Gfire Mayo
Austin, TX
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Gfire Mayo


Austin, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have a degree in Vocal Performance and I have taught Opera Voice for over 22 years with my unique "Yoga for the Voice" method. I am personally a lyric soprano, but I have taught coloratura soprano, mezzo soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone, and bass voice.

About Gfire

Gfire has been teaching and performing music full-time for over 25 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.

***For safety's sake, I am currently offering in-studio lessons to students who are fully vaccinated and willing to wear a mask. I also offer online lessons via Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, and Google Meet.***

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 and 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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82 Reviews
Sharon M.
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Singing lessons with Gfire have been exceptional. Gfire is patient and listens well to understand my vision and expectations. It is a plus ➕ that she is quick to respond with kindness. She explained how we will meet my goals and prepare for an October recital.

Posted Aug 24, 2021
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Gfire is seriously one of the best piano teachers that I have ever took lessons with! She's definitely one of a kind, and makes sure you stay on track so you'll meet your goals. I would definitely hire her again!

Posted Jul 4, 2021
Danny K.
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So great in so many ways. Smart, supportive, flexible, understanding, professional, real smart ( did I mention smart)

Posted Jun 16, 2021
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Gfire was amazing. In this very difficult year, Gfire's lessons gave my daughter an opportunity to continue with an activity that was safe and engaging. My daughter looked forward to her lesson every week. Gfire was fantastic at communicating with us and problem solving any tech issues that arose. She definitely did everything possible to provide the best possible lesson for my daughter. Thank you so much!!!!

Posted May 26, 2021
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She works well with my daughter and is very nice and skilled. However, I personally prefer in-person piano lessons

Posted Feb 8, 2021
Allen W.
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Gfire is wonderful with keeping the attention of kids and giving virtual lessons, which is great since we can't do in person lessons right now.

Posted Sep 30, 2020
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Gfire is wonderful. She is dedicated and my daughter is at ease with her. She has a warm and fun personality and is a true professional. Thank you Gfire!

Posted May 30, 2020
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Such a great, empathetic instructor. Learned a lot and had patience for me as a beginner!

Posted Apr 28, 2020
Frankie O.
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Gfire is great, she taught me exercises that seem to really help out!

Posted Feb 3, 2020
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Great teacher! Definitely knows what she is talking about and I enjoyed every lesson I had with her.

Posted Oct 27, 2019
Ellie L.
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She good. We like her a lot

Posted Aug 28, 2019
Rick C.
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Very knowledgeable. Very patient. Amazingly helpful. Would highly recommend.

Posted Jul 4, 2019
Magdalene R.
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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!

Posted Sep 23, 2018
Roxana C.
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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.

Posted Aug 12, 2018
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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.

Posted Jul 22, 2018
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She is firm and making my daughter do her best. She pushes her to be the best. She's offering suggestions to help my daughter be a better piano player. She has patience, and is very caring. Couldn't ask for a better piano teacher for my daughter

Posted Jul 22, 2018
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gfire teaches people of all ages - piano, guitar, voice - and has a true desire to instill a love of music in her students. She tailors her sessions to fit students’ interests which is highly motivating and has practical explanations (and fun for children) for theoretical applications and gives great rational to keep you practicing. My two daughters have taken lessons for over 2.5 years (they are now 6 and 9). gfire’s Patience and energy has been wonderful - they WANT to keep taking lessons and I highly recommend her! It’s been a joy to watch my daughters discover and love piano - and that is thanks to gfire.

Posted Jul 22, 2018
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Annie is DONE and went well! We were all so impressed by Eliza’s confidence and grace under pressure (she handled a couple prop mishaps without missing a cue!) and can’t thank you enough for working with her on the Annie songs. She had a mic on so it was a good thing she was already really comfortable with the songs as they didn’t get to practice with the mic until the dress rehearsal right before the show. Only 3 (her, Annie and Tessie) of the 10 orphans on stage were mic-ed, so we could really hear her. The time and money we spent with you was sooooo worth it. Thanks for being such an amazing singing teacher!

Posted Jun 29, 2018
Sacha B.
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My daughter is a classical singer and needed help preparing a song for a performance as we couldn't reach our regular teacher - the lesson was bizarre from moment one - she wasn't prepared with the technology for an online lesson so there were dramas with that. Then she seemed very confused with the piano to the point I thought perhaps she didn't know how to play even though I think she does. Lastly, the actual vocal technique seemed lacking or completely odd compared to what we had experienced with anyone before. It was so awful, I actually ended the lesson early and it was just so awkward and painful. I am sure she has helped some people, but I cannot recommend her for either kids, or for anyone who is doing anything vaguely serious. I am a huge fan of takelessons and we have had wonderful experiences before, but this was just a disaster from start to finish.

