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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Overview

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

Concert - January 16th, 2016

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 Spoken

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).

Awards

Big Easy Award nominee

Dec 2007
New Orleans Big Easy Enterntainment Awards

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Aug 2014
NATS

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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66 Reviews on Denise B.

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Gisele Aug 13, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Very helpful and honest! Willing to help with any question.
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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 (:
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Monique P. Jul 13, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
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.
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Jared J. Jul 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Perfect for what was needed and was accomodating. Would use her again when back in town.
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emmanuel Jun 30, 2016
Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher, strict but good.
Went from nothing to memorizing a whole piece
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Monica R. May 29, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Kaleb Apr 26, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Teacher was very personable, cheerful, and informative. She established a positive atmosphere on the first lesson and made the student feel at ease.
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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
Verified Student
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.
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Malik G. Jan 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Denise is awesome!