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Atlanta, GA

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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, 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 Co
llection 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 2018 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 9 recording software
Sibelius 8 Notation Software
Chickering Upright Piano
Yamaha KX8
M-Audio Pro Keys 88
Casio Privia
full array of VST instrument & effect plug-ins for commercial recording (Waves, Spectrasonics, 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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Morrow, GA

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I am an experienced professional with a background in music performance, education, composition, theory and arranging.

*** Lesson Details ***
Few musicians or music students have identical goals, musical interests or physical size. So, It is NECESSARY to customize the course of study to meet student requirements. There are common issues for any serious pursuit of learning involving the guitar; right and left hand technique, fingerboard knowledge, chord knowledge, reading and interpretation.

However, to progress, it is also necessary for the student to practice daily.

I try to maintain a healthy balance between the focus on performance and technical issues.

*** Studio Equipment ***
16 Channel Mixer for Recording and Playback
16 Channel Audio Interface for Recording and Playback
PA Speaker System
55" Flat Screen display
for projection of materials
Record to Cassette Tape, and Computer

*** Travel Equipment ***
N/A

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Pop
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Lane April 21, 2017
· Guitar · In home
It was obvious to me at my first lesson with Ron, that he is an experienced and top quality musician and teacher. I have enjoyed several lessons with him so far. He is patient, makes learning fun, great at conveying the material, and has set a learning pace that feels just right for me.
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Wesley B. January 16, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Ronald is a really good instructor and I'm pleased with the progress
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William B. July 16, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Good Lesson, Ron is very organized, multimedia presentation is clear and I am able to understand and put the concepts into daily practice immediately.
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Ronald A.

Ronald A.

Morrow, GA 30260
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About Tim H.

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Atlanta, GA
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I have eight years teaching experience and a bachelors in guitar performance. I attended AIM on bass guitar and have been playing for eighteen years. Through my education and experience I have had success in teaching the fundamentals and getting my students up to speed by teaching technique and strong music fundamentals. I teach all ages and am enthusiastic about conveying my love for the instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect to work on technique, rhythm, theory, developing a repertoire and having fun. I teach music fundamentals and in three to six months expect to be a proficient guitarist in first position. I teach rock, folk, blues and classical.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement studio: amps, guitars, audio recording, mics, computer

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar(s), Amplifier if needed, stools, music sta
nd, foot stool

*** Specialties ***
Classical
Blues
Rock
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Diane D. September 8, 2012
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I really enjoy my lessons

He is a great teacher with a lot of patience, good at pointing out what I need to work on, and how to do it
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SandeepS April 8, 2012
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Good teacher . Good approach for teaching which give sound base for rest of your life . Thank Sandeep
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RobertS2 January 17, 2011
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My Son Michsael

I can't begin to say how greay my 16 yo son feels coming out of a lessom. Tim is amazing amd so positive----great role model for him----he is progressing by leaps and bonds----he comes extremely highly recommeded---thanks Tim
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Tim H.

Atlanta, GA 30324
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About Joshua C.

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*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my instrument and a music stand for myself, and I assume the student will have their own as well. There are specific collections of songs and exercises that the student should be ready to purchase based on their level of playing and will be determined after our initial lesson. Students will want to continue to invest in other collections as they progress and I will occasionally provide additional materials as appropriate.

*** Specialties ***
I have a Bachelor of Music Education and taught middle school strings in the Houston area public schools. I utilize methods of Kodaly (certified Level I) in creating a holistic approach to teaching music and use the songs and progression of the Suzuki School for beginners. I incorporate ear-training, music theory, and music history into learning about mus
ic in addition to the mechanics of playing a string instrument. My ultimate goal is to help each student become their own teacher!

***Special Needs***
I am more than happy to explore ways in which students with special needs can engage music through listening, reading, writing, singing and even playing an instrument...let's talk!!
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Portia F. August 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
Being that this was my first lesson, it was mostly talking. However, Josh seems to be a very nice patient teacher and I look forward to working with him. Also looking forward to hitting some notes on the violin. 🤗
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Gina R. January 5, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Joshua is the best teacher that anyone can ask for! His personality is so kind and loving that its hard not to love him! My daughter Emily just loves Joshua to pieces and she would not take lessons with anyone else! Joshua you are the best!
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Joshua C.

Joshua C.

Atlanta, GA 30316
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About Russell W.

