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: 2 days ago


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 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)

*** Specialties ***
adult, beginner, child, jazz, r&b, pop, EDM,modern, film scoring, sequencing, notation

Photos and Videos

Christmas Everywhere from the upcoming 2014 film A Bulldog For Christmas written and produced by Buzz



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.

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 their 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.


Studied Theory and Composition at Hampton University

Sep 1972 - Jun 1974
Hampton, University of Hampton, Virginia

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Platinum Record

Sep 1994

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

Platinum Record

Dec 1993

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


RiAA Platinum Certification

Jul 1993

Golden Reel Award

Jul 1993

RIAA Platinum Certification

Feb 1992

Golden Reel Award

Feb 1992


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.

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15 Reviews on Buzz A.

Jing Li L. Nov 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Buzz is a good teacher. My son like him.
Nasir F. Nov 12, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great Experience looking forward to work more
Beverly J. Jul 1, 2015
Piano · 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. Apr 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Really knows his art and can explain it to a student.
Shirley Q. Feb 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.
Leslie K. Dec 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.
Dianna J. Dec 17, 2013
Verified Student
Stellar Teacher

After one of my daughter lessons, she stated "it was like he believed in me." Buzz is a positive non-judgmental teacher. He is concerned about finding the best way to teach you. He is very patient. He has a way of making students feel comfortable and motivated in a safe learning environment.

Buzz is a brilliant musician with professional etiquette that surpasses most teachers.
Ken M. Nov 8, 2013
Fun to be around

I'm a complete beginner on the piano, and within a matter of a few lessons Buzz had me playing 3 or 4 songs. Not only that, but i learned much about how songs are put together, which made me listen to music differently and deepened my enjoyment of what I was listening to.
True to his word, Buzz asked me what I wanted out the lessons and then delivered.
Fabi L. Jan 28, 2013
Verified Student
Great teacher

Very happy with lessons and teaching style. Buzz is a great guy and know a lot about music. Has a modern approach to teaching and also up to date with music in the web world.
KaatibO Jun 11, 2012
A Gentleman and Scholar!

I've been working with Buzz for a few months now and here are a couple words that come to mind when I think of him... knowledgeable..friendly...and most importantly patient. He's genuinely a good dude and easy to work with. This was my first attempt at private lessons, on top of that having very little prior knowledge of piano, Buzz broke it all down for me. He's the guy you want your search ends!