IS YOUR CHILD READY TO DISCOVER THEIR TRUE VOICE, PLAY ANY SONG THEY HEAR ON PIANO, GUITAR, OR ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS, WRITE THEIR OWN MUSIC, STEP INTO THE BEST VERSION OF THEMSELVES, AND SING THEIR HEART OUT?
This work is so much more than you just learning how to play an instrument and write music.
DOES YOUR CHILD WANT TO...
Learn to sing or play piano, guitar, loop pedals, or electronic instruments?
Record and perform their own songs?
Be supported as they open yourself up and express their true, authentic self?
START singing and playing in a fun, nurturing, supportive, and knowledgeable environment?
For 11 years, I've been passionate about guiding kids ages 3-16 towards learning how to sing, play piano and guitar, write songs, learn how to record electronic music, perform in public, and audition for music programs and conservatories.
My mission in teaching is to nurture my students so that they develop work ethic and a lifelong love for music. Learning to sing or play an instrument is an opportunity to enhance and expand other life skills: communication, patience, confidence, and joy.
I emphasize building a strong music foundation first. This means, I first make sure students can master note-reading and rhythmic accuracy before I spend much time on advanced technique or sophisticated artistry of playing an instrument. A solid foundation for basic music literacy, an aural skill to appreciate different qualities of sound, and making music with feelings and meanings while maintaining personal wellness, are my ultimate musical goals for my students.
My job as a teacher is to prepare the student for playing and practicing success at home. We do simple exercises in a logical, step by step manner that prepare them to play repertoire successfully. This helps the student stay motivated and progress more quickly. Older students that have a secure foundation in reading can focus their efforts in fine tuning, rather than spending most of their time trying to figure out the notes and rhythms.
I instill in young students a sense of ownership for their practice. While parents need to sit with very young students and help them practice, older children are trained to develop the independence to practice and complete their assignment on their own so that they are completely accountable to me. Parents are welcome and encouraged to sit with their child to help with the details of the practice assignment if they can create a positive experience for both themselves and the child. However, it is not required.
I teach my students self-monitoring skills by guiding them to become more mindful, self-aware, and conscientious during the course of their learning. Having the ability to self-correct and to be fully aware of what is learned and experienced, will only ensure a successful, independent learner. I seek to patiently help each student at their own pace. Kindness and respect are the basis for our relationship, and my students find their journey in learning to play an instrument and sing engaging, fulfilling, and fun.
Your child, too, can live a life inspired by music! Here's how...
YOU START BY SHOWING UP.
Hi! I'm Mary Alouette.
Throughout my 25 years of professional experience, I've performed at the Apollo Theater's National Tour, The Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, The Kennedy Center Opera House and Millennium Stage, Blues Alley, the Music Center at Strathmore, the National Anthem for the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals baseball teams and DC United soccer team dozens of times, had a lead role on the Wii video game Boogie Superstar, worked with Maestro Placido Domingo, sang with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, performed in countless professional musical theater productions, and worked as an audio engineer in a New York City music studio that produces platinum artists. I've studied and performed opera in the U.S.A., Canada, Austria, and Italy. I've won songwriting awards, artist residencies, and music grants. I've taught songwriting workshops to adults, kids, and senior citizens; they've ranged from first-time songwriters to experienced professionals. One of my favorite memories was staying in a Gypsy caravan in France and studying and performing Gypsy jazz with some of the world's finest. I've released four albums of my original music and featured on others' recordings.
I've taken unforgettable risks, and they've always paid off. I chased an opportunity one summer to work on a vineyard and live in the historic Château de Paraza in the south of France. I followed my dream of being a singer in New York City and moved there, only knowing one person. I persevered after seven missed interviews and landed the audio internship of my dreams, where I got to produce other artists during the day while studying audio engineering by night. In that internship, I also got to sit in on sessions with platinum artists who are now Billboard chart-toppers. I stayed in a French Gypsy caravan at Samois sur Seine and sang and played Gypsy jazz music with the greats from sun-up to sun-up at the caravan and in Paris. I created a month-long artist retreat in Havana, Cuba to study & compose music, paint, write, and record my fifth album. I also participated in the Transmute Retreat, an electronic music performance retreat at the renowned Atlantic Center for the Arts.
