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Buzz A.
Atlanta, Georgia
Learn performance and studio tips and tricks from a touring musician of 30 yrs
I have spent years as a touring keyboardist, musical director and studio professional. I can teach you what it takes to be prepared for any performance situation
About Buzz A.

Buzz is an independent producer, writer, arranger, & keyboardist with over 40 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 2022 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. 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. I have a cat that is extremely friendly and enjoys meeting my students. If you are allergic or frightened of a cat please let me know in advance. Buzz's Studio Gear: Shuman Upright Piano (used for all piano lessons) Cubase Pro 11 recording software (production, film) Arturia Keylab 88 MKII M-Audio Pro Keys 88 Yamaha KX8 Roland V-Synth full array of VST instrument & effect plug-ins for commercial recording and film production (Waves, Spectrasonics, Kontakt 6 etc) Sibelius Notation Software *** Specialties *** children (including special needs) adult, beginner, jazz, r&b, pop, EDM, modern, film scoring, sequencing, notation

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 1999

Education

Studied Theory and Composition at Hampton University

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Avatar of the tutor
Buzz A.
Atlanta, Georgia
Learn performance and studio tips and tricks from a touring musician of 30 yrs
I have spent years as a touring keyboardist, musical director and studio professional. I can teach you what it takes to be prepared for any performance situation
About Buzz A.

Buzz is an independent producer, writer, arranger, & keyboardist with over 40 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 2022 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. 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. I have a cat that is extremely friendly and enjoys meeting my students. If you are allergic or frightened of a cat please let me know in advance. Buzz's Studio Gear: Shuman Upright Piano (used for all piano lessons) Cubase Pro 11 recording software (production, film) Arturia Keylab 88 MKII M-Audio Pro Keys 88 Yamaha KX8 Roland V-Synth full array of VST instrument & effect plug-ins for commercial recording and film production (Waves, Spectrasonics, Kontakt 6 etc) Sibelius Notation Software *** Specialties *** children (including special needs) adult, beginner, jazz, r&b, pop, EDM, modern, film scoring, sequencing, notation

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 1999

Education

Studied Theory and Composition at Hampton University

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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Buzz is an amazing Piano teacher! I learned notes and chords with him within 2 lessons and I'm learning so much with every lesson. Thanks Buzz!

Posted Jun 8, 2022
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Have absolutely been loving lessons thus far! Curriculum is a great mix of theory and practicality to keep things fun but with a great foundation. I love that we start as soon as possible with playing the student's favorite songs as this definitely helps in enthusiasm and engagement! Would definitely recommend this instructor!

Posted Feb 1, 2022
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Buzz will help you get on the right track to become the kind of musician that you want to be. He has an incredible wealth of musical knowledge and experience that he is capable of sharing in a way that anyone can understand and appreciate. I highly recommend taking lessons with Buzz.

Posted Sep 2, 2021
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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.
Studied Theory and Composition at Hampton University
Sep 1972 - Jun 1974
Hampton, University of Hampton, Virginia
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
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
Golden Reel Award
Jul 1993
Ampex
RiAA Platinum Certification
Jul 1993
RIAA
RIAA Platinum Certification
Feb 1992
RIAA
Golden Reel Award
Feb 1992
Ampex
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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Instructor details
Music Performance
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Clairmont Road NE Apt B
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$40
45 minutes
$50
60 minutes
$60
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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