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Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing
Adia has been described as having “a voice full of personality and expression.” Her vocal stylings have been called soulful, soothing, and classy. Dedicated to the preservation of jazz music, her energetic and exciting performances are marked by a blend of jazz standards, original compositions, and an exploration of the elements of jazz found in contemporary music genres. For over ten years Adia performed with Generations, a jazz ensemble dedicated to the preservation of jazz music, consisting of some of the most seasoned jazz musicians in the triangle area, opening for Jimmy Heath and performing with Gary Bartz. Her debut CD First Take, features Generations. Adia is still often accompanied by her father, Generations bassist Freeman L., a bassist with over thirty years of jazz performing experience.
A skilled and passionate performer, Adia works with various jazz instrumentalists. She currently performs with the her Quartet which routinely features jazz professionals, instructors, and students from North Carolina and the US east coast on drums, bass, piano, and horns.
A native of Durham, NC, Adia holds Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies from North Carolina Central University and a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from New York’s Queens College. She was chosen as an outstanding performer by Downbeat Magazine in 2006, and was selected to participate in the 2006 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead International Jazz Residency and Performance Project. She was selected as a 2008 NC Arts Council Emerging Artist. Her sophomore CD, Take 2: Rendezvous with Yesterdays was well received internationally and reached the top ten on the CMJ jazz station charts.
Adia most recently was the featured performer for the 2011 Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Ceremony and was chosen to be on the 2012-2014 Durham Arts Council CAPS rooster, bringing the arts to public and private schools. She also served as the music director for United Way’s “Shakespeare on Base” held at Fort Bragg Military Base in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
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I am a laid back instructor with an incredible love for music. I will tailor each lesson to the needs of each individual student. I love teaching dedicated and diligent students. I am well versed in teaching various styles of music including but not limited to classical, jazz, and musical theater. I encourage my students to become musicians and not just vocalist. Each lesson will be comprised of a vocal warm-up, vocalizing exercises, ear-training, music theory, and singing. I will include a little history and diction when needed. When you study with me you will leave with the ability to sing any type of music of your choosing. I will infuse each student with my own passionate spirit for music. Lets sing!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room set up for lessons with piano and microphones. Parents are able to sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own keyboard and tape/cd player. I would like for students to have a mirror and a cassette tape or other recording method for practicing purposes.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz Vocal Performance, though I was trained to sing Classical and Broadway music as well.
Acoustic Guitar, Algebra, Baseball, Basic Math, Basketball, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Creative Writing, Ear Training, Elementary Math, Football, Golf, Guitar, Music Theory, Poetry, Psychology, Reading, Singing, Social Sciences, Sociology, Songwriting, Spanish, Strength and Conditioning, Study Skills, Vocabulary, Vocal Training, Writing
Subjects Taught: Classical Guitar and Classical Sheet Music
Electric and Acoustic Guitar (Rhythm and Lead)
Electric and Acoustic Bass
Education: UNC Chapel Hill -2009 - Psychology (BS) and Music theory
Occupation: Chapel Hill School of the Musical Arts http://www.chapelhillschoolofmusicalarts.com/handy.php
I have been playing since I was about 10 years old and I have been in gospel, hip hop, rock, and blues bands.
I currently still play in a duo with my fiance, teach weekly at Chapel Hill School of the Musical Arts, perform weekly at Payne's Chapel Women's, Men's, Youth, and Mass Choirs, and practice classical daily. I released an album a year ago (reverbnation.com/soulshinecollective. I eat sleep and breathe music and am currently at a peak point in my playing. I would love to share this excitement exploration of music with my students.
Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Vocal Training
I was born in Heidelberg, Germany, but raised in Fayetteville, NC. I started singing at 3, playing the clarinet at 11, writing/composing at 12, recording at 15 and arranging at 16. I attended North Carolina Central University and earned my Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies Vocal Performance in May 2010 and my Master of Music in Jazz Studies Arranging and Composition. During my tenure, I had the opportunity to work with artist such as Branford Marsalis, Joey Calzerrado, Geri Allen, Carmen Lundy, Antonio Hart, and Nnenna Freelon as well as traveled to Toronto, the British Virgin Islands, NY, and Indiana to name a few destinations. I now perform R&B, Jazz, and Hip Hop music locally under the moniker "Coey Rochele" as well as in my group "1801", and write/arrange for special events and other local artist.
I focus on giving my student tools that they can use to in real world experiences...whether that is on a larger scale such as a show or small one like in church. We deal heavily with developing proper vocal technique, but I also give much attention to performing techniques and the art of delivering a lyric.
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As a teacher, I like to provide a comfortable place to learn, but I do expect my students to do the work that I have assigned them. I like to make sure the lessons are as personalized as possible, so I spend the first lesson getting to know the student a bit personally, their musical aspirations and current musical abilities. For the first 3 lessons, I give special focus to correct breathing. Breathing, when it comes to singing, is fundamental, and for most people quite difficult to pick up on because it requires you to pay attention to an area that you normally do not. We also deal with tone production and vocal health. By the 4th lesson, we add on vowel placement and diction as well as basic music theory ( if the student does not know how to read music.) After the first 3 months, a general concept of proper breathing, diction, and tone production are established firmly. A student will also be aware of basic performance etiquette.
*** Studio Equipment ***
piano and mirror
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have piano or FULL (88 keys) keyboard if I come to their home. I will provide everything else needed for lesson.
*** Specialties ***
My degree emphasized jazz, but I have experience and am proficient in classical, gospel, r&b, and Broadway genres as well.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
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"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."