Posted Jun 26, 2018
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Gfire pushes you, from the beginning, to do things the right way and I like that. She is better than the previous piano teacher I had....

Posted Jun 16, 2018
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I am not a naturally talented singer, yet she is teaching me what I can do to improve while being encouraging.

Posted May 29, 2018
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Greatly appreciate her insight and for giving me confidence !

Posted Mar 9, 2018
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Amazing and patient teacher! Really has helped me learn the basics and I'm looking forward to more!

Posted Nov 27, 2017
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Gfire was very encouraging, even though my voice was barely audible at times.
She had very effective advice for training my voice to go higher ("less effort on high notes"). She incorporated singing to help my speaking voice and overall made me feel like she really cared about my improvement. I will use her again next year, and feel like our phone lessons were quite successful.

Posted Oct 31, 2017
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Great intro singing class today. I'm looking forward to the next class with Gfire!!!

Posted Aug 22, 2017
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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.

Posted Jul 18, 2017
Kyle A.
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Gfire is a teacher for creatives, encouraging exploration and expression while supplying students with effective research-based tools to support realization of potential.

Posted Jun 21, 2017
Jim B.
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In the course of a few lessons with Gfire, I (with coaching) wrote a song that I felt pretty good about. I've written a few songs before and had learned the basics, but I enjoyed learning her method (which, in a phrase, would have to be "keep going") and I plan to use it to see if it'll help with my productivity. Gfire was always very upbeat and positive without being phony, encouraging without being demanding, so the lessons were always enjoyable. I would recommend her.

Posted Mar 2, 2017
alicia jackson
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Gfire was great. I cant wait for next weeks lesson.

Posted Nov 17, 2016
Jo Anne Drosche
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I've only had one lesson so far but Gfire is awesome! I'm coming back to piano after many, many years, and she's already pulled some knowledge out of my head that I didn't know was still there. I can't wait till my next lesson.

Posted Sep 1, 2016
Greg W.
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off to a great start

Posted May 3, 2016
Sandy A.
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Great start for my lessons! like GFire's french background.

Posted Apr 5, 2016
Sami H.
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Very competent instructor! Excited to see what will result after 4 months of lessons!

Posted Mar 16, 2016
Alma P.
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Our first session went great! Gfire was pleasant and thorough and I'm looking forward to our next lesson.

Posted Mar 15, 2016
Erin Chancy
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You can tell she is experienced, and knows what she is doing. She's very willing to work with you at whatever level, and help you achieve your goals

Posted Jan 25, 2016
Shay E.
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My first lesson was great. I felt she listened to what I wanted to achieve through. Y lessons, offered good practice suggestions,and was effective in communicating.

Posted Oct 10, 2015
Jordan Zachary
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She's a beyond wonderful instructor who has so much patience and is one of the friendliest people I've ever met! She knows her stuff and I just can't stress enough of what a wonderful person she is! 1,000,000 of 10 would recommend! :D

Posted Sep 29, 2015
Maria Munoz M.
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I really enjoyed her warmups. I definitely recommend her as a teacher!

Posted Aug 3, 2015
Chase S.
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Gfire rules. I had to stop lessons with her because of personal scheduling issues, but she taught me so much! She is a great vocal trainer and teacher! Great experience. Highly recommend.

Posted Jun 1, 2015
Cory C.
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I loved taking lessons with Gfire. We worked hard and had fun dgoing so. I wouldn't change a thing.

Posted May 26, 2015
Kevin L.
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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.

Posted May 1, 2015
Alan L.
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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'll be glad you did!

Posted Mar 29, 2015
Kimberlee S.
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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.

Posted Mar 12, 2015
Eric R.
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In 15 lessons, Gfire helped me accomplish so much! I now sing a song with clearer phrasing and better note accuracy. Overall, my tonal quality and singing ability has improved greatly.

Posted Mar 11, 2015
Sharon M.
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Gfire is just awesome. In only a few lessons I see such a great work with my daughter. She is already learning to find her head voice after three lessons and is getting better already. I am looking forward to greater things they will accomplish together. Gfire I have been looking for someone like you for such a long time. Where have you been hiding? Everyone look no further, you have found your voice teacher.
Thanks Gfire

Posted Mar 3, 2015
Rodlyne A.
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Also Gfire we will be with you and thank for your patience and kind.

Posted Jan 14, 2015
Rodlyne A.
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I believe that Gfire do fire herself in the music and do appreciate all the times she took to teach my little girl the piano lesson. I cannot wait for me to see her able to both play and read music. She will, and I will say thanks to Mrs. Gfire. Everything happen for reason in life.

Posted Jan 14, 2015
Paula R.
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Absolutely love this teacher -- you couldn't find a better one! Easy to work with and taught me a lot. I highly recommend her to both beginning and advanced students.

