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About Tara G.

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I graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA! I received a BFA in Musical Theatre. What a change that was to go from Texas to Philly! I auditioned for many different schools, and know what it takes to get there. I then moved to New York City 2 days after graduating, on my 22nd birthday! I had 13 wonderful, and also challenging, years in NYC. Lots and lots of auditions, of every kind! Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV, Soaps, Film, Commercials, Concerts, Readings, Showcases, etc. I have sung for ABBA (Mama Mia), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Hal Prince (Gypsy). I was also up for leads in Mama Mia, Wicked, Rent, Hairspray. So, I definitely have a lot of versatility, and knowledge of what they're looking for! I did a Eugene O'Neil play called "Ah Wilderness" at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. We opened there, and then t
oured it all over the Midwest for 6 months. I did appear on NBC's Law & Order as a featured role, with the late Jerry Orbach. Lot's of experience, lot's of knowledge, and I'm excited to share it with you!

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

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

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

*** Specialties ***
I can teach any style of singing! I majored in Musical Theater, but I sing everything. I played piano for 10 years. I have many many years of music theory lessons! I had surgery on my vocal chords, back in 1995, and had 4 years of speech and vocal therapy, so I have lots of experience with that as well. I don't use a specific method with my acting. It depends on what they would want to work on! I have many books of music, and music theory, and piano learning. In terms of learning piano, I would start with scales, and chords, and learning the right hand, then the left.
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Ashley July 3, 2016
· Singing · In home
Tara is very good with my granddaughter.
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Sophie April 11, 2016
· Singing · In home
My daughter just loves Tara. We just had her first lesson and she just can't stop talking about it!
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Sophie April 9, 2016
· Singing · In home
My daughter just loves Tara. We just had her first lesson and she just can't stop talking about it!
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Austin, TX 78744
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About Gfire

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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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Gfire

Austin, TX 78723
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About Doug L.

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Hi! I'm a warm and positive educator with years of experience helping students in music, math, and social studies. I have six years of public school teaching and private lesson experience in New Jersey, and I have recently relocated to the Austin metropolitan area. I am excited to help people further their knowledge and skills in areas they have a unique interest or area where they feel the need to improve.

It would be my pleasure to meet with you at your home, host you at my place, or work over the internet.
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Victoria C. July 26, 2015
· Trombone · Online
Great first lesson. Really tailored it to the student and her leaning goals.
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Jennings W. July 9, 2015
· Trumpet · In studio
Jennings had a terrific first lesson!
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Ryke C. July 6, 2015
· WordPress · Online
GREAT job Doug!
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Doug L.

Doug L.

Austin, TX 78751
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About David L.

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Austin, TX

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My name is David and I'm a professional musician who just moved to North Austin. I came from Cincinnati, where I went to the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, taught dozens of students at all levels and played regular gigs every weekend. I have been teaching for over fifteen years, and I'm looking to get a few new students.
I teach guitar, piano, bass guitar and even upright bass. If it's a tutor you are looking for I can also teach music theory and appreciation. I have a knack for teaching young people, probably because I was young when I started my musical journey. I've been very successful at inspiring a student's love of music and instilling the patience required to take on the challenge of playing an instrument.
The first thing I like to do is get to know you, the music you enjoy and your goals. In a way, I l
ike to begin by letting the student lead.
In addition to learning from you, I intend to present you with new information, to try and broaden your musical tastes and teach you how to be an active listener.
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Ronan R. August 13, 2017
· Guitar · Online
awesome
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Andy June 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
he's very patient without being condescending or patronizing. works very well with my 13 yo son.
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Trevor G. June 7, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Wonderful first lesson. Well thought out with actionable steps for me to work on this next week.
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David L.

David L.

Austin, TX 78717
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About Rom G.

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Rom is an international awarded session drummer from Israel and drummer of Electronica Rock band - Seek Irony.

