Denise Bayraktar
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Denise B.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a classically trained singer and have been performing for over 15 years in Europe and USA.
I teach Voice since 2009.
Bel canto (Italian, "beautiful singing") is a technique that originates in the days of Italian opera where control and the tone quality of the voice were paramount.
From the beginning (and always), I will emphasize the basics -- posture, breathing, and tone production.
Your developing technique will be tested with traditional and classic songs and arias. Correct pronunciation of English in singing is built on the foundation of the simple and pure vowels of Italian. This also applies to singing in French, Spanish, German, and Russian. Further, the classical musical literature in Italian is very well suited to building and displaying great voices.

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 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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Well organised lesson, knowledgeable teacher, and challenging - in a good way

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Denise is so full of energy, lively and has a way with kids. My daughter who is usually a bit shy is so comfortable with Denise and enjoys learning. Denise keeps in mind key focus areas for our child and is working on improving her confidence. We hope by the end of these sessions, Our daughter can learn to sing from heart and not hold back despite making mistakes.... understanding that’s how we all learn.

Posted Jul 28, 2020
Cindy S.
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She is an awesome teacher...

Posted Jul 25, 2020
Prisha G.
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Awesome first class.My daughter loved her.Happy to found her.

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Bryan M.
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She help me a lot and I love her

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She is fantastic! My daughter really enjoyed working with her and got a lot of good tips. Definitely recommend her!

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I love Denise she is my favorite singing teacher ever

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Shanelle F.
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Denise makes you feel so comfortable. She is also very knowledgeable and patient. I enjoyed my lesson so much!

Posted Jun 1, 2020
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Very friendly and gives constructive feedback. Already learned something!

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Nuria R.
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Such an amazing first lesson! We focused on many technical aspects. It was so revealing. And Denise is absolutely wonderful to work with. I am looking forward to my next lesson.

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Very knowledgeable and adept at imparting that knowledge to the student. She is quick to catch on to any mistakes and has useful advice to fix those. Further, she is able to adapt to both experienced and inexperienced musicians.

Posted Apr 14, 2020
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Great experience
Excellent teacher
Happy to have found her. Just what I needed.

Posted Apr 3, 2020
Jason M.
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so helpful

Posted Mar 18, 2020
Jason M.
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such a good teacher

Posted Mar 10, 2020
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Posted Jan 22, 2020
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She is amazing!

Posted Jan 16, 2020
Jason M.
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she is always amazing

Posted Dec 31, 2019
Jason M.
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she is always thinking of me. SHE IS AWESOME

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Jason M.

she is the bestow the best

Posted Dec 10, 2019
Jason M.

she is just amazing

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Jason M.
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amazing like always

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Jason M.
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always helping me with high notes

Posted Jul 1, 2019
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Great as always. My voice feels BETTER, SMOOTHER and STRONGER after one hour of training with her, never more tired or painful. Yay!

Posted Jun 21, 2019
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Denise is the best!!! She is punctual, she genuinely cares about her student's vocal health, she has very solid techniques and teaches them well, and on top of that, she has a great taste for music. I am learning so much from her every single lesson. At least try her class once, it might change your singing life forever <3 Best of luck on your singing journey, dear whoever is reading this review!! Try Denise and you will not be disappointed!

Posted Jun 14, 2019
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I love her! She really cares about your progress and is dedicated to seeing you sing to the best of your ability

Posted Apr 27, 2019
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I love her teaching style she is helpful and she sets goals for me to get better vocally

Posted Mar 17, 2019
Nicole W.
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Phenomenal teacher. She really helped me understand concepts practically and has revolutionized my practice and I feel that I can finally sing with the sound I’ve been searching for and trying to emulate. I can’t thank her enough and I can finally get closer to my goals of beautiful singing. She is so patient even as I struggle, and she truly is a star.

Posted Feb 2, 2019
Chuck B.
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Denise is fantastic!! I am surprised at my progress. She is very knowledgable and genuinely interested in helping me become a good singer.

Posted Jan 29, 2019
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Denise is excellent. Challenging in the best way.