Posted Jan 13, 2015
MaryBeth M.
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She is wonderful! She helped my teenage son, who had never sung before get a part in the high school musical. She is always prepared, on time, and able to coach the best out of even the shyest of students. She worked tirelessly with my son on improving his voice, knowledge of music and he tryout piece. I would recommend her to anyone who has always wanted to sing but doesn't think he or she can. My son is proof that Gfire can help anyone improve their voice and be confident enough to not only sing in public but get the part.

Posted Oct 7, 2014
Paula R.
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She is fantastic! She is very knowledgeable and does a great job of explaining things. She's also very supportive and fun. I've only taken a few lessons so far, but I feel like I've already learned so much and I can't wait to learn more. I'm not that great with computer stuff, so I was kind of uneasy about using online lessons at first, but it's been much easier than I thought and Gfire has been very helpful and understanding about that aspect, too. I wish I'd discovered this option for lessons a long time ago, and I absolutely recommend Gfire!

Posted Sep 30, 2014
Autumn S.
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I had no piano experience prior to starting my lessons with Gfire, except for some sight reading from choir. Now, 2 years in, I feel I am going strong, thanks to her weekly lessons and support. She is patient and identifies areas for more focus. I would recommend Gfire looking for a fun and consistent teacher.

Posted Jul 1, 2014
Roger A


Professional and motivated.

Posted May 14, 2014
Daniel C.

GFire Singing Lessons

GFire's great!

Posted May 14, 2014

Gfire is Amazing!

an amazing teacher with quality talent and a teacher of music that goes beyond creative levels and pure soul, to her and her students at heart.

Posted May 14, 2014
Genevieve S


wonderful voice teacher for my teenage son!

Posted May 14, 2014
Joseph M

Great fill-in pianist

I needed a fill-in pianist for my band when my regular couldn't make the gig. Gfire pulled off two hours of my original songs, when I gave her a book of charts and only one run-through of my songs. Very professional and competent!

Posted May 14, 2014
Sonia H.

Great experience

I took just a couple of lessons so far with GFire, but I learned more than by myself in years. She had a lot of patience and explained everything very thoroughly, helped with tips, and was generally very helpful. I am taking a break now from my lessons for a few months, but can't wait to get back to my lessons with her once time allows. We did online lessons through Facetime and, even though I was a bit skeptical before i started about having online lessons, it turned out to be a very good experience and it worked very well. All in all, a great experience.

Posted Apr 22, 2014
Matt N.

Learning a lot

I had Gfire as a teacher for 8+ lessons, went from knowing absolutely nothing about Piano and playing but now have a understanding of the basics on piano and how its played and can play a song or 2 well. Gfire, has a simple yet affective style of teaching and immediately after the lesson as have it already printed on my brain so it isn't difficult to remember. Thank you Gfire

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Best Piano Teacher

Gfire is committed to her art (music) so this passion shows when she is teaching her students. She works well with our son (7).

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Lyndsie D.

Gfire Rocks!

I love the incorporation of yoga into my singing lessons

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Austin's Best Vocal Coach

I started taking voice lessons w/Gfire at a time when I was sure I couldn't sing. She didn't care what I'd been told by other teachers, she was willing to take a chance on me. She is patient, fun, and teaches in a way that doesn't intimidate a student. I highly recommend her as a voice coach.

Posted Mar 6, 2014

gfire made my wedding!!

She helped me sing to my husband at our wedding. She did an amazing job getting me to that point. She's the best!!!

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Gfire is on fire!

Gfire is an amazing teacher, she really connects with her students, and is able to bring out the best in their abilities and voice. She teaches her students that their voice is their instrument and how to use that instrument. Love her!

Posted Mar 6, 2014


It's nice to have a teacher that is flexible in musical styles. Makes lessons much more interesting.

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Gfire review

Gfire teaches my kids for 3 years piano. She is sweet and effective. Kids learn the techniques and some classical pieces. We love her.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Howard L.

Remote Learning that is NOT "Remote!"

My child has been taking piano lessons via "Take Lessons" since September of this year. Living in a small community of under 5,000 people (located in New Brunswick, CANADA), we lost two music teachers over the summer months, due to them moving to larger centers. Our town of Hampton had approx. 60 music students who had to either give up their lessons or commute to larger communities to continue their learning.
We discovered reviews of "" and utilizing their database we found a great teaching mentor for our son. GFire was our choice of teacher, based on her profile description and recommendations. Both my son and I have been extremely pleased with the two-way communication, the positive feedback and the gentle/caring mentorship from GFire. My son has continued his music learning which has been a great boon to his overall cognitive learning and his confidence.
Austin, Texas is not so far away from Hampton, New Brunswick CANADA, least it doesn't feel that way with music instructor GFire. :-)
Thank You

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Powerful and Inspiring teacher

I learned from gfire never to give up, and that no matter how long it takes I can achieve my goals.

