Mahir Can Kucuk

Mahir Can K.

Boston, MA

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I'm a Berklee graduate vocalist with Summa Cum Laude, experienced and trained in Jazz, Pop, Rock, R&B, Blues, with additional East Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Background. I have the respected CRLA Tutor certificate, so I will understand you and customize my teaching methods to you! I will help you build your own musical character, develop your voice, interpretations and improvisations with the support of music theory and ear training on the side! I'm super-excited to see my students be happy with what they achieve and be remembered well!
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Mahir Can teaches



Mahir Can delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 15+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hi everyone! First of all I would like to tell you that my experience, education, and accomplishments in Western Contemporary Music was humbling and I have full confidence in myself that I can guide you to become self sufficient musicians in Pop, Rock, Jazz, R&B, with additional/optional flavours from East Mediterranean, to develop your ornamentations! We will have fun to create our own backing tracks to sing over, and solidify your internalisation on your desired musical genres!

I was born in Denizli, Turkey. My private teachers in Turkey were Timur Selçuk and Randy Esen. After receiving a degree in industrial design, I began his studies at Berklee, studying contemporary writing and production, and graduated with "Summa Cum Laude" honor.

I had performed at and arranged for seven Berklee Performance Center concerts, with both his Turkish and Western music background. Additionally, I have also performed on campus recitals with my organic world fusion and Turkish music band "The Çay Party". With different versions of The Çay Party I have represented Berklee and Turkish music
in several different Northeastern University festivals and Turkish Consulate of Boston's receptions since February 2015. I was the leader of "Music of Turkey" sections in Berklee International Folk Music Festival in 2016 and 2017.

I won "Best Website Award" for the versatility of my portfolio and my presentation of it in 2017, and I received "Mediterranean Music Institute Achievement Award" in 2017 at the night of the Aynur Doğan concert which I arranged 3 of Aynur's songs.

In Berklee's Commencement Concert 2017, I was one of the 10 student arrangers and 3 male backing vocalists in front of 7.000 audience including honorary doctorate recipients such as Lionel Richie, and the Grammy President Neil Portnow. Additionally I had the honor to be chosen as the student to announce Lionel Richie.

Besides being a writer, arranger and producer, I am a vocalist who features Western contemporary music, Turkish classical, traditional, and contemporary music in my repertoire. I am able to sing microtonally, with knowledge of Turkish and Egyptian microtonal tradition. He plays bağlama, bass guitar, piano, guitar, and hand percussion.

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Music Tutor
Jan 2016 - May 2017
Berklee College of Music

•Tutoring in Jazz and Classical harmony, ear training, received the renowned CRLA II Certificate. Students in every level, from high school students who were enrolled to Berklee’s summer programs to senior students in their final semesters.
•Taught in Smartstart program -Entering students with less formal background- and students received the average of 86.20.
•Taught in Second Semester Success program -Students who have failed a core music class in their first semesters- and all the students have passed with grades of C+ or above.
•Represented the department in President’s Council Meeting, 04/2016.

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Contemporary Writing and Production
Sep 2014 - May 2017
Berklee College of Music
Industrial Design
Sep 2010 - May 2014
Bahcesehir University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


May 2016
Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education

CRLA (formerly WCRLA) is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level. CRLA is inherently diverse in membership. CRLA’s most vital function and overall purpose is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods, and information to improve student learning and to facilitate the professional growth of its members.

Members give practical application to their research and promote the implementation of innovative strategies to enhance student learning. In a spirit of community, members share their own successful experiences with others so that all may benefit.

Any individual who belongs to a faculty or administration of a public or private college or university, and who has an interest in college learning assistance, tutorial programs, reading, and developmental education, is invited to join the College Reading and Learning Association.

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Mediterranean Music Institute Achievement Award 2017
Mar 2017
Berklee College of Music
Best Website Award 2017
Feb 2017
Berklee College of Music

Photos & Videos

Berklee College of Music Award Ceremony 2017
Mahir Can Küçük-Best Website / Portfolio

Turkish Folk Music (Self-Arranged)-2017
Soul (Commodores Cover, 2014)
Turkish Power Ballad-2016
Lionel Richie, Todd Rundgren, Shin Joong Hyun and Lucinda Williams

Berklee Mediterranean Music Insitiute Achievement Award
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3 Reviews

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Allison Jul 24, 2017
Jazz Voice · In studio

I took 4 or 5 lessons for vocal improvisation and necessary music theory that I was lacking and it was so efficient with Mahir! He didn't mess around for giving more lessons, he wanted to teach!

Aylin Jul 19, 2017
Singing · In studio

I've gained so much confidence and musicality with every advice Mahir gave and every exercise we worked on. He made so much for me to become more creative, sing with a stronger technique and represent any song I'm singing with a better expression. My achievements made him happy and I was happy to know him and work with him.

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Abram Jul 17, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Mahir taught me a lot of stuff! He really knows how to teach, every minutes that you spend with him, you will learn something new, not only you will learn how to sing, but also musical experience, theory, arrangements and all you need to be a better musician, recommended!

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