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Denise B.
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Just like a piano, flute or violin, your voice is an instrument. The purpose of voice lessons is to help you to 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 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! I've given successfully online lessons via TakeLessons Classroom and if you are interested here is a list with some of the advantages: 1. Quality of the teacher: I believe it is better to have online lessons with an excellent teacher than it is to have in-person lessons with a mediocre teacher. TakeLessons Classroom gives students even more options to choose from when looking for a teacher since they are not restricted to their small local region. 2. Weekly Convenience: Students don’t have to travel 10 or 20 minutes to their teacher’s studio. 3. Convenience of Recording Lessons: While students always have the option to record their face-to-face lessons, that never happens (at least, in the history of my teaching). But students can easily record online lessons for review at a later time. 4. Immediate Practicing: While face-to-face students must drive home before practicing what they learned (which eats up time and tires people out), distance students can practice immediately after the lesson when ideas are fresh and when energy levels are still high. This is an extra practice session most students will get. 5. Siblings Don’t Have To Wait: Kids can do their own thing while their siblings have lessons, while in the private studio, they are held hostage until their siblings are done. 6. Warming Up: Students can warm up at the piano before their lesson, only stopping seconds before the lesson begins. The piano student also gets to play their own instrument.
About Denise B.

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..... 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. Voice Lessons FAQ Q. Do singing lessons really work? Can singing lessons make a difference? A. While we can all sing to some degree, to sing with skill is a learned craft.  Singing lessons will help you improve your pitch, tone quality, breath support, vocal agility (flexibility). You will expand your range, develop both your chest and head voice. You will learn interpretation, musicality and become confident on stage. 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. Q. What do I need for Online Lessons A. You will need a reliable internet connection and space where you won’t be interrupted or distracted. And last, but not least bring a positive mindset, some water to stay hydrated, a mind that’s clear and ready to learn, maybe a goal you’d like to achieve during the lesson! Q. What is the right age to start with singing? A. In all, No. There is no definitive age to start voice lessons. Singing is beneficial for every and all ages and experience levels! Q. How long should a lesson be? A. The duration of a voice lesson mainly depends on experience and age. For younger students and students with little experience, a half hour lesson is recommended in order to prevent putting stress on a voice that is still developing and/or building the capability of singing for long periods of time. For students with more experience and significant vocal instruction (previous voice lessons, choir, etc… ) a forty-five minute to an hour long lesson is strongly recommended. Q. How long should I take lessons to become a good singer? A. The decision is always up to the student. Some people see progress with continuous coaching for an indefinite period of time (especially students who aren’t as advanced as others and are trying to learn the craft and art of singing), and other students who are more experienced like to sign up in order to work on problem areas and then stop when they feel satisfied with their results. Practice is also a factor! Students who don’t rehearse as much will progress at a slower pace than others, which would result in more time necessary to reach their goal. Q. What occurs during a typical voice lesson? A. 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 Q. Do I have to sing scales (exercises) - Can I just sing songs? A. Yes, scales are not just warm ups, scales will help you improve your vocal technique while working on breath support, pitch, tone quality, vocal agility (flexibility), expand your range, blend registers (chest and head), so you can perform with great phrasing and musicality. Q. How often should I practice? A. It’s recommended to try and practice at least once a day. Singing is physical process that requires the development of muscle memory. Try and practice in a setting without any interruptions, and with specific goals in mind. This will help you achieve results quicker. In general, devoting 25-30min to practicing is encouraged. Q. What if I have to cancel a lesson A. There is a 24h advance notice policy that states that a student must notify me of their cancelation 24h prior to their lesson. If not done, the lesson will be marked as missed and the student will be charged.

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Denise is extremely talented and knowledgable. She also cares deeply about the progress of her students. I strongly recommend her.

Posted Nov 19, 2021
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Denise is fantastic! She cares about what she does and is unbelievably talented and knowledgable!

Posted Oct 8, 2021
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AMAZING TEACHER! Had my first lesson and I was so inspired to keep learning to sing. Denise is so knowledgeable and so kind. 100% would recommend!

Posted Sep 15, 2021
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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).
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.
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