In my 11 years of teaching experience, I've studied and taught both classical bel canto technique and non-classical speech-singing technique, jazz piano and guitar, classical piano, and electronic music production with Ableton and Logic. My specialty is to work with musicians in non-classical styles including pop, electronic, indie, rock, R&B, soul, jazz, musical theater, and folk.
I strive to instill the elements I consider to be the foundation of any great vocal technique. These include a strong and consistent breath support system, an understanding of appropriate relaxations, including the kinesthetic awareness of an open and unstrained throat and the ability to identify optimum sensations of resonance and tonal placement.
In my experience as a teacher there is one congruent philosophy: each student is an individual and requires a unique application of these techniques. One of the gifts I bring to teaching is my ability to communicate the ideas of singing technique to my students. I have worked diligently to become a professional singer and vocal pedagogue. I understand the development of the voice with regards to technique and musicality. Furthermore, I continue to take every opportunity to research and further my education through master teachers.
I studied piano as a young child and learned to play pop songs and the music of classical masters: Chopin, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, etc. My greatest passion is writing and performing my own original songs on piano. I continued my studies in piano and digital composition at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Most recently, I studied piano intensively in Cuba with one of Havana's leading pianists, Odalys Villavicencio Valls.
Although I taught myself guitar initially, I developed my skills on the job in New York City's jazz and pop scene. I've also studied privately with master guitarists who win Grammys and perform live at the Oscars and at Carnegie Hall. I've participated in guitar workshops and retreats and I've studied with guitar masters while staying in a Gypsy caravan at a major world festival for jazz guitar, the Festival of Django Reinhardt in France.
SONGWRITING & MUSIC PRODUCTION
As a digital composition student at McGill University and an audio engineer apprentice at Ishlab Studio in New York City, I learned how to operate digital audio workstations (Logic, Ableton, Pro Tools, Reason, and Reaper) and how to record and produce music. I've also participated in and performed at the Transmute Retreat, an electronic music production and performance retreat at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
I've won the Grand Prize with the Washington Area Musical Association (WAMA) PASS Songwriting Competition, Best New Artist (WAMA), and Best Debut Album (WAMA), as well as a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition. I've since taught songwriting workshops online and in-person with the Brooklyn Arts Council, Washington Performing Arts, Strathmore Artist-in-Residence program, Kid Pan Alley, and the Bethesda Writer's Center.
LIFE COACHING AND ARTIST MENTORSHIP
As a performing and teaching artist, I feel it is my responsibility to guide students in building their confidence as musicians and artists, whether onstage, in the studio, or at home. I've studied life coaching with Gina Devee of Divine Living and Emily Williams of I Heart My Life, and have worked closely with my mentor Kirk Imamura, former President of Avatar Studios. In our life coaching sessions, we use proven strategies to identify limiting beliefs, clarify goals, overcome fears and creative blocks, and step into a growth- and passion-filled life.
PLAY MORE, CREATE MORE, LIVE MORE
You can bring music to the next level in your life, whether as a professional, hobbyist, or someone just starting out. I want you to have the confidence, passion, and joy I've gained. You only get to live once. Stay true to yourself and realize your musical potential. You can accomplish so much in a very short time!
THAT'S WHERE I COME IN!
I love music and teaching others – the human voice, creating songs and playing instruments, and the entire artistic process. I can help you get to where you want to be. You don't have to stay hesitant, lost, overwhelmed, or stuck any longer.
SET YOUR LIFE TO MUSIC COACHING TOPICS
Your one-on-one experience will be unique and personalized, but these are some of the topics we may cover.
