Martha Lavender Music

Martha Lavender Music

5.0
7 employees
12 years in business

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Martha Lavender Music offers outstanding instruction in voice and vocal coaching for performance and audition preparation.  Martha’s educated and experienced team of  Teaching Associates offer instruction in piano, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet and acting.

Hear what Martha has to say about teaching and learn about her background:

Teaching is my passion and joy.

For over thirty years, I have taught private voice lessons; coached singers, directed choirs, musical theatre and opera productions; worked as a high school music teacher and church music director; and written and arranged for various performance groups.  In the classroom, rehearsal hall, and private studio, I connect with my students and facilitate their understanding of singing and love of music.  It is my utmost goal to help each and every singer reach their full potential while enjoying the process of learning and growing as a performer.

My vocal instruction is based in the Italian bel canto tradition, which emphasizes purity and evenness of tone across all registers, and vocal agility. It is my highest priority to instill in all my students a healthy foundation and a solid understanding of proper singing that can lead to success in any style a student wishes to sing.

I teach students age 8 to adult from all around New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area. Many of my students are interested in pursuing musical theatre performance opportunities. Some work on classical and serious art repertoire. Many enjoy contemporary pop/rock music. Others are recreational singers who are looking to just become more comfortable with the act of singing and want to “find” their voice. My style of teaching can reach the student who is just beginning as well as those who have had years of experience and are far along in their vocal studies. Lessons are taught in my home studio in Cherry Hill, New Jersey where I use a computer system based around Apple Logic Pro software and other state-of-the-art technology to assist in my teaching.

I received my Master of Music Education from the University of Florida and my Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California. I am a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singers (NATS).

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Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Every private voice lesson is catered to the ability level, goals, interests, and needs of the individual student. Though a broad-based curriculum is used and the instructor’s principles are ever present during the teaching process, each student’s individual level of vocal maturity and development is taken into consideration during their particular course of study.  Instruction is based in the Italian bel canto tradition, which emphasizes purity and evenness of tone across all registers, and vocal agility.

​Every lesson begins with vocalise, the art of warm-up and technique-building using vowel and consonant sounds. Attention is given to vocal placement, core strength, breath support, vowel production, diction, and vocal line. Classical literature, folk songs, and art songs may be utilized to reinforce the student’s technique and artistry. Popular repertoire and contemporary works may be studied, as well. Appropriate song selection will be made primarily by the instructor (but input and suggestions from the student are always encouraged and welcomed), to meet a student’s needs and goals.

Martha is always available for coaching of a student’s work on current productions in theater, choir, or other performance projects.  Students are highly encouraged to practice on their own outside of lesson time. Practice is vital for a student’s progress and understanding of his or her own individual vocal development.

​Lessons are taught in Martha’s home studio, where students have access to her personal collection of books and scores for reference and perusal as well as thousands of digital scores and music sheets. Martha uses a studio based around Apple Studio Logic software and other state-of-art equipment to assist in her teaching.  She has audio and video recording at technology at her disposal to use in lessons and/or special projects.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I received my Master of Music Education from the University of Florida and my Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California. I am a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singers (NATS).


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

2018 Rates:
30 Minutes Lessons – $35.00
45 Minute Lessons – $50.00
60 Minute Lessons – $65.00