Yaman Akdogan Music Academy

Yaman Akdogan Music Academy

5.0 (9)
6 employees
9 years in business

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Hi! My name is Yaman Akdogan, I have a degree in Music Peformance from Berklee College of Music and I currently work as an Adjunct Professor at the Music Department at Bunker Community College in Boston. I have 16 years of professional experience in performing and teaching music in various of styles. 

Inspiring and motivating my students to reach their musical goals is what I am really passionate about. I have students at all levels from beginner to advanced in all ages; pre-schoolers, kids, teenagers, college students, young professionals and seniors. I am looking forward to meet students on lessons.com!

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Cambridge, MA 02138
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  • Patrick M.

    Yaman is a great teacher. I’m an adult student that studied guitar for many years and wanted to learn bass. I have a decent amount of music theory and Yaman was able to explain complex theory that I was either confused about or just didn’t know in very accessible ways. He’s very enthusiastic about about the bass and also teaching. I think he’d be good with students of any age and skill level. I enjoyed every lesson and always felt encouraged and was pleased with the progress I made over a short time period. He is also very versatile. His musical vocabulary covered many genres. Great teacher.

  • Brendan D.

    I've been studying bass longer than I'd like to say, with a host of different teachers along the way. Yaman is simply the best. I've been working with him for about 8 months and I notice great improvement in finger technique, rhythm, ear training, and music theory. I've never had these kinds of results with anyone else - ever. Yaman is moreover a terrific person. He's very patient and caring and wants to help you get it right!

  • Andrew W.

    Yaman is an accomplished bass player, outstanding teacher and I love working with him. I have been taking lessons from Yaman for about five years and enjoy his balanced teaching style that includes fundamentals, music theory, and applied exercises. Yaman is an excellent instructor and I highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning the bass.

  • Ilona V.

    Such a great teacher and great energy! Highly recommend.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First and foremost, I enjoy discovering my students interest by asking them questions about what styles of music, artist and bands they enjoy listening. Then I try to map out a plan considering their music needs and goals. I balance this plan with what/how I think they should practice and their request of songs that they want to learn. My goal is to give them the most fun, easy, efficient and informative practice routine that they could ever enjoy.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a degree on Performance of Music from Berklee College of Music.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

acknowledge that most of my students do music as a hobby, they do it for fun! So I do my best to give them the most reasonable price that wouldn't hurt their budget.

How did you get started teaching?

The idea of inspiring someone to achieve his/her musical goals has always excited me. Right after graduating from Berklee College of Music, I discovered my desire and ability to teach and mentor others in music. So a month after my graduation I got hired to teach private bass lessons and ensemble classes at The Cambridge Arts Academy, a private music academy in Somerville, MA. I was also fortunate to get hired by Bunker Hill Community College Performing Arts Department, as a music faculty as part of their recent music program that they just established.

What types of students have you worked with?

The age range and level of my students vary in between kids, teenagers and adults in levels from beginner to advanced. My youngest student is 3 years old at The Rock&Roll Day Care in Cambridge, MA where I also teach music lessons. My oldest student is in his 60's who's an advanced student. I enjoy working with students from wide variety of demographic and social backgrounds, I see it as a helpful tool to develop my teaching abilities in terms of communicating and understanding what each student personally needs to improve.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I've recently performed 3 concerts with the Grammy Nominated Multi-Instrumentalist Mehmet Ali Sanlikol as part of his jazz trio project. Our concert at The Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, Ma was packed with fans. We performed arrangements of Mehmet's original compositions as well as some Turkish Traditional songs. The crowd seemed to have a lot of fun and we had a very positive feedback after the show. It was such a fun project that lasted about 6-8 months.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

My biggest advice would be to hire the best teacher who would help them focusing on their musical interests rather than showing them some general information that they can see on youtube or somewhere else on internet.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Artists always enjoy meeting enthusiastic people who are curious about their process of creating their project. Questions that ask about the process, preparation and struggle that artist go through are always good ones to ask professionals.