Denise Bayraktar Sharp

Denise B.

New Orleans, LA
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Denise delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 2008

Thank you for your interest in viewing my profile! Here is a short description of my educational and professional background. I hold a Master's in Voice Performance degree from University of New Orleans and Bachelor of Science degree in Voice Performance from State Music Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 2001, I toured with International European Opera Company which performed numerous times in Denmark, France, Italy and USA.
I currently perform and teach in the New Orleans area and love to share my knowledge and experience with my students. There is so much more to performance then just beautiful vocalizing.....

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching is based on my own personal, classical training from Europe and North America. Whether it's opera, oratorio, musical theater or pop-style singing that is desired, I believe that classical technique is an essential source of proper singing that can be used to train singers of all genres.
Just like a piano, flute or violin, your voice is an instrument.
The purpose of voice lessons is to help you develop a beautiful and dynamic singing voice and also to teach you to use your voice in a healthy age-appropriate way that will keep you singing for many years to come!
As your teacher, I want your lesson to be more than just singing through a few songs.
While what specifically happens during a voice lesson can vary greatly from student to student and from week to week, the overall structure of the lessons remains similar.
We will always start with some combination of warm-ups for your breath, body, and voice. Just as you wouldn't go running without first stretching and warming up your muscles, you don't want to start singing full songs without first getting your body and voice warmed up.
Warm-ups will also introduce you to new techniques for properly using your voice in a healthy and beautiful way.
After warm-ups, we will work on songs. Typically, you will sing through the song once, and then we will go through it in small, manageable chunks, applying the techniques from the warm-ups to the songs.
During the lesson we will also work on expression and acting. A song isn't just pretty notes—it tells a story. If it's a song from a musical, there's a specific character that sings it. It's your job as a singer to tell the story and to make it fun and exciting for the audience.
While there's a lot of hard work that goes on during a lesson, voice lessons are lots of fun! As your teacher, I am here to encourage you, support you, and guide you in your vocal studies. I look forward to working with you soon!


*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio room, 2 full size keyboards, music stands, book shelf, desk, parking lots (free).

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Music Theater, Jazz

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Experience

Voice and Piano Instructor
Jul 2012 - Present
DB Vocal Studio - New Orleans

Voice and Piano Instructor
Oct 2011 - Jun 2012
International School of Music - Germantown, TN

Voice and Piano Instructor
May 2009 - Jul 2011
Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts

Education

M.A. Voice Performance
May 2006 - May 2008
University of New Orleans
B.M.A Voice Performance
Aug 1995 - May 2000
State Music Academy - Sofia, Bulgaria

Languages

Bulgarian
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency
Russian
Professional Proficiency
Turkish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Ancillary Teaching Certificate
Feb 2009
Louisiana Department of Education

Louisiana offers Ancillary Certificates to applicants holding degrees or credentials in a specialized area. The holder of such certificate must show evidence of substantial professional recognition (e.g., letters from representatives of the arts community, gallery directors, art center directors, reporters).

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Awards

Big Easy Award nominee
Dec 2007
New Orleans Big Easy Enterntainment Awards

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Aug 2014

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Photos & Videos

Photo by Denise B.
Concert - January 16th, 2016

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"Summertime" from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin
Live at Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans, LA
Photo by Denise B.

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Encore! NOLA

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As Flora in "La Traviata" (Giuseppe Verdi)

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Performance at Ogden Museum of Southern Art - New Orleans, Louisiana

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79 Reviews

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Fey T. Jul 1, 2017
Singing · Online

Raymond May 16, 2017
Music Performance · In studio

Denise inspired me to expand on my tone and range to depths that I never had the courage to explore. She is truly a remarkable songstress and music teacher. If you are searching for an instructor who knows how to teach music, Look No Further..............Denise is the Truth

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Olivia May 12, 2017
Singing · Online

My 12 year old daughter can't say enough about how much she enjoys her lessons with Denise.

yan H. Apr 28, 2017
Singing · Online

Victoria Mar 31, 2017
Singing · Online

Eileen R. Mar 9, 2017
Singing · Online

Giulia Feb 7, 2017
Opera Voice · Online

Luis Dec 17, 2016
Singing · In studio

She's awesome! If you are looking for a teacher that has a great experience, that is going to say you the truth and really care about your learning.. She is the right one.

