Current Top Pro
Hired 264 times
15 years in business
(Eastern Time Zone)
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Currently a Top Pro
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Jan - Jul
Interested musical styles
This is the first ever horrible and assaulting experience I’ve ever on Thumbtack, and as much as I’m usually easy on people , I feel responsible to share my experience with this so-called “Top Pro”, as a warning to anyone who wants to reach out to him and also to himself as a lesson to reflect on himself if he’s really knowing what he’s doing. Before a quick recap of the entire experiences, quick intro about myself, I’m a data analyst always on a tight schedule, had in-person vocal training back in 2017 until my vocal trainer moved and have to put my vocal lesson on hold. First Interaction Back to Bulent, on Aug 2018 I decided to take a chance on Thumtack to find a trustworthy vocal teacher for remote lessons, that way I could not only record the class, but also easy to build up a long-term relationship. And there comes Bulent being the first to reply to my project request, however it did not work out as I was dragged into an unexpected project and was kept crazily busy throughout the rest of 2018 before I can take a breath. So, Bulent another apology here for my disappearance, then here comes the red flag regarding my first interaction with him: Throughout the communication, he DID NOT EVER proactively ask my goals of doing the vocal training, all the conversations he initialized was to push me schedule, which raised my alert immediately, this discrepancy to the reviews people said about him did not appear to me that he’s the kind of teacher that really cares how to help people achieve their goals. Second Interaction Then here comes the second interaction with Bulent. As my schedule is back to normal, so I decided to restart my vocal teacher search and I’m seriously about it as I mentioned above. Bulent showed up again without my realization that he is the same pro back in Aug. As the quote popped up as $45 starting price which is within my budget for a 45mins lesson, so I reached out to him. Then, here comes the assaulting experience, I’ll elaborate with bullets: 1) After checking availability, he replied with $100 starting price at 30mins, up to $200 at 60mins, which is almost 4 times higher than the original quote he provided 4 months back, $30 starting price at 30mins, up to $60 at 60mins. Seeing this huge rally in price, as with most customers, my first reaction was “is this for real?”, so I checked with my friend who worked at Thumbtack doing app functionality optimization, and she confirmed that pros can manually change the price after “check availability”, however when I double checked with Bulent, he replied “it’s system decided price that I did not change manually”, which apparently is lying. 2) Then I responded politely and about to give up due to the budget, but Bulent was trying to convince me back (the conversation was attached to the end of this review). Then I figured maybe I should give it a shot and at least talk about how to achieve my goal with him before deciding. However, Bulent refused to talk through my goal by reminding me our last interaction back in Aug and referenced “there’re a lot of ‘people like you’ who disappears after quotes, the reason to make the price a lot higher is to attract people who’s serious about learning”, apparently this is implying I’m the kind of person who’s not here to learn, but is here to play searching games, which is extremely discriminating, inappropriate and assaulting. But given this many review saying nice things about him and I did disappear in the first place, I still managed trying to clear things up with him by making multiple apologies. But FYI To Bulent : IT IS NOTED HERE, IT IS ILLEGAL TO RAISE PRICE TARGETING ONLY SPECIFIC POPULATION, PEOPLE FOR ANY REASONS, just a friendly reminder to you understand this is no joke, working with legal and compliance over the years , I’d like to help prepping for the domain knowledge if you need it. 3) Funny thing is he agreed to bring down price to $150 at 60mins in the first place, then after I decided to proceed with that price, he changed his mind and bring the price back $200 indicating I need to pay for the communication time ( wow, how priceless you are mr Bulent ). 4) Then off course as a normal customer, I have every reason to ask why, Bulent replied a bunch a vague comments and rudely accused me of not reading his comments, and not getting his point ( wow, how big of you mr Bulent ). Then he disappeared. 5) In short, the overall experience of the second interaction made me feel like Bulent is playing a game as a revenue for my last disappearance, which is super offending and immature. 6) Throughout the course of communication, he’s all about talking money and how high price course with less frequency can benefit you. And always putting himself in a condescending place. He did not ever make a little effort trying to understand a client’s vocal training goal, if this is the case, how can you really cater your teaching method to each and every single client. In the end, I hope you’re a real good vocal trainer, but please be respectful of people and don’t preconceive their purpose of looking on Thumbtact, no matter how proud or successful you think you are given the reviews you’ve accumulated over the years. I truly wish you long term success and being able to help more people, but also take some time reflect on yourself every now and then. Me: “Thanks for your time, I need to think about it now, tho you seem to be a wonderful teacher 9:38 PM Him: You're welcome. In my studio lessons are about quality, not quantity. Meeting about once a month is sufficient. Weekly or frequent lessons are not necessary. 