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Bulent G.

Somerville, MA
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Evan C.

Allston, MA
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Shawn M.

Newtonville, MA
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Bulent G. Somerville, MA

About Me

Described by The Times Herald-Record, New York, as a "firm bass- baritone", and by The Boston Musical Intelligencer as "outstanding dramatically and musically", I am a classical singer with international credits, at home in diverse genres from opera to art song, Broadway to The American Songbook, spirituals to jazz and pop. I am also a professional drummer, pianist and instructor. I enjoy teaching, and view it as making music together in a class setting. Lessons are both disciplined and fun.

Recent highlights include the roles of The Master and Yefim in the U.S.-premiere of the opera "Desire to Sleep" by Moshe Shulman; the narrator in the world-premiere of "Experience" in English by Phivos-Angelos Kollias; world-premieres of "Missa Patri Pio" and "Canzoni Dantesche" by Leonardo Ciampa; the role of Jewish Man in the world-premiere of the opera "The Prioress's Tale" by Delvyn Case; The Omaggio al Bel Canto Best Interpretation Award at The Stelle dell'Anno Nuovo Festival in Boston, aired by Italy's RAI International TV; official recognition by The Massachusetts State Senate and Thomas Menino; a Bandwidth TV feature program aired on CCTV; and a performance as Emile de Becque with solos from "South Pacific" by Rodgers & Hammerstein at the historic USS Salem in the first-ever maritime festival of Quincy, Massachusetts.

"When you think of opera, the word modern doesn't usually follow. Bulent G... is changing the way we think about this centuries-old art form. G. is anything but a stereotypical opera singer... He isn't merely an opera singer, but a well-rounded musician. He has performed Broadway pieces, jazz solos, spirituals, and even contemporary pop songs, which he says inform his interpretation of even the most classical roles in opera. This approach to opera may be what draws crowds who aren't as familiar with the genre... This opera singer, who says his favorite music ranges from that of the heavy metal 80s band Cacophony to jazz pianist Chick Corea, shows that opera singers may not be what you think, and his audiences are surprisingly diverse as well..."

- Chelsea Whyte, The Somerville News

*** Lesson Details ***
INFORMATION about VOICE, PIANO, DRUM STUDIOS

VOICE/SINGING/SPEECH STUDIO
I am offering singing lessons using a natural, easy-to-understand, experience-based holistic and scientific method. The aim is to freely express the natural and style-free voice, which can be consciously applied to any musical style. Sing with ease, energized and flowing breath, solid technique, resonance, projection, diction, range and poise. No previous experience is necessary. Adults and children of all ages, voice types, backgrounds and levels from beginner to professional are welcome.

I taught singers from such diverse backgrounds as opera, musical theater, pop, soul, R&B, bluegrass, rock, heavy metal and public speaking. I taught voice at The Boston Conservatory, also at The Quincy Point Music Academy and A Street Music in Quincy, Massachusetts. I am a member of Boston Singers' Resource as singer and voice teacher/coach, and maintain studios in Somerville and Quincy.

DRUM STUDIO
I played in different groups including The Istanbul State Theater Orchestra under the direction of conductor Onder Bali, also collaborated with jazz and rock artists in Istanbul and Boston. I am the drummer of the band, The Cross Roads. I taught drums at The Quincy Point Music Academy and A Street Music in Quincy, Massachusetts. My drum studio is open to adults and children of all ages, backgrounds and levels from beginner to professional. I maintain a private studio in Somerville.

PIANO STUDIO
I taught piano at The Quincy Point Music Academy and A Street Music in Quincy, Massachusetts. I am a member of Faber Piano Teaching Adventures Club, and teach using the comprehensive Faber Piano Adventures, wonderful for all children and adults, taking a beginner all the way to the early advanced level. I maintain studios in Somerville and Quincy.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Somerville Voice, Piano and Drums Studio - Full size mirror, Roland PT-3100 Digital Piano (Full size, Progressive Hammer Action Keyboard), Yamaha DTX550K Drum Kit, seating

Quincy Private Voice & Piano Studio at church location - Acoustic and digital pianos, seating

*** Specialties ***
My studios are open to students from all backgrounds and genres.

My vocal method is mainly based on Giovanni Battista Lamperti's Vocal Wisdom, combined with my own knowledge, experiences and discoveries as a singer. It has been deeply influenced by countless singers from many genres including Cicek Kanter (my teacher at the conservatory), Franco Corelli, Edita Gruberova, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Bryn Terfel, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Gordon MacRae, among others.