Fey T. Nov 8, 2016
Singing · Online

Shahmeer Hashmat Oct 24, 2016
Broadway Singing · Online

She was great! Very helpful, and look forward to working with her more!

Andrea H. Oct 7, 2016
Singing · Online

My daughter enjoyed her first lesson.

Andrea S. Oct 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

Incredible lessons! Always excited to go. Very personalized.

keng Sep 16, 2016
Singing · Online

Really great teacher !!

Gisele Aug 13, 2016
Singing · Online

Very helpful and honest! Willing to help with any question.

Mary T Jul 13, 2016
Singing · In studio

Ms. Denise has been very encouraging and patient, especially because I am quite introverted and shy when it comes to projecting my voice. I have become more confident in my singing abilities, and am loving lessons (:

Monique P. Jul 13, 2016
Singing · In home

Denise helped me improve my vocal style dramatically from day one. She is passionate and persistent and very experienced. She made me feel very comfortable singing with her even though I'm quite shy. I would highly recommend Denise to anyone.

Jared J. Jul 11, 2016
Singing · In studio

Perfect for what was needed and was accomodating. Would use her again when back in town.

emmanuel Jun 30, 2016
Piano · In studio

Excellent teacher, strict but good.
Went from nothing to memorizing a whole piece

Monica R. May 29, 2016
Piano · In studio

My son first lesson was on yesterday and he really enjoyed himself. Miss Denise is really patient and nice and I know for a fact I made the perfect decision hiring her.

Kaleb Apr 26, 2016
Singing · In studio

Teacher was very personable, cheerful, and informative. She established a positive atmosphere on the first lesson and made the student feel at ease.

Lydia Mar 28, 2016
Speaking Voice · In studio

My first contact with Denise was warm and reassuring. I am looking forward to seeing her again, she is great. She makes you feel at ease and she takes you step by step during your lesson, she is not pushy. I know I will enjoy my time with Denise, and I will reach my goal.

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Zach S. Feb 11, 2016
Singing · In studio

Denise was great. Made me feel very at ease and I am looking forward to my next lesson. By the way, she has a powerful beautiful voice.

Malik G. Jan 21, 2016
Piano · In studio

Denise is awesome!

Robin W. Jan 9, 2016
Piano · In studio

Great experience!! Learned the Bass Clef in a new and meaningful way today! Thanks Denise B.

Casey P. Jan 5, 2016
Singing · Online

My husband, our 7 years old granddaughter and I take lessons with Denise! We could not be much happier with Denise. She tailors our lessons based on our skill level and at the same time pushes us to achieve more and more at every lesson! We have all improved so much and we are feeling more confident when singing! I can't wait to perform our duet at a family wedding which my husband and I have working on! Thanks Denise! We are singers!!!

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Blakley D. Nov 13, 2015
Singing · Online

Denise is an amazing teacher. She not only has an incredible voice, she is patient, kind, energetic, and a very talented teacher! My daughter is 7 and looks forward to singing lessons with Denise every week. She has learned scales, how to warm up her voice, pitch, among so many other valuable lessons in such a short time. We are thrilled with our choice to take lessons with Denise and look forward to many more valuable, fun, and energetic lessons she has to offer. If you want talent and an amazing experience for your child, you will want to take lessons with Denise!

Regards,
Jessica

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Dalton H. Oct 20, 2015
Singing · Online

She is intelligent, obviously educated in the subject, puts people at ease, and gives wonderful instruction.