9:42 PM Me: That sounds about right for me, let me think about it, would it be possible to have a quick call about my learning goal and study plan? 10:27 PM Him: I'd be happy to chat, but I'm already aware of your goals. You had contacted me back in August. We communicated a lot. You were about to start the lessons, then I did not hear back. I think you'd find the initial info I sent (above) helpful. Let's start with that. 10:34 PM Sunday, Jan 6th Me: Aha, I figured the name sounds familiar, finally got to re-start this vocal training project in New year, I remember last the price was not this high! 1:19 AM Him: Junyang, The price went up, but 'this high' does not apply. In terms of the general scene, I'm actually still undercharging. Some top teachers charge around $300 an hour. But ultimately what I teach is a priceless treasure. My students learn in one hour what many people spend years, perhaps a lifetime to discover and learn, spending a fortune, sometimes even losing their voice. See student reviews, especially the one by XXXXX at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. One reason for the lesson rates to go up was to separate non-serious inquiries from the serious ones on Thumbtack. So many people were contacting me, then disappearing or not following up. Depending on developments on Thumbtack, prices may go up or down again. For your records, below is the correspondence back in August. I expected your reply on Aug 16, but the conversation ended without a response. Best, Him Me: Is it possible to make it cheaper? Then I'll be sure to move forward this time, I feel sorry for the disappearance as I was dragged into an unexpected project and things went crazy after. Him: 2:54 PM If you are serious about singing and if it's going to help, I'll slide the scale for you and offer 60 minutes lessons at $150. If you wish to proceed, please reply to the initial info I sent yesterday.Jan 16, 2019Verified
High energy.very professional.Feb 24, 2018Verified
I had my first lesson with Bulent. It was excellent. He took the time to make sure I understood the lesson. Provided lots of material after the lesson. I look forward to continuing my lessons with him.Dec 29, 2018Verified
The reviews on Bulent's website are nothing short of unbelievable, which is to say, I literally did not believe them at first. But after my first lesson, it became clear to me where those reviews came from. Bulent takes a very scientific, direct, and fundamental approach to teaching voice. This helped me to understand my body in a way I had never understood it before.Dec 13, 2018Verified
I had my very first singing lesson with Bülent the other day... He is definitely the real deal. He put me at ease and I never onced felt uncomfortable in my session with him. He is extremely talented and a very down to earth human being. I have been practicing the exercises he has given me every day. Even though it’s only been a few days, I can already tell a difference. I look forward to working with him in the future. I know he will get me a HUGE step closer to my singing goals!Nov 27, 2018Verified
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- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Technique comes before style. A singer who uses the natural and correct vocal technique can apply it to any musical genre or vocal field. My students come from diverse backgrounds such as classical, opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, country, rock, heavy metal and public speaking. I hold house recitals where both my local and online students from all over the US meet and perform for each other. Attendance is optional. THE INTRODUCTORY LESSON The introductory lesson teaches the fundamentals of the Guneralp Vocal Method. It must be recorded as video by the student, saved and analyzed. It's comprehensive and 1-hr long. It cannot be shorter than 60 minutes. After the introductory lesson, shorter lessons can be scheduled. Depending on students' goals, lessons can include: physical warm ups, breathing exercises, vocal exercises and technical work, solfeggio (sight-singing), ear training, repertoire musical coaching speech coaching preparation for auditions and performances. Students can work on any piece they like from any genre. Except the introductory lesson, the first half of the lessons are for technical work, and the second half is for repertoire. I encourage students to video-record their lessons and analyze them to accelerate their 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 parking. I also teach online nationwide (FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.). SCHEDULE My studio is about quality and efficiency (not about the quantity of lessons). Budget is not an issue, because weekly lessons are not required. Many students meet once or twice a month. You may choose a recurring schedule or do schedule-as-you-go. Daily practice is critical regardless of the frequency of the lessons.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?RECOGNITIONS * Recognition with Official Citation, The Massachusetts State Senate * Certificate of Recognition by Thomas Menino, Former Mayor, Boston, Massachusetts AWARDS * Omaggio al Bel Canto Best Interpretation Award, Stelle dell'Anno Nuovo Festival, Consulate General of Italy and The Dante Alighieri Society Italian Cultural Center, MA * Winner, Honors Concert Competition, Longy School of Music, MA * Two-time Winner, Orchestra Soloist Competition, Longy School of Music, MA * Roberto Stagno Vocal Scholarship, Boston Donaudy Society, MA * Vocal Scholarship, Austria Culture Center, Istanbul, Turkey * Grant Award, Opera and Broadway Concert Project, Natick Cultural Council, MA AFFILIATIONS * Member, NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) * 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 Member (past), Quincy Point Music Academy * Voice Faculty Member (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
- How did you get started doing this type of work?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.