Posted Jan 17, 2019
Paul Storey
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super nice and very easy and fun to learn with!!!

Posted Jan 16, 2019
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Wonderful first class!

Posted Jan 9, 2019
Chuck B.
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I am learning the fundamentals of singing

Posted Dec 26, 2018
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I have been seeing Denise nearly every week for a year now and can't imagine my life without her. She is an incredible teacher and has helped me really grow as a singer. I come away from every lesson learning more and the way I even think about singing has completely changed. She is also so much fun, professional, and she has the best personality. It had been many years since I'd been on stage and she has helped restore my confidence. I lool forward to every meeting..

Posted Dec 17, 2018
Dave Byers
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Thank you, Denise, for helping me to work on breaking a lifetime of bad habits in singing.

Posted Nov 14, 2018
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The best teacher anyone can ever ask for . I HIGHLY recommend Ms Denise ! She actually helps and works with you .

Posted Oct 26, 2018
Anna D.
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I've taken lessons from Denise for a year and my voice has been transformed. She continually challenges me and keeps me focused on improving and reaching for my goals. She is a great motivator and inspiration. If you are willing to work, Denise will help you to discover your voice's potential.

Posted Sep 27, 2018
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She adapts to my learning style, time and needs. I am learning such professional voice technique while having fun singing songs I enjoy. She always has a smile and makes me feel like I can learn to sing well.
thank you

Posted Aug 14, 2018
Andres S.
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Unbelievable ability to spot diagnose whatever issue is going on and give clear & honest immediate feedback without making a thing of it. Amazing teacher.

Posted Aug 7, 2018
Faith M.
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Most Grateful to Denise for her expertise and understanding teaching my 6 yr old Granddaughter!

Posted Jul 28, 2018
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really knows how to adapt the class to the individual's needs yet guide the student to improve every week

Posted Jun 27, 2018
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Great teacher hard working wonderful

Posted Jun 8, 2018
David D.
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I had a lot of issues coming into her class, all caused by teachers who didn't know what they were doing or couldn't communicate it effectively, if at all. In one lesson, Denise has completely cleared up all my doubts, misconceptions, and set me on a path toward singing fulfillment. I am really looking forward to continuing lessons with Dense.

And as an added bonus, Denise is an amazing teacher, a beautiful voice, and she models the singing superbly.

Posted May 17, 2018
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Denise is able to explain the techniques of breath work and proper singing with great creative description and insight that helps me to visualize the inner workings of my instrument and understand the foundations. I had some ideas about singing before but now I'm able to quickly feel what's correct or incorrect and resonate within various areas of my body, which feels really good. I believe I'm progressing at a rate that's encouraging to me, there's so much to discover and it's exciting when your voice is opening up to new places, without damaging causes damage to your vocal cords. I find Denise to be sharp, informative, artistic, bold, honest, efficient and generous with our time. We work together well and I hope we can continue to grow together.

Posted Apr 21, 2018
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Denise has true gift for connecting with students. She pinpointed exactly what our daughter needs to work on and made it fun. Every minute of the lesson was filled with the joy of singing.

Posted Mar 29, 2018
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Great first lesson. Denise was
very patient and encouraging. I am looking forward to getting into this more!

Posted Mar 19, 2018
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Love love LOVE working with Denise. She always gives honest feedback, so I always know where I stand 😁

Posted Feb 6, 2018
Jasmine B.
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Excellent piano teacher!

Posted Jan 27, 2018
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I love taking singing lessons with this instructor. Great character, personality, knowledge, interest and flexibility.

Posted Jan 12, 2018
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Denise knows what she's doing, very good instructor. I've learned a lot in only just two lessons.

Posted Jan 4, 2018
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This was a wonderful beginning to our first time on TakeLessons.
Denise was kind, warm and funny and perfect for my 11-year old daughter.

Posted Dec 7, 2017
Felicia P.
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Mrs. Denise is awesome!! She’s very knowledgeable of breathing techniques and doesn’t mind questions. I’m so glad I followed m instincts and chose her as my instructor

Posted Nov 15, 2017
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Ms. Denise is an ambitious teacher, and she will help you in any ways possible to help you achieve your goal. She will be real with you about everything and that is because she cares about your success.

