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Acting, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Singing, Broadway Singing, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Speaking Voice
First, some exciting news! I just became a part of takelessons online lesson program, and now I can teach students from anywhere in the country! But I digress...
Let's see, first and foremost I'm a music lover of the highest order. Whether it's jazz, rock, indie, classical, hip-hop or country, if it's good music, I love it.
I grew up obsessively listening to everything i could get my hands on, and began playing guitar at the age of 11. That was cut short, though, when the next year I almost lost my middle finger on my left hand in an ice skating incident. It took 5 years for me to regain the strength and motion, during which time I was forced to give up guitar playing altogether. I never lost my passion for music, though, and in my heart i never stopped dreaming about what it would be like to be a professional musician. When I went away to college, I studied political science, but I also brought an acoustic guitar with me, and soon I was spending every free minute I could spare playing that guitar. I didn’t begin seriously studying music, though, until I was almost 20 yrs old and in my 3rd year of college, and for years I was kicking myself for waiting so long. However, getting a bit of a late start motivated me to practice twice as hard, and now thirteen years later, I look at what happened as a total blessing. Having been deprived of playing music for so long, I truly appreciate and am thankful for every day that I get to make my living in music. It's something that I will never take for granted and it keeps me from ever getting bitter or jaded. As a teacher, my experiences have given me a unique perspective which allows me to really connect with my students. I vividly remember the difficulties and challenges I faced as a beginner, and that allows me to be proactive in helping my students avoid some of the pitfalls that I had to go through.
Acting, Drum, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
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 recognitions 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
Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
I eat/breathe/sleep music. From writing and conducting my first A Capella piece in high school to playing in bands that have toured around the world (The Fates, Ben Levin Group), I am a music machine! I value nothing more than finding that passion in others and working together to turn musical fantasies into realities.
From grade school to high school I took rigorous classical piano lessons. In 2006-07 I attended two summer programs at Berklee College of Music where I studied jazz/rock performance, and continued to study jazz piano at Washington University.
At Boston University, I studied classical music composition/theory, and was accepted to for a dual degree in Music Composition, Psychology, but decided to pursue music as a minor in order to allow more time for gigging. Since relocating to Boston, I have performed 250+ shows in various ensembles around the greater Boston area.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting
My experience as a musician spans over 25 years in study, performance, education, and recording. As a University of Lowell alum circa 1992, and performance graduate of Berklee College of Music, the advanced curricula catapulted my skills in order to expand my own abilities as a professional performer and educator, and share my knowledge and musical wisdom with many satisfied and concurrent students. Past and present professional performances and sessions include work with:
Blue Man Group / Iggy Pop band / Chuck Berry keyboardist Vic Lane / Count Basie Orchestra / Mass. Lions All-State Concert Band / B Street Blues (r)
Testimonial: "Chris, you really care about your students and it shows".
- Prof. D. Morris, Berklee College of Music
*Active Member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 300
*Active Member of the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association
*Active Member of the National Music Teachers Association
My passion is to see my students advance in their studies, and have fun learning as much as I have to share. The reward for me is a student's success, and that success is defined by you.
Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
Music has always been a large part of my life. I began piano lessons at age 5 and sang with my school, community, and church choirs growing up. I always enjoyed participating in school musicals, band concerts, and theatre. I began private voice study at age 16, and started my own student-run musical theatre company the same year. I strive to motivate my students to be unique musicians with the confidence to pursue their artistic passions!
Kaila F. is a versatile musician who enjoys performing classical, jazz, and musical theatre repertoire. She regularly performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under the direction of John Oliver, and has appeared in performance at Carnegie Hall with James Taylor, Sting, and Steve Martin. She has recently appeared in productions by New England Cabaret Theatre, Boston Metro Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, MIT’s Gilbert & Sullivan Players (Boston), Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Mpls), Illusion Theatre (Mpls), and the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company of Minnesota. Additionally, Kaila has performed scenes from The Marriage of Figaro (Susanna), Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Carmen (Micaela), and The Tender Land (Laurie).
In 2007, Kaila participated in a six-week music performance workshop in Vienna, Austria where she had the opportunity to study classical repertoire with renowned soprano Donna Robin. She has participated in Nautilus Music-Theater’s Wesley Balk Opera / Music-Theater Institute in Minneapolis, Cambridge Summer Opera, and several workshops with Tony-Award Winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Mpls). Kaila is an experienced teacher of voice and piano, and has directed three full-length musical theatre productions. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA where she studies with soprano Kathleen Flynn. Kaila received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba
With a Bachelor's degree from Morgan State University (music performance), Delaware State University (music composition) and Norfolk State University (music education) as well as 9 years teaching experience, diversity is my middle name. My studies culminate in experience from various methods of teaching, composing and performing.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."