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Buzz A.

Atlanta, GA
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Brandi B.

Stone Mountain, GA
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Terrell T.

Lawrenceville, GA
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Buzz A. Atlanta, GA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

Buzz is an independent producer, writer, arranger, & keyboardist with over 30 years in the music industry. He appears on more than 150 CDs as performer or producer.(2 received platinum certification)

During the 80's, Buzz toured the world with the legendary Curtis Mayfield as musical director and during that time became staff producer for Ichiban Records. In the 90's, Buzz focused on production & arranging, working with some of music'¬ôs finest such as Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, & Ben E King to name a few.

In 1998, Buzz created AMusic. He has composed music for CNN, Delta Airlines, The Discovery Channel, the Weather Channel as well as for film and TV. His orchestration skills provided him the opportunity to score 2 songs for jazz pianist Bob Thompson and the West VA Symphony Orchestra.

Sept of 06 Buzz released his debut CD Collection on Blue Canoe Records. Music from that release can be found in both film and TV .

Buzz continues writing and producing for various artists as well as composing music for independent film.

The future holds a 2015 release of new music entitled, Muse Cafe along with a book ("Repeat Offender") related to his career as a record producer and touring artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching is simple. The primary goal is to have fun and enjoy the experience of making and creating music. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in music or just wanting to add a bit of a creative outlet to your life, let me help.

My specialties include jazz, r&b, and pop piano styles. I do teach a little classical but primarily to beginners only. My curriculum is simple. I try to teach you what it is YOU want to know and that which fit your needs. There are some fundamentals that we all must learn, but typically I can have you playing a song your first lesson. As you progress, you will be able to learn to play songs on your own and interpret simple chord charts with melody.

For those students who already actively play, I can help hone your skills, offer performance, recording and studio tips and techniques.

90 and 120 min lessons are only offered to those students wishing to learn production and do NOT apply to piano lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Your lessons are given in my pre-production studio in my condo. Lessons take place on a digital piano either a Yamaha or a Casio Privia. If you are taking production classes, then see the list of gear below. My space is tidy but not always immaculate. I am a working musician and often have several projects juggling at once. There is room for 2 to 3 in addition to the student. My living room is always available and wi-fi for those who wait on a student is also available. More than ample parking is available at any time.

Buzz uses Cubase 7.5 recording software
Sibelius 7 Notation Software
Roland V-Synth
Korg Triton
Yamaha KX8
M-Audio Pro Keys 88
Casio Privia
full array of VST instrument & effect plug-ins for commercial recording (Waves, Soectrasonics, Kontakt 5, etc)

*** Specialties ***
adult, beginner, child, jazz, r&b, pop, EDM,modern, film scoring, sequencing, notation

Brandi B. Stone Mountain, GA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Reading, Singing, Songwriting, Vocal Training

About Me

My name is Brandi, I have been singing since the age of 3, and writing music, recording and producing since the age of 12. As a teenager I began playing piano and guitar as well. I am a college graduate of Jazz Studies; with a focus in Music Business, and Music Production and Engineer. I attended Cuyahoga Community College, and Berklee College of Music. During my years of college I've studied, musical arranging, ear training, breathwork, songwriting, and many private musical lessons and more. Post college I have taken vocal mastery classes.

As a musician/singer I have performed in front of as many as 3,000 people, I recently had a full page feature in a magazine, as well as had FM Radio rotation for a song I wrote, sang and produced, and sold music on iTunes.

*** Lesson Details ***
What a student may expect from this teacher:
Within 3-6 months students shall a have a good grasp on the foundation of their instrument/ craft; have a controlled sound; be playing/ singing what he/she hears; stronger, more defined tone; be able to play through/ sing through at least one song; have expanded range; confidence; and of course tackling personal goals set within the lessons.

My Goal is to facilitate bringing out what greatness already lies within and to assist in that growth, as well as teaching new information and the how to apply. I am not very strict on notation, as far as reading music (Piano and Voice). Lessons with me will more consist of the meatier portion of music how to use the instrument, developing the sound, understanding chord structures, playing/ singing what you hear, techniques and how to put it all together musically. However I will go through musical notation and reading chords, but it will not be a focus. (If you desire to play/ sing classically, I may not be the best teacher for you.)

