Denise Bayraktar Sharp

Denise B.

28 Reviews
New Orleans, LA

About Denise B.

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Denise teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: July 2008
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Average response time: 4 hours

Overview

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

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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28 Reviews on Denise B.

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Aaron J. Mar 19, 2015
Broadway Singing · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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.
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Victoria G. Jan 12, 2015
Opera Voice · Online
Verified Student
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.
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Victoria G. Nov 2, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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!
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Doug N. Oct 29, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
Denise is a wonderful and caring instructor. She is passionate about music and goes above and beyond to ensure that her students succeed.