Bulent Guneralp. Singer, Voice Expert, Athlete.
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- Brandon L.
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My first lesson with Bulent went great! He has very valuable information to give and is really encouraging to work with! I look forward to improving with his help.Feb 12, 2020VerifiedBulent Guneralp. Singer, Voice Expert, Athlete.'s reply
Thank you so much, Brandon! I'm delighted to welcome you to my voice studio! Looking forward to a great vocal journey!
- Della L.
I wish I could give this review 100 stars! In a nutshell: Bulent is the whole package! His knowledge, expertise and in-depth teaching style surpass that of any teacher I have ever worked with and I couldn’t be more grateful to have found him. In one lesson with Bulent I have already learned more than I had learned after almost 3 years with 4 other teachers!!! In addition to that, he is such a kind and wonderfully positive human being and will offer you SO much more than just “singing exercises”. Bulent will – if you’re interested - teach you ideal nutrition, healthy lifestyle habits and positive attitude about life to make you a healthy, well-rounded singer inside and out! Whether you are a novice singer or an established professional, please give Bulent a try! Let me explain why: BEFORE Bulent: I was not born a gifted singer. I couldn’t even sing Happy Birthday on pitch, and I didn’t know what correct singing technique feels like. But I loved writing songs and lyrics and wanted to be able to sing and record my own material. That’s how my search for a skilled voice teacher began. Almost 3 years and 4 other voice teachers later I was incredibly frustrated. I had followed all the instructions, did my exercises every day and worked hard on getting better. Yet, I had only made a little bit of progress here and there but still experienced a sore throat every time I’d sing and the quality of my voice and upper range actually got worse as time went by. I just couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong despite all my efforts! You see, a singer heavily relies on internal “feelings” and “sensations” when trying to sing correctly. And a skilled teacher needs to be able to explain to you what those correct internal sensations should feel like. Most teachers will tell you to “tense your abs” or “place the sound somewhere in the middle of your face”. These instructions are WAY to crude and partially even wrong / not detailed enough! It’s no wonder my voice kept getting worse. I FOUND BULENT ON THUMBTACK: Bulent will teach you about the body’s anatomy in great detail (actually really important to know for proper technique!!), he will tell you how and where sound is generated and every single exercise has a distinct purpose! His exercises are unlike anything I have tried before – he ISN’T just your average “sing up and down the scales” kind of teacher - everything he teaches makes so much sense (And I’ve finally understood where my technique had gone wrong all these years!) and he does it with a lot of patience, kindness and compassion! SKYPE LESSONS: I live in Houston, TX, and therefore Bulent and I go through our lessons via Skype (this is my 3rd month with him). I had no idea how convenient it would be to work over Skype. I really save a lot of time not having to drive anywhere (which I previously did with other lessons) and I know that no matter where I travel or live, I can keep on learning with Bulent, which is really neat! VOCATHLETIC SYSTEM: This was also totally new to me and the coolest thing. Bulent has a precise, written-down (see his website) strategy for how to get you from point A to point B in your vocal journey. As mentioned earlier, there are numerous teachers that will simply throw random exercises at you or worse, not give you any exercises and simply have you sing up and down the scale and emphasize singing higher and higher notes, regardless of whether you are using correct technique, whether it suits your vocal range etc. In Bulent’s view (and I share it 100%) a singer is nothing less than an athlete predominantly using the muscles surrounding the vocal chords, lower abs (and a symphony of various others) to perform. A runner – also an athlete – trains and uses his leg muscles etc. you get the idea, and as a singer we are no different other than that we use a different subset of muscles. And athletes need a proper training plan and regimen, which is exactly what Bulent’s Vocathletic System encompasses. Once you view yourself as an athlete, you realize that proper nutrition and lifestyle choices might also be necessary for ideal performance and Bulent provides countless resources, pointers and information for these areas as well. By the way, Bulent is also a successful bodybuilder (just check out his Instagram page) and you’ll see for yourself that he knows how to train as an “athlete” in general. Last but not least, to me it was important to find a teacher who has had a professional singer career in the first place, because singing for fun and singing on stage professionally are two very different things and having a teacher who can provide real life experiences and stories from being on stage, is another must have! I know my review is super long but I’m just immensely grateful for Bulent’s knowledge and ability to finally explain so many “vocal mysteries” to me!!! Bulent, THANK YOU for all that you have taught me already and I can’t wait to see what more progress we can make during the upcoming years!Mar 12, 2020VerifiedBulent Guneralp. Singer, Voice Expert, Athlete.'s reply
Dear Della, Thank you so much for your kind and amazing review! This is one of the most comprehensive and detailed reviews I have ever received! I greatly appreciate it! It's such a joy to work with you, I'm delighted to see your progress, and I'm looking forward to continuing your wonderful vocal journey together! All the best!
- Patton S.
Mr Güneralp is a fantastic teache! Very patient, responsive, and intelligent about his work. I highly recommend going to him for vocal lessons!Jan 7, 2020Verified
- Domonique H.
I was hesitate at first to follow my dreams to be a singer. I wasn't confident in my voice because I had issues with perfecting my pitches and I had poor breathing techniques. One day I finally decided to hire a vocal coach. I came across many vocal coaches ads but Bulent Guneralp was the one ad that stuck out to me. So I decided to give it a try. I thought I would be wasting my money on lessons because I didn't think I would gain anything from the lessons. I started taking singing lessons with Bulent Guneralp back in August. At first, I didn't understand any of the singing exercises. It was something new and a challenge I had to accomplish. Bulent Guneralp is very patient and understanding when it comes to his students. Overtime I was able to perfect the singing exercises and understand how the singing exercises actually helped improved my breathing technique when I sing. I recorded myself singing last week and was amazed of how my voice sounded. Bulent Guneralp has helped me gain confidence in my voice because I didn't know how my voice should sound. Thanks Bulent Guneralp!Oct 18, 2019Verified
- Anna R.
Unbelievably how much my 12 y old daughter learned just in 1 lesson! We are looking forward to continue our amazing journey through voice lessons with Bulent!Oct 5, 2019Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?LESSON RATES 1. Introductory Lesson / 2. Scholarship Rates / 3. Standard Rate INTRODUCTORY LESSON 60-min. / $100 SCHOLARSHIP RATES Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly Recurring Lessons A minimum of one lesson in a given month qualifies students for these rates. 30-min. / $50 45-min. / $75 60-min. / $100 STANDARD RATE Schedule-as-you-go, non-recurring lessons. 60-min. / $200
- 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.