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Decatur, GA
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My main musical areas of interest are: Contemporary, Traditional, Contemporary, and Christian Contemporary Gospel. Other styles of music that I have performed include Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Blues, Pop. and Intermediate Classical

With 20 years of teaching experience, I am a 1978 graduate of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, where I studied voice and piano. At present, I am the Minister of Music at an Atlanta area church. I am also a songwriter and producer who released a gospel/inspirational solo CD in 2007.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very organized individual who approaches piano and vocal instruction in a visual and easily understandable style. This is done in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. My instructional materials are from various sources and will be distributed. However, you will be required to purchase
music lesson books and additional supplies upon request (music manuscript paper, metronome, etc.).

Some of the main areas taught to piano students are: recognizing various chord types and their structure on the piano; playing major/minor scales and finger exercises, and reading music as well as playing by ear. Performance Preparation is also covered. Repertoire will include songs assigned by the instructor and/or songs of the student’s choice.

Some of the main areas taught to vocal students are: 5 parts of the Vocal Mechanism; breathing and breath support; tone production and placement, pitch, and correct diction. Theory will include singing major and minor scales, vocal exercises, and reading music. Performance Preparation is also covered. Repertoire will include songs assigned by the instructor and/or songs of the student’s choice.

All lessons will designed according to the individual student’s areas of interest. You will receive lesson assignments on a weekly basis, so your progress is dependent upon application of the material given as well as consistent practice!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Equipment:
Roland XP-80 Piano (76 Key)
Roland Digital Recording Workstations

*** Specialties ***
gospel, pop, rhythm & blues, jazz, intermediate claassical
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Daryl July 11, 2015
· Piano · In home
Mr. Williams is very patient and gives our children a wide range of music education: from technical proficiency, to music theory to music appreciation. He meets the kids where they are and gets them to grow fro there by making learning fun. He sometimes lets them lead in one direction, but challenges them to go further. Our family really appreciates him as a teacher and mentor to our kids.
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Shaveanda July 11, 2015
· Piano · In home
Mr. Williams has been a blessing to our family. He is a seasoned musician who is dedicated to motivating his students to development their own personal style and love for music. He has a flexible teaching style that allows him to individualize the curriculum with methods that are best suited to the individual student's way of learning. He has exposed my girls to an array of music genres and even allows them to participate in song selection. He does all of this while instructing in theory, technique, and performance. As a pianist, I appreciate the excellence that he imparts to his students. I am pleased with the progress my girls have made under his tutelage and am excited to see what lies ahead!
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Yolanda H. June 29, 2015
· Piano · In home
Mr Williams, does a great job instructing my daughter. He is in tune with how she learns and types of music she likes. He teaches her classic piano tunes as well as popular music. He is also very patient and kind.
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Russell W.

Stone Mountain, GA 30088
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About Mary Frances K.

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Peachtree Corners, GA

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About Mary Frances
TIME AVAILABILITY:
My availability changes from time to time. I am generally teaching after 2:30PM Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I follow the Gwinnett County School schedule. I will post all holidays and other conflicts in the calendar.

SUMMER 2017: I have some openings for the summer that I'm not releasing in the availability calendar. Some of these time slots are tentatively reserved for students that plan to take the summer off and return in the fall. Send time requests through the Ask a Question feature or through Take Lessons staff.

LOCATION:
Mary Frances teaches exclusively from her home studio.

TEACHING OVERVIEW:
Mary Frances has been teaching voice since 1987. She works with youth and adults, beginner and advanced. She helps voice students develop a natural, healthy, beautiful sound, proper placement and projectio
n of the voice for singing and speaking. Her goal is to help singers gain fulfillment and joy while improving their art. She believes music should be fun and rewarding.

VOICE STUDENTS of hers have won university placement and scholarships and have been accepted into Allstate Chorus for High School in Georgia.

She also teaches PIANO. She has taught piano for about 10 years. She studied piano privately for 10 years and had further study at Indiana University.

Students wishing to have any COMBINATION of piano, music theory, sight reading and/or vocal development can receive a program of study that meets their individual needs.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:
Mary Frances has performed with the Southeastern Savoyards Light Opera Company, the Atlanta Opera Chorus and Studio, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Marietta Theater in the Square, and Neighborhood Playhouse. She has sung title roles in Patience, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. Other roles include Josephine in HMS Pinafore, the Princess in The Student Prince, and Connie in The 1940'™s Radio Hour.