My drum method is based on my own experiences as a drummer, combined with teachings of artists such as Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl and Terry Bozzio.

The main piano method I use is Faber Piano Adventures. My technical and teaching approach has largely been influenced by artists such as Nazan Akin (my teacher at the conservatory), Eunyoung Kim (my longtime concert collaborator), Idil Biret, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Yuja Wang, Bill Evans and Chick Corea, combined with my own experiences as a pianist and drummer (as piano is a percussion instrument).

Evan C. Allston, MA

About Me

Born and raised in New Jersey, Evan Michael C. was surrounded by music from a young age. His father, Salvatore C., a talented guitarist dreamed that each of his children would learn a different instrument. After Evan’s eldest brother claimed the guitar, Evan reluctantly picked up the bass at the age of 13. At first, Evan was not happy: It was heavy, and it hurt his fingers. But Evan quickly learned to love the power the bass had over the bandstand and after a few lessons, it was clear that the instrument fit him like a glove.

He soon began to perform with high school rock bands, sneaking into local bars and clubs for weekend gigs. A new-found appreciation for upright bass led Evan to start his own trio, sparking a love of R&B and Jazz music that thrives in him to this day. Late in his high school career, he began to set his eye on top music schools, hoping to pursue his craft professionally. He wanted to play with the best, learn from the best and become the best.

In 2007 he was invited to attend Berklee College of Music, an opportunity he would not take for granted. Boston was a whole new world for Evan and he quickly began joining up-and-coming artists for live and studio sessions. His initial efforts paid off in 2009 as he was selected to perform in the American Songbook Concert featuring Burt Bacharach and Grammy award-winning singer Paula Cole.

Evan graduated from Berklee in 2011 and has split the last several years between studio gigs and touring with renown international acts. Currently, Evan works as the live and studio bassist for Jazz/Pop vocalist Nikki Yanofsky, the touring bassist for Country singer Nicole Frechette, and as the bassist for Boston-based R&B group Biscuits & Gravy.

In the last year alone, Evan has worked with executive producers Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton and recorded a live session documentary at Capitol Records featuring Herbie Hancock. Evan will spend the Summer of 2013 on an international tour with Nikki Yanofsky before returning to Boston, Massachusetts where he currently resides.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum Set
Guitars
Keyboards
Basses
Amps
Studio Gear

*** Travel Equipment ***
Whatever I need to bring I will

*** Specialties ***
Funk, Jazz, Rock, R&B, Pop, ect

Shawn M. Newtonville, MA

About Me

Hello! I am a professional working drummer with over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. My current band, Eight To The Bar, has been the winner of Best Band Connecticut for the past 5 years straight. We perform internationally in many venues, including festivals, casinos, and concert halls. The repertoire is diverse and challenging, drawing on the traditions of R&B, Swing and Motown.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will be fun and constructive. I gear my lesson plan to your individual needs with a strong focus on fundamental technique, proper grip and stroke as well as helping you find your balance and relaxation behind the kit through posture and ergonomic set- up.

We will be able to explore the techniques of your favorite drummers. Through my wide range of experience I will be able to give you the skills necessary to function within your favorite genre of music. At the same time, I may introduce you to some forms of music less familiar to you. You can then use that experience to bring a fresh approach to your chosen style.

The name of the game is time-keeping and time feel. You will be expected to practice with a metronome, but also with recorded tracks. We will record your playing and listen back. This is one of the best ways to improve your playing.

Double bass and/or double pedal also taught as well as left foot clave, Latin percussion, piano, and music theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two drum sets, full PA, fender rhodes piano, congas, timbales and hand percussion, frame drums, bongos, DVD player, audio recording capabilities. Parents can sit in on lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a practice pad set to the student's home. Metronome, ipod, some lesson handouts, and occasionally DVD's will also be brought.