Posted Nov 15, 2017
Oriana A.
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Denise has been a wonderful person to learn from, she's always helping me with songs I want to practice and finding other songs she believes could challenge me or a song just for fun. She's quick to critique me and when I mess up and she knows I can do so much better we keep at it until I get it right. I've learned a lot from her and I'm glad she's my voice teacher because we get along very well and she's always so kind. She knows what I need and knows what I know and pushes me to do my best. She really is the most amazing teacher I have ever had!

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Anna D.
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Denise is a fantastic teacher. She could quickly identify my strengths and weaknesses...what I needed to work on immediately, and also my learning style. In the first session she helped me identify my range and gave me confidence that I could improve the quality of my voice. I am really looking forward to more classes with Denise to see how my voice evolves.

Posted Oct 4, 2017
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After only one lesson I already know she is the perfect teacher for me. She has so much talent and so great with people but above all she knows what she is doing and she is fantastic. I am excited for more.

Posted Sep 16, 2017
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Very excited to work with Denise. She is spot on with her comments, and tries to find ways to express what she thinks needs improvement, encouraging, motivating and honest. Looking forward to next week!

Posted Sep 6, 2017
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Very very good teacher and great lesson. Just perfect in every way!

Posted Sep 2, 2017
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We are really enjoying the lessons!!

Posted Aug 10, 2017
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Posted Jul 1, 2017
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Denise inspired me to expand on my tone and range to depths that I never had the courage to explore. She is truly a remarkable songstress and music teacher. If you are searching for an instructor who knows how to teach music, Look No Further..............Denise is the Truth

Posted May 16, 2017
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My 12 year old daughter can't say enough about how much she enjoys her lessons with Denise.

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She's awesome! If you are looking for a teacher that has a great experience, that is going to say you the truth and really care about your learning.. She is the right one.

Posted Dec 17, 2016
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She was great! Very helpful, and look forward to working with her more!

Posted Oct 24, 2016
Yan H.
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i liked it

Posted Oct 21, 2016
Andrea H.
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My daughter enjoyed her first lesson.

Posted Oct 7, 2016
Andrea S.
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Incredible lessons! Always excited to go. Very personalized.

Posted Oct 6, 2016
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Really great teacher !!

Posted Sep 16, 2016
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Very helpful and honest! Willing to help with any question.

Posted Aug 13, 2016
Mary T
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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 (:

Posted Jul 13, 2016
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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.

Posted Jul 13, 2016
Jared J.
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Perfect for what was needed and was accomodating. Would use her again when back in town.

Posted Jul 11, 2016
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Excellent teacher, strict but good.
Went from nothing to memorizing a whole piece

Posted Jun 30, 2016
Monica R.
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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.

Posted May 29, 2016
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Teacher was very personable, cheerful, and informative. She established a positive atmosphere on the first lesson and made the student feel at ease.

Posted Apr 26, 2016
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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.

Posted Mar 28, 2016
Zach S.
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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.

Posted Feb 11, 2016
Malik G.
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Denise is awesome!

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Robin W.
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Great experience!! Learned the Bass Clef in a new and meaningful way today! Thanks Denise B.

Posted Jan 9, 2016
Casey P.
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My husband, our 7 years old granddaughter and I take lessons with Denise! We could not be much happier with Denise. She tailors our lessons based on our skill level and at the same time pushes us to achieve more and more at every lesson! We have all improved so much and we are feeling more confident when singing! I can't wait to perform our duet at a family wedding which my husband and I have working on! Thanks Denise! We are singers!!!

Posted Jan 5, 2016
Blakley D.
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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!


Posted Nov 13, 2015
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She is intelligent, obviously educated in the subject, puts people at ease, and gives wonderful instruction.

Posted Oct 20, 2015
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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.

Posted Oct 19, 2015
Jordan E.
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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.

Posted Sep 13, 2015
Alisha G.
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Denise is very... Comfortable. I can relax and understand her and caught what she said and meant without an issue.

Posted Sep 8, 2015
Ramon R.
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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!

