized passion I used for my own children to teach yours! Not only do I have an education degree I have a proven track record of teaching children how they uniquely need to learn whether it's visually, audio, or kinetically etc. I know how to challenge them and make them work...even the super smart lazy ones!

After each lesson I take a few moments to consult the parent(s) about the lesson and what needs to be accomplished during the students next practice week. You need to be aware of their education because they grow rapidly and there is much to accomplish before they attend college! Do some research on the benefits of learning and playing music if you are not a musician yourself. It's incredible what it will do for the development of their brain little brains!

Apparently, I'm not allowed my customary studio "meet and greet" with Takelessons. I have studio rules that must be followed and if they aren't I will not continue to teach your children. You must have a piano or keyboard for them to regularly practice on and believe me I know when they don't practice. I know what method books I like to teach from so I'll be happy to share that information with you. If you don't have any I cannot start the lessons without them. They must be purchased before hand.
There are other rules so please message me first so that we can discuss them first so that there is no confusion about the studio policies. This isn't a hobby this is serious valuable education for your child.

I don't have the time nor the energy to deal with unprofessional parents because my time and energy goes fully towards teaching amazing students.

I look forward to passionately educating you or... those you love!

Lisa
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Amy May 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher for my high energy little boy who loves music!
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Sierra May 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Lisa is an amazing piano instructor. She has taught my 6 year old daughter since she was 4 years old and my daughter has learned so much. Lisa is very professional, nurturing, and loving. My daughter loves her and can't wait to come to her lessons each week. I highly recommend Lisa to anyone who is looking for a piano instructor.
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About Preston B.

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With over 20 years playing experience Preston began playing professionally very early. He has toured over 6 countries including England, France, Switzerland and Italy. He received his degree in Jazz Studies/ Performance from the prestigious University of North Texas Jazz program, the first Jazz program in the country and still the greatest with alumni like Norah Jones, The Eagles and The Blues Brothers.
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Jim June 22, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Manzel Is tight. He knows his stuff and he's got a lot of experience when it comes to performing professionally in jazz and popular music.
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Devon John October 27, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
first impression is always a good impression. Preston is a very good teacher. He is knowledgeable, patience and encouraging. he made me feel comfortable throughout the session and I have learned a lot for my first lesion. I am impress of the tone and the way corrects my mistakes. thank you Preston.
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Hello my name is Steve Layton,
I am 34 years old and I have been playing trombone and bass guitar for over twenty years, and I also play other instruments as well. I have extensive experience as a touring musician and performing musician with several rock/pop groups over the years. I am currently finishing my BA in music Education at California State University Fullerton. I also perform in the top groups at the University. I will bring the best out of your playing, take a lesson with me, and you will get better! I have years of experience that you can tap into, in order to reach musical goals. For more info go to www.dpsteve.com
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Michael Rodriguez August 11, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Really like Steve's teaching ! Very easy and simplified instruction.Thank you ! Can't wait for the next Lessons.
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Michelle F. August 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Wonderful piano teacher and thank you for extending your tolerance and patience with me stephen. Looking forward to playing wonderful music lessons. Thank you take lessons you guys are awesome.
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Kathryn April 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Teacher was great
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MY NAME IS DAVE. I AM A GUITAR INSTRUCTOR, MUSICIAN-RECORDING ARTIST. I HAVE 20 PLUS YEARS TEACHING EXPERIENCE FROM THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL TO MIDDLE SCHOOL. I HAVE TAUGHT CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. I HAVE AN EXTENSIVE REFERRAL LIST FROM PAST STUDENTS WHOM I HAVE HELPED GRADUATE COLLEGE TO GAINING THE SKILL NEEDED TO AUDITION FOR MUSIC SCHOOL. I HAVER STUDENTS THAT ARE IN MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE. I TEACH WORKING PROFESSIONALS FROM ALL BACK GROUNDS AS WELL AS RETIREES. MY APPROACH IS INDIVIDUAL, BECAUSE EVERY STUDENT LEARNS AT A DIFFERENT PACE. I HELP STUDENTS GAIN THE MOST FROM THEIR TIME PRACTICING OR JUST PLAYING FOR FUN. I DO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING IT FUN, BECAUSE THATS WHAT KEEPS EACH STUDENT MOTIVATED TO CONTINUE PLAYING!! PLEASE CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE FOR INFO ON ME AS A PERFORMER CLINICIAN AND RECORDING AR
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· Guitar · In home
Just started lessons with Dave today - so far it's great: very focused and right at my level at each step.
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Zach August 1, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Dave is one of the best teachers around - he has an unparalleled knowledge of multiple styles and prepared me for my University auditions! Getting lessons with him is definitely a must if you want to learn about harmony, rhythm, playing over changes or the music business.
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I am a freelance trombonist located in Greensboro, NC. I have achieve plenty in my playing career from winning chairs in multiple Honors bands during high school and constantly being a top player in every ensemble I've performed with. I currently perform with the Greensboro Concert Band, Greensboro Trombone Ensemble, the Kings of Swing Jazz Orchestra, New South Funk Blues and Funk Band, and the North Carolina Film Orchestra. My goal as a teacher is to push each student toward mastery and a new level of understanding in regard to trombone playing.
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