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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
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INFORMATION about VOICE, PIANO, DRUM STUDIOS
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.
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.
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.
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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
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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).
Hi! I am a conservatory graduate with degrees in Vocal Performance (BM, Oberlin Conservatory, MM, Boston Conservatory.) I have studied vocal pedagogy at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and have experience teaching and coaching students of all ages. As a pianist, I work in the Boston area as an accompanist, keyboardist, and music director, mainly in musical theater, so I am familiar with coaching singers in that style as well.
I believe that any singing style (classical, musical theater, jazz, pop, etc.) can benefit from a solid technical foundation based in breath, flexibility, and speech-to-singing connection. Although my singing background is in opera, my goal is to teach students to use good technique to free themselves to be comfortable and expressive in any style that they choose!
(Generally, I prefer to teach students of at least middle-school / tween age -- that's when the voice physically starts to mature into the adult instrument. However, I am happy to teach younger children piano and other musical skills, including some singing, with the goal of building their overall musicianship)
Piano lessons - in any style! Also check out the other services I offer, including Voice, Audition Prep (VERY POPULAR), and Music Theory.
FOR ALL VOICE LESSONS THERE IS A MINIMUM AGE OF 10.
I am a theater music director, pianist and conductor located outside Boston, MA and available for travel. My training, while rooted in the classical idiom, also includes jazz, blues, rock and popular styles as well as various multicultural genres. This background, combined with my sight-reading ability, makes me ideally suited for musical theater. In addition to my skills as a performer, I have extensive experience in collaborative piano, primarily with vocalists and musical theater/opera repertoire, and I am very good at teaching people how to sing well.
My recent experience has ranged from schools to community theaters and youth drama programs. I work well with children and adults alike, and have a passion for creative collaboration.
I am a member of the American Federation of Musicians.
Ashley has been teaching Voice since upon graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre from Pace University in New York City in 2008. She is qualified and capable of teaching all levels and abilities, including: Musical Theatre, Classical, Rock/Pop, and Blues/Jazz. She is comfortable teaching all levels of Vocal study, from the absolute beginner to the advanced singer.
Ashley is also a trained Pianist with classical training, and is capable of teaching levels Beginner through Intermediate.
Ashley's first instrument was the guitar, and teaches acoustic and electric guitar for levels Beginner to Intermediate.
Ashley has performed all over New England and beyond since a very young age, making her professional debut at the Publick Theatre of Boston at the tender age of 12. Since then, she has continued to pursue her passion for music and all things theatrical, completing her BFA in Musical Theatre from the renowned Pace University in New York City, where she was able to partake in Master Classes with such industry names as: Jack O’Brien, Joanna Gleason, David Stone, Stephen Flaherty, Michael Greif, Victoria Clark, Jerry Mitchell, Adam Guettel, Donna Drake, Curtil Holbrook, Lonny Price, and Bob Cline. She has also performed professionally with: Rachel York, Patrick Cassidy, Lee Meriwether, and dance icon Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Following undergraduate study, Ashley decided it was time to branch out from the musical theatre realm and into the world of teaching and contemporary music. She completed graduate coursework in Vocal Pedagogy, Jazz Vocals, World Music, Choral Conducting, and General Music Education at the University of Massachusetts. She also is certified by the state of Massachusetts to teach classroom music for grades k-12.
Since graduating in 2008, Ashley has built up a plethora of students throughout the greater Boston area. An avid songwriter and lyricist as well, Ashley continues to perform and write for the live music scene, while teaching and fronting her own tribute band, Rocket Queen, New England’s own female-fronted tribute to Guns N’ Roses, which she built and founded in 2012.
In January 2013, Ashley toured the west coast and attended the infamous NAMM with an original metal/rock band entitled the Mike Kerr Group, for which she sang lead vocals.
Ashley is available to travel to students homes for lessons, or students are welcome to come to her comfortable air conditioned studio which is furnished with a baby grand piano for both Vocal and Piano lessons.
Ashley is most noted for teaching a sustainable and healthy "belting" technique. Her experience in various performance capacities from Opera, Musical Theatre, and Rock, make for a very well rounded music educator.
I say I teach people but not "singers," because singing should be an enhanced part of your life, not a separated activity. Every day, because of life, we sing slightly differently according to our mood and personal experiences. It is important to work with these shifts to sound the best we can at any given moment. Some days you'll find one approach will work, while others will require different methods.
I believe in teaching safe and sustainable methods of singing. The voice is the instrument of the human being and it is important to treat it with such respect and safety so it will always be available to you as a lifelong skill. I also teach specific, clear vocal technique based on placement, breath, support, phrasing, and word enunciation, and help each student apply this technique in a performance-based way so that they can utilize it outside of lessons. It is important for each student to understand how all of these points work together so that they have the skills and knowledge to adjust themselves for any auditions, performances, class work, etc. which will always require specific adjustments "on the go."
Finally, singing is a musical form of expression and I believe it can impact a person's life beyond the obvious skill-based applications. I encourage my students to be creative and express themselves through music in a way that enhances their personal relationships with themselves and others. And most importantly, I believe that singing should always be fun and fulfilling even while the student is growing and learning.
Music should be a fun and rewarding activity for all ages to enjoy. In my studio the student will get personal and individualized attention where they can learn in a manner that best suits them. First and foremost, my goal is to allow the student to experience the joy of singing. I have an emphasis in vocal health, so my students will learn a healthy vocal technique, appropriate body alignment, performance techniques, fundamentals of music, and confidence. While my training is in classical voice and opera, I am also comfortable teaching musical theater, light jazz, and popular music. I have worked with children and adults alike, ranging from beginner to more advanced.
Sarah Eastman, soprano, is a recent 2013 graduate of Towson University where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, studying under Professor Theresa Bickham. Sarah’s roles at Towson include an ensemble member in The Goose of Cairo and Die Fledermaus, Jack’s Mom in Into the Woods, Witch/Shepherdess in Pasticcio Furioso, and Gertrude in A Hand of Bridge. Additionally, she performed as Jodi Juggler and Clown in Towson University Resident Children’s Opera Company’s Sid the Serpent who Wanted to Sing. In 2012 Ms. Eastman participated in Little Patuxent Opera Institute, performing as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel. Most recently she was a member of the 2013 Hawaii Performing Arts Festival where she performed in the ensemble of Dido and Aeneas, the Cercatrice in Suor Angelica, and was the Despina cover for CosĖ fan tutte. Ms. Eastman is was also an emerging solo artist in the Baltimore/Annapolis area. She sang locally with Shrine of the Little Flower parish and also is reputable as a soloist for weddings, funerals, and community/sporting music events.
Ms. Eastman has also had experience teaching and conducting as the Assistant Youth Choir Director at Our Lady of the Chesapeake parish in Pasadena, MD. She is proficient in Italian language with her minor from Towson, while also having limited experience in French, German, and Latin. Ms. Eastman has a passion for vocal health, mechanisms of the voice, and diction. Recently, she has begun taking Alexander Technique lessons as well to further her understanding of the relationship of body to voice. Ms. Eastman currently lives in Boston, MA and is pursuing her M.M. in Voice Pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory.
"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."