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Review by Deborah
"Kareem is an excellent flute teacher! He is friendly, focused, knowledgeable and very patient. I especially appreciate his practice tips!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Tomoko
"I've never expected that I could sing like this at my age until I met Tiffini. She gives me very specific feedback each time and my singing skills improve
d so much. Online lesson is very convenient to accommodate in my busy work schedule. I really love Tiffini's lesson and look forward to working more with her."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Bob
"I went to Dave to learn theory to improve my note reading. With his patient persistence I'm learning the Seven Keys thru the Circle of Fifths. This is re
ally helping me to play the pop and rock songs I love.
There is no accomplishment like learning music and Dave is a great guide to do it."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Ann
Denise not only has a beautiful voice, but a passion for teaching. She challenges my daughter to do her best, and improve every week. S
he has high standards, but knows how to encourage instead of discourage her students. We strongly recommend Denise if you are serious about learning how to sing!"
New Orleans, LA teacher:
Review by Jae Jae
"Love my lessons
I am eighteen and have been playing the violin for about six years. I used to not like playing all that much and got frustrated with prac
ticing. I started lessons with Autumn about three years ago and now really like playing and practicing. I can now shift and am starting vibrato which is super cool. I am moving to a new state but like my lessons so much I am going to continue lessons online."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Michelle
"Evan is one of the most high quality drum instructors in the area. When I take a lesson from Evan, I know I am getting university level instruction.
an's experience, knowledge and enthusiasm along with his personable, patient and easygoing personality creates an effective approach in equipping students to become the best they can be on the drum set."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Peter
"Voytek is unbelievably positive and flexible. I've been working with him for about 6 months, and he started me off with a great set of lessons and materia
ls that was right for me. He always focuses on what I do well, so I want keep playing, even when things get hard. When he points out something to work on, he somehow comes across positive - more like a helpful suggestion than a critique. Voytek has been knowledgable and flexible when I want to focus on music theory or just play songs that I like. I continue to work with him and would hire him for other types of lessons."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Frank
Heather is an excellent piano teacher. My son is learning a lot. She doesn't just push him along from song to song in the book, she makes s
ure he knows how to read and play each tune before moving on. A+"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jorge
"Recomiendo ampliamente a Adrián como una excelente opción para tomar clases de manera particular tanto de manera presencial como a distancia. Si algo pued
o resaltar de mi experiencia como alumno suyo es la de aprender con precisión y de manera dinámica todo lo que en el salón de clases no alcanza uno a comprender. Y como alumno que requiere a un maestro tan preparado como paciente, debo decir que Adrián es un excelente músico, notable maestro, y todavía mejor persona."
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.
I am a career musician and teacher. I am always looking for more good students, performance opportunities and studio session work. I began playing drums at the age of 10. I hold a Bachelor's degree, and am a Magna Cum Laude graduate of GA State University's Commercial Music Recording / Production program. I studied with Atlanta Symphony Principal Percussionist - Jack Bell, Mike Cebulski - Atlanta Ballet, Mark Yanchich - Atlanta Symphony, Robbie Coleman - Freddy Cole, and Ted Howe. As a career musician, I have played drums and percussion in more than 100 bands to date, touring mainly in the Eas
tern US, from the Mississippi east. I have performed with members of the Allman Bros., The Derek Trucks Band, The Atlanta Symphony, Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, The Dixie Dregs, Boston, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Col. Bruce Hampton's Aquarium Rescue Unit, Blue Note recording artists Marcus Printup, Russell Malone, and many, many more. Let me tap on my vast knowledge and experience on the drums to provide you guidance as you travel your path to becoming all you can be on drums.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach all styles, ages, and skill levels, and I am here to help you. I am serious about drums and drumming, but I do want you, the student to be comfortable in the lesson setting, so you will find I teach in a casual manner. I want you to have fun while you learn how to play! For your first lesson all you need is a pair of drumsticks and a plain spiral bound notebook. I will go over some basics, like how to hold the sticks, how to move the sticks, and begin introducing you to the rudiments of drums. I feel it is important that you learn how to read drum music, so I will have you get a good method book. I prefer Haskall Harr's Snare drum Method, Book I. For the drum set, I will write out exercises that start simple and build from there. I always try to give you info that is practical, and you can use to play music you choose. As time goes by, you will find yourself building confidence and competence as you meet and exceed your goals on your instrument. I will always encourage you to ask questions so can tailor the info to meet your specific needs and desires. If you have already been playing for a while, and need help, I encourage you to come to me. I will give you new good information, and help find the holes in your abilities, and fill them as you work towards your individual goals of becoming the kind of performer you want to be. Thanks for your time, I look forward to hearing from you!
*** Studio Equipment *** Lesson room - Separate from main house. Seating for parents available.
*** Specialties *** On the snare drum, or pad, I focus on the tradition of drums and drumming through the rudiments, concert style, and reading. On the drum set, I teach all styles of rock, jazz, fusion, R and B, country, blues, zydeco, and even polkas, etc.