Mr.Baronne Oct 19, 2015
Singing · In studio

I took lessons with other teachers throughout the States and so far Mrs Denise is the best, she is patient, comfortable to work with and she teaches how to give soul to the music. I enjoy her performance and teaching capabilities.

Jordan E. Sep 13, 2015
Singing · Online

My daughter loves her, she is able to help exactly in the areas we want to improve on. She is friendly and encouraging and talented. We are happy to have her.

Alisha G. Sep 8, 2015
Singing · Online

Denise is very... Comfortable. I can relax and understand her and caught what she said and meant without an issue.

Ramon R. Sep 4, 2015
Singing · Online

Excellent! I am very satisfied with my first lesson with Denise. I have taken lessons before and I was a little skeptical about a new voice coach. Furthermore, taking lessons online. My wife started first and she absolutely enjoys her lessons with Denise.

Denise was able to identify how I can improve my singing and what I need to work on. I highly recommend her if you are serious about learning how to sing!

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Michael Earls Sep 4, 2015
Piano · Online

Denise was very easy to work with and very knowledgeable. She was patient and taught me a lot in the first lesson. I'm looking forward to what I'll learn in the remaining lessons.

Kristyn Sep 1, 2015
Singing · Online

works very well with my 7yr old. She has gotten her to finally access her low scales.

Danny S. Aug 24, 2015
Singing · Online

Mrs. Denise is an amazing teacher. What I loved the most about her, was that she is very honest. She would tell you if you have a voice to work with or not and I personally found her honesty to be very helpful. She made me feel comfortable with myself especially since this was my first ever singing lesson experience. I definitley recommend Mrs. Denise! She knows how to have fun and she also pushes you to your limit which is a good thing.

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Connie Aug 21, 2015
Singing · Online

Denise is a great teacher. Very professional and really knows what she is doing. My 8 year old daughter really enjoyed her time with Denise.

Erin K. Aug 20, 2015
Singing · Online

Denise was amazing. I felt comfortable so much faster than anticipated and we jumped right in. I highly recommend her to a person who wants to sing, at any age.

Eileen R. Aug 19, 2015
Singing · Online

Better than what I expected. My first time to take an online singing lesson and it was just like being in the same room with her. Denise is awesome! She made me very comfortable and I can tell she knows her subject very well! Looking forward to taking my passion for singing to the next level with Denise's guidance! Thanks!

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James J. Aug 15, 2015
Singing · Online

Denise did great making me feel comfortable with my voice, not judge my mistakes and helping me with my key to understand music.

Jared A. Jul 30, 2015
Singing · Online

Denise is a great teacher that has helped me progress a lot toward where I want to be and took the time to work with me when I would struggle during certain exercises.

Kamara L. Jul 29, 2015
Singing · In studio

Ms. Denise is the best! She really has a passion for singing and music. Her lessons are tailored to your needs, which makes the experience fun and effective. I definitely recommend.

Brad J. Jul 29, 2015
Piano · In studio

Denise is the best teacher we ever could have hoped for, for our 7 year old daughter.

My daughter absolutely loves her and is very enthusiastic about her nightly practice sessions. She has done 3 recitals so far and is improving fast with her piano.

Denise is also a top notch vocal instructor as evidenced by her students at the mixed recitals.

I cannot recommend her highly enough.

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Susan B. Jul 29, 2015
Singing · Online

Connectivity was not great. It froze up for 30 s intervals twice. I also did not get much out of it since we had trouble with the initial technical issues with google hangout. The biggest problem was the sound. Also I did not receive the homework I was supposed to get by today and it is already 8:35. I will see if I get the homework by tomorrow and then may try one more lesson to see if we have the same problems with the connection.

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Fey Jul 21, 2015
Singing · Online

My daughter is always happy and invigorated after her lesson. She thinks Denise is a really neat lady. I like the fact that she is adapting the lessons to my daughter's interests.

Andrew Y. Jul 9, 2015
Singing · Online

She is a great instructer and she dosent get fusterated at all. I would highly recommend her!