Develop your voice with breathing fundamentals, posture, tone production, articulation, and delivery
Increase your range, stamina, and overall vocal facility
Find your unique style, express yourself, connect with and emotionally move your audience
Anchor in a solid speech singing and/or bel canto vocal technique that you can rely upon
Sing pop, R&B, soul, jazz, musical theater, and opera repertoire
Learn to sing in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, and other languages
Build your confidence for public speaking
Establish and develop critical elements of your piano technique, including controlling the arm, strengthening finger independence, and mastering muscle tension and its release
Get a firm grasp on music theory
Read and write music, anywhere from piano sheet music to orchestral scores
Train your ears and your sight-reading so that you "hear" with your eyes and "see" with your ears
Play pop, jazz, and classical repertoire of our choosing
Learn common chord voicings, inversions, and techniques
Master rhythmic strumming and muting techniques; choppy, percussive single-note lines; how to use fills in your riffs; tips for applying dynamics and even some blues-based 12-bar ideas
Stylize your solos by learning the CAGED chord shapes for major, minor, diminished, major 7th, minor 7th, dominant 7th & minor 7 flat 5 arpeggios, allowing you to solo freely all over the neck
Create and draw upon your personal library of guitar licks
Learn groove-based vamping ideas and develop other crucial skills, such as leaving space and locking in with your bass player and drummer
Write memorable melodies and hooks
Arrange, exercise lyrical ideas, and organize and plan ideas
Learn the structures behind the hits
Creative effective song arrangements that connect, contrast, and flow together in a unified whole
Use song structures to enhance the emotional intent of your lyrics
Generate emotionally expressive rhythmic ideas for your lyrics
Discover your unique sound and writing style
Write even when you're not inspired
Learn how to collaborate with other musicians in rehearsals and onstage
Have fun and feel supported in preparing for performances, auditions, and competitions
Implement a growth-based mindset that will carry into other areas of life
Learn how to set goals - and experience the thrill of achieving them
Build healthy habits and structured practice methods to ensure progress
Build a strong foundation in electronic music instruments, including midi controllers, vocal effects instruments, and software programs including Ableton Live and Logic
Learn foundational recording and mixing techniques, including EQ, compression, delay, panning, level balancing, reverb and special effects
After working with hundreds of clients around the world, I know that this is about so much more than music. This work will change your life.
MEET MY INCREDIBLE CLIENTS, WHO...
have won the Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater: Making a Star
are professional songwriters signed with Sony BMG Entertainment
have garnered 70K plays on Soundcloud in two days after a release
were accepted into the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College
have written original musical theater and opera works
have written and performed music for their weddings - after taking a fifteen-year break from music and without having had prior voice lessons
have gained confidence through undertaking musical study, transformed their careers, and traveled internationally for months
have been offered their dream jobs that pay more and allow for more flexibility
have started with ZERO music experience and are now preparing to sing in New York City jazz clubs
"I have worked with many very good teachers in my life but no one so versatile and highly competent as Mary. Mary started working with Rowan and Ava December 2017 and since then their musicality, performance skills, self-confidence and self-discipline have grown steadily. Under Mary's mentorship, the kids now perform on a regular basis (singing and playing multiple instruments) and have even written a few original songs. And the kids absolutely love working with Mary! She is consistently upbeat and positive, and she works with them to set the lesson goals. At the same time, she keeps them on task and hold them accountable for their progress.
Mary is a true artist: she approaches music holistically. We cover the basics (reading music/rhythm, scales), focus on playing (piano, guitar, ukulele) and singing techniques, work on performance skills and when inspiration strikes, work on original songs. She is a true professional, completely reliable and gives 110% at every lesson. We are incredibly grateful to have found her, and we strongly recommend Mary to anyone who wants to grow as an artist and performer." - Lee A.
“Mary is a fantastic and very dedicated teacher. I would recommend her to anyone who is starting out on piano and is interested in ensuring that they have an experienced yet creative teacher. Not only has Mary given my daughter a strong foundation in fundamentals and theory, but she has also fueled her passion for listening to and performing music. My daughter is starting to write and perform her own music and because Mary is an artist herself, she continues to inspire her to explore her creativity. It's been very empowering for my daughter since she can now express herself and find an outlet via the piano." - Katty J.
"My daughter Alma and I have been taking lessons with Mary for almost a year now. Mary teaches in a way that is super fun and builds tons of confidence! Mary is a great listener and is always very flexible and thoughtful with her lessons. Thank you Mary!" - Leo K.
