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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Norcross

Buzz A.

Atlanta, GA
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Terrell T.

Lawrenceville, GA
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Kadina W.

Decatur, 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

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.

Kadina W. Decatur, GA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Choir, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

Kadina W.:

A Singer. A Songwriter. A Teacher. An Inspiration.

Founder of Sangstar Productions and co-owner of The Premier Vocal Coaches & Piano Stars Kids, Kadina Webb understands the concept of hard work all too well. From the tender age of 6, Kadina aspired to be a singer. With the vision of turning the world into her stage, she entered countless talent shows, resulting in numerous rewards including 2nd place at the Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Youth Talent Show. With every second, her love of music grew transforming from a mere dream to a life mission. At the age of 11 she tested the waters of her musical talents and penned her first song leading her into new horizons of creativity.

As the musician and artist within her matured the numbers of doors that would open increased. Throughout her Teenage years Kadina was able to contribute her strong sultry vocals to the High School All Women Choir, Disney World International Choir in Orlando, FL, performing at private parties and events, as well as the All-State Choir and Solo Competitions in Florida. With all of this experience under her belt, it was time to test the waters of new opportunities. Although she had accomplished so much, she came to realize that College would not be an easy obstacle to overcome. As she traveled through the land of knowledge she tapped into new musical talents by learning the guitar, violin, upright bass, saxophone, and the marimba. While acquiring new skills and talents, she became focused on enhancing her existing gifts including piano and voice. Her determination and dedication became prevalent throughout the musical department at her university as she gradually acquired the title as the most prolific vocalist in the department. Continuing in the theme of excellence, Kadina went on to compose sheet music, study vocal pedagogy; perform with numerous jazz ensembles R&B/Soul band, Perform in operas, solos with orchestras and musical stage plays and co-hosting on local radio station. Having a reputation for being influential in music she gained the opportunity to vocal train, manage, write and produce for local artist around the city.

With all of these milestones accumulated on her journey, Kadina knew that it was the perfect time to share her knowledge and experiences with others. Living by the theme, “We are blessed to bless others,” Kadina began blessing aspiring stars and musicians with her talents through her first lesson as an instructor in 2002. With over 10 years of experience in training and coaching singers, musicians and songwriters, Kadina Webb is utilizing all of her knowledge, skills and experience to assist singers and musicians in reaching their musical goals. With every lesson, every student, every triumph, and every milestone Kadina is changing the world by selflessly sharing her gifts with others. Driven by her motto, “Your goals are my goals”, Kadina is sure to be the key factor in the fruition of aspiring stars’ dreams. As she walks further on her road of purpose, it is evident that wherever it leads, it will be an inspiration for all.

*** Lesson Details ***
Expect a great experience! When learning to sing you want to make sure the experience was worth while. Singing is fun, relaxing, and can bring out a different confidence within. I aspire to teach you in a manner that caters to each student. In order to progress, you must practice your craft, so yes expect homework. When you return for your next lesson, the time you spent practicing on your own time will reveal itself.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio Office: keyboard, keyboard stand, music stand, and laptop video recorder and seating for parents. Recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
keyboard, keyboard stand, music stand, and tape recorder.

*** Specialties ***
classical voice, jazz voice, musical theatre voice, r&b/pop voice and vocal recording.Beginners Piano.

Scott S.

Duluth, GA
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Sasha V.

Marietta, GA
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Rich G.

Woodstock, GA
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Scott S. Duluth, GA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Scott S.
I started playing guitar while in high school. Then, I furthered my studies in guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music (2 Years) and Georgia Perimeter College (2 Years) where I studied Music Theory and Jazz. It was during these few years when I played in several rock, Bluegrass and Jazz improvisational bands, that played out regularly in Metro-Atlanta. I have also run several "Open Mic Nights" in several restaurants and bars. I have studied with Trey Wright at Kennesaw State University and recently graduated with a B.A. in Jazz Guitar (Summer 2011), with a concentration in Jazz Performance. While at Kennesaw State, I spent 3 years performing in the KSU Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Guitar Ensemble, and Jazz Combo Bands.
I have been teaching guitar and music since 1999. I have had extensive experience teaching Guitar, Bass, and Mandolin.
I am currently working with my own Jazz Quartet (Fuze) and I am currently performing every Sunday with my brother in the house jazz band at Einstine's Atlanta. I really enjoy the group musical experience. Additionally, I am working on my own solo album.
I believe in a strict observance of “musical etiquette” that requires each player to critically listen to others, as well as listening to themselves.
My influences include: Jimi Hendrix, George Benson, Trey Anastasio and Phish, Led Zeppelin, Jon Scofield, Grateful Dead, Sting, Pat Matheny, Pat Martino, Horace Silver, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Miles Davis.

