Meet Our Faculty

Sharon Broadley-Martin

Teaching Philosophy

Sharon has had the good fortune of working with a wide variety of students from different countries, cultures, and age groups. She sees music (and humor) as a unifying language. Sharon has directed professional recording artists, All-State choirs, and college ensembles; and has prepared high school and middle school singers for District and college auditions. She enjoys working with an older population as well, helping them to maintain healthy technique and explore stylistic range whether singing in church choir, barbershop quartet, or singing favorite jazz standards. Sharon loves to see “the lightbulb over a student’s head” when they unlock the key to a new style, technique or tool that helps to broaden their communication though music. Along with implementing healthy technique, establishing regular practice, and gaining a practical knowledge of theory, Sharon firmly believes in having fun! She has been known to juggle in the classroom, challenge students to note-sustaining contests and sing in very strange voices just to get a point across! Her favorite part of teaching is empowering students with the right tools, stepping back and watching students craft their own success.

Education

Coursework at Berklee and New England Conservatory. Voice studies with Susan Clickner (NEC); arranging with Blood, Sweat & Tears saxophonist, Freddie Lipsius; and Bill St. Laurent, pianist with the Bo Winiker Orchestra.

Biography

Sharon Broadley-Martin has performed around the globe at prestigious festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Fes; George Wein’s Newport Jazz Festival (Japan), and The Sea Jazz Fest (Finland). As a studio singer, she has worked on several projects with Emmy-winning producer and writer Brad Hatfield. Sharon has recorded four CDs with Nippon/Columbia Records and two vinyl records with Pausa Records as composer, arranger, and vocalist for the The Ritz. She also has 30 arrangements published through UNC Jazz Press. In 2005, Sharon crafted the Contemporary Vocal Arranging course for Berklee Online, which reaches students in all corners of the globe. She also directed the Berklee Jazz Choir, Boston College’s B.C. Bop, and numerous All-State and college ensembles around the country. Sharon’s former students can be found producing American Idol, writing for The Tonight Show, performing with Disney, and singing with the Manhattan Transfer. Sharon is currently an Associate Professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production Department at Berklee College of Music where she has taught Vocal Writing since 2002.

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