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About Bulent G.

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Arlington, MA

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About Bulent
Officially recognized both by the Massachusetts State Senate and the former Boston mayor Thomas Menino, and described by critics as a firm, musically and dramatically outstanding bass-baritone, Bulent G. is an award-winning, multi-instrumentalist singer, voice teacher, coach, educator, and a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing).

Teaching in studio and online nationwide, and using the simple, direct and effective methodology he developed, he specializes in helping students of all ages and experience levels discover and express their natural voice, which they can apply to any musical style. His students come from diverse backgrounds such as classical, opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, country, rock, heavy metal and public speaking.

Bulent Guneralp keeps his teaching rates down in or
der to make his studio accessible for students from all walks of life, and not only for a privileged few who can afford sometimes extremely high rates of world-class vocal training.

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"... just in one lesson I vocalized to high C with the knowledge he gave me. I actually, for the first time, knew how I did it. It was incredible. I was so happy that for the first time in years of voice training in upstate New York, 10 years in Manhattan, New York City, studying with teachers who sang at New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, and not one of them, was able to teach me what Bulent taught me in one lesson..."

Fausto Di Ianne

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"Over the past 6 years, I have performed more than 600 concerts worldwide. Bulent helped me to lay the groundwork for a voice that is well-prepared to take on the rigors of the road as well as the discipline to expect the best out of myself each night. From warming up and warming down, to lifestyle and technique, Bulent's instruction has encouraged, motivated, and prepared me to maximize my singing career."

Jon Ricci, lead singer, Lansdowne

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"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from Bulent. I have no prior experience in music and decided to take voice coaching lessons so I can begin singing in my church. Bulent clearly has a vast knowledge of music and patiently taught me the fundamentals which I found very valuable for a beginner like me. I learned so much from the first lesson and was so motivated I immediately signed up for weekly sessions. Despite his many accomplishments and impressive music career, Bulent was down to earth, patient and friendly which made for a session where I felt more comfortable and more receptive to learn. I am very excited and optimistic to see how my voice improves over time!"

Abiola F.
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Jo April 23, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
In my very first lesson Bulent draft the anatomy of body to explain me how human body works as an instrument, no one didn’t really explain the functions of each part of this instrument so thoroughly, he opened my eyes of how to treat and use my body to create better voice experience. He also has different exercises focusing on different purposes, whether to sustain your air flow, or to correct your enunciation have better control on harder pitches and extra... I feel his class is all in all scientific. He finds where my problem is when practicing, and after his explanation I could already feel my performance was getting better. He’s very friendly and encouraging, the class is serious yet relaxing, we often end up laughing (usually I started it) when doing new exercises. I recommend going to him if you are looking for a vocal trainer.
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Nestor April 11, 2018
· Singing · Online
"Amazing! Simply amazing! I've taken lessons before, but none have ever stood out as much as this first one. Over the last 2 years I've built up bad habits that have left my voice strained after singing just one song, but with Bulent's guidance and knowledge, I was able to immediately feel the difference in my vocal stamina and range. Furthermore, Bulent emphasized the importance of proper breath control with simple but effective techniques - something that I essentially lacked. It was overall a wonderful experience!! Can't wait for the next one!" - Nestor C
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C Ching March 23, 2018
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I'm a retired senior who loves music, especially classical. I always wanted to learn to sing, but thought I didn't have much talent. I wanted to find a voice teacher who teaches wholeheartedly, and who can work on a varied repertoire ranging from opera to pop. After I met Bulent and took his introductory lesson, I'm very glad to say that I found my teacher!

Bulent is very friendly. The introductory lesson is very comprehensive, and covers all the fundamentals in detail. His teaching method is very well-designed and complete. The first lesson had a very positive influence on me, and gave me lots of confidence. Just in one hour, I started to see the improvement in my voice and singing, and I realized that the progress will continue. I started to believe in my ability, and take my voice seriously. Only a true teacher can have this kind of an impact on a student.

I like the cozy studio too. It's a very musical environment, surrounded by instruments, and full of energy. I'm very excited and looking forward!"
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Arlington, MA 02474
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About Itai G.

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Jamaica Plain, MA
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About Itai
I graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BA in Studio Composition in 2007, and from Hebrew College with a Masters' Degree in Jewish Education in June, 2016. I have been working in after-school, Hebrew school, camp, and other supplementary educational settings for the past ten years. Most of my students are learning piano, and I also have a few Hebrew students. My Hebrew students are either studying for their bnei mitzvah, maintaining their conversational Hebrew, or learning for the purpose of competence of services or Torah study. My piano students have ranged from age 4 to young children learning Classical pieces to teens learning to play the songs they like to adults working on their songwriting and improvisation. My strengths are improvisation, music theory and ear training, accompaniment of popular songs - rock, theater, pop, folk, etc.


Please feel free to get in touch and ask questions!

