Buzz Amato

Buzz A.

Atlanta, GA

About Buzz A.

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Buzz teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: April 1999
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

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 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

Photos and Videos

Christmas Everywhere from the film A Bulldog For Christmas written, arranged and produced by Buzz.

Experience

Producer/Composer
Jan 2000 - Present
A Music

A Music was created as an independent production company specializing in the production of not only records for Ichiban, Sony, Capitol, EMI and some indie labels, but TV and film production as well.

I am also on staff at a local school of arts as a teacher in both piano and production

Studio musician / Staff Producer
Jan 1989 - Mar 1999
Ichiban Records

In 1989, I was hired by Ichiban Records as staff producer/studio manager. During my tenure there I worked with literally hundreds of artists and received 2 platinum certified recordings as well as 2 Ampex Golden Reel Award for the studio under my management

Musical Director
Jan 1983 - Mar 1989
Curtis Mayfield, Ben E. King, The Three Degrees

In the early 80's, I became musical director for Curtis Mayfield. I traveled the world playing music not only with Curtis but several other R&B artists. My duties included not only keyboardist for these artists, but as musical director, I was responsible for working up the arrangements, rehearsals and the over all band.

Education

Studied Theory and Composition at Hampton University
Sep 1972 - Jun 1974
Hampton, University of Hampton, Virginia

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Platinum Record
Sep 1994
RIAA

platinum record received for work on Tag Team's Whoomp! (There It Is)

Platinum Record
Dec 1993
RIAA

platinum record received for work on the Kriss Kross CD Totally Krossed Out

Awards

RiAA Platinum Certification
Jul 1993
RIAA
Golden Reel Award
Jul 1993
Ampex
RIAA Platinum Certification
Feb 1992
RIAA
Golden Reel Award
Feb 1992
Ampex

Affiliations

National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The
Jan 1991

The Recording Academy, known variously as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or NARAS, is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is headquartered in Santa Monica.

Broadcast Music Inc.
Apr 1989

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

19 Reviews on Buzz A.

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Fred R. Jan 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 Jun 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Gave me the guidance I needed
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Adrienne W. Mar 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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Tracy W. Dec 2, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I highly recommend him!
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Jing Li L. Nov 13, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Buzz is a good teacher. My son like him.
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Nasir F. Nov 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Great Experience looking forward to work more
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Beverly J. Jul 1, 2015
· Piano · In studio
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.
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Patrick C. Apr 26, 2015
· Piano · In home
Really knows his art and can explain it to a student.
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Shirley Q. Feb 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
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. Dec 10, 2014
· Piano · In studio
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.
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