- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- April 1999
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 2020 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 9.5 recording software
Sibelius 8 Notation Software
Chickering Upright Piano
M-Audio Pro Keys 88
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
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
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+ Read More
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.+ Read More
platinum record received for work on Tag Team's Whoomp! (There It Is)
platinum record received for work on the Kriss Kross CD Totally Krossed Out
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
Buzz is great!
Great teacher. Amazing person. Learning not just paino but how to speak via my instrument.
Would reccomend to all ages & skill levels
Really knows theory...and will tailor lessons to your skill set. Looking forward to more lessons with Buzz!
Buzz is a patient and encouraging instructor with an amazing wealth of knowledge to assist students wherever they may be in their musical development. Whether its staff reading, music theory, performance technique, etc., Buzz has a way to assist musicians add to their musical toolboxes in a way that is not only informative but tons of fun as well. Lessons with Buzz are highly recommended.+ Read More
Buzz has been a great teacher so far. He is a true professional who tailors instruction to meet the needs of every student. Super personable! Great guy! Highly recommended.
Buzz is an excellent teacher and brings real world music experience into his instruction. As a touring musician, producer, song writer, and arranger, Buzz has an understanding of practical application. When I perform, I am always looking for ways to play smarter, and Buzz always helps with that. Buzz will break down music theory in a way that makes sense and that I can apply to my own playing on gigs and in rehearsal sessions. Buzz is a tremendous teacher for beginners (I have watched him give lessons to young students and he is excellent) , but if you are an experienced player and are just looking to get better, working with Buzz will get you there. I promise you'll play better after one lesson.+ Read More
The lessons (piano & music theory) I learned from Buzz Amato was the sole reason I got signed to a label & was able to produce 2 Billboard charted singles (which he co-produced with me). I now tour the world djing and produce with talented artists that come to me based off my musical knowledge, that I received from Buzz. I can honestly say NONE of this would happen without the musical instruction of Buzz. Thank you Buzz!+ Read More
I was a beginner when I started out on piano 2 years ago. Buzz's knowledge and patience allowed me too actually start playing piano with as live band! I still take piano and I've learned a lot of theory along the way. If you are looking for some one with patience and dedication, Buzz is your man! His cat is pretty cool too!+ Read More
"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.
Gave me the guidance I needed
Buzz Abis such a good fit for what I am looking to accomplish in piano jazz. So glad I signed up with him.
I highly recommend him!
Buzz is a good teacher. My son like him.
Great Experience looking forward to work more
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.
Really knows his art and can explain it to a 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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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.
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.
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.
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!
Buzz is a really great teacher! I enjoy learning how to play the piano with him because he is patient, understanding, and talented. I'm very happy to have chosen Buzz as my teacher and would definitely recommend him to any students looking to learn to play piano!+ Read More
We Luvs Buzz
It has been a pleasure working with him. He is very patient and my sons have learned so much.
After 3 lessons with Buzz, I am making multi track recordings at my home . Buzz's expertise in Cubase 5 has been essential. Buzz's cat Jesus is pretty cool as well.
Very Knowledgeable and Professional
I seem to be a slow learner but Buzz is very patient and professional in his approach to teaching me. I have learned a lot from him in just three weeks.
Buzz is very professional and patient. He takes the time to make sure you are understanding the information that he is presenting and I would recommend his services to anyone.