Favorite musical quotes:†

†"The music exists in the universe, and if you’re lucky enough, or strong enough, to get your ego out of the way, the music comes through you." - Trey Anastasio†

"You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do."
-Jerry Garcia

"Don't play what's there, play what's not there." - Miles Davis


*** Lesson Details ***
I am a fairly laid back teacher who is extremely excited and passionate about music. While teaching a lesson, I tailor lesson plans for the individual student as well as combining the basic techniques necessary for playing. I use a very efficient self designed practice routine that focuses on the quality of practice and not the quantity. Consistent practice in small increments is the quickest path to mastery.

A beginning student can expect to learn within the first 3 months of lessons: their first one or two songs (of my choosing and student's), basic workings of the guitar, how to tune their instrument, universal strumming patterns and techniques, reading tablature, concepts in playing with other musicians, Basic Music Theory and the most common chords.

Beginner song examples: "Good Riddance Time of Your Life"- Greenday, "Wish You Were Here"- Pink Floyd, "You Belong With Me"- Taylor Swift, "Knocking on Heavens Door"- Bob Dylan

An intermediate student can expect to learn within the first 3 months: one or two more advanced songs, several guitar solos, movable Barre Chords, 5 positions of the Pentatonic and Major Scales, Arpeggios for the most common chords, improvisation concepts, Chord Harmony and Lead Sheet reading, and Power Chords.

Intermediate song examples: "Over the Hills and Far Away"- Led Zeppelin, "Johnny Be Good"- Chuck Berry, "The Ocean"- Led Zeppelin, "Red House"- Jimi Hendrix, "Freddie the Freeloader"- Miles Davis, "Hotel California"- The Eagles

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full basement: studio recording area, Jam Room, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the learning material. I expect the student to provide (2) 3 ring binders with sheet protectors.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in a specific practicing style/routine that accelerates the learning process. I am well versed in all styles of music, but I Really get excited about teaching Jazz, Blues, and improvisational concepts

Sasha V. Marietta, GA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Voice, Composition, Country Guitar, Country Singing, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Harmonica, Music Performance, Music Theory, Organ, Singing, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Vocal Training

About Me

Recently I relocated to Atlanta to settle down, start a family and teach music from home. Originally from the UK, I traveled and studied music in Brisbane, Australia, where I gained a Diploma in Contemporary Music in 2000. Since then I have toured internationally with signed acts, recorded albums, guested with numerous bands and composed music scores for two feature films and various shorts along with directing my own music video and having my music featured in various movies and TV shows. I also have booked acts across the US and organized music festivals in Los Angeles.

I have vast skills from performance to management, booking, PR and placements in film and television. Whether you are looking to just begin learning an instrument for fun or would like to take your skills further and move towards becoming a professional musician, I have the skills and expertise to help you along every step of the way. I tailor each lesson to meet the needs of the student, teaching them exactly what they would like to learn and having lots of fun doing it!

*** Lesson Details ***
For the first lesson we will discuss what you are hoping to achieve, what kind of structure you would like for your lessons (theory, performance etc) and I will assess your skill level. Then I will tailor exercises, lessons and study to suit your needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Rhodes Piano
Doric Vintage Organ
Microphones and Stands
Pro Tools
Fender Amp
Jaguar Bass
1968 Hagstrom Bass
Gibson Les Paul Guitar
1950s Burns Bass
Fender Acoustic
Small Boss Keyboard
Flutes, Harmonicas, Percussion
Ipod, cd player
Various effects pedals for voice and guitar etc

*** Travel Equipment ***
Can bring guitars, mics, stands, practice amp and small keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Specializing in rock, pop and soundtrack music, I can also teach performance and acting stage skills and voice projection.

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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