She has performed many roles with Capitol City Opera Company (CCOC) including Annina in The Saint of Bleecker Street, Bastienne in Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, Nora in Vaughan Williams' Rider's to the Sea, and Gilda in Milton Granger'™s Talk Opera. She sang for many years in CCOC's school outreach program. She has sung many concerts for CCOC as well.

Mary Frances was a soloist in Handel's Messiah for Peachtree Presbyterian Church. She has worked as the soloist at The First Church of Christ Scientist in Roswell, Georgia and at The Second Church of Christ Scientist in Sandy Springs, Georgia ( This church has now closed). She occasionally directs and sings in the choir, and substitutes for the cantorial soloist at Congregation Dor Tamid in Alpharetta, Georgia.

EDUCATION:
Mary Frances holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University School of Music in both Voice and Theater. Mary Frances was a long time student of Elizabeth Colson (now deceased) of Atlanta, Georgia. She has attended Brevard Music Center, The Georgia State Opera Workshop and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. While in Graz, Mary Frances was a finalist in the Meistersinger competition.

*LESSON DETAILS

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LESSON LENGTH:
Voice students: 30 minutes for young students up to 5th grade. 45 minutes for young students in Middle School and some 5th graders. 45 or 60 minutes preferred for high school students and adults. Piano students: 30 minutes for most beginners of any age. 45 minutes for young intermediate level and adult students.

TEACHING STYLE AND CURRICULUM:
ALL: My teaching style is relaxed yet progressive. I use positive reinforcement to encourage progress with adults and children. Students are allowed to progress at their own pace which varies with age, coordination, processing speed and previous exposure to musical education.

PIANO: I prefer the Alfred'™s Basic Piano Library series for my piano students. I find that my students learn more music theory and music reading with this series. If the student has started lessons in a different series, I can work with that as well. I have a large music library that provides a wide selection of music in addition to the Alfred books. I expect most beginning students to learn basic music reading and theory in 3 to 6 months. They should also to be able to play simple tunes in that time. I am an active professional singer, so I have a large library of vocal material at my disposal.

All piano students are REQUIRED to have an instrument to practice on at home. The piano MUST HAVE AT MINIMUM:
IF Digital - 88 full sized, weighted keys with polyphonic sound ( at least 10 keys should be able to sound at at the same time) and a sustain pedal,
OR - If Accoustic - maintained and properly tuned.

VOICE: I begin my voice lessons with breathing techniques and vocal placement using widely accepted exercises coming from a large body of sources such as:
Vaccai, professional level vocal teachers, coaches and directors that I have worked with and learned from over the last 30 years, and the writings of highly acclaimed authors in the vocal field. I also have a wide selection of art song books, oratorio, musical theatre, and opera. My background is classical and musical theatre, but I believe all styles of singing need the basic skills of breathing and vocal placement. I strive to keep voices healthy as well as find each student's most beautiful sound. Most students will see progress in breath control, range, projection and diction in 3 to 6 months.

Repertoire is chosen on an individual basis depending both physical and musical ability. Younger students and beginners will be encouraged to not push their voices with material that is too difficult for their individual abilities because singing requires a certain amount of physical endurance. My goal is to find each student's natural sound without strain for whatever style he or she
sings.

Voice students are encouraged to bring a recording device to lessons to use for later practice and study.

STUDIO EQUIPMENT AND LIBRARY:
Piano, Computer with Internet Access, Library of Music and Reference Materials (Sample Listing): Alfred's Basic Piano Library Books Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, Medium High and Medium Low Voice; Schirmer Sing at First Sight; Alfred Basics of Singing by Jan Schmidt; Schirmer Many Soprano Collections of Arias, Oratorio, Sacred, and Art Songs from Schirmer Several Broadway Music Collections from Hal Leonard Discover Your Voice by Oren Brown Training the Speaking Voice by Virgil Anderson International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers by Wall Dynamics of the Singing Voice by Meribeth Bunch Classical Singer Magazine Subscription Journal of Singing, The Official Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing,Inc.Subscription

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I am classically trained bel canto voice teacher, but I can work with broadway and pop styles. I teach sight singing for students pursuing auditions for All State Chorus and College entrance, etc. I use the Alfred Basic Piano Series for Piano students
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Mike Davis September 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Very knowledgable and patient teacher - recommended!
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Jennifer G. June 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mary K Frances is a truly excellent teacher! My 14 yr. old daughter loved working with her. She possesses an impressive depth of talent, experience and a detailed understanding of the voice and vocal techniques. These qualities and a patient kind manner, enables her to teach any student at any level from beginner to seasoned professional. Anyone interested in improving their voice would be lucky to have her!
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Alizia S. March 1, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She was patient with me, completely sweet, and clear with her instructions.
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Mary Frances K.

