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 versatile singer, at home in diverse genres from opera to Broadway, jazz to pop. I am also a professional drummer, pianist, and an experienced instructor. I enjoy teaching, and view it as making music together.
I taught voice at The Boston Conservatory Summer Choral Institute; voice, piano and drums at The Quincy Point Music Academy and at A Street Music in Quincy. I now maintain private voice, piano and drum studios in Somerville (voice, piano, drums) and Quincy (voice, piano). I also teach over the internet. I teach using a natural, easy-to-understand, experience-based holistic and scientific method (Student / Parent reviews below).
As a bilingual singer and voice/speech instructor, in addition to my concert work, I enjoy teaching Turkish and English languages. Working on languages in different ways and capacities is a natural component of my performing and teaching career (teaching pieces from different genres such as opera and Broadway, translating librettos, preparing bilingual press releases, newspaper articles, etc.).
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 am a member of Boston Singers' Resource as singer and voice teacher/coach.
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. My drum studio is open to adults and children of all ages, backgrounds and levels from beginner to professional. My Somerville studio has a Yamaha DTX550K Drum Kit.
I am a member of Faber Piano Teaching Adventures Club, and teach using the comprehensive Faber Piano Adventures, suitable for all children and adults from beginner to late intermediate levels. My Somerville studio has a Roland PT-3100 Digital Piano (Full size, Progressive Hammer Action Keyboard). The Quincy studio has acoustic and digital pianos.
WHAT STUDENT and PARENTS HAVE TO SAY...
"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 R., lead singer
"My daughter has been a student of Bulent's for the past four and a half years. During this time, she has developed from a shy six year old to a confident eleven year old, who has no problem performing solos on stage in front of an audience. In fact, she has won talent competitions performing songs that Bulent has taught her. With Bulent's never ending patience, and kind manner she continues to perfect and expand her musical repertoire.
Bulent is a master in his craft, who takes great pleasure in sharing his knowledge and love of music. He starts each lesson with breathing techniques, and stretches. He is very careful to teach how not to damage the vocal cords. Bulent is very encouraging, and motivates my daughter to try new approaches to singing. My daughter is very proud to be able to sing in Italian, and is looking forward to working on a German song soon. Bulent is also very accommodating and willing to work around schedules.
I would highly recommend Bulent."
Mary Ann M.
"Bulent's love of music, opera and theater shines in his face when performing or teaching. He has taken my daughter and transformed her into a focused and confident girl through his lessons with her. I would have never thought my daughter would love playing the drums so much, and it is definitely one of the highlights of her week, just knowing that after church she will be in studio sticks in hand laughing and learning. You can see the drive and love of his calling as he teaches the many various musical crafts Bulent has mastered. My daughter was playing in front of an audience in just a few short weeks and she hasn't stopped since.
The greatest thing of all is Bulent's never ending thirst to learn more. His creative drive is exquisite and his desire is infectious. I could never thank him enough for the world he has opened up for us."
Jack and Karen S.
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