*** Specialties ***
All styles and levels: rock, jazz, Latin, percussion as applied to drumset. Reading, time feel, counting and singing

Gianni D.

Stoneham, MA
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Jeff B.

Jamaica Plain, MA
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Kyle H.

Allston, MA
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Gianni D. Stoneham, MA

About Me

All my life I have played and been around music. My father is a professional guitar player that works at the esteemed Berklee College of Music. So ever since I was young music has always been apart of me. I started learning piano at the age of five so that I could get a good sense of theory at a young age. This has encouraged me to teach my students about the importance of not only playing music but learning the theory behind it. After taking private lessons for about four years on the piano I decided I wanted to explore other instruments. At this time I started taking lessons from a Berklee graduate pat loomis, learning the saxophone. There has always been a drum set in my family’s house but around the age of eight I fell in love with the drums and made that my priority to master them. After about a year of just playing the drums I began to take lessons from the incredible drummer Mike Mangini who has played with Steve Vai, Dream theater and has Won the award of the fastest drummer in the world for single stroke. He really taught me discipline in my practicing and learning all the fundamentals of drumming. He taught me the importance of reading, counting while playing, versatility and most of all not giving up. This I feel will definitely impact my teaching so I can help my students also with discipline, versatility, and etc. I have had the privilege of playing with many of New Englands esteemed musicians because of my father like George Garzone, Joe Santerre, Dino Gavoni, Steve Hunt, and Bruce Gertz. This has giving me the experience of playing live, learning how to connect with a band, and getting over performance anxiety which can be there in a lot of students. I believe I can totally help my students and inspire them to keep playing. I have also had the privilege of working at Berklee College of Music during summer programs to help other musicians who aspire to attend Berklee one day. This can help me with getting my students ready for Berklee if they are trying to attend there in the future. I also am still attending Berklee College of Music and learning so much there that can also provide great help to my students. In the end I will do all that I can to provide knowledge for my students so they can become the best musicians they can be.

*** Lesson Details ***
What my students could expect from me is to first learn all the basics. Then I like to sit one-on-one with the student and make a detailed practice plan so the student can get the best out of the information the student learns during the lesson.
I will explore all styles of music so that the student can become versatile in all grooves and stylistic playing. The student will explore different songs of all styles so he or she can learn and hear the authenticity of the style and have a better understanding on where the music originated. I like my students to also learn one song a week that compliments the style the student is learning. We will learn sight reading, ear training and theory...even for a drummer because all musicians should be versatile in all parts of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the basement, drums kit, recording equipment, guitars, amps, piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide a drums set or piano. I require students to buy their own books.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach music theory to beginners and intermediate students. I also teach drums to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. I am comfortable with beginners for piano.

Jeff B. Jamaica Plain, MA

About Me

Primarily a drummer/percussionist, Jeff B. has been studying, performing, and teaching music for 15 years. Working mostly as a free improviser, rock, and jazz musician, Jeff has been performing in and around Boston and the Northeast for the past two years in a variety of bands. He has been actively involved in the Boston underground rock and experimental music scene, playing in and around the city in venues and house shows playing drums, percussion, keyboards, and electronics. He has toured regionally and nationally.

Teaching Philosophy: Learning to listen, open ears, and creative musicality are the end goals for all students. Learning technique is simply a stepping stone toward those goals. Students will discuss the music that moves them and will explore how to make it. Lessons will guide students with fundamentals and larger concepts to help move toward a broad, exciting musical life.

Jeff graduated from New England Conservatory in 2013 with a Master's in Contemporary Improvisation. He studied with Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Fred Buda, and others. He completed his undergraduate studies in Studio Music & Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2010.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are determined on a student-by-student basis, but will include:

Technique exercises
Listening and/or transcription exercises (depending on the level of the student)
Improvisation and/or written pieces (solo or duo)
Other topics covered as needed for the individual

Seeking serious students. Students at a beginner's level are expected to work a minimum of 10-15 minutes a day between lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fully equipped, professional gear - drums, cymbals, home recording equipment, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have my own car.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, free jazz, rock, pop, improvisation, free improvisation

Kyle H. Allston, MA

About Me

I am a drummer, percussionist and educator in the Boston area. I currently play in a highly recognized rock/pop group and tour nationally. I also play in a cover band at local bars and clubs around Boston and Massachusetts and do studio work for nationally recognized artists. I hold a degree from Penn State University and also have extensive experience playing and teaching drumline's ranging from collegiate to professional DCI and WGI lines outside of my traditional drumset study.