The review posted on my profile was from when I used my English name, Ricky.
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lorraine March 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
My first lesson was everything I hoped for from start to finish. I haven't played piano for many years & wanted to begin by using a keyboard as a learning tool--to recapture dexterity and reading ability. I emerged with a better grasp of basics & even a little music theory--exactly as I had requested. Itai is a wonderfully patient teacher & I am looking forward to next week.
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Vesna S. January 7, 2013
· Piano ·
Ricky is an amazingly creative and inspiring teacher.

Ricky has been teaching my daughter for last 5 years. My daughter is now 15 years old. She already played piano for a couple of years before Ricky started working with her and at that time was getting disinterested. We were looking for someone who would bring that interest and spark back into her playing piano. I was looking for a special teacher who can teach basics of improvisation and accompaniment to a young child. After talking with several potential teachers, we decided to work with Ricky.

Ricky has proven to be an amazing teacher for my daughter. He is patient, creative and able to adjust to the child’s needs. I was amazed when couple of months after my daughter started working with him; she was already improvising and playing really cool pieces of music. That kind of teaching has inspired my daughter to continue playing piano for the last 5 years. She has accompanied two of her friends singing at her school talent shows and graduation ceremony with encouragement and inspiration Ricky has provided her all along.

Ricky frequently encourages my daughter to pick her own songs she would like to work on. Ricky has a strong knowledge of music theory and has incorporated that in his lessons. I love that my daughter is learning music theory, improvisation, accompaniment and reading music all with the same teacher. It is not easy to find a teacher who is so creative to include all of these in his teaching method. I would highly recommend Ricky as a piano teacher for any age.
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Itai G.

Itai G.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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About Jeanne W.

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Billerica, MA
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About Jeanne
I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a B.M. (Bachelor of Music in Applied Piano(Performance Degree). I also attended Eastern Nazarene College, where I received a Massachusetts state certificate to teach.
I've taught classroom music in public schools in Templeton, Boston and Somerville, Massachusetts, as well as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I also have experience teaching private piano in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
I have taught private piano to a student in Athol, Massachusetts who continued on to Berklee College of Music, where he graduated.
I am a singer/songwriter/keyboardist who has 2 albums out, appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, on ABC National Television, and "The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show." I was on National Public Radio(NPR), on the BBC in London, England and my song "In Canada", which is covered by another mu
sic group "The Suspects" is featured in a film, "Montana Amazon" starring Haley Joel Osmond, Alison Brie and Olympia Dukakis.

*** Lesson Details ***
I generally use the Schirmer and Thompson books for piano lessons. I don't consider myself strict but I do expect students to practice at least an hour a day.
3-6 months I do expect them to be able to start playing the piano and to know their notes and their locations.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is in a music room in the home with an upright piano w seating available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can go out and buy the books

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, experimental, rock and semi classical
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Eric P. April 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Jeanne was an amazing instructor! I really liked her personality and patienc. Jeanne really knows how to make the lessons fun and I would definitely recommend other students take lessons with her!
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Joyce February 5, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great experience Enjoy the teacher and lesson very much!
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Nathan P. July 15, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nathan very happy with the teacher. Curious mind is waiting for next class.
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Jeanne W.

Jeanne W.

Billerica, MA 01821
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About James T.

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Leominster, MA

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Starting lessons can be an intimidating process for sure. Who's my teacher going to be? What will they have me do? What if I can't do what they teach me? How much lesson material am I going to have to keep up with each and every week?
My lessons are set up to suit everyone's needs and skill levels. We put you at ease from the first lesson and will build a program that fits your interests and will inspire you to want to learn more! My students make constant progress and have a lot of fun while doing it. I am very excited for what the future holds and will continue to inspire them to do great things. Many have moved on to become successful musicians and now have something they can enjoy for their lifetime. It gives me great pride and motivation to see the smiles and positive effect it has on each student and their families as they progre
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Ryan January 19, 2018
· Drum · In home
I took lessons from James for quite a while and he is great! He got me started as a kid and was great at getting me prepared for auditions when I was applying to colleges. I definitely recommend taking lessons from James!
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Jeanine January 19, 2018
· Drum ·
Very talented; anyone would be lucky to have James as a teacher.
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Anthony January 19, 2018
· Drum ·
I wish I was able to give James more stars. I took lessons from him since late middle school up until I graaduated high school. I actually switched over from another teacher, and I'm glad I did, otherwise I wouldn't have continued playing. Even though I don't play anymore, I can say that James was able to help me so much not only with the drumming basics, but with the percussion music I had all through high school. He's able to simplify the music, and he is one of the most patient people I know. He will continue to work on something with you until you get it no matter how long it takes. During lessons, James is also able to break it up with his sense of humor and just by making conversation with you. He does this to build a connection with his students and also to get a few laughs out of you. I remember many times when I was on the floor laughing at something he said, while still getting through the lesson material. It was an honor and a pleasure to take lessons from James, and now we are very good friends. He really is the best teacher in the business.
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James T.

Leominster, MA 01453
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About Craig J.

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Boston, MA
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About Craig
Craig has been teaching private lessons for three years and is currently available to teach lessons in studio, and online. His approach to singing is functionally based, with an emphasis on current vocal pedagogy. Craig has helped students feel comfortable as a performers, how to properly and efficiently produce sound, gain confidence as a singers, and learn the audition process of the singing business.