""Mary's seriousness about music sets the tone, but the rhythm of her lessons is bright and encouraging, just right for my seven-year-old daughter. She is an inspiring and gifted teacher." - Thomas T.
“Mary has been teaching my daughter, Bronsyn for the past year. Bronsyn is currently six and a half years old and she always looks forward to Mary’s arrival for her piano lessons each week. Mary is punctual for the lessons; and she is easy to communicate with if rescheduling, if necessary. Mary makes the lessons interesting and fun for Bronsyn. She engages her on an appropriate level for her age and beginning musical ability. She often includes Bronsyn’s dolls as an audience for a pretend music recital, while they are playing! Mary teaches Bronsyn using a few different books, to encourage her to read the music and understand what she is learning to play on piano. She uses the metronome to keep Bronsyn in rhythmic time, as well. Bronsyn is learning to sight-read and play a variety of songs that she enjoys. I would highly recommend Mary as a teacher.” - Wendee B.
HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLE TEACHING SESSIONS THAT DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'LL EXPERIENCE
THE SET YOUR LIFE TO MUSIC PROGRAM INCLUDES
A complimentary 30 minute call to ensure that I'm the teacher for your child!
Sixteen 45-minute private sessions over the course of 3 months so that your child have time to go deep and implement the training
Recordings of all our sessions so that you can review the exercises and the teachings forever
My welcome pack created to help you gain clarity on what your child wants to accomplish
Custom assignments to keep your child on track between sessions so that you never have to wonder what to work on or where to start
Access to workbooks, reading lists, resources and tools that I've used in my own musical development
And so much more!
NOW IS YOUR MOMENT!
OR - I KNOW WHAT I WANT!
Come study with me in New York City at my studio in midtown Manhattan or in your New York City home or office. Sessions are also available worldwide via Skype.
Click the "book your free consultation" button now and see if this is the right fit for you!
I'M READY TO START!
If you answered, "yes," "yes," and "yes" again, and if you're feeling more excited with each moment that passes, then click the "book your complimentary call" button to get started right away.
From the outside, it may look like I've been one of the "lucky" ones. The truth is that I've been told NO over and over and over again. I've faced rejection countless times. I simply decided to take a leap of faith and go after what I desired. I've found that things always have a way of working out and what's on the other side is exponentially more powerful and rewarding.
Once you shift through that fear and self-doubt and implement a proven approach to confidently show up for yourself by committing to the lessons you've been wanting to take for so long, your work and life will become fun and inspiring, and you'll finally be able to enjoy the freedom, passion, and creativity that you've always dreamed of living.
Or, you can choose to go back to life as usual.
You'll continue to struggle every day and watch your dreams pass you by.
You'll wonder why your efforts aren't creating results.
NOW is your moment to...
DREAM BIG. CHOOSE YOURSELF. CHOOSE YOUR PASSION IN YOUR LIFE. ACT COURAGEOUSLY. BEGIN.
To really doing this,
P.S. My music lessons are designed for the musician within who is ready to take action on their desires and transform their musical life at a level where unparalleled freedom and creativity becomes the new normal. You'll experience a new sense of confidence and pride as you watch yourself grow in a meaningful way that ignites your soul and your spirit.
Because I've had many teachers and have taught hundreds of students, I understand how important it is to a) have chemistry with your coach; and b) find the language to relate the musical idea to another person. This is especially crucial when learning to sing because we cannot see our voice and we must create visuals and muscle memory to master our instrument.
My understanding is first hand. When I graduated from McGill University, I was started working immediately, but not as a classical singer – as a Gypsy jazz singer and guitarist. Having grown up using my mixed voice and supported belting voice in musical theater and pop, I felt somewhat at home in the style. I just had this big voice and wasn't sure how to transition from my recent classical training as an opera singer back to jazz and pop. My adventure was to learn how to develop a healthy and stylistic pop sound and technique that I could depend on for the rest of my life. The tools that I teach allow my students to sing confidently in competitions, recording sessions, important performances, and for their own personal enjoyment.