Mary Frances K.

Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
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I was involved and highly encouraged to participate in various concert and symphony performances and competitions because of my performing talents alone. With my leadership role as Drumline Captain, as early as college i taught and coached other percussionists on varied percussion instruments as a part of the band. My passion to teach continues on, and since 2012, I became partner and percussion instructor at Being of Light Academy of Musical Arts (formerly Clark Music Studio) and has recently partnered up with Imagine Tomorrow Leadership Academy in Conyers, GA, to mentor and teach beginning percussion to children ages 4-7. I am also a performing artist, hip hop and spoken word lyricist, songwriter, DJ and producer. I'm available for consulting services in songwriting for individuals and workshops. Most importantly, I enjoy teaching those
who want to learn and loves to motivate those with the slightest ambition of being a percussionist.
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KEVIN N.

KEVIN N.

Covington, GA 30014
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Hey...my name is Lars and I am looking forward in teaching you guitar. I've been teaching guitar for about 5 years. I fully believe that anybody can learn to play well, if they work hard, stick with it and has the passion for it. Because I did. It took a lot of work for me and did not come easy. It's never easy, nor should it be, because a person is learning something real and not just pushing buttons. But the rewards of getting better are fantastic, a sense of accomplishment and confidence is being built as a result of that hard work. And of course it's really fun and in my opinion the best thing in the world.
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Sri April 6, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Lars is a really good teacher. He makes teaching fun. He teaches with great patience to my 5 year old since he is too little to handle guitar. My son loves the classes and eagerly waits for the next lesson. My elder one started to play lead guitar. We would highly recommend him.
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Robert March 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Lars is an awesome guitar teacher for my 14-year-old son, Robert! He's cool 😎 and he's also a really talented instructor. Not everyone has the gift of teaching, but Lars is really good with kids and patient with beginners. It's also super convenient to have him come to our home.
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Shweta P. April 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
He is a great teacher
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Lars N.

Atlanta, GA 30319
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About Raymond A.

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Jonesboro, GA

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MY BACKGROUND:
Originally from Port Huron Michigan Ray A. began learning to play the piano at age 5. His formal studies in piano include training at Bellarmine University (jazz studies) and the Naval School of Music (classical and jazz studies). Ray also completed electronics and computer studies DeVry University to stage his background for electronic music and music media.

MY EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE:
Ray served as the Music Media/MIDI Specialist and piano instructor at the Naval School of Music during the mid and late 90's and 2010-2014. His expertise allowed him to design develop and implement a music media/MIDI program for the Armed Forces Music Program. This program played a significant role in futurizing the way military musician's train produce and perform music. As a private instructor Ray has continued to developed and influenc
e many musicians at the beginner intermediate and advanced levels of training. His practical systematic and thorough teaching method allows students to develop quickly and rise to their full potential. Retiring from military music recently Ray is busy working on various recording projects and freelancing as a pianist/keyboardist teaching private lessons and providing music media services in the greater Atlanta area.

MY PERFORMANCE:
As a performing artist Ray has worked as a professional musician for the last 25 years performing around the world in more than 20 different countries with various ensembles. He has recorded on numerous albums with various artists to include the Army Ground Forces Band, Orquesta Sensacional, and most recently with the Ian Charleton Big Band (Brain Chatter Album available on Spotify). Ray is fluent and proficient in many different styles and genres of music. Specializing in jazz and Latin styles he is truly a master improviser and soloist. Ray's style of playing is influenced by artist like Herbie Hancock Chic Corea Oscar Peterson and Thelonious Monk. Ray has also performed and,or recorded with some of the most accomplished musicians from around the world to include Grover Washington Jr., Hillary Jones, Gerald Chavis, Roy Richardson, Gary Harris, Don Tillman, Brett Anderson, Corey Cross, Alfie Moss, Abdu Salim, Joel Joyner, Dexter Whitaker, Jim Lambie, Jamie Abersold, and Wayne Bergeron just to name a few. He has also had the distinguished honor to perform for former presidents Ronald Regan and George Bush. Ray aspires to be the consummate musician.

FOR BEGINNER PIANO STUDENTS:
For students just starting out I use the Leila Fletcher Piano series, John Thompson, or Alfred series. After students are doing establish the basic and are doing well I introduce music theory and technique (scales, basic chords, and technical exercises) as well.

