Denise Bayraktar Sharp

Denise B.

New Orleans, LA

About Denise B.

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Denise teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: July 2008
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First I would like to 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

Photos and Videos

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


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


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 Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


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).


Big Easy Award nominee

Dec 2007
New Orleans Big Easy Enterntainment Awards


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.

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54 Reviews on Denise B.

Blakley D. Nov 13, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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!

Dalton H. Oct 20, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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!
Michael Earls Sep 4, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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.
Connie Aug 21, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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.