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The Inspirational Sounds of Decatur: From Piano to Voice

By Alexandrea L.-Decatur Piano Teacher

Over the years, Atlanta has grown in popularity in the music industry bringing more students, musicians, and producers to our area. As a piano teacher from Decatur, GA, I have the advantage understanding that Atlanta is not just an urban setting. Rather, Atlanta is a small city, nonetheless, that contains suburban towns that surround or are within the Metropolitan area. One of those towns is Decatur. Decatur is a suburban, historical town located within the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.

I love living and teaching piano lessons in Decatur. As a full-time student of Agnes Scott College, a private all girls college in Decatur, I have the advantage of living amongst authentic architecture, historical monuments, and most importantly, the music.

Decatur is a very artsy town. When you look down any street in Decatur you will see music schools or music venues. Musicians from all over the country travel to Georgia to perform in one of Georgia’s most successful venues, which is Eddie’s Attic, located in the heart of Decatur. It was here where artists such as John Mayer and Janelle Monae got their start. It makes me proud to know that I will be graduating from the same place as Alma Mater of Sugarland lead singer, Jennifer Nettles. I absorb all of theses characteristics of Decatur and use it in my artistic endeavors. I am always inspired to think and create outside of the box. I only hope that my students feel the warmth of Decatur and are inspired just as much as I am. What better place to teach music than in a creative town? It is here that my students can learn and discover passions to help them become better singers, pianists, and individuals.

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Buzz A.

Atlanta, GA

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, I can 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.

About Buzz

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'™s 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, T
he 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 2017 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 an upright piano. 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 8.5 recording software
Sibelius 7 Notation Software
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
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Vignesh June 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Gave me the guidance I needed
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Adrienne W. March 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Buzz Abis such a good fit for what I am looking to accomplish in piano jazz. So glad I signed up with him.
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Tracy W. December 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I highly recommend him!
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Buzz A.

Buzz A.

Atlanta, GA 30319
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starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Alexandra R.

Fayetteville, GA

I teach anything from learning how to read music to lead sheets etc.

About Alexandra

Ali has had music in her life since she was in the crib. She has performed professionally in the musical theatre world and she has studied in several universities for Musical Theater, Jazz, Pop, Blues, and R&B. Since the age of sixteen, she has been selected to sing as a guest soloist for venues such as Spivey Hall, Georgia World Congress Center, and Georgia Tech Hotel Conference Center. Ali has also sung for many movies and recordings, and recently recorded a demo for David Foster, Barbra Streisand, and Andrea Bocelli and recently toured as a pianist for "The Women of Ireland." She is a rece
nt graduate of Berklee College of Music and earned her BM in Music Business and Vocal Performance cum laude studying under Magi Scott, Jeff Ramsey, Jerome Kyles, and Carolyn Escoffrey, Donna McElroy, Livingston Taylor, Joan Lader, and Charlie Sorrento.

Ali is also known for playing piano. She received her minor in Piano Performance within a year at Shorter College under Helen Ramsaur. She has been playing since she was five years old and has accompanied many people and musical productions.

Some of Ali's major influences include:

Linda Eder, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, Billie Holliday, and Lara Fabian, Barbra Streisand

*** Lesson Details ***
Ali loves to share her passion of music to the world and especially through her students. She loves to share new ideas and nuances along with the basics and fundamentals of technique. Although practice can be boring for the student, asking a student to pick at least one song to work on can help the student and the teacher have fun and learn at the same time. After a few months, not only will her students have fun, but they will learn how to be a better person and musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: Baby Grand Piano, Living room, Stands, metronome

*** Travel Equipment ***
Just the music I assign and their appropriate instrument

*** Specialties ***
For Acting: Meisner
Piano: Just beginners- intermediate
Voice: Anything you can think of and I'll do it
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Theresa August 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Friendly and effective with elementary age children.
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Christine G. February 11, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My 11 year old daughter really enjoys working with Ali!
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AntoniaF July 27, 2010
Having fun!

Dear Allie, We are so happy to have found you this summer. It is amazing to see Nicholas stay so focused and interested for an hour at the piano. His love of music seems to have grown since we started lessons with you. We really appreciate your capacity to adapt to his needs and to keep him excited. Thanks!
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Alexandra R.

Alexandra R.

Atlanta, GA 30308
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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James L.

Douglasville, GA

I have been teaching for over 8 years, with 18 years experience as a musician. My students are welcome and encouraged to pick out songs they would like to learn. I have found that students who are excited and happy with learning songs they pick out tend to practice more and achieve their goals.