Rom is a professional A list session drummer for hire, with a decade of experience in the music industry - He has recorded drums on various albums, performing over 1000 shows with various artists in different styles of music and has appeared in over 10 music videos - taking part in over 50 music projects around the globe.
In Israel, Rom taught for the two best music schools, and had 50 students per week.
A link to the drummer's blog on Modern Drummer- http://www.moderndrummer.com/site/2015/02/drummer-blog-seek-ironys-rom-gov-talks-moving-tel-aviv-austin/

" I believe that a lesson should be fun, easy, and challenging at the same time. As a teacher, the thing that is the most important to me, is to inspire my students. T
here is nothing better than making a student feel like he wants to go home and practice. "
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Helena O. July 15, 2017
· Drum · In home
He's amazing with our 5 year old. It's helped with her concentration a lot. She's starting to name off parts of the drum set and playing repetitive beats. He's very patient and helpful. We highly recommend him.
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Beti A. February 21, 2017
· Drum · In home
Rom has been very patient and gentle with our son with special needs. He understands our goals, which could, at times, be different from those of the general population and works systematically towards them. On top of it all, he's a genuine professional, always on time and always friendly and courteous.
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Charlie H. March 11, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My son LOVED his first lesson!
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Rom G.

Manchaca, TX 78652
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About Hilary K.

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Austin, TX

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I am a professional singer in Austin Texas. I play live shows, I have gone on tour and have released an album. I love teaching people what I know. After singing behind closed doors for a portion of my life and secretly dreaming of being a singer, one day, I decided to take the plunge and start living my dream. I began writing music, playing live shows and training to teach voice. Shortly after, I started accepting students and helped them conquer their fears.

After I conquered my own fears of singing, the world of opportunity opened up for me. I filled the role of choir director for a local church and my music now plays on Pandora, Spotify and I-tunes! I love to share my knowledge as a singer and aspire to teach fellow singers everything I know as a vocalist.
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Kay S. July 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
She is a supportive, knowledgeable singing teacher
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Anna L. June 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Hilary for a while, longer than a year. I dont have a natural gift, and got interested in singing later in life, but she has helped me gain confidence and comfort with my voice. She is very bubbly and friendly. For me, it helps to have a teacher that puts me at ease since I am shy. She has helped me with pitch and voices. She is helping me work on vocal runs. I have progressed enough to start writing my own songs. BTW, her singing is amazing and I am happy for the opportunity to work with her!
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Jana P. August 14, 2016
· Singing · In home
Hilary was very helpful.
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Hilary K.

Austin, TX 78745
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About Manasi B.

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I teach Chess to anyone interested. I am currently accepting new students! The classes are once a week. I give individual attention and the class size is small. I feel they learn better this way. I have 30 min 45 min 60 min sessions available.

I have an Engineering degree from a prestigious institution in India. I am a Software Professional. I am currently residing in Austin,TX. My passion is to create stuff from scratch be it a website or a piece of art. I also enjoy teaching Chess/ Carnatic Light Classical(Indian Devotional songs)/ Computer stuff and help others excel.
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Jayagowri September 8, 2017
· Chess · In home
Manasi is very professional and she is excellent in handling kids.She has a clear lesson plan.My kid is so excited every time when he goes to chess class.
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Ram August 1, 2017
· Chess · Online
Manasi was very good in getting across the right concepts for the kids. She was well prepared and interacted well with the kids. She repeated a few complex concepts till the kids got it well. The kids loved it and were excited to learn more. Thanks!
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Aarti June 1, 2017
· Chess · Online
Clear, thorough and easy to follow directions with effective communication skills. Interesting and fun learning experience.
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Manasi B.

Austin, TX 78717
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About Suvida N.

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Enjoy piano lessons in a productive and friendly environment. Learn to play your favorite pieces! I graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Piano Performance) and am currently pursuing a Doctoral degree at UT Austin. I offer piano lessons to students of all ages and levels, and also personalize piano lessons to ensure I meet the individual needs and interests of each student. Feel free to contact me and try a free introductory lesson.

