Adjoa Skinner

Adjoa S.

Long Beach, CA
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About Adjoa S.

With over 13 years of teaching private music lessons and over 20 years of professional studio experience. I am a full-time performing artist & music professional that recently moved to Nashville after working in Los Angeles for the past 7 1/2 years. I grew up in the great state of NY where I was able to start training and competing at a young age.
I was an All State Vocal participant and soloist with the New York State Music Educators Association
I've produced and written CDs in Los Angeles, Capetown, South Africa & Ghana West Africa.
In 2003 I helped pioneer a School of Music in Ghana West Africa that continues to run now over 7 years.
Knowing how important movement is regards to performance and vocal health I studied as a theatre student and vocal performance major at Belhaven College. While at Belhaven I was given the honor of becoming a finalist in the NATS (National Association of Teacher's of Singing) State Competition for classical voice as a Mezzo Soprano.
A year later I was belting it as a Top 10 Finalist in the "Got Vocals" competition hosted by Charlotte's THE BEAT R&B Radio Station. In 2006 I moved to Los Angeles, where I began a weekly show that lasted for 6 months. After that time I was asked to create the Oneonta Kids Performing Arts Department for children's performing arts at Oneonta Congregational Church in South Pasadena. As the director I put together weekly workshops in dance/singing/poetry. I also wrote/directed/choreographed and scored 2 plays during my stay there.
Afterward I hosted a weekly showcase that lasted for 5 months at local LA hotspot Molly Malones then 3 months at Genghis Cohen, sponsored by ASCAP and Adrenaline Music. Since that time I've worked on scores for short films, taught, performed and done session work...so thats me in a nutshell...if you want to know more, just ask. I would really enjoy meeting you in person and becoming your teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
The students that have come to me with an end product to get that role - EVERY SINGLE STUDENT has gotten it! Whatever style you want to focus on, I will do my best to take you there with excellence.
I promise to meet you where you're at. I dedicate myself to walking alongside you as you grow in courage, in wisdom and love for music :-)

In our first lesson, half of the time I will take you through a series of questions to find out what you want to learn, what kind of training that you have had already, as well as any questions you might have. Then we dive right in to get some hands on experience!

We build it from there tailoring your lessons to your level of experience and setting attainable goals.
MY PERSONAL GOAL as your teacher is for you to find freedom in performance. I want you to learn how to love your instrument and find your own style of expression.



*** Studio Equipment ***
88 key weighted keyboard
64 keys semi weighted keyboard
Alvarez Classical Guitar
Taylor Acoustic Guitar

Lampifier Microphones - cordless and corded
Sennheiser live mics
CAD studio mic
CAD Acoustic Enclosure for recording

Garageband

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, songbooks, flute, monologues, laptop, iPad

*** Specialties ***
Over 20 years of experience in the studio as a session vocalist.
I specialize in vocal freedom, incorporating the feldenkrais and alexander techniques with exercises also taken from the Jeanie Deva Contemporary Vocalist Series.
On piano and guitar I very much focus on the styles that make the students come alive. I stress the importance of reading and ear training, but don't force it to the point of the students dislike for music training. I'd rather they enjoy and experiment with sound than demanding they play the music perfect as written.

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JackY1

My kids love Adjoa's lesson. She is professional and encouraging and responsible. And she rides bike to work, too!

Posted Mar 10, 2011
JesseG1

Really knows her stuff..... great help....

Posted Mar 1, 2011
LisaG

The Awesomeness that is Adjoa

Adjoa is amazing. She is hilarious, and working with her is a ridiculous amount of fun. She is flexible and works with me, even when my insane schedule changes our lesson time...weekly. She pushes me to where I need to be, but is sneaky enough about it that I don't notice until I'm there. Adjoa is a fantastic teacher. I moved (and am now more than 45 minutes away from our lesson location), but I continue to take lessons from her. The drive is more than worth it.

Posted Feb 3, 2011
MarilynW

Absolutely Amazing

Enthusiastic and very engaging, great personality and very knowledgeable on subject of acting, excellent homework practice exercises. I am very pleased with my teacher and progress.

Posted Nov 20, 2010
RavyH

Fantastic vocal instructor

I've taken many vocal lessons in the past and experienced vocal instructors who told me how to sing but only tried to conform me to the style they liked (even though they say they teach any style). In addition, I found many voice coaches who teach vocal technique/exercises, but did not sound well when singing themselves. For the first time I can tell you that I found a professional vocal coach who could physically show me how to sing and APPLY vocal technique; and has the vocal chops to back it up! At first I was apprehensive, but I can honestly say that I improved after being under her mentorship. My wobbly vibrato was not wobbly no more. My ranged increased by at least a whole and a half step. The tension in my body decreased dramatically and I found the correct way to support and breathe while singing. And the most exciting part was how her warm ups allowed me to sing whenever I felt like singing with vocal freedom. The reason I write this is because I want other passionate singers to know that there is hope if you love singing. Also I want to thank you Adjoa ! You are an awesome inspirational teacher and artist. I'm look forward to the next lesson.Sincerely,Ravy

Posted Jun 26, 2010

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