BIMM Berlin is celebrating its third birthday, which means our very first class of students have finished their studies with us – many with flying colours! One student ready to celebrate is Tolga Oygen, whose hard work earned him a First-class degree – the best result possible – in his BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship (Vocals). Having already established an online vocal course, Tolga aims to combine his two loves – singing and teaching – to become a professional vocal coach and open his own singing school. We congratulated Tolga on his great success and chatted with him about his experience at BIMM.
How did it feel when you got your results?
It felt great! I was really surprised, as I didn’t expect to have achieved this result, so I had to re-read the email a few times until I realised I actually had.
What are your plans for the immediate future?
I’ve been busy preparing an online vocal course for my social media followers. After a very long planning and production phase and a successful testing period, I’m so excited to have finally launched it on 30th September. I’ll also continue to offer private vocal coaching, both offline and online. I love teaching and this was the main reason I studied at BIMM, as I wanted to teach singing on a professional level.
What are your long-term goals?
My long-term goal is helping as many people as possible to discover their singing potential. This is what excites me and drives me to further improve my singing and teaching skills every day. I want to focus more on intermediate and professional singers as well – to help them really get their singing to the next level. I’ll also run more courses on topics like songwriting and singing harmonies, in conjunction with other musicians. My ultimate goal is to open a singing school in Germany with a platform for singers to meet other musicians, and industry people too.
What’s the most valuable thing you learned during your studies at BIMM?
I had to write songs, study music theory, perform on stage and work on various music projects to progress in the course. I think what stood out was seeing that anyone can make it in the industry if they’re willing to put the work in and show up regularly – not only at college but also at the venues where you meet people and perform.
What advice would you give to first year students about to embark on their studies?
Know or find out as quickly as possible exactly what you want to achieve in your music career. Then use your studies to help you reach your goals. This also helps you decide what course modules to choose in years two and three. I met so many people, made new friends and had a great time at BIMM.
To find out more about Tolga’s vocal coaching visit: https://dergesangscoach.de
To visit Tolga’s YouTube channel check out: https://www.youtube.com/c/dergesangscoach