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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.

About Buzz A.

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Atlanta, GA

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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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Fred R. January 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
"I want to keep taking lessons from Buzz for the rest of my life!"
So said my 10 year old son after his first lesson with Buzz. The same kid who had been begging to quit taking piano lessons with his former teacher situation.
Buzz is a master of "following the student's inspiration." Rather than force a lesson sequence out of a book, Buzz observes the student's own thinking about the music experience and tailors fun learning objectives within or close to the student's inspiration. As a result, my son is much more willing to practice, and has recently "composed" his own piece of music, learned about different styles, and absorbed an impressive amount of music theory. Buzz is highly recommended for any student who has musical aptitude, but requires the right motivation and inspiration.
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Vignesh June 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Gave me the guidance I needed
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Adrienne W. March 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
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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Buzz A.

Atlanta, GA 30319
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About Alexandra R.

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Fayetteville, GA

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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
Friendly and effective with elementary age children.
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Christine G. February 11, 2015
· Singing · In home
My 11 year old daughter really enjoys working with Ali!
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AntoniaF July 27, 2010
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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
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$40 / 30-min

About Delia C.

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Decatur, GA

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I am a multi-instrumentalist. I teach Piano, Violin, and Clarinet. I have also taught in bands and orchestras. I have taught a number of years with different for students in different levels from beginners all the way to the advanced. Some of my students have even gone to competitions and won. Music had made a huge impact in my life. I want to make music fun and a positive experience as much as it was to me.

About Delia
*** Travel Equipment ***
Their own instrument, except for piano students. Please bring a small notebook for assignments and notes about for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Mostly classical. I use mostly suzuki or yahamma
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Melanie February 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Delia is very friendly, knowledgeable and patient as I am in the very beginning steps of learning piano. I look forward to our next lesson.
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Delia C.

Delia C.

Decatur, GA 30032
(1)
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$18 / 30-min

About Sasha V.

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Marietta, GA

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International performer from small venues to large festivals. Whether you are looking to play for fun or looking to enhance your live performances as a seasoned musician, I can help you! I can teach beginners music theory and how to site read and learn the basics of piano

About Sasha
Originally from the UK, I travelled and studied music in Brisbane, Australia, where I gained a Diploma in Contemporary Music in 2000. Since then I have toured internationally, supported major acts such as Kid Rock, Ben Harper, Bastille, Ludacris, Cypress Hill and The Roots to name but a few, recorded albums, guested with numerous bands such as members of Portishead, Massive Attack, Robert Plant's Band of Joy and The Black Keys 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 organised music festivals in Los Angeles. I recently appeared on the cover of Guitar Girl Magazine, and I am also a contributing writer.

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
Dan Electro Guitar
1950s Burns Bass
Fender Acoustic
Yamaha Mini 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

*** Specialities ***
Specialising in rock, pop and soundtrack music, I can also teach performance and acting stage skills and voice projection.
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paria March 26, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Shes wonderful!
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Tracey September 15, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Sasha is a wonderful teacher. Very impressed with the progress our daughter is making. She looks forward to her lesson with Sasha & practices without me asking.
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Anna M. September 11, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Very nice, kind and knowledgeable. Highly recommending her.
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Sasha V.

Marietta, GA 30067
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About Maria M.

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About Maria
MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of my studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. I strive for my students to be:

(1) Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits.
(2) Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators.
(3) Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures.
(4) Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

It is of the utmost importance that my stude
nts are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. I teach students to know music thoroughly, not just to “play.” I desire my students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, I give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.

Although students differ in ability and development, I maintain high expectations for our students. I expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is my joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.

Lastly, I want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and I know as as a teacher, I am very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is my goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
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Richard M. April 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Maria has taught my son for the past 5 years; 4 years in person, 1 year (so far) on Skype. We found her through a referral and it was the perfect fit. She was very attentive to his learning abilities and ambitions. He loves guitar but didn't want to play professionally however she never backed off on him. He has learned many styles and has gone through all levels of the Mel Bay Guitar series. James could easily have gone on to college and he plays better than some in the music program at his school, but instead he just keeps up with it for fun. Maria hooked him up with the guitar teacher at his college so he plays in the guitar ensemble, jazz band, and a worship band while taking FaceTime lessons with her once a week. He's studying to become a pediatrician but I'm so thankful Maria has really helped make music a lifelong outlet for him. James choose a very stressful path but I truly believe the guitar has helped keep everything balanced.
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Lillian R. April 27, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
I am so thankful for Maria. Coming out of college I didn't quite know what to do. I began taking lessons with Maria based on a referral but honestly wasn't expecting much. I will always feel horrible about that because she is the best thing that could have happened to me. I've grown more in the past two years than I did for the 5 years in undergrad. I've been offered a full ride to University of Houston next year but I will continue to sing her praises and work with her whenever I am back in town. I'm dreading that our last lesson is approaching because I couldn't have gotten where I am without her.
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Tara April 27, 2017
· Film Acting · In studio
Maria has coached me for every audition and part I have gotten for the past 5 years. She was referred to me by another one of her students. She is worth every penny. I'm moving to LA as I've just been cast as a series regular on a new ABC comedy but will be coaching with Maria online. I will be forever her student. She's a complete genius.
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Maria M.

Atlanta, GA 30342
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