Dennis Aydemir

Dennis A.

Portland, OR
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Mastery over songwriting means adaptability by stepping outside yourself – thus, ironically, getting to know yourself on an even deeper level. There is no "one" right path to writing a song but there are many concepts and techniques that I've acquired at my alma mater Berklee College of Music that have helped me harness the inner creator in my musical path. In our lessons we will be opening the gates to creativity and fearless expression through an understanding of lyric writing, prosody, and harmonic and melodic development. I can't wait to start writing songs together!

About Dennis A.

"Dennis Aydemir (he/him), aka 'Deniz of the Bees', is a singing-songwriting frontman in the indie\art rock genre, and the director and producer for the documentary series ‘Time Travels Through Sound’.
Dennis is a quadrilingual Berklee College of Music graduate whose creative impulsions are rooted in language preservation, nostalgia, nature and sound.
He currently resides in Portland, Oregon and travels across the US, Japan and Europe to make music while doing organic farming."

I believe in a holistic approach in the learning/teaching process of songwriting. The path to writing a good song is not a highway. It is a vast grassland, a sea, a desert, a tundra. Together we will learn to navigate the streams of emotions to get to our truths and find a unique voice(s) to express these truths.

As the son of an English teacher and an archeological translator it is possible that the joy of teaching and linguistics is intrinsic to my family. That joy is the fuel that drives my passion for teaching songwriting. It's very rewarding to teach harmony, guitar, throat singing, songwriting and lyric writing to students and then get to watch as some of these individuals make music with artists from all around the world!

During my Berklee years I focused on some wonderful concepts such as microtonal music, harmony in Brazilian song and lyric writing with legends such as David Fiuczynski, Pat Pattison, Simon Shaheen among others. Although this period helped shape my ideas as a musician, it wasn't until I started traveling the world to learn from and film folk musicians of dying traditions that I truly gained perspective on what songwriting really means to humanity as a whole.

Some of my professional achievements include playing solo guitar with a symphony orchestra, opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds for an audience of 15K+ people, and touring Japan as a solo artist.

As a lyricist I am definitely influenced by, but not limited to, artists such as Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, the Beatles, Joni Mitchell and similar musicians from the 60s-70s, and contemporary artists such as Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, and Porcupine Tree. However, I listen to an eclectic mix of music from Mali, Japan, Turkey, Hungary, Brazil, Bulgaria, Tuva as well as classic rock, psychedelic rock, indie, art rock and so on.


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2 Reviews
Murat Dalkilic
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Dennis is a very knowledgeable guitarist and lyricist that I feel privileged to be working with

Posted Mar 4, 2020
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I had a great time with my first guitar/songwriting lesson with Dennis, he took the time to listen to my goals that I would like to achieve and was very informative on an approach to achieve them. He was clear in his instructions and presented more complicated methods in an easy to understand way. I'm excited for my next lesson and my development under his tutoring, and highly recommend Dennis as an instructor for beginners to the more advanced.

Posted Mar 3, 2020

Photos & Videos

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Music teacher
Feb 2020 - Present

Montavilla Guitar Studio

Guitar, bass, ukulele and songwriting

Director and Producer
Apr 2014 - Present

Time Travels Through Sound

Creator of a music documentary project

Music Teacher
Nov 2016 - Oct 2017

Zuhal Music

Guitar, bass, ukulele, songwriting and lyric writing

Expert, Mentor
Oct 2011 - Apr 2015

Apple, Inc.

Songwriting and Translation
Mar 2014 - Mar 2014

Women of the World

Japanese - English song translation


Professional Music Department
Sep 2011 - May 2015

Berklee College of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


North American Scholarship
Feb 2011

Berklee College of Music


Jan 2019
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