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Suvida Neramit-aram won the First prize from Grand Virtuoso International Music Competition, London, 2017, the First prize from the Susan Torres award in March 2015 (California, USA), the Second prize from the Thailand Steinway Piano Concerto Competition, a Silver medal prize award from the Settrade music competition, and particip
ated in the 7th Bangkok Chopin Piano competition as well as the 8th Nat Piano Competition. She graduated from Triam Udom Suksa High School, then entered Chulalongkorn University to study in the Business school (international program). Suvida received a full scholarship in 2008 to study Piano Performance at Lynn University, Florida, USA, where she also got the highest honor certificate in 2011 (Summa Cum Laude). A recipient of Jack H. Lund Scholarship, Suvida completed a Master of Music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2014, under tutorage of Mack McCray and Sharon Mann.

In Thailand, Suvida studied with Mr. Wanchana Sompakdee, Mr. Nat Yontararak (Steinway artist), and Dr. Nopanand Chanorathaikul. In 2016, Suvida got selected to perform in front of General Prem Tinsulanonda, who is the president of the Privy Council serving the King of Thailand. Suvida has performed in the USA, Thailand, and Europe, where she participated in the Chautauqua music festival (New York, USA), and the Zephyr chamber music festival in northern Italy. Moreover, she has been in many masterclasses conducted by well-known artists; Menahem Pressler, Dominique Merlet, Peter Frankl, Philippe Entremont, Rebecca Penneys, Thomas Schumacher, Margit Haider, and John Owings.

Currently, Suvida is pursuing the Doctoral of Musical Art degree with piano performance at University of Texas, Austin, USA, (Betty Osborn Biedenharn Endowed Presidential Scholarship) under the tutorage of Prof. Gregory Allen.
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Beeral September 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Suvida gave lessons to my 4 year old son at UT. I was nervous at first because they were his very first lessons in piano, but Suvida had a calm and gentle approach, and my son liked her immediately. She had a lot of patience and had ways of teaching him that we're relatable for his age and level of understanding. I would definitely recommend her lessons!
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Debbie February 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Suvida teaches my 10-year old, and I initially turned to Suvida because my daughter's previous teacher, whom we had for 3 years, was painfully inadequate. I was chatting with Suvida about things that bothered me as being improper techniques, though I myself had only taken piano lessons for 1 year as a child. Suvida's "horror" by what I detailed, and then her launching into all that my daughter should've been able to achieve after 3 years of lessons, convinced me that we needed her as our teacher!
Her attention to details, which as a child violinist of 11 years myself, is something that I surely appreciate! And I can already see the vast improvement in my daughter, after only one year of lessons with her! Thank you, Suvida!
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Jena A. January 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Suvida has been giving my 7-year old piano lessons. She is excellent with children, and has a positive and kind manner. She makes the lessons interesting to children in different ways, for instance, getting them to use their bodies to understand concepts, like clapping to count out beats. I highly recommend her as a music teacher.
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Suvida N.

Austin, TX 78712
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About Sam F.

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I am a professional violinist, composer, music producer, and recording artist. I graduated from Bucknell University and had a career as an Army Officer prior to pursuing music full time. I have had a lifelong passion for music, and I am anxious to share this passion with others!

I teach violin students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied violin starting at the age of 6 through the Suzuki school of music, where I was trained classically. I have a strong background in violin through over 20 years of experience, during which time I have participated in numerous orchestras and ensembles, including all-county and regional orchestras as well as the Bucknell University orchestra. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music, or both depending on the goals and pref
erence of the student. I structure the lessons according to the goals, skill level, and interests of each student, and I am focused on helping each student to gain a proper understanding of technique, music theory, and the feeling behind the music they are playing.

My personal passion is rock and classical music, but I love sharing music of all genres. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Sam F.

Georgetown, TX 78628
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Pat L.

Austin, TX 78704
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The First Thing Beginners Should Learn on the Guitar
Whether you've just started guitar lessons or you're teaching yourself, the best way to learn guitar is by starting with this one, basic thing. Guitar teacher Jerry W. explains... The first thing a beginner needs to learn on the guitar is how to tune. An out-of-tune guitar will make even the best player sound bad. The best way to learn guitar is to first learn how to tune it. Then, everything you play will sound better, and the whole musical world will thank you! I recommend you tun

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