Craig received his BM at Capital University in 2016 where he specialized in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Music Theatre/Opera. He is currently a Master's Candidate for Vocal Pedagogy at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. As an Associate Member of NATS (National Association of Teacher's of Singing) he is a beginning pedagogue in his field. Craig looks forward to helping new students achieve their individual goals. Mr. J's teachi
ng style is highly energetic, challenging, and rewarding.
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Alex A July 31, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Craig is a wonderful instructor. Very kind and fun. He customizes his lessons to meet my needs and is really starting to help me find my voice! He has strong grasp of the fundamentals of vocal pedagogy and makes them so easy to understand and learn from - my voice has begun to improve already! Thanks, Craig!
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Jenny June 18, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Craig is a wonderful instructor. He pays close attention and gives helpful tips and exercises for everything, from breathing, to posture, diction, and intent of the piece. I'm looking forward to the next lesson!
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James May 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Craig is a very good teacher who can make singing much easier than once thought. He creates a very comfortable environment in his studio and is good at giving constructive criticism.
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Craig J.

Boston, MA 02215
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About Daniel M.

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Roxbury, MA
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My name is Daniel Munoz im originally from Valparaiso Chile, I study composition in Berklee College of Music with guitar as my principal instrument. I focus mainly on funk, rock, blues and a a big amount of Latin rhythms (Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Bachata, etc). Im living currently in Roxbury and im willing to travel if my students can't arrive to my house.
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wardah September 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Danny is an amazing teacher! He's patient and encouraging. He is passionate about music and loves to teach it. Overall he is a great person. I would definitely recommend him.
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Daniel M.

Daniel M.

Roxbury, MA 02119
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$15 / 30-min

About Steven O.

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Medford, MA
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I am a musician, guitarist and a educator. I have been playing guitar for over 30 years. I have been playing Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk and Gypsy guitar. I have graduated from Berklee College of Music '07. At that time, I've played as an accompanist for the Berklee Vocal Dept. for many years and played shows with various faculties. I have been teaching music since 1999 privately. Also I am a faculty at the Seoul Digital University Music Dept. for 6 years and counting.

Interaction between players are one of the most important elements in music. As a musician, I highly value that. As for my teaching, I love to interact with my students. Hopefully I can let them know how music is wonderful like I did.

Thank you.
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Steven O.

Steven O.

Medford, MA 02155
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$30 / 30-min

About Jody M.

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Allston, MA
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I am an accomplished violinist with a diverse background, currently enrolled in Berklee College of Music's Performance program. While I began learning the violin in a traditional classical setting, I quickly branched out to learn contemporary styles such as blues, bluegrass, and jazz. I am a member of several gigging bands around the Boston area, and hope to pass on whatever knowledge I have gained over my time playing music.
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Jody M.

Jody M.

Allston, MA 02134
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$42 / 30-min

About Austin B.

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Allston, MA
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Austin Birdy grew up in San Antonio, Texas and began studying music at the age of 6. His musical upbringing came primarily through the marching arts, eventually touring nationally with The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in their 2011 and 2012 seasons before moving to Boston, MA to further his studies. Austin was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from The Boston Conservatory in 2017.

Austin has studied extensively with internationally recognized musicians like Nancy Zeltsman, Doug Perkins, Keith Aleo, Samuel Solomon, Kyle Brightwell, Henrique de Almeida, and has been coached by Grammy winning artists like composer John Luther Adams, and percussionist Matt Duvall of Eighth Blackbird. Additionally, he has also attended various percussion festivals and masterclasses on the east coast. The Chosen Vale percussion seminar in
New Hampshire, where he was coached by Cynthia Yeh of the Chicago Symphony, and Michael Burritt from the Eastman School of Music. He also attended the Cloyd Duff Timpani Masterclass at the University of Georgia where he studied timpani with Tim Adams of the Pittsburgh and Atlanta Symphonies, as well as Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Austin has performed hundreds of shows in the Northeast with various bands and ensembles, from classical music and musical theater, to pop, jazz, and heavy metal. He has additionally performed at festivals like South by Southwest, and around the US on 7 different tours -- sharing bills with artists like Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Dawn Cantwell from Wicked on Broadway and Sting's The Last Ship, jazz-trombonist Bob McChesney (Ray Charles. Michael Jackson, Shakira, Arturo Sandoval), Jason Treuting of Sō Percussion, and more.

Austin has worked with Grammy-nominated engineers (Jeff Lipton of Peerless Mastering, and Benny Grotto of Mad Oak Studios) who have recorded or mastered material for artists like Aerosmith, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, LCD Sound-System, Jeff-Tweedy, Ben Folds, Weird Al, City and Colour, and Dropkick Murphys.
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Austin B.

Austin B.

Allston, MA 02134
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About Amanda S.

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Brighton, MA
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I am a classically-trained vocalist, with a passion for teaching all genres. Lessons with me are affordable, positive, and fun! I am very upbeat and kind-hearted, and a great teacher for beginners!
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Amanda S.

Amanda S.

Brighton, MA 02135
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