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Buzz A.

Atlanta, GA
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Naperville, IL
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Denver, CO
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Buzz A. Atlanta, GA

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 ...

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Patrick C. April 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Really knows his art and can explain it to a student.
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Shirley Q. February 12, 2015
Piano · 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.
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Leslie K. December 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
So, Buzz is pretty much the best! I’m an adult with a full-time career and no musical background, and I've been looking around off and on for years to find a teacher who wasn't stuffy and was open to a non-traditional student with a semi-crazy work-life schedule. Buzz is patient, flexible, and really breaks down the lessons in ways that make sense to my logical thinking. I always walk away feeling that I learned something new and excited to learn more, which I feel is the biggest testament to his teaching skills. His expertise in music theory has really inspired me to do more than simply learn how to read music, too, and I have no doubt that I’ll be taking lessons with him for a long time to come. Plus he’s hilarious, so that helps.
Matthew N. Naperville, IL

About Matthew

Matthew N. has been an educator and performer in the Chicago area and suburbs for over 10 years. Currently holding a studio of nearly 40 students he has become one of the area's many successful private instructors. Teaching piano, drums, and guitar Matthew can accommodate any student's needs and musical ambitions in those areas. Matthew has studied at the collegiate level at the University of Iowa and holds a Bachelors in Percussion Performance. He has also been performing professionally at many of Chicago's finest venues for many years. Matthew is an audio engineer certified in Pro Tools and Logic Pro, which are industry standard programs. Students are able to record and learn the art of production as they learn their instrument if they so choose. This allows students to hear ...

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Samuel J. April 15, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson - very knowledgeable
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KarenW October 10, 2006
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He is a perfect match for us! He is very knowledgeable and has a very warm and open personality.
S. Parker G. Denver, CO

About S. Parker

Music became my life when I found a dusty guitar in the storage room at age 10. I owe a lot of really cool experiences to the guitar and so many of them center around learning. Teaching is fun and rewarding, but it is also my way of thanking the great teachers I've had. -Studied Music Theory/Composition at Metropolitan State College of Denver -Won a scholarship to the 2001 Summer Guitar Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston -Frequent substitute at Arapahoe Community College (2004-2005) -Teacher at St. Mary's Academy Middle School (2008-2013) -Active member of Onsombley guitar ensemble -Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist in The Penny Dreadfuls -Creator of "Strum by Strum" -Takelessons teacher since 2008 *** Lesson Details *** The ...

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Eli M. December 1, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I have only had three lessons so far, but Parker has been very easy to work with. I am sure that I present a challenge as far as structuring a lesson program. I am an older student (late 60's), I had some formal music training learning to play the accordion when I was young, but I am entirely self taught on guitar. I played guitar for several years when I was in my late teens, & picked it up again about 8 or nine months ago.
Consequently, I am all over the map in terms of my capabilities. Advanced beginner or intermediate in some technical areas, but with major gaps in my understanding of both theory and technique, Parker has done a nice job initially of not spending too much time on things I already know, but still covering enough of the basics with me to identify gaps in my abilities that need to be strengthened. I have enjoyed my sessions, and the pace has been about right so far.
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Anthony G. July 8, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Extremely knowledgeable, and best of all: he knows good tricks to teach you the content. He's done this for years and will serve you well. He can occasionally get sidetracked/off-topic, but it serves to provide insight into other aspects of the lesson and doesn't detract from the content. Overall, I'm very happy continuing lessons with him! :)
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Chip M. June 2, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Enjoying my lessons and teaching style a lot. Parker has given me a new way to look at the guitar.

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Ryan B. Philadelphia, PA

About Ryan

I specialize in voice lessons and vocal coaching for young singers, teens, and adults interested in musical theater. I have a master's degree in music from the University of Maryland, College Park, and have taught voice lessons privately as well as in schools, community theaters and performing arts organizations *** Lesson Details *** I will work with you on vocal technique, song interpretation, and preparation for performances and auditions. I am flexible and will work with you to achieve your chosen goals. Voice lessons can help you: Be prepared for auditions Get roles in school musicals and community theater Sing any style of music with greater range, power and expression Learn music faster by developing your ear and note reading abilities When we meet, I will ...

