Student Showcases

​​Three or four times a year, students have an opportunity to share their voices with friends and family at Student Showcases. The atmosphere is casual and very supportive.   More than just an open-mic, Students Showcases are intended to be a culminating experience that celebrate a student's progress and demonstrates the hard work and growth they have achieved in their study.  Making music in a live setting such as this is an option (not a requirement) that many students choose to take advantage of and really enjoy.  Here is a sample Highlight Reel of a recent Student Showcase.  Click on the links below to see other highlights.  

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.

      

Martha Lavender, M.M.E.

Private Voice Instructor • Vocal Coach • Music Educator

To some of my current and former voice students...

…to Alexa M. for a successful run of Hairspray and for her first leading stage role in college.
...to Alexa V. for making it into her school's honor choir and being cast in the school fall musical.
...to Aliza for being cast in a leading roles in her school theatre program, for making it into the South Jersey Honor Choir and the advanced women's and honors a cappella choirs, and for being a part of the Broadway Dreams Foundation Summer Intensive '15.
…to Alyssa for successful runs with productions of ThirteenMame, and Legally Blond.
…to Andrea and her band, One Hot Mess, for their successful creation and implementation of a regular open mic for South Jersey singers.
...to Angella for recently being appointed Head Of Music Ministry at her church.
...to Annie for being cast in her school musical theatre production.
…to Ben for the release of his third album, Hay Fever.

...to Brandon for being cast in the leading role in both Cinderella and High school Musical.
…to Brooke for being cast in the Broadway Workshop Main Stage production of Carrie: The Musical.
 ...to Cassidy for her many pageant titles, the most recent of which is 2015 Miss Stars and Stripes Outstanding Teen, for being a semi finalist in the National Constitution Oratorical contest, and for being cast in the leading role in a community theatre production of Cinderella

...to Cate for leading roles in her school's theatre program and for making it into her school's honor a cappella choir.

...to Dakota for being cast in featured roles in her school's musical theatre productions.
...to Emiko for being admitted to Berklee College of Music.
…to Francesca for a successful collegiate career as a Theatre Major at University of the Arts.
…to Haley for her great work as a featured character in a production of The Sound Of Music.
…to Hannah for being admitted to and cast in a leading role in the Kimmel Center Arts Education Showstoppers program, for her first place finish in her school's vocal competition, and for being cast in the leading role of both Cinderella and High School Musical.

...to Jared C. for being admitted into the South Jersey Honor Choir and for being cast in a leading role in Beauty and the Beast.
...to Jenna M. for receiving her school's Vocalist Of The Year award

....to Jenna C. for making it into the NJ All-State Honor Choir.
…to Jenna S. for making it to the finals of The X Factor.
…to Joey for the completion of his second original musical, This Thing Called Love, and the release of his most recent album Young Kind Of Love.
…to Johnny and Bruce of The Weekend Riot for the release of their debut EP; a 2015 spring United States tour, and a summer 2015 UK tour; headlining the 2016 Launch Music Conference and Festival; and signing with United Talent and LH7 Management. 
...to Kate A. for the completion of her graduate program at Westminster Choir College and opening her own voice studio in California.

...to Kate R. for making it into a regional professional choir.
...to Kaylee for being cast in multiple leading roles in her school's theatre department, for making it into her school's most advanced a cappella group, for making it into South Jersey Choral Directors' Asso. Honor Choir, and for being admitted to the Rutgers University Summer Theatre Intensive '15.
...to Maureen and Gina for their outstanding work in lead roles in Legally Blond.
…to Maya for a successful run in Willy Wonka

...to Megan for her second place finish in Hammonton's Got Talent and being cast in leading roles in her school's musical theatre productions.
...to Mia for a successful run as the lead in her summer study musical theatre program and for being awarded a musical scholarship at her high school.
…to Meghan for leads in every one of her high school musical theatre productions.

...to Meghna for making into her school's advanced choir and the South Jersey Honor Choir, and  for being cast in a community production of South Pacific and her school's theatre productions.
...to Melanie for admission (with scholarship) to University of the Arts Musical Theatre Program
…to Michael for a great year singing with his school's Concert Choir.

...to Niahm for a a successful run of ​Shrek The Musical.
…to Rachel for a successful run in the leading role of Mulan.
...to Rebecca and Laura for their great work in a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
…to Sam and his band, Founders, for finishing up recording their second EP and for being signed to Crybaby Records.
...to Sarah for her successful collegiate career at William Paterson University (popular music/songwriting major) and for recording her latest single, Walk The Mile.
…to Tali for being cast in a leading role in her school's theatre production and working as Music Director for this year's musical production.
...to Tyler G. for a great year singing with his school's Madrigals and for his recent admission into Temple University's Music Department as a Vocal Performance major.
…to Tyler R. for recent successful runs as leading characters in professional touring productions of Toy Story,  High School Musical, and Miss Saigon and his current work as a main stage performer for the Disney Corporation.
...to Zack for a successful run of The Music Man and leading roles in his school's productions.

Congratulations!

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.

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