Denise Bayraktar Sharp

Denise B.

41 Reviews
New Orleans, LA

About Denise B.

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Denise teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: July 2008
Last sign in: Yesterday


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.
Lessons are tailored to the student's individual goals and abilities. Music history and theory, as well as vocalization, posture, breathing, diction, tone production, and general technique are incorporated into each lesson.
In addition, the students also participate in performance master classes and recitals, learning stage presence and concert etiquette.

*** 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

Habanera (Carmen) - G. Bizet


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

Bulgarian Fluent / Native Proficiency
German Professional Proficiency
Italian Professional Proficiency
Russian Professional Proficiency
Turkish 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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41 Reviews on Denise B.

Jared A. Jul 30, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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.
Susan B. Jul 29, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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.
Fey Jul 21, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
She is a great instructer and she dosent get fusterated at all. I would highly recommend her!
Moothi F. Jul 7, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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 ♥
Tykeaira P. Jul 5, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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.
Daniel H. Jun 24, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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.
Miranda B. Jun 12, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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.