Moothi F. Jul 7, 2015
Singing · Online

Ms Denise is the best teacher I've ever had, and the one I always wanted. I had another singing teacher prior to her, but I didn't feel like I was going anywhere. When you take lessons with Ms Denise you feel like you can succeed and reach your full potential, and more. She pushes you to perfection - not in a way that's stressful or aggressive, but in a way that's highly motivating and encouraging. In *one lesson*, I saw a dramatic improvement. She's upbeat, efficient, and her explanations are simple but precise. With excellent analogies and visualization techniques (and a gorgeous voice to demonstrate), you understand and catch onto everything she says with total ease. She's super committed and genuinely involved in your progress. I personally want to reach the stars, and Ms Denise is not only the provider of the ladder, but also my biggest cheerleader ♥

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Tykeaira P. Jul 5, 2015
Singing · Online

Denise B. works with my 7 year old son via Skype. She does an excellent job explaining exercises to him even though they are not physically together. With her great communication and direction I have seen improvement in my sons vocal range. At times when he is having difficulty with an exercise or song Denise is very patient and gives good age appropriate examples and explanation until he grasps the objective. We are continuing to use Denise and are excited to see future progress.

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Daniel H. Jun 24, 2015
Singing · Online

Before I selected Denise as my instructor, I read all of the profiles for singing instructors. I thought she be would be best for me and that has proven to be the case. I enjoy her personality, candidness and appreciate that she insists I "get it right" before moving on.

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Miranda B. Jun 12, 2015
Singing · Online

I am very much enjoying my lessons with Denise. We are working on my technique and my pitch, both of which I have struggled with lately.

Denise is very knowledgeable and uses imagery to help me visualize the placement of the sound which I have found to be fascinating and extremely effective.

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Isabella E. Jun 11, 2015
Singing · Online

First lesson was great, my daughter was comfortable with her quickly and very motivated to improve. Can't wait to do more!

Kristen B. May 27, 2015
Singing · Online

Denise makes sure to make the best of the time you have with her, even if it's only 30 minutes, she makes sure to cover as much material as possible. She's very personable and works great with my 7 year old son. She's very good at talking to him at his level and learn what he likes to incorporate it into the lessons. Great teacher!

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Tammy C. Mar 30, 2015
Singing · In studio

Denise quickly nailed problems with my technique and did an excellent job teaching me how to improve my technique. She was honest about both the good and bad points about my singing which I really appreciated. Getting a compliment from Denise feels awesome because you know she really knows her art (singing). She was the first vocal coach ever to label my style of singing, which I didn't know. Every minute of my lesson was useful and productive. I highly recommend Denise, no matter what level you are at.

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Aaron J. Mar 19, 2015
Broadway Singing · Online

My lessons with Denise have been great. I took lessons under the intention of performance in musical theater, and in under five lessons she was able to get it professional-ready. By no means does that mean that I'm done with lessons though.

She teaches classical technique as the foundation and tells you specifically how your body function in order to produce sound, primarily using imagery to help you control functions that most people are not actively aware of. Lessons consist of exercises, explanations, and application to songs. She also answers questions and concerns over Skype, even responding to a practice video I sent to her.

Denise will help you reach your goals. If you are looking into singing seriously (and even if you're not), daily practice and preparation for the next lesson is essential to making progress and Denise wants to see you progress. If you are a newer singer, she works with you to build confidence in your voice as well as the technique. Like any good teacher, she can also tell when you haven't put in the work, but will still be patient and invested in the lesson.

Because my goal is musical theater, she helps me to expand my repertoire and work on songs that I bring in for auditions. She also reminds me to take into consideration other aspects of the performance such as dancing while singing and the long-term nature of performance, which makes certain aspects of technique especially important.

I am in my second month of lessons with her. I took 30 minute lessons, which go by very fast. Good for beginners just trying it out, but serious students should look into longer sessions. Skype is hardly an issue and is actually helpful because what she hears is closer to what you might sound like on a microphone. Denise is the kind of person who would go over the lesson time in order to finish an explanation so you leave with a good understanding of the content. Highly recommended for beginners (and advanced students I'm sure) and I look forward to our future lessons!