I have established a solid client base in my studio located in Allston, MA, on the outskirts of Boston. I work with drummers, hand percussionists, marching percussionists and lovers of the arts of all ages and skill levels looking to expand their knowledge in a large range of styles and techniques including: rock, pop, jazz, latin, funk, R&B, gospel, metal, fusion, punk, blues.

I'm also highly experienced as an online instructor and work with students on Google+ & Skype to establish their rudimental proficiency. Online lessons are taught on drum pads (with sticks) or hand drums.

*Lesson Details*
My students gain expertise in the following areas and more:

Drumset
-Technique and approach: controlling the sticks to fluidly move around the kit. Applying rudiments and rhythms in the most efficient ways possible
-Step by step approach to playing beats & styles/genres, improvising and creative expression on the kit
-Gridding bass and hand partials for complete rhythmic and accent comprehension in a drumset environment
-Complete understanding of independence of the limbs matched with interdependence within the part or groove
-Flawless transitions between rhythmic patterns while moving around the drums
-Cymbal technique and expression
-Composition of beats and grooves. Students learn what sounds cool and how to sound years beyond their experience
-Techniques include: t-grip, molar stroke, 3-point bass drum technique, posture

Hand Percussion
-Rudimental control and syncopation on cahon, bongos or congas. cahon is preferred.
-Comprehension of the drums timbres and techniques used to create different and unique sounds, each with a different expression
-The history of hand drumming and it's ancestral, linguistic roots
-Slapping, popping

Drumset Recording
-Basics for recording drums
-Use Logic Express and a simple 6 mic drum recording setup to practice different techniques for the best sound quality
-Understanding drum tuning and sound styles
-Basic drum editing and mastering

All students learn:

Rhythmic and Rudimental Proficiency
-Basic rudiments including: quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes (rest notation too), triplets, paradiddle combinations, flam combinations, roll patterns - all are scalable
-Sticking patterns: RLRL, LRLR, RRLL, LLRR, RRRL, LLLR, RLLL, LRRR, etc.

Ear training:
-Analysis of personal playing for self awareness and smarter practice -Musical and drum listening study to critique and learn from top players
-Understanding tone, sound quality, sound differences caused by sticking, and musical application and beat choices in songs

*Studio Equipment*
-Pacific Birch 5 Piece (14" snare, 10" & 12" toms, 16" floor tom, 22" bass drum), Zildjian Cymbals: 20" K Ride, 18" K Custom Crash, 15" Mastersound bottom and K Custom Dry top hats, 8" A Custom Splash, DW 9000 pedal
-D'Amico Birch 5 Piece (14" Snare, 8" & 12" toms, 16" floor tom, 22" bass drum), mixed cymbals
-Vision PA system for music playback and metronome application during lessons
-Tascam 2000 Audio Interface, Shure SM57s, Shure Beta 52, MXL overhead condensors, Logic Express editing software
-Camera equipment for lesson capture

*Travel Equipment*
-Sticks, drum pad, single snare drum. If student would like to have full drumset lesson in home, they must provide the drumset, otherwise lessons will need to be held in my studio

The Best Venues for Drummers in Boston

By Chris H. - Boston Drums Teacher

My name is Chris and I’m a freelance drummer and private teacher of drum lessons in Boston. I have been involved in the Boston music scene for about five years and I’m happy to say that live music in this city continues to get better every year! One of my favorite places to see groups is at the Middle East in Cambridge. This is a unique venue because there are three different rooms to see bands perform. All three rooms have live acts seven days a week, so you can attend any night and expect to be amazed by at least one of the groups!

Another venue I really enjoy is Wallys’s Café in Boston, which offers varying types of music every night of the week. This is a very small and intimate club that I guarantee will get you dancing as soon as ...

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