"... 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 Described by The Times Herald-Record, New York, as a firm bass-baritone, and by The Boston Musical Intelligencer as dramatically and musically outstanding, Bulent Guneralp is a professional singer, voice teacher and coach, at home in diverse genres from opera to American Songbook. He teaches in his private studio in Arlington, Massachusetts, and online nationwide. His students come from diverse backgrounds such as classical, opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, country, rock, heavy metal and public speaking. Combining timeless classical tradition with the simple, direct and effective methodology he developed through the years as an active singer, teacher and educator, he specializes in helping students of all ages and backgrounds easily discover and express their natural voice, which they can apply to any style consciously. Some Credentials AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS * Omaggio al Bel Canto Best Interpretation Award, Stelle dell'Anno Nuovo Festival, Italian Cultural Center, Boston, MA * Honors Competition Winner, Longy School of Music * Official Recognition by The Massachusetts State Senate * Official Recognition by Thomas Menino, Former Mayor, Boston, Massachusetts * Grant Award, Opera and Broadway Concert Project, Natick Cultural Council, Massachusetts AFFILIATIONS * Member (Singer and Teacher), Boston Singers' Resource * Performer, Member (past), Boston Opera Collaborative * Bass Soloist, Section Leader (past), Quincy Point Congregational Church TEACHING POSITIONS * Vocal Instructor (past), Summer Choral Institute, The Boston Conservatory * Voice Faculty (past), Quincy Point Music Academy * Voice Faculty (past), A Street Music, Quincy EDUCATION * Graduate Performance Diploma in Voice, The Boston Conservatory * Opera Performance Program, Longy School of Music, Boston, Massachusetts * Voice - Opera Program, Istanbul University State Conservatory, Istanbul, Turkiye
I enjoy helping students express themselves musically and live their talents.
"Bulent is an excellent vocal teacher, and so much more too. Many aspects of my life were changed for the better after working with Mr. Guneralp. Not only will he help you bring out the best of your musical potential, but he can offer great insight on how to live a healthier and more wholesome life. I'm honored to call this man a mentor, and a friend. Thanks Bulent!!"
"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.
Depending on the goals of the students, lessons include some or all of the following: physical warm ups, breathing exercises, vocal exercises and technical work, solfeggio, ear training, musical / repertoire / reading work, and audition / performance preparation. There are certain class materials I recommend to all students, and students are welcome to suggest any piece they like to work on from any genre. I encourage students to video record and analyze their lessons, which accelerates learning and progress. Audio recordings are not ideal. Usually phones and tablets are used to record the lessons. I teach in my Arlington studio, which is T-accessible, and has free and convenient parking. I also teach online (FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.).
I started teaching around 1997 through the encouragement of my music theory teacher Mine Mucur at the Istanbul University State Conservatory, where I studied voice - opera.
My students come from diverse backgrounds such as opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, R&B, bluegrass, country, rock, heavy metal and public speaking. Students of all ages and backgrounds from beginner to professional are welcome.
I would encourage prospective students to learn as much as possible about teachers, their teaching method, life, character and principles. Exploring official / professional websites and performance videos, reading student reviews, colleagues' opinions, press materials would be helpful.