Buzz A.

Buzz A.

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9 Reviews
Atlanta, GA

Music Performance

Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

I have spent years as a touring keyboardist, musical director and studio professional. I can teach you what it takes to be prepared for any performance situation

About Buzz A.

Background Check: Last verified 09/20/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 12 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 12 to 99

Overview

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

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'™s finest such as Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, & Ben E King to name a few.

In 1998, Buzz created Amatones Music. 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 05 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 with his scoring partner Rick Hinkle.

The future holds a 2014 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

Photos and Videos

Christmas Everywhere from the upcoming 2014 film A Bulldog For Christmas written and produced by Buzz

Experience

Producer/Composer Jan 2000 - Present
Amatones Music

Amatones Music was created as an independent production company specializing in the production of not only records for Ichiban, Sony, Capitol, EMI and some indie labels, but TV and film production.

I am also on staff at a local school of arts as a teacher in both piano and production

Studio musician / Staff Producer Jan 1989 - Mar 1999
Ichiban Records

In 1989, I was hired by Ichiban Records as staff producer/studio manager. During my tenure their I worked with literally hundreds of artists and received 2 platinum certified recordings as well as 2 Ampex Golden Reel Award for the studio under my management

Musical Director Jan 1983 - Mar 1989
Curtis Mayfield, Ben E. King, The Three Degrees

In the early 80's, I became musical director for Curtis Mayfield. I traveled the world playing music not only with Curtis but several other R&B artists. My duties included not only keyboardist for these artists, but as musical director, I was responsible for working up the arrangements, rehearsals and the over all band.

Education

Studied Theory and Composition at Hampton University Sep 1972 - Jun 1974
Hampton, University of Hampton, Virginia

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

RiAA Platinum Certification Jul 1993
RIAA
Golden Reel Award Jul 1993
Ampex
RIAA Platinum Certification Feb 1992
RIAA
Golden Reel Award Feb 1992
Ampex

Student Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 9 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stellar Teacher After one of my daughter lessons, she stated "it was like he believed in me." Buzz is a positive non-judgmental teacher. He is concerned about finding the best way to teach you. He is very patient. He has a way of making students feel comfortable and motivated in a safe learning environment. Buzz is a brilliant musician with professional etiquette that surpasses most teachers. December 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fun to be around I'm a complete beginner on the piano, and within a matter of a few lessons Buzz had me playing 3 or 4 songs. Not only that, but i learned much about how songs are put together, which made me listen to music differently and deepened my enjoyment of what I was listening to. True to his word, Buzz asked me what I wanted out the lessons and then delivered. November 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great teacher Very happy with lessons and teaching style. Buzz is a great guy and know a lot about music. Has a modern approach to teaching and also up to date with music in the web world. January 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by A Gentleman and Scholar! I've been working with Buzz for a few months now and here are a couple words that come to mind when I think of him... knowledgeable..friendly...and most importantly patient. He's genuinely a good dude and easy to work with. This was my first attempt at private lessons, on top of that having very little prior knowledge of piano, Buzz broke it all down for me. He's the guy you want your search ends! June 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Buzz is a really great teacher! I enjoy learning how to play the piano with him because he is patient, understanding, and talented. I'm very happy to have chosen Buzz as my teacher and would definitely recommend him to any students looking to learn to play piano! April 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by We Luvs Buzz It has been a pleasure working with him. He is very patient and my sons have learned so much. October 6, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Home Recording After 3 lessons with Buzz, I am making multi track recordings at my home . Buzz's expertise in Cubase 5 has been essential. Buzz's cat Jesus is pretty cool as well. April 17, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very Knowledgeable and Professional I seem to be a slow learner but Buzz is very patient and professional in his approach to teaching me. I have learned a lot from him in just three weeks. January 9, 2011