In addition to teaching piano, I spent over 25 years in studios working as a session musician and often as an engineer. I have a background in multi-track recording (tape) as well as in the digital world. In the digital world, I work primarily in Cubase but have knowledge in most DAWs
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 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)
Beverly J. July 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He is willing to listen to you and gear your instruction to how and what type of music you are interested in while providing a strong musical foundation. I am very satisfied.
Patrick C. April 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Really knows his art and can explain it to a student.
Shirley Q. February 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
As a novice piano playing student, I was introduced to reading music as well as playing the piano by Buzz Amato, a great pianist and instructor. I would be remiss if I did not share how wonderful my piano lessons have been under the many talents Buzz offers as a piano instructor. His ability to convey concepts/theories of piano playing into understandable and applicable practice has made my learning experience enjoyable. Buzz is a good listener, very patient and observant, and acquires an innate gift to teach piano playing in ways that encourage me to continue my lessons. Buzz is a highly skilled piano instructor.
Graduated from Georgia Southern in 2001, with a bachelor degree in music education.
Have worked for Atlanta public schools as a band director since Fall 2002.
Private lessons are taught on piano, guitar, and all the band instruments.
I also have a deep passion for Disc jockeying with a bias towards reggae and dance music.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can except a stress free learning process. After learning the basic symbols of music notation, breathing, and simple rhthyms the students will continue learning the techniques and fingerings on their chosen intsrument. After mast
ering these basic concepts in music the children will then be given a chance to perform their songs to an instrumental accompaniment. This is good for the student who does not play in an ensemble to have the opportunity to play and listen to other moving parts.
*** Specialties *** music, bass guitar, bassoon, childrens music, guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, home recording, African drum, music theory, acoustic guitar, flute, oboe, trumpet, saxophone, tuba, songwriting, french horn, trombone, clarinet, recording school, piano My method utilizes maracas and rhythm guitar, played Simultaneously to produce a full ensemble effect.
Steven T. September 1, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Daniel is a excellent instructor. He's very patience, knowledgeable and easy to get along with. I cant wait for our next lesson to learn some more. I tried on my own and was going to give up but Daniel has shown me that I can learn to play bass.
teresa F. March 26, 2013
Trumpet Verified Student
My son enjoyed his lessons with Daniel. He appreciated how he was challenged at each session and always looked forward to next lesson.
We will definitely request Daniel again in the future.
MarysiaT July 16, 2012
Mr. Daniel not only teaches the art, but perfects your technique. My son is enjoying his lessons.
Camden is a college graduate who studied Music Theory and History at the College of Charleston. While playing with various groups and school ensembles, Camden became more familiar with jazz music and improvisation. He now enjoys teaching all ages and levels of experience.
*** Lesson Details *** Camden offer a wide variety of topics in my lessons, from various guitar techniques (harmonics, slide guitar, hybrid picking, etc.) and music theory (traditional, Jazz) to recording and production. He will create a lesson plan suited to your individual learning style and interests.
*** Studio Equ
ipment *** Studio basement, guitars, amps, computer, recording gear, keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** I am able to bring either my acoustic or electric guitar to a lesson at a student's home
*** Specialties *** Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Funk, R&B, Country, etc.
Sameer June 9, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Excellent teacher for our 14 year old beginner. His instruction was conversational, engaging and relevant to my son's interests and skill level. Pleasant and courteous demeanor as well. Highly recommend Camden.
Eric F. July 5, 2014
In home Verified Student
Camden was an excellent instructor for our 13 year-old daughter. Although we had a handful of scheduling issues where timing was not communicated clearly by the instructor in every case (hence the reduction from 5 stars to 4), when he was present he was patient, engaged and really focused on finding ways to get our daughter to enjoy the learning process.
JenniferB5 June 12, 2011
Camden Is great
My 9 year old son loves taking guitar from Camden. He teaches fun songs and is very knowledeable. He's also very good about working around our schedule.
as I have been in several bands I have learned many aspects of recording. Including Protools, and logic. Also I have had extensive experience recording originals and using Ipad apps to record
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 Per
formance. 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
Steve N. April 13, 2014
Mandolin Verified Student
Highly recommended teacher
I am in my mid-30s and picking up Mandolin for the first time without much background in music. Scott has been really great to learn from, teaching me not only the basics of scales and chords but he also has me working on songs and solos which I never thought I'd be able to do so early. I would highly recommend Scott.
Ana S. April 6, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
My son has been taking guitar lessons from Scott for the last year. Scott has been amazing with him. Scott finds music that challenges and teaches my son while keeping his attention. My son loves the lesson each week. He looks forward to it. Scott has become more than a Guitar Teacher he has become a family friend.
I can provide a basic overview of ProTools and other recording software commonly used by musicians today.
With a performance degree from the University of Georgia, teaching certification from Georgia State and over 25 years of professional teaching experience, I am able to offer my students a diverse range of instructional resources.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons include a warmup, music theory work, vocal or instrumental technique and then a vast selection of song repertoire to support new ideas in both technique and theory. Students are directed to watch or listen to examples of master performances in their field of studies. Clear weekly goals are made between lessons and I am always enco
uraging! Whatever life throws at you during the week doesn't have to stop your studies cold- we will come up with a plan that fits your lifestyle.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a small Protools setup with microphones and a Kurzwell keyboard. I like to be able to go online for some resources.
*** Travel Equipment *** I regularly use the internet in lessons as well as standard published educational texts.
*** Specialties *** I have been told that I am especially good at helping people make the jump from playing by rote to reading from the page. In vocal instruction, I am familiar with three schools of technique: the psycho-imagery school, the "anatomical" school, and the Italian "open throat" approach. My background in acting also contributes basic vocal projection techniques to vocal training. I am comfortable with all genres of music, including pop, rock, soul, R&B, gospel, jazz and opera. In instrumental studies, I am a woodwind doubler, reading fluently and transposing on-the-spot . As a jazz and gospel artist I improvise primarily on the flute and saxophone. My piano skills are equivalent to a second-year college piano major. I can improvise accompaniments as well as read piano scores. In addition to being a certified teacher in Georgia, I attained national certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2004.
Swapna A. July 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
My 6 year old son has been taking keyboard lessons with Letha for a year now. She is wonderful and always very flexible. She is so patient and knows how to make it interesting for kids. My son enjoys playing keyboard.
Lacy H. January 22, 2014
Piano Verified Student
My daughter loved her first lesson with Letha! After Letha left, she wanted to continue to practice, practice, practice! Thank you, Letha, for making piano lessons fun!
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