Posted Sep 4, 2015
Michael Earls
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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.

Posted Sep 4, 2015
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works very well with my 7yr old. She has gotten her to finally access her low scales.

Posted Sep 1, 2015
Danny S.
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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.

Posted Aug 24, 2015
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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.

Posted Aug 21, 2015
Erin K.
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Denise was amazing. I felt comfortable so much faster than anticipated and we jumped right in. I highly recommend her to a person who wants to sing, at any age.

Posted Aug 20, 2015
Eileen R.
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Better than what I expected. My first time to take an online singing lesson and it was just like being in the same room with her. Denise is awesome! She made me very comfortable and I can tell she knows her subject very well! Looking forward to taking my passion for singing to the next level with Denise's guidance! Thanks!

Posted Aug 19, 2015
James J.
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Denise did great making me feel comfortable with my voice, not judge my mistakes and helping me with my key to understand music.

Posted Aug 15, 2015
Jared A.
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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.

Posted Jul 30, 2015
Kamara L.
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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.

Posted Jul 29, 2015
Brad J.
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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.

Posted Jul 29, 2015
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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.

Posted Jul 29, 2015
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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.

Posted Jul 21, 2015
Andrew Y.
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She is a great instructer and she dosent get fusterated at all. I would highly recommend her!

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Moothi F.
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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 ♥

Posted Jul 7, 2015
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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.

Posted Jul 5, 2015
Daniel H.
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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.

Posted Jun 24, 2015
Miranda B.
Profile-location-online Online

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.

Posted Jun 12, 2015
Isabella E.
Profile-location-online Online

First lesson was great, my daughter was comfortable with her quickly and very motivated to improve. Can't wait to do more!

Posted Jun 11, 2015
Kristen B.
Profile-location-online Online

Denise makes sure to make the best of the time you have with her, even if it's only 30 minutes, she makes sure to cover as much material as possible. She's very personable and works great with my 7 year old son. She's very good at talking to him at his level and learn what he likes to incorporate it into the lessons. Great teacher!

Posted May 27, 2015
Tammy C.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Denise quickly nailed problems with my technique and did an excellent job teaching me how to improve my technique. She was honest about both the good and bad points about my singing which I really appreciated. Getting a compliment from Denise feels awesome because you know she really knows her art (singing). She was the first vocal coach ever to label my style of singing, which I didn't know. Every minute of my lesson was useful and productive. I highly recommend Denise, no matter what level you are at.

Posted Mar 30, 2015
Aaron J.
Profile-location-online Online

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!

Posted Mar 19, 2015
Danny S.
Profile-location-online Online

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.

Posted Feb 25, 2015
Ivana S.
Profile-location-online Online

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.

Posted Feb 15, 2015
Areesa H.
Profile-location-online Online

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.

Posted Feb 12, 2015
Victoria G.
Profile-location-online Online

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.

Posted Jan 12, 2015
Victoria G.
Profile-location-online Online

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.

Posted Nov 2, 2014
shanice B.
Profile-location-online Online

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!

Posted Oct 31, 2014
Doug N.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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.

Posted Oct 29, 2014
Marianne C.
Profile-location-online Online

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!)

Posted Sep 30, 2014
Lydia N.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Denise is a wonderful and caring instructor. She is passionate about music and goes above and beyond to ensure that her students succeed.

Posted Sep 14, 2014
Sridevi G.
Profile-location-online Online

She is a really great instructor, and is very patient with her students

Posted Sep 6, 2014
Guy B

Piano and Voice

My Grand daughter has been taking lessons with Denise since June. Linda's progress on voice is phenomenal and the piano lessons progress steadily.

Posted May 14, 2014
john P.

excellent and helpful and patient

I had my first lesson with her last thursday and I have to say that it was fun and exciting she is kind nice and a great teacher she made me see that I can do it if I tell myself I can and stopbtelling myself I cant it was a joy working with her and I know for a fact I will keep working with her because she will help me get better at what I love to do im looking forward to my next lesson with her!

Posted Feb 22, 2014
Kristopher R.


