Detrece Lavender

Detrece L.

Baltimore, MD

Lesson Details



Detrece delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1999

DeTrece "Dee" Lavender is a native of Miami, Florida. When her family moved to Sarasota, she was afforded the opportunity to study music and the performing arts as a student of the Westcoast School/Henry L. Porter School of Music. It was then that Dee began to understand the power of the creative arts as an effective form of emotional expression and release. By middle school, DeTrece began fine tuning her natural talents by studying classical voice which earned her several starring roles in the Sarasota Youth Opera, The Aslo Theater and the Players Theater. She is also a proud former member of the Westcoast Black Theater Troop in Sarasota, FL. Under the caring leadership of these opportunities, she was able to combine musical and life experiences in order to offer a more well rounded educational and musical experience for her students.

She was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she received a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy and Vocal Performance (Class of 2003). It was through her service as a music therapist, Millieu (residential) counselor and music teacher in the Boston City Public Schools/Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, that she began to feel the call toward a greater understanding of the gravity and role of the socio-emotional needs of students (and their families/villages) in urban settings. This call brought her to Baltimore, MD where she enrolled in the Pastoral Counseling Masters of Science program at Loyola University. In addition to her studies, she currently teaches Elementary and Middle School choir/ Musicianship teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids Program. She also serves as Minister Of Music and Arts at two local churches.

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Teaching Artist/Choir Conductor
Sep 2015 - Present
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids

Music Teacher/Choir Director
Sep 2012 - Jun 2015
Baltimore City Public Schools

Music Teacher
Jan 2001 - Nov 2012

Music Teacher
Aug 2003 - Jun 2010
Boston City Public Schools


Intercultural Counseling
Sep 2010 - Present
Loyola University Maryland
Early Education Childhood
Jan 2005 - Aug 2005
State College of Florida
Vocal Performance and Music Therapy Dual Bachelor
Sep 1998 - May 2003
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Deans List
May 2003
Berklee College of Music
Norm Nathan Endowment
May 2002
Berklee college of Music
World Tour Scholarship
Jan 2002
Berklee College of Music


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Dec 2017

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.

Photos & Videos

A quick selfie b4 my elementary choir practice.

Photo by Detrece L.

Spring Arts Festival at Young Achievers Elementary School in Jamaica Plain, MA

Singing "O Holy Night" at a Holiday Concert

Photo by Detrece L.

Photo by Detrece L.


10 Reviews

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Kenjah Sep 3, 2019
Singing · In studio

I had such an amazing experience training with Detrece! She always has such sweet positive energy. I was so happy that with me being more of an advanced singer she was able to teach me about my voice and tips that I never knew! I only had 5 lessons and still had a vocal breakthrough where she helped me realize my range is wider than I thought. She gave me more confidence and is always seeking to share opportunities with me. I’m so grateful to her!!

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Nidhi E. Nov 14, 2017
Singing · Online

she is amazing

Mawulom N. Oct 18, 2017
Improv Acting · In studio

D is skilled at opening you up. From the warm welcome, opening exercise to her easy-going nature and intentional way of being. She's intuitive and an expert in her craft.

Shaunise G. Mar 21, 2016
Singing · In home

Detrece was patient very much into her work and very knowledgeable about singing i will continue to finish my lesson with and recommend her HIGHLY.
Lavelle Garcia

Nefertiri S. Feb 26, 2016
Microsoft Office · In home

She is such a very pleasant person to work with, patient ,kind ,very knowledgeable of the computer,she showed me a lot in one day.I am looking forward to the next class .Thank you

Beverly B. Feb 3, 2016
Gospel Singing · In home

Detrece was amazing. She is extremely talented and very good at instructing. Her pleasant personality make your nervousness disappear in minutes. I recommend her to anyone, especially beginners who lack confidence.

Domonique M. Dec 29, 2015
Gospel Singing · Online

Detrece is a great teacher. I really enjoyed the lesson!

Mary Paige M. Sep 8, 2015
Singing · In home

Miss Dee, as my daughter calls her, is fantastic. Her style is low key and fun and she is so very talented. Perfect fit for my daughter.

Nichelle M. Jul 19, 2015
Gospel Singing · In studio

DeTrece is the epitome of "pro." She is a well rounded, zealous, passionate, and stellar musician.

Kris F. Feb 22, 2015
Guitar · In home

Really good teacher. Love her energy.

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