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About Adia L.

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Durham, NC
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About Adia
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 perform
ing 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.
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Amy B. May 1, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Very nice and kind, very knowledgeable. I am looking forward to learning how to sing better. I believe she has a lot to teach me.
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Janet August 7, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I only didn't give a 5 because I really do reserve 5 stars for the beyond exceptional.. in all things.

But Adia has helped me already in ways that other teachers have not!! I highly recommend her and I'm increasing the time of my lessons with her as a consequence.
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Adia L.

Adia L.

Durham, NC 27707
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About Carolyn B.

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About Carolyn
I am a pianist and theorist who is enthusiastic about helping you learn more about music! I have a Bachelors of Music Performance from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Music Theory from Bowling Green State University. Music is one of my passions, a passion I would love to share with you!

I have experience with classical, classic, jazz, and Broadway music, among other genres. My performance and scholarly studies were primarily classical, but not limited to classical music.

Whether you pursue performance, scholarship, a greater appreciation of music, or simply a fun experience
, I will help you reach your goals! None of these is exclusive, as all of them should be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I prefer to teach in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where the student can ask questions and offer opinions without fear. I am a patient and encouraging teacher, though I do expect students to prepare for lessons and improve over time. Lessons and curricula are tailored to the individual, depending on the student's goals. Should those goals change over the course of his/her study, the curriculum and lesson format will reflect that change. I believe in a well-rounded education, incorporating not only memorization or sight-reading (for example), but the underlying theories and relevant historical information. Most importantly, I will endeavor to make lessons enjoyable as well as educational for all involved!

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I can provide sight-reading/singing materials, handouts, and copies of music. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, textbook, and staff paper.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory/Aural Skills: tonal through post-tonal theory, including counterpoint, part-writing, Roman numeral analysis, set theory; tonal and atonal sight singing (with solfege, numbers, and European letter names), rhythmic and melodic dictation, chord series

Piano: primarily tonal music (Baroque through Romantic), sight-reading, show tunes, popular songs
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Rennee C. July 13, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Very nice and friendly. My daughter enjoyed the lesson and seems very excited to practice and get ready for next week!
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Sandy W. January 4, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
It was a very nice first lesson.
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Victoria B. January 2, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Excellent piano teacher!! Very patient, kind, reliable and communicates very well with my 10 yo son. She is so enthusiastic and has really gotten my son interested in music, despite that he is very shy. I have been impressed with how quickly my son has learned to play the piano in just a few months. We have been so thrilled with Carolyn that our other two children are to start lessons this month!!
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Cary, NC 27513
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About Emily M.

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Durham, NC
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About Emily
Emily began singing at 4 years old and picked up her first guitar at 12. At 16 she started playing local venues around town. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston from 2008-2012, one of the top contemporary music schools in the world. She has a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, professionalizing her music transcription and recording skills. In 2008 Emily began teaching her first guitar and voice lessons at Belvoir Terrace, a performing arts camp for girls in Western Massachusetts. It was there that she fell in love with teaching and has since picked up several private vo
ice and guitar students. As a teacher, Emily strives to help her students find their musical passion and keep it alive through fun and informative exercises. She also loves to work with songwriters, teaching them how to brainstorm ideas, play with rhyme, and get over “writers block.” She teaches some students how to use recording equipment to make their own demos or record other bands.
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Lily February 1, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
My daughter loved her lesson. In fact she asked if we could go again today 😊
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Dave May 7, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
First lesson was great. Since I am an intermediate guitarist she is taking the time to assess where my skills are at which is exactly what she should do. She already taught me some stuff that made an immediate improvement.
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Wesley N. February 12, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
My son is really enjoying working with Emily!!!
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Emily M.

Durham, NC 27705
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About Emily S.

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Durham, NC

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Emily Austin S. began playing the cello at age 8 and has enjoyed a life full of performing and teaching music ever since. She has earned bachelors degrees in Cello Performance and English Literature from the Peabody Conservatory and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and recently graduated with her Masters degree in Cello Performance and Pedagogy. While living in Baltimore, Emily taught at the Carroll County String Project, the Baltimore Symphony OrchKids program, the Bridges Orchestra Program, and Baltimore School for the Arts, and performed with the Peabody Symphony, Peabody Camerata, Oc
casional Symphony, Classical Revolution, and many other chamber music groups. She now plays with the Durham Symphony and the Duke New Music Ensemble and teaches students of all ages in the Triangle.
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Alex January 11, 2017
Verified Student · Cello · In home
Very easy to talk to, knows her stuff, clear instruction, patient, and responsive. Great teacher!
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Lauren June 28, 2016
Verified Student · Cello · In home
Gives great and useful feedback. Wonderful teaching techniques!
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Holly October 27, 2015
Verified Student · Cello · In studio
Emily is amazing! Helpful, funny and kind. I'm enjoying playing with her.
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Emily S.

Durham, NC 27705
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About Le'Andra M.

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Le’Andra McPhatter was born into a clan of musicians, singers, as well as music lovers. Since the age of 3, she has been enthusiastic about music, especially the piano. Growing up as a self-taught pianist, she gained her start in the church and studied theory and musical notation independently. Music has influenced her life so eloquently that she is en-route to her BA in Jazz Studies with a Certification in Teaching (Dec 2017). Along with piano, LeAndra also has experience training vocals and playing clarinet in both middle and high schools. She is a multi-genre performer who takes great joy i
n instructing people of all ages about the fun, beautiful journey music has to offer. She believes that the most beautiful thing about music is how it allows people to share a piece of their world with complete strangers – creating an intimate, undeniable connection that people will never forget.
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Breonna February 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Le'Andra is an amazing artist, teacher, and composer. The lessons I received have not only made me proficient but made me want to come back to her specifically because she is genuine in her approach to making sure you are well prepared. Her attention to detail and love for teaching is felt even in the introductory session. If you are a person who really wants to learn piano or even lessons with vocals-Le'Andra is the teacher to have! Your investment will reap a great reward at the end of your lessons.
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Sharon M. February 10, 2017
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Le'Andra is one of the best teachers I've come across. She's passionate, professional, caring, and enthusiastic! We've been with her for a year and I'm looking forward to my daughter continuing under her tutorage for many years to come.
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Le'Andra M.

Durham, NC 27707
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