She's absolutely amazing I couldn't ask for a better teacher she communicates in such a strong way with her student that it's unbelievable I will continue to keep using her as my vocal coach no matter where I end up in my music career.

Posted Feb 19, 2014
Dave D.


Denise is not only a joy to be around but a true talent as a teacher, a singer, and a great friend to have. If I had the time I would take twice the lessons with Denise that I take now. Since we have been working together my voice is like a whole new instrument, I can't wait to see how she will help me progress further as we move into the future.

Posted Feb 12, 2014
Ann S.

Wonderful Teacher

Denise not only has a beautiful voice, but a passion for teaching. She challenges my daughter to do her best, and improve every week. She has high standards, but knows how to encourage instead of discourage her students. We strongly recommend Denise if you are serious about learning how to sing!

Posted Dec 23, 2013
Alessandra J.

Excellent and Patient Teacher

Denise is an excellent teacher. She is tremendously patient and wonderful to work with.

Posted Dec 3, 2013
debra W.

Great Product

Denise is my first professional voice teacher that I have ever had. She has instilled in me the confidence to allow myself to learn and grow. I have been taking lessons for almost two years, and I have grown tremendously. I would and have recommended her to others for those who want a professional who is passionate about music.

Posted Nov 17, 2013
morgan R.

Great Teacher

Denise is a wonderful teacher who loves and respects the work. She will push you to gain a higher understanding of your voice but does so in an encouraging manner. She even organizes recitals so her students can experience singing in front of audiences. She's world class trained with a great sense of humor and goes above and beyond what's expected from a teacher. Enjoy!

Posted Nov 17, 2013
Ramona V.

Awesome Personality, and skills

Awesome Teacher that's all i can say, i'm sticking with her

Posted Nov 17, 2013
Thomas F.

Pure Passion

Denise has been an inspiration to me. I have only been taking lessons for four months and I already feel more confident in my ability to actually sing than I ever have. She is not an "easy" teacher. If you just want to take lessons but not really work at being your best I recommend finding someone else. She has challenged me to become better every week. Her passion for singing is a beautiful thing and it brings out the best in everyone it touches.

Posted Nov 17, 2013
martha L.

Excellent service

Denise is a wonderful teacher. She is kind and very patient We are so please with the confidence our child has now so many things but most of all, the ability to take a risk. What a gift, it is because Denise has given her so much attention and made her feel very safe to sing alone.

Posted Nov 15, 2013
Brianna E.

Excellent Instructor

Is very knowledgeable about singing and correct techniques for the skill. She works with you and is very patient. LOVE THIS WOMAN!!!!!

Posted Oct 30, 2013
Joy W.

Excellent voice teacher, very patient

She is an excellent teacher. Sometimes I don't get the lessons but she's very patient and understanding. She'll do everything to help you improve and gain the skills. I will recommend her to my friends and family.

Posted Jun 24, 2013
Reid E.

Great teacher, great friend

She is a wonderful and alluring person with a beautiful voice. Incredible honesty and talent. I trust my voice in her hands. I feel very lucky to have found her.

Posted Jun 22, 2013
George L.

Honest, Funny, Passionate about music, Has Intergrity

At my age I thought I would never be able to have the voice I wanted. Denise has made learning to sing fun and exciting. With her help I now have a voice people would be willing to pay to hear. I even like hearing my own voice. She is tough when I need her to be and she won't let me settle for less than my best. She listens to my concerns and works with me to achieve my goals. She goes above and beyond as a teacher by researching and sharing new techniques to help overcome vocal issues. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is serious about music. Her passion for music is inspiring and contagious.

Posted Apr 21, 2013
Ramona V.

Great teacher!

Denise focuses on the needs of my daughter Raquel, and encourages her to do and be better every time. She is sincere in telling her what she needs to improve. She fines ways and uses techniques for the age range of my daughter where my daughter understands her. She is dedicated to what she does and shows interest in my daughters future.

Posted Feb 17, 2013
Brianna E.

A great program

I love my vocal lessons. I don't have any complaints. Everything is exactly what I expected. My vocal coach is serious about her work while still making the lessons fun and enjoyable.

Posted Jan 31, 2013

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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



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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