For MUSIC PRODUCTION: Producing musical tracks and recording artist is the root and the focus. The curriculum is sculpted from LOGIC PRO X, REASON and PRO TOOLS software (subject to change). Students learn how to create what he/she hears and how to format it all together; Students learn how to track and record/ mix in the most professionally used software; Mixing and Mastering shall be touched upon as well.

When it comes to teaching and application of knowledge for each student I am serious about his or her growth; I don't want anyone wasting their money or time, so practice and dedication is necessary.

*** Studio Equipment ***
88 Length Keyboard with hundreds of sounds
Studio Mics
Teaching white board
Music Software

*** Specialties ***
Pop/Rock, R&B/ Soul, Christian, Hip-Hop, Country, Folk; By Ear& Reading
Pro-Tools, Garage Band, Reason, Logic Pro X

Terrell T. Lawrenceville, GA

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Christian Gospel, Ear Training, Gospel Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Vocal Training

About Me

As a musician who understands versatility, he is a producer, composer, and arranger holding degrees in music (B.A.) and theology (M. Div.).

To date, Terrell has performed with some of the most prolific musicians and singers including Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, Aaron Lindsey, Darlene Zschech, Carlton Pearson and the Higher Dimensions Choir, Richard Roberts, Darrell Evans, Phil Driscoll, Steve Brock, Kim Burrell, Candi Staton and the list goes on. He has appeared on TBN’s Praise The Lord, TV 57’s Atlanta Live and a host of other broadcast mediums.

In addition, he has produced and/or arranged several projects, and written and co-written over 200 songs for several nationally distributed releases including Mustard Seed Records "The Wynns" 1994, Atlantic/Azusa Music Group "Azusa Praise" 2000.

Growing up in a family of musicians who understands and appreciates the power of music—His father played the organ, mother and sister sang, and older brother played the drums— afforded him the ability to play and/or sing for numerous churches, choirs, groups, and jazz bands. He has released several independent music projects—"Youth on Fire" (1989-Contemporary Christian), "Sozo" (1999—Piano Instrumental), “Praise to This” (2002-Youth Urban Praise & Worship Pre-Release), "Overcomers By the Blood" (2003-Youth Urban Praise & Worship), "I See Nations" (2004-Praise & Worship Pre-Release), "Keys of Life" (2005-Piano Instrumental), “Let Us Worship: The Live Experience” (2007-Praise & Worship)—and his most recent full length live praise and worship recording “He Is Good: The Live Experience”.

Although Terrell has a style of his own, his musical influences include: The Hawkins Family, Leon Patillo, The Winans, Ben Tankard, Keith Thomas, Fred Hammond, Israel and New Breed, Kirk Franklin, The Yellowjackets, George Duke, John Tesh, Bill Evans, and many others.

He currently resides with his wife and children in Lawrenceville, GA. where he is a church planter and founding pastor of Live Free Church, president of T.N.T. Ministries Inc., and founder of Upper Room Productions (a music production company).

Terrell L. T. is a musician who knows diversity and communicates his art by way of his heart.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upstairs music studio with recording equipment and 2 fully weighted keyboards. Waiting area available for parents who can sit in on lessons as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. I expect my student to provide a piano or weighted keyboard with a sustain pedal.

*** Specialties ***
Over the years I have utilized several books including "Teaching Little Fingers to Play", "Adult All-In-One Course", "The Little Pischna", "Hanon", "The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear" and "The Contemporary Keyboardist". I specialize in contemporary Christian, Gospel, and Jazz music.

*** Vocal Instruction ***
I teach the importance of vocal performance including "Taking Care of Your Voice", "Breathing", Tone", "Diction", and "Expanding Your Range".

*** Worship Leader Coaching ***
I've led worship for over 20 years and have coached worship leaders for 15 years. I've led choirs of hundreds, orchestra's, bands and oversaw music ministries at churches from 500 to 5000 people.

Camden O.

Alpharetta, GA
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Chris N.