FOR INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED LEVEL STUDENTS:
I define intermediate level students as students who already have had 2 yo 4 years of lessons and experience and can already play pretty well. With this level of student I work on strengthening their foundation and rounding out and diversifying their skill set. usually with this level of student they have specific goals in mind that we work towards as well.

The intermediate level is also where various piano and music styles are addressed to include classical, pop, rock, R&B, country, blues, jazz (modern & swing) and Latin, contemporary christian, and gospel. The technical aspects of playing these styles like chords, chord progressions, scales, modes, licks and ornaments,technical exercises, sight reading, lead sheet interpretation, music theory, ear training, playing by ear, song form, and improvisation, intros & endings, and performance concepts and techniques are addressed as well.

OVERVIEW:
Overall my students that apply themselves usually progress quickly and exponentially. some of them have went on to be professional musicians and band leaders and have far surpassed their initial intended goals and objectives.
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Gabriel T. March 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Awesome Awesome music instructor! Knowledgeable in a wide variety of music styles and in music theory. Thank you Mr. Ray!
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Victory T. March 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Raymond is an awesome Teacher. I really enjoyed my lesson. I really learned a lot in just my first lesson. He gave me great tips for my practice at home. Thanks Mr. Raymond.
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Marilyn G. December 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
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Raymond A.

Jonesboro, GA 30238
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I was never told music could be a job and my goal with my students is them to grow as individuals, learn how to tackle tasks from an abstract perspective, and have A LOT of fun!!!
I've been going around to elementary schools doing careers days and teaching students locally for years and find this as good a way to give back as any. Music gave my life purpose and direction when I had none. I would LOVE to share a glimpse into my musical brain with you and your loved ones.
For the past three years I've play with the Atlanta "farm raised rock" band 'Codey Bearden's Tiny Kitchen and we've gotten the chance to see the majority of the east coast, wake up at the most beautiful places and play anywhere from the top of the Daytona Beach Pier on Memorial Day weekend to festivals tucked in on the side of mountains in Asheville, I've mad
e a living do what I love and want to share that love for life with the next generation of players!!
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Codey B.

Duluth, GA 30096
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Many singing teachers agree that one of the most alarming things today is tuning in to television talent competitions and seeing nine-year-olds singing opera. Not only are the arias generally age-inappropriate, but they make vocal demands on the singer that often requires a training period longer than the child has been alive! Less publicly, but equally common, are singers who wrong-foot themselves with inappropriate repertoire at local singing competitions and music festivals. They might pick
What Are the Best Songs to Sing for an Audition?
Many of us have seen it happen while watching singing competition shows like The Voice, American Idol, or The X Factor— “You’re voice is incredible, but the song choice was all wrong.”  It usually ends with an elimination, especially if it is a consistent pattern.  You might love a certain genre of music, but knowing whether a song is a good fit for your voice and audition is critical. Like many things, success is dependent on knowing your strengths and showcasing them.  So what are the best so
How To Find New & Interesting Guitar Chords Using a Capo
So you've memorized the basic major and minor chords, and learned a few easy guitar songs. What's next? Check out what a capo can do for you in this guest post by Perth Amboy, NJ teacher Jeff S...   In case you're unfamiliar with a capo, they're those metal devices that clip onto the neck of a guitar, as you see in the photo above. If you're a guitarist and you don't own a capo yet, but are curious about them, my hope is that you'll want to get one after reading this article. And
Quiz: What Genre Are You Destined to Sing?
Gypsy jazz. Hip hop. Americana. Rock. Pop. Country. Opera. There are so many styles of music, and so many amazing songs to sing in every genre. So, which style of music should you devote your craft to? What kind of music were you born to sing? Are you a pop princess or a country songstress? Are you an opera baritone or rock star? Take this quiz and find out! So the next time you ask yourself "What song should I sing?", consider a staple from one of these genres. Choose a song that st
Top 10 Most Surprising Ukulele Cover Songs
You'd be amazed what you can play on the ukulele! Music teacher Matthew K.  counts down 10 of his favorite surprising ukulele cover songs... The ukulele is a fun instrument to play! Originating in Hawaii, the ukulele has four nylon strings that are tuned to C major. It is very easy to play, and you can strum it any way and it will provide a nice tone. Often when one thinks of the ukulele, they think Hawaii, or Luau. Although it originated in Hawaii, many contemporary songs can be covered o

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