Charlie P. July 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I've only been going for a month or so, but have been really impressed being a first-timer in the field of music. Despite not playing any instrument before, he's been a big help not worrying about the overwhelming feeling of having so much to learn - focusing on one thing at a time.
He obviously very much knows what he's talking about and seems to be good at picking up things that I may not of noticed just following online courses only.
richard O. June 19, 2015
I started pretty late in life taking drum lessons, 49. Met Bill and have been drumming ever since. For the first few years I studied weekly with Bill and have continued off and on ever since. He has given me a better understanding of different types of music as well helping to instill the confidence and discipline to stick it out through the early, clumsy phases of learning and through his encouragement made it fun. As a teacher, I don't see how he could be beat. He has a very large knowledge base, great sense of humor, and shows keen interest in what direction his students want to go. Not to mention, he's a damn good drummer!
Hal D. January 13, 2015
I have been taking lessons on and off for about 10 years with Bill. No matter how good I have become, there is always something more that Bill can teach me. He makes lessons fun and always has me playing music that I enjoy. My band mates love what he's done for me as well. lol
David M, M.Ed. grew up immersed in the music industry in the Muscle Shoals Alabama area where greats such as Cher, the Allman Brothers and Aretha Franklin got their start recording with the world renowned Muscle Shoals Sound. Click, here, to see the trailer for the documentary about the legendary "Muscle Shoals".
After playing piano professionally while in high school, David attended the University of Montevallo- Alabama's oldest and most respected music school and earned a Bachelor of Music Education in Piano and Voice. In fact, David studied classical piano with Dr. Robert Cowan of the i
nternationally acclaimed duo piano team- Yarbrough and Cowan and studied voice with Bruce Tolbert and Madame Baruvka- a world renowned European opera singer. Additionally, David was also a fellow classmate of the current Broadway diva, Rebecca Luker.ï»¿
After graduating from Montevallo, David moved to Atlanta and starred in professional musical theatre while working as a public school choral music director and attending Georgia State University for Post Baccalaureate studies in Theatre. In fact, David completed some of his actor training at the HB Acting Studio in NYC.
Some of David's favorite roles include the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Rudolfo in A View from the Bridge, Serge in The Food Chain, the teacher in School House Rock, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, multiple characters in The Harvey Milk Show and Raywanda in Saga: The Story of Whitney Bonneville. David has been seen on stage at the 14th Street Playhouse, Neighborhood Playhouse, Actor's Express, Terrific New Theatre, the World Congress Center and the Crystal Pistol Theatre at Six Flags Over Georgia.
In 1995, David earned a Master of Education in Counseling from Georgia State University and completed 2 more years of additional Post Graduate studies in Counseling at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
After working in the public and private schools for a number of years, David combined his music, theatre and counseling experience into creating David M Artist Development in 2005. In fact, David is one of the only piano and voice teachers in the country who's been cross trained in the areas of music, theatre, education and psychology.
David particularly enjoys working with semiprofessional and professional musicians and actors in the Atlanta area looking to expand their knowledge, skills and experience and adults who've ignored their creative sides for most of their life while attending to family and career matters instead.
mohammed I. November 7, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have had an amazing experience with David. He has taken the time to truly get to know me and has set up our sessions based on what my goals are. He took his time to really understand what I needed to take my skills to a higher level. I feel that I was able to open up to him with total confidence and trust. I feel that he takes his time to really understand his students and mold his sessions to the needs of his students. I honestly feel that I have found a mentor who I will be reaching out to for all my needs.
David M. February 18, 2013
Author and Motivator, Joyce Rennolds says...Phenomenal Results!
David, I am grateful to you for encouraging me to give up old beliefs about 'not being able to sing'. Since I am a Motivational Speaker and a New Thought Minister and teach an 'I can' attitude it never occurred to me to apply that idea to my singing voice. The results have been phenomenal. Thanks to your wonderful style of teaching I am now singing with confidence and poise in my church services. For my own pleasure I am becoming better and better at singing those wonderful Broadway tunes. Thank you for your encouragement, your professionalism, your unique style and your loving patience to work so diligently with me. You are the BEST!
S B. February 13, 2013
Amazing Teacher and Gifted Musician
"I write this testimonial as a supporter of Mr. David Mashburn and his everlasting passion for implementing the love of music into young musicians like myself. I had the pleasure of being a student of Mr. Mashburn when I was in high school, and I can honestly say that experience helped enhance my skills as a pianist, singer and songwriter. His enthusiasm for the many faces of music, and his knowledge on how to properly develop oneâs talent allowed me to grow as an artist. Through my academic matriculation through Morehouse College, Mr. Mashburn inspired a passion for writing and composing that led me to form a songwriting team named, Nemesis, under the direction of Russell Carterâs Artist Management company. I would not have found this passion and skill without the help of Mr. Mashburn, as he was the first one to encourage songwriting by helping me combine my skills as a pianist, singer and lyricist. He has been a teacher, counselor, and a friend to me. I credit my future successes to the humble beginnings as a student of Mr. Mashburn, and I am forever grateful to him. I hope he continues to spread the love of music to musicians everywhere."