About James

James, a 3rd generation musician and teacher, graduated from Atlanta Institute of Music in 2008 with a focus on musical performance, theory and composition. He has experience teaching a variety of ages from 5 to 80 as well as students with special needs.

Local lessons are offered at Jackson's Music in Douglasville, GA - (Westmoreland Plaza); and at my home studio in Decatur, GA - (Bridlewood Cir); and in home lessons offered within a 10 mile radius of Decatur, Ga.

"Hey everyone, I am always willing to take on new students no matter what age and or experience. I usually average around 40
+ students a week so go and find a time that works for you!"

Students who take lessons in person will be able to take advantage of programs such as Riffstation (a slow-down audio file program to make learning easier, faster, and not to mention more fun.)

Students who enroll in online Skype classes can look forward to personal music material handed out through email. Students are also offered play-along pieces at the end of every lesson!
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Ronnie West May 21, 2016
I have been taking guitar lessons from James for about 4 years and love it. He has taught me so much. James is a great teacher, very patient, lots of encouragement. Will work with you on anything you ask. A very comfortable atmosphere. works very well with your schedule. He is a fantastic guitar player himself. He has great music theory. I highly recommend him for anyone. You will be pleasantly surprised and very satisfied. I give him a 5 star.
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Katie May 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio
James has been working with my son for several years now. He is kind and patient and encourages my son to try new songs and challenge himself. We feel very fortunate that James has helped bring music into my son's life.
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LaVar May 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio
James is a fantastic teacher. I am truly glad that I have taken lessons with James. He work with me according to my accomplishments/ level and I like the challenge.
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James L.

James L.

Decatur, GA 30030
(20)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jim P.

Tucker, GA

I teach Jazz Piano and improvisation. I will help you develop a melodic and harmonic vocabulary. We will work on Voicings, licks, and tunes. ( Bebop, Blues, Standards, Chords, etc. ) We will start from where your skill level is. You will learn how to learn jazz and we will get you up and playing something fun real quick !

About Jim

I teach Jazz Piano and improvisation. I have been a professional piano player for 40 years. I have released 7 jazz CDs. As a composer my tunes have been heard on 100’s of TV shows and movies including “Saturday Night Live”, “The Voice”, "Empire",“Parenthood” , “The Mentalist”, “Pawn Stars” , “The Big Wedding”, “Say Yes to the Dress”, and many more.
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Tate September 22, 2015
Piano · In home
I was actually searching for a gig or a band to play with when I ran across Jim's post offering jazz piano lessons. I have been playing piano for many years, but thought to myself, " I wonder if this guy can teach an old dog some new tricks?"
Well, I can't begin to express how glad I am that I gave it a try. I have been taking weekly lessons for several months now and I am extremely happy with all the new things I am learning. He is an excellent instructor, and a very kind person to know. I wish I could have taken lessons from Jim when I was a beginner! I highly recommend Jim Pearce if you are looking to learn to, or improve on playing piano.
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Jim P.

Tucker, GA 30084
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Ross H.

Atlanta, GA

I've been teaching piano professionally for four years. I love deconstructing songs and making arrangements tailored to my students' needs- mostly current and classic pop and rock songs. I read and write music and can write music for you to learn and create custom backing tracks.

About Ross

I live to learn and teach music! Nothing is is "beneath me". I always learn more from beginners than experts- and that is the goal of teaching for me: to learn and enjoy music.

I've been taking piano, guitar, and drum lessons since I was 5. My parents always told me that if I worked as hard on my schoolwork as I did on music, I would make all A's. I went to a Rock and Roll camp in California for three years when I was about 12 where I learned all about playing in a band. Since then I've always been in a band or two or three - totally original indie/rap music, bluegrass, bar bands playing cl
assic rock covers, Bossa nova, and many more.

I have an Associate degree in Audio Technology from SAE, and I studied Jazz guitar at Georgia State University. I have two years of experience teaching guitar, drums, piano, and voice lessons for a local Atlanta company called Courtnay & Rowe.
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Willie C. August 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
good teacher but drop out teaching last minute.
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Kahil June 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ross was great. HIs friendly, laid back manner quickly put my son at ease and he loved learning to play a fairly challenging in a new way. He can't wait till his next lesson.
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Lucille H. February 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
thank you very much for the lesson today are awesome I really appreciate your time and encouraging so I look forward to seeing you on next Friday thank you very much
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Ross H.

Ross H.

Atlanta, GA 30305
(20)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

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