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Marlena D. April 6, 2015
Music Theory · Online
Verified Student
I was very happy with Ryan as an instructor. He introduced me to new techniques with patience and positivity. He is encouraging and knowledgeable.
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Dave P. July 8, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and easy to work with. Amenable to tailoring lessons to suit student needs. I recommend him.
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Mariam G. June 4, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Ryan is awesome. My son is learning alot
Jihye L. Arcadia, CA

About Jihye

Education: Hold MFA degree at California Institute of the Arts. Studied with Vicki Ray and Lisa Sylvester. Focused on Performing arts,Accompanying. Experience: More than 15 years of teaching experiences including High school, College, Academy, Kindergarten. Member of MTNA. All ages welcome! *** Lesson Details *** - Use various kind of books. -Lesson include theory, sight reading, Technic.... - Participate in recitals, competitions, festivals... - Use English and Korean. *** Studio Equipment *** KAWAI piano in studio room. Waiting area for parent. *** Specialties *** Focus on classic, pop and chamber music. Many experiences with young beginners. Teacher of Yamaha Group Lesson.

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Jung K. September 25, 2014
Piano · In studio
Jihye is a nice teacher. She work with my kids over a year now.
My kids always love to work with her.
I will highly recommend Jihye to other students who like to learn piano!
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Mayra H. February 20, 2014
Piano
Wonderful teacher!

Jihye taught piano to our children for 4 years. She is organized, reliable and flexible. She takes pride on her students' success and encourages progress in a fun way. With her teaching, she helped our son to be fully prepared to transition into playing percussion at school.
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oh K. February 15, 2014
Piano
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Jihye is a great teacher. I have been studied with her 3years.
She has a passion through her entire teaching.
I am a lucky student who have a teacher like her.
Val K. Chicago, IL

About Val

Whether you are an experienced musician or just in the beginning of your educational journey, I perhaps, can help you to advance you potentials and bring your skills to the next level. First and foremost I am an expert in teaching voice. Not many teachers in Chicago have clients that are currently topping Billboard charts and get signed by major record labels. I do!!! I taught in Paris, Barcelona, Dubai and New York and have an extensive experience in working with a wide variety of musical genres including Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Rock, Country, Musical Theatre, Gospel and last but not least Classical, which I can proudly can call my background. Not only I have been continually developing my own art of coaching and excellence of teaching music to others, but also making much needed ...

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frank M. April 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
We're searching for our own voice, for the greatest version of ourselves. With lifelong experience and his own personal library of exercises hardwired into his brain, Val is the perfect instructor to lead us to the promise land. His ability to dissect what is happening inside our vocal instrument is uncanny, and he packs the ability to translate this to the student effectively. Each lesson is customized to the needs of the student, and he also involves music theory when necessary to better help us understand and visualize the task at hand.

In my time spent with Val, I have seen week to week improvements both as a singer and as a song writer. I am grateful to have connected with Val as I am excelling in my craft each day and taking the steps to reach the potential he sees in me as a vocalist and musician.
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Michael C. August 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I started just about 3 months ago. I'm 53 and never sang before. (Mouthed the words when the nuns made the class sing in grade school). I always thought that being a singer was an instinctive talent. Now I believe that with Val's help and guidance I can become a singer. I can feel and hear my voice developing. It will take time, but I have the confidence that it can happen based upon my progress so far.
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Rob C. August 26, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Val is all you can ask for from a teacher. He challenges you, but still supports you as you learn. It was difficult for me to step in front of someone to sing, but Val has helped me sing more freely. I have been doing lessons for half a year and look forward to improving at each one.

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