I studied classical guitar and composition at Asbury College and later more in depth guitar studies rock, jazz, and classical at the Atlanta Institute of Music. I have been teaching steadily for the past ten years as well as spending my time with various other musical projects such as leading worship for my church, performing for various parties and weddings, and composing and recording music for a short film. I use my experience and broad understanding of music to inform the way that I teach, so that my students have a robust experience of all aspects of music.
*** Lesson Details *** I ha
ve a lesson plan that I follow for beginning students to get them through the basics. As a teacher I am laid back, and positive, but always try to give the student a clear reflection of how they are progressing. I find that some students thrive with a lot of structure and others prefer a looser approach and I am quite comfortable teaching both ways. If the student maintains a consistent practice regimen, they should be able to play songs from the radio within 3 or 4 months.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the living room with an amp, keyboard, computer, desk, parents can sit on couch in a separate room
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect my student to provide their instrument (including amp if necessary) and any instructional materials required.
*** Specialties *** I have had a lot of experience teaching beginning and intermediate students with method books, and have used them to teach reading, theory, technique, and repertoire. Most often, I take a slightly looser approach which I feel allows me to mold my teaching to fit the individual student's needs
Jennifer R. June 16, 2014
In home Verified Student
Wes has been teaching my son, age 7, for four months now and we could not be happier! He manages to be very informative while keeping it fun and interesting without being silly or boring. Wes's enthusiasm for the guitar is contagious. I am thrilled with my son's progress and level of continued interest. Thank you Wes!
Christina T. June 12, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Wes is a great teacher -he has a lot of experience and excellent technique. It is evident he loves music/guitar and is equally as passionate for teaching what he loves. He makes learning to play the guitar easy to grasp and he is very patient and encouraging. Looking forward to more jam sessions!
Paul M. November 3, 2012
Guitar Verified Student
Wes is an excellent instructor. He is patient, clear, encouraging, fun, and totally professional. I highly recommend him to anyone (young or old) wanting to learn the guitar.
Wes listens to what the student wants to learn and sets his lessons to help the student achieve their goals. Our lessons are in the instructor's studio, which is a safe, accessible, and clean environment.
I look forward to our future sessions and continuing my guitar learning under his instruction.
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!
Hawaiian for "jumping flea", the ukulele is an enchanting instrument, as versatile and melodious as a guitar. The small bodied, four stringed uke has gained in popularity in recent years, perhaps owing to gorgeous covers like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwoole, and "Im Yours" by Jason Mraz. Trendy or not, the ukulele has a timeless sound. It's enjoyable to play, portable, and relatively easy to learn. Ukuleles are also less expensive than many other instruments, making the pr …
Take Lessons or DIY? How to Learn to Play Ukulele
Hawaiian for "jumping flea", the ukulele is an enchanting instrument, as versatile and melodious as a guitar. The small bodied, four stringed uke has gained in popularity in recent years, perhaps owing to gorgeous covers like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwoole, and "Im Yours" by Jason Mraz. Trendy or not, the ukulele has a timeless sound. It's enjoyable to play, portable, and relatively easy to learn. Ukuleles are also less expensive than many other instruments, making the pr
Guitar Theory Basics: Understanding Keys
Curious about keys? Guitar teacher Alexander A. breaks down the guitar theory behind understanding keys...
What key am I in? For most of the music we play this simple question yields a simple answer. I think the REAL question here is why. Why is a piece of music considered to be in the key of G major, or A minor, or any other key? I was in my 3rd semester of Jazz Harmony at Berklee when the instructor stumped the entire class with this question. I think the answer will surprise you.
6 Beautiful Songs for Piano and Voice
Sometimes, it's good to take your singing practice back to the basics, and just sing with a small ensemble. Most satisfying of all is working only with a good pianist - the level of detail just you and one other musician can achieve when working on material for piano and voice is very valuable to your development as a singer, no matter what stage you're at.
If you're stuck for ideas of what to work on, the following six songs - one religious, two modern pop classics, one German-language lied, o
How to Sing While Breaking a Sweat: Tips for Triple Threats
John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, and Catherine Zeta-Jones are just a few of the Hollywood celebrities known for being "triple threats"--skilled in singing, dancing, and acting. Here, Corona, CA teacher Milton J. shares his tips for reaching their superstar status...
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Introduction to Proper Violin Posture
You may feel that learning the violin is all about playing the right notes at the right time. It is to an extent. But in order to learn the various techniques and play for longer periods of time, there are other skills that every student needs to master too, and that includes proper violin posture.
Because it affects all areas of violin playing, such as tone, intonation, bow hold and stroke, as well as shifting, all violin technique is built around proper violin posture. If you ignore or forg