Kennesaw, GA
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Rich G.

Woodstock, GA
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Camden O. Alpharetta, GA

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Mandolin, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Camden is a college graduate who studied Music Theory and History at the College of Charleston. While playing with various groups and school ensembles, Camden became more familiar with jazz music and improvisation. He now enjoys teaching all ages and levels of experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
Camden offer a wide variety of topics in my lessons, from various guitar techniques (harmonics, slide guitar, hybrid picking, etc.) and music theory (traditional, Jazz) to recording and production. He will create a lesson plan suited to your individual learning style and interests.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio basement, guitars, amps, computer, recording gear, keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I am able to bring either my acoustic or electric guitar to a lesson at a student's home

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Funk, R&B, Country, etc.

Chris N. Kennesaw, GA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Theater Acting

About Me

Chris N., a native to Richmond, Virginia builds on more than 25 years of experience in the local church and secular stage as director, producer and performer in hundreds of major musical productions. Chris has a passion for music and it is displayed by his excitement and ability to work with amateurs as well as professionals to bring out their absolute best lyrically, musically, and theatrically.

Chris attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and it was there he received his education in worship and music leadership.

Chris has received numerous honors and has been featured on several nationally televised programs as soloist and director.

Chris is definitely a people person with an ability to reach all ages with the gift of music. Each lesson is tailor fit for each student's pace and individual style of music.

If you are interested in making music fun while not sacrificing a quality education, contact Chris today!

*** Lesson Details ***
I remember a day when I had to travel to lessons. My family would stop everything they were doing and load into the car to go a sit while I took my lesson. From the comfort of your home, you can receive your instruction whether it be in piano, voice, music theory, performance coaching, etc.

Each lesson is tailor-fit to each student meaning that selection of music is based on the individual taste of the student. I like to make music fun, exciting and most of all understandable, but never sacrifice the level of quality.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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*** Travel Equipment ***
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*** Specialties ***
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Rich G. Woodstock, GA

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Celtic Flute, Christian Gospel, Classical Piano, Composition, Country Guitar, Drum, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

I am a public school music teacher by day (11 years experience), a private music teacher by afternoon (16 yrs), and a gigging musician and DJ by night (16 yrs). I manage a highly successful cover band called The Retreat that performs all over the southeast. I have lead and arranged the worship music at a local church on Sundays and also have numerous original songs that have been recorded and published.

With all of this experience teaching, I am GREAT with kids and always PROFESSIONAL in my conduct.

I have 3 degrees in Music Education:
- Bachelors, Indiana University of PA
- Masters, Auburn University
- Educational Specialist, Auburn University

I teach lessons on:
- Guitar
- Piano
- Saxophone
- Bass Guitar
- Drums
- Flute
- Recording and Music Production
- Songwriting

*** Lesson Details ***
The goal of music lessons is not to just learn the notes and mechanics of an instrument, but to become a well-rounded MUSICIAN. With my lessons, we don't just go through a book page-by-page, rather, lessons are shaped around the musical tastes and interests of the student. Musical theory concepts are applied in actual songwriting and current popular songs. I accompany the students on various instruments, imitating a real performance situation. I teach all ages; beginners to advanced musicians.

Unlike a crowded music store with a cramped little room for lessons, my lessons are taught in a large, open, and well-lit home studio. There is an open waiting area where parents can listen as well. Parking is convenient on a cul-de-sac with a clear view into the teaching studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Nord Stage 2 88 piano,
Yamaha Custom saxophone with Meyer and Selmer mouthpieces,
Dr. Z RxJr amplifier with 2x12 cabinet,
Don Grosh Custom electric guitar,
Lowden O25 acoustic guitar,
Ibanez bass guitar,
Hartke bass amp,
Roland keyboard amp,
Sonor 3001 drumset,
Sabian cymbals,
DW hardware,
Pork Pie snare drum,
Avid Protocols Mbox,
Rode vocal mic and overhead mics,
Yamaha metronome,
Apple Macbook Pro computer,

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting
Recording and production - Protools, Garageband
Improvisation
Arranging

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