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Danny S. Feb 25, 2015
Singing · Online

I have always wanted to learn how to sing ever since I was little. I felt like I never had a voice, and that I was never going to meet anyone that could change my perspective on that. That’s until I came across Ms. Denise. I have had her for a few weeks now and I must say that she is a really great vocal coach. Ms. Denise not only makes you feel comfortable with yourself, but she also pushes you to yours limits. I personally would recommend her as anyone’s vocal coach, especially if you are a beginner like myself.

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Ivana S. Feb 15, 2015
Singing · Online

Absolutely a great teacher she really pours her time into you and it is great to have someone who really wants to help you advance with your talent. I never had a teacher put in so much dedication and time with me. This was a fabulous experience and my voice definitely got better.

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Areesa H. Feb 12, 2015
Singing · Online

I am enjoying my lessons with Denise. I was hoping to learn more pop music but the skills I am learning so far are helpful.

Victoria G. Jan 12, 2015
Opera Voice · Online

Denise is an amazing teacher. We wished we lived closer for face-to-face lessons. She truly listened to my child's needs and catered each lesson to achieving her academic goals.

Victoria G. Nov 2, 2014
Singing · Online

I am learning so much already from my teacher.She is patient and professional as well as really nice. My grand mom loves when I take my lesson at her house so she can hear me sing with Denise. My mom thinks she will be a great piano teacher for me too. I cannot wait to start piano lessons with Denise next.

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shanice B. Oct 31, 2014
Singing · Online

Awesome teacher who caters to the way my child learns and comprehends vocal performance! she knows how to simplify training to the level of my 5 year old!

Doug N. Oct 29, 2014
Singing · In studio

There are very few teachers who can balance passion, compassion, skills, and ability all the while coaching with understanding and humor. They say those that can't teach. Well, not in this case. She CAN and DOES, both teach and perform at a very high level. In the past, there have been numerous times when I have signed up for a class and after a few weeks, have dreaded attending because it was not what I was expecting. With Denise, this is certainly not the case. I have enjoyed working with her and have learned more in 10 months than in my previous 54 years. I highly recommend her to anyone! Thanks Denise.

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Marianne C. Sep 30, 2014
Singing · Online

My daughter, age 9, has been taking lessons for three weeks, and already is solving her problem of straining for the high notes. She is improving dramatically with the technique she is learning. Denise gets maximum performance from my daughter while still making the sessions enjoyable. My daughter feels good after her lessons, because she knows she is being encouraged to meet high standards. (And I think I am singing along with the radio better from trying what my daughter is learning!)

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Lydia N. Sep 14, 2014
Singing · In studio

Denise is a wonderful and caring instructor. She is passionate about music and goes above and beyond to ensure that her students succeed.

Sridevi G. Sep 6, 2014
Singing · Online

She is a really great instructor, and is very patient with her students

Guy B May 14, 2014
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Piano and Voice

My Grand daughter has been taking lessons with Denise since June. Linda's progress on voice is phenomenal and the piano lessons progress steadily.

john P. Feb 22, 2014
Singing ·

excellent and helpful and patient

I had my first lesson with her last thursday and I have to say that it was fun and exciting she is kind nice and a great teacher she made me see that I can do it if I tell myself I can and stopbtelling myself I cant it was a joy working with her and I know for a fact I will keep working with her because she will help me get better at what I love to do im looking forward to my next lesson with her!

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Kristopher R. Feb 19, 2014
Singing ·

Phenomenal

She's absolutely amazing I couldn't ask for a better teacher she communicates in such a strong way with her student that it's unbelievable I will continue to keep using her as my vocal coach no matter where I end up in my music career.

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Dave D. Feb 12, 2014
Singing ·

Superb.