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Excellent performer and composer

I first met Gfire through a professional women musicians group in Austin. Since then I have been privileged to attend several of her recitals and house concerts. She is an outstanding composer and performer, able to make her own music AND bring new life to classical compositions. I am sure her students find her to be a real gift..

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Elizabeth V.

Suberb Vocal Coaching

GFire is not only an excellent, patient and understanding vocal coach, but a lovely person and a friend now too. She's got great techniques for overcoming vocal and technique weaknesses. Super reliable and wonderful over long-distance as well! Recommended for all vocal styles!

Posted Feb 24, 2014
Howard L.

"a great way for families to learn a musical instrument"

Both my son and I want to thank you for your diligence, effort and patience in conducting this online training. It was amazing that we could have lessons in Hampton, New Brunswick Canada from Austin, Texas USA! :-)

For a remote learner, we would like to ensure you and Take Lessons that we highly recommend this method as a great way for families to learn a musical instrument.

Thank You Again for your wonderful lessons and good luck for the future.

Posted Feb 4, 2014
Rodrigo D.

She is a fun and great teacher to learn piano

She is very nice and she has been very nice with my flexible schedule. Is great that once in while she organizes events so her students can play. She has help me get back with my piano skills and she though me the American way for reading music.

Posted Dec 9, 2012
John M.

The best teacher for finding YOUR voice!

I've sang for bands, choirs, and musicals, but each time, I felt like I was imitating somebody else in order to sound good. gfire's the first to help me feel comfortable with my own pipes AND teach me how singing actually works (FAR easier than I'd thought). Lessons are simple and practical, and gfire's got catchy ways to remember the fundamentals, from breathing to finding notes' "happy places." She's going to be a big star someday, and I'll be proud to say I took lessons from her. For now, I'm proud to say she taught me how to enjoy my voice.

Posted Nov 24, 2012
Carl M.

Excellent vocal instructor

Gfire is very helpful and a lot of fun to work with! Definitely recommended.

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Gfire is very encouraging and positive. She is a wonderful instructor.

Posted Jun 28, 2012

What a unique, wonderful and talented teacher! I'm so pleased with her. :)

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Voice Lessons

I think Gfire is GREAT! My daughter loves her. She is so patient with Ashleigh. I was really reluctant about going online to find a vocal coach for my daughter but it's rare you get this lucky on the 1st try. Thanks Gfire.

Posted Jan 5, 2012


Love gFire!

Posted Oct 11, 2011

My piano teacher

She is a great instructor, really I dont know how easily is for her to play any song. She teaches you with really good techniques which are easy to learn and fun. Even thou she has a lot of thing to do she always puts her attention at 110%.

Posted Oct 3, 2011

gfire was very encouraging during my lessons and gave me plenty of exercises to work on at home to make sure I was constantly making progress. I can tell she is very passionate about what she does!

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Gfire is great - she knows her stuff and is fun to work with...really enjoying my lessons.

Posted Mar 16, 2011

gfire is excellent. Makes it fun and works with my granddaughter and myself to learn songs we want to learn. My granddaughter is very at ease with her.

Posted Dec 23, 2009

Awesome and patient instructor

Keniah and I were very happy with g-fire. She is awesome and so verypatient. This is just what I was looking for to enhance Keniah's love ofmusic.

Posted Mar 2, 2009

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professional singer/songwriter
Jan 1997 - Present


write, perform, promote original songs. sell music on CD's, iTunes, streaming services like Spotify, etc.

musician/music teacher
Aug 1996 - Present


I am a world-touring singer/songwriter and I have also been teaching singing, piano, yoga, songwriting, DJ'ing, and folk guitar for over 17 years


Master of the Science of Singing
Jan 2005 - Jun 2007

Ernest George White Society

Bachelor of Arts in Music (Vocal Performance)
Sep 1990 - Jun 1994

University of Maryland, College Park, MD



Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Master Of The Science of Singing
Jun 2004

Ernest George White Society, London, England

I am the only voice teacher in the entire United States to have full certification in the Science of Singing, based in London, England. I teach each voice student the ins and outs of her/his voice down to the smallest scientific detail so that the student can sing (or speak) using the voice to its fullest, in the most comfortable and enjoyable manner.


ASCAPlus Award for excellence in songwriting
Jan 2014


Only voice teacher in the United States with full certification in the "Science of Singing"
Jun 2007

Ernest George White Society, London, England

ASCAPlus Award for Songwriting
Jan 2007



National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Mar 2013
Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Feb 1990
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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