This work is so much more than you singing and playing songs.




Have a lighthearted and fun approach to songwriting?

Confidently write phrases, hooks, and choruses that creatively combine lyrics with melodies, rhythms, and harmonies simultaneously?

Have a tool box of concrete actionable (micro-)tasks and exercises that support your ability to develop and integrate all the layers of new song creation without getting frustrated and giving up?

Correctly identify your knowledge gaps and missing links in your creative framework that make it difficult for you to create and finish quality songs?

Come home from your day to write and sing music for hours on end and not burst into tears?

Be supported as you open yourself up and express your true, authentic self?

Allow music lessons to be your vehicle to live with confidence, clarity, creativity, organization, and passion?

Move listeners into a place of positive emotional well-being with your music?

Want to channel your LOVE for music into writing songs even though you feel it is emotionally difficult to work at something where you feel conflicted about your abilities?

Give yourself the time and the space to make incremental improvements with your songwriting, without wanting to give up every step of the way?

Record and perform your own songs?

Feel freer and more creative than ever before?

START even though you feel like you don't even know where to begin?!

 You're not alone. I've been there.

I've headlined renowned stages including the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, the Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and Blues Alley.

I turned what was once a dream into my life, and so can you! I've created my own monthlong artist retreat in Cuba, studied Gypsy jazz music with the masters and stayed in a Romani Gypsy caravan in France, sung opera in castles in the Italian Alps, released four albums of my original music in New York City's clubs, performed my electronic music sets in shows and residencies internationally, and I've continuously helped others develop their musical passions and create inspiring lives.

Here's the thing I want you to understand about my success. I've faced rejection countless times. I've had devastating heartbreaks and I've had times where I couldn't sing without crying... and I've come back stronger and happier than ever. 

Most importantly, I honored this gift to myself of time and a very special place to create and be inspired. 

Once you shift through that fear and self-doubt towards a life without limitations and implement a proven approach to commit to your desires, develop your discipline, stretch towards new opportunities, and confidently put yourself out there in your music and in all areas of your life. Your 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 stay in the same situation you are in now, living 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.

You, too, can live your life inspired by music! Here's how... 



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.





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.


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. We use proven strategies to identify limiting beliefs, clarify goals, overcome fears and creative blocks, and step into a growth- and passion-filled life.



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!


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.


This experience is designed for the intermediate / advanced musician who can play piano, guitar, electronic instruments, or other instruments.

Your one-on-one experience will be unique and personalized, but these are some of the topics we may cover: 


  • Work through structured exercises around creating rhythmic melodic hooks to further develop song ideas - without sacrificing your lyrics

  • Determine the top things to avoid and consider when writing a melody

  • Create interesting melodic and harmonic contours

  • Write a slow song without losing momentum. Keep your listeners at the edge of their seats at slower tempi

  • Link sections together smoothly

  • Analyze your favorite songs and identify patterns of rhythmic and melodic hooks

  • Write memorable melodies and hooks

  • Patch your knowledge gaps and weak spots in your songwriting ability that prevent you from finishing and developing songs

  • Write phrases, hooks, and choruses that creatively combine lyrics with melody, rhythm, and harmony simultaneously without sacrificing any elements to another

  • Create interesting rhythmic motifs in your melodies and complete lyrics to fit them

  • Draw upon a tool box of concrete actionable microtasks and exercises that support your ability to develop and integrate all the layers of new song creation without getting frustrated and giving up

  • Create effective song arrangements that connect, contrast, and flow together in a unified whole

  • Singability: learn how to modify your vowels for your writing and singing so that you AND your listeners can effortlessly pour your heart out on high notes

  • Learn how to use numbers to visualize your melodies and create consistently

  • Arrange lyrical ideas

  • Learn the structures behind the hits

  • Use song structures to enhance the emotional intent of your lyrics

  • Generate emotionally expressive rhythmic ideas for your lyrics

  • Learn common chord voicings and inversions on piano and guitar to expand your musical palate

  • 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

  • Discover your unique sound and writing style

  • Write even when you're not inspired


  • 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 classical repertoire

  • Learn to sing in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, and other languages

  • Build your confidence for public speaking


  • Get clear on how to blend your passions, skills, and experiences in your music so that you feel on fire and resonate with your audience

  • Break through your limiting beliefs

  • Implement powerful routines into your practice and performances

  • Bridge the gap between where you are now and the musician you are becoming

  • Define your songwriting desires and goals

  • Identify clear action steps

  • Learn through challenging questions

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.


  • 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

"My decades-long musical history was moving toward something new - singer-songwriter-guitar performer. I needed help. Mary is shockingly amazing in all three, which says nothing for her piano and tech skills, which says nothing for her really beautiful ear and professional easy demeanor ... I can't recommend her enough. She has transformed a part of my musical world into something, for which I am both eternally grateful and waiting for my next lesson." - Jonathan V.