Denise is not only a joy to be around but a true talent as a teacher, a singer, and a great friend to have. If I had the time I would take twice the lessons with Denise that I take now. Since we have been working together my voice is like a whole new instrument, I can't wait to see how she will help me progress further as we move into the future.

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Ann S. Dec 23, 2013
Singing ·

Wonderful Teacher

Denise not only has a beautiful voice, but a passion for teaching. She challenges my daughter to do her best, and improve every week. She has high standards, but knows how to encourage instead of discourage her students. We strongly recommend Denise if you are serious about learning how to sing!

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Alessandra J. Dec 3, 2013
Singing ·

Excellent and Patient Teacher

Denise is an excellent teacher. She is tremendously patient and wonderful to work with.

Ramona V. Nov 17, 2013
Singing ·

Awesome Personality, and skills

Awesome Teacher that's all i can say, i'm sticking with her

debra W. Nov 17, 2013
Singing ·

Great Product

Denise is my first professional voice teacher that I have ever had. She has instilled in me the confidence to allow myself to learn and grow. I have been taking lessons for almost two years, and I have grown tremendously. I would and have recommended her to others for those who want a professional who is passionate about music.

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morgan R. Nov 17, 2013
Singing ·

Great Teacher

Denise is a wonderful teacher who loves and respects the work. She will push you to gain a higher understanding of your voice but does so in an encouraging manner. She even organizes recitals so her students can experience singing in front of audiences. She's world class trained with a great sense of humor and goes above and beyond what's expected from a teacher. Enjoy!

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Thomas F. Nov 17, 2013
Singing ·

Pure Passion

Denise has been an inspiration to me. I have only been taking lessons for four months and I already feel more confident in my ability to actually sing than I ever have. She is not an "easy" teacher. If you just want to take lessons but not really work at being your best I recommend finding someone else. She has challenged me to become better every week. Her passion for singing is a beautiful thing and it brings out the best in everyone it touches.

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martha L. Nov 15, 2013
Singing ·

Excellent service

Denise is a wonderful teacher. She is kind and very patient We are so please with the confidence our child has now so many things but most of all, the ability to take a risk. What a gift, it is because Denise has given her so much attention and made her feel very safe to sing alone.

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Brianna E. Oct 30, 2013
Singing ·

Excellent Instructor

Is very knowledgeable about singing and correct techniques for the skill. She works with you and is very patient. LOVE THIS WOMAN!!!!!

Joy W. Jun 24, 2013
Singing ·

Excellent voice teacher, very patient

She is an excellent teacher. Sometimes I don't get the lessons but she's very patient and understanding. She'll do everything to help you improve and gain the skills. I will recommend her to my friends and family.

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Reid E. Jun 22, 2013
Singing ·

Great teacher, great friend

She is a wonderful and alluring person with a beautiful voice. Incredible honesty and talent. I trust my voice in her hands. I feel very lucky to have found her.

George L. Apr 21, 2013
Singing ·

Honest, Funny, Passionate about music, Has Intergrity

At my age I thought I would never be able to have the voice I wanted. Denise has made learning to sing fun and exciting. With her help I now have a voice people would be willing to pay to hear. I even like hearing my own voice. She is tough when I need her to be and she won't let me settle for less than my best. She listens to my concerns and works with me to achieve my goals. She goes above and beyond as a teacher by researching and sharing new techniques to help overcome vocal issues. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is serious about music. Her passion for music is inspiring and contagious.

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Ramona V. Feb 17, 2013
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Great teacher!

Denise focuses on the needs of my daughter Raquel, and encourages her to do and be better every time. She is sincere in telling her what she needs to improve. She fines ways and uses techniques for the age range of my daughter where my daughter understands her. She is dedicated to what she does and shows interest in my daughters future.

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Brianna E. Jan 31, 2013
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A great program

I love my vocal lessons. I don't have any complaints. Everything is exactly what I expected. My vocal coach is serious about her work while still making the lessons fun and enjoyable.

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