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Learn to play piano skillfully from a piano teacher with 20+ years of experience

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I have been teaching piano for over 22 years to ages 4-90 at all levels from beginner to advanced. I teach the importance of mastery at each level, so that the student understands what it takes to play and perform at her/his best.
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.

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since 1996

Master of the Science of Singing

Age: 5+

Speaks French, French

Has background check

Instructor details
Subject: Piano
Acoustic Guitar
Audition Prep
Broadway Singing
Classical Piano
Classical Voice
Country Singing
Gospel Singing
Jazz Voice
Music Performance
Music Recording
Music Theory
Musical Theater
Opera Voice
Speaking Voice
Vocal Training
Teaches 10+ subjects. Different subjects may have different prices.
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Teacher's studio

great instructor, provides great audio notes to practice later

Posted Mar 7, 2023
Teacher's studio

Gfire taught our 7 year old how to play the guitar in a way that left her happy and excited to learn more!

Posted Feb 8, 2023

Gfire is very kind, prompt, and makes the exercises easy to start as a beginner singer. I especially like that she will send you piano MP4s to help practice what you've learned in the lesson (for homework).

Posted Dec 16, 2021
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
Limited Proficiency
Professional 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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