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"Mary was an ideal voice teacher for me. I’m a singer songwriter who came to her as I was working on an album and preparing to do some live gigs and it really made a big difference. She doesn’t have a set agenda but responded to what I needed. I feel that Mary really “got” my music and what I was trying to say. That was key for me – not to change was I was doing but to make it work better to communicate my material. She has a really good ear and we quickly were able to zero in on some of my tendencies and habits – to be more aware, in control and conscious. I can truly say I use everything I got from Mary in those sessions – good warm-ups, a more relaxed singing approach and a better connection between my vocal production and the words of my songs. I have one album, Barry Oreck, and I'm going into the studio to record a second with my band, Barry Oreck and Friends." - Barry Oreck, singer & songwriter

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"The decision to begin piano with Mary was a catalyst for many life-changing decisions in the months to follow. It truly had a snowball effect. I have decided to leave my 9-5 job and embark on a journey to Europe to do more soul-searching for what I really want in my life. I've experienced a shift in mindset and am learning to trust and listen to my intuition and my heart. I've gone from thinking about life in black and white, to a life full of vibrant possibilities. I am no longer a passenger in my life. I am the driver.

I met Mary during a time when I was experiencing a major transition in my life. Music was something I had always wanted to pursue as an adult but never allowed myself the time. With having only spent limited time in my adolescence in high school choir, it seemed the learning curve would be steep and therefore I sat on the idea for years.

At the beginning of the year, piano and singing lessons with Mary were the start of a major shift in my life in deciding to pursue activities and experiences that fulfilled me regardless of the limitations, or fear rather, that had held me back.

In just a few months with Mary's help, I was singing confidently while playing the piano. Music lessons were a time throughout my week that gave me clarity and the ability to be in the moment... something I had been striving to achieve for quite some time." - Jill A.

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“An excellent experience. It's hard to describe the enjoyment and progress I enjoyed with Mary. She is such a thoroughly engaged and skilled teacher. In my first lesson I felt like I improved exponentially, and every lesson thereafter has left me significantly improved. Aside from the improvement in quality, Mary's teaching and personal style also gave me a massive boost in confidence - I had taken singing lessons more on a whim as something to try, but Mary allowed me to see that I have a voice and can develop it. I am continuing lessons and hope to always improve. In fact, Mary set me in the direction where, since studying with her, I have appeared in the chorus of six operas, landed the role of Marullo in Rigoletto, and have sung in numerous recitals in Italian, French, English, German, and Russian! I really can't recommend Mary's lessons enough - and she is a lovely person to know, very funny and creative with her teaching and extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of music. What a great experience!” - Andrew R.

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"In a few months I have gone from absolutely zilch experience in music, to preparing to sing in a NYC jazz club, reading sheet music, and being able to play beginner to intermediate piano pieces, all thanks to Mary's help and encouragement. I wanted to take music lessons as a kid but never really did, so when I recently felt the urge again I decided to jump right in... and I am thrilled I now work with such an enthusiastic, encouraging, and all around wonderful teacher that Mary is. My sessions with her are energizing and fun. Even when working through tough sections it is always enjoyable and I come out of each lesson feeling brighter and more confident of my musical ability. I would highly recommend her for anyone looking for a coach." - Michelle W.

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“I went through 4 voice teachers here in NYC before settling on Mary - been taking vocal training with her for about a year and half now and it's been worth every penny. Mary is an excellent communicator, with a great sense for analogies and concrete descriptions for abstract concepts (esp. crucial for things like singing). She's a gifted vocalist, having been classically trained with an opera and jazz background, but more than that - she has the ability to enhance someone else's sense of style and natural voice. She is of course also an amazing human all around, with a great attitude, style, and general "lust for life." I highly recommend Mary as a vocal coach.” - Justin H.


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“I am so thrilled to be studying with Mary Alouette, as her musical ear, performance technique tips and visual cueing are simply superb. As a voice student who has had considerable instruction in the past, I have begun to address some of the performance and production questions that have lingered in my past for many years. Mary truly excels at her ability to use visualization techniques to inform on where vocal placements are most effectively produced in the head to aid the studying singer to effectively render correct placement and utilize one's vocal space more effectively. She also excels at being able to hear slight differences in vocal energy and knowing when the support inside the body has relaxed a tad too much. Finally, I am learning techniques to modulate my sound and more effectively vary my vocal production and color. BRAVO MARY!” - Ted C.

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"As someone who grew up in India and didn't necessarily have access to proper vocal coaching before, I knew I needed to learn more about using my own voice in a healthy, creative manner. Mary helped me think of my voice as an instrument with its various moving parts in terms of the proper space creation, and developing a way to feel when the sound coming out. I recommend Mary for everyone but especially those who are looking to refine and learn the proper techniques to crafting a good sound and also to unlearn some bad habits that one may have developed due to a lack of proper coaching while younger. Overall, Mary is a pleasant, professional teacher to work with and has definitely pushed me towards being a more knowledgeable and aware singer about my voice and its mechanics." - Vaibhav A.

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"As somebody with performance experience, I took weekly voice lessons with Mary for both custom feedback on my unique style and for the general voice training that I'd never had. Each lesson was rigorous: no cakewalk, she expected me to steadily move forward and improve, which I did." - Kurt C.


"Mary made me feel comfortable to open up and share my deepest thoughts, paving the way for my new self to emerge. The experience was definitely therapeutic and I know what I must do now. I was feeling a little lost at a stage of my life where my business was successful, but other parts of my life didn't seem to be on track, making it difficult for me to enjoy my success. I wasn't sure what it was, so I decided to work with Mary to give me more direction or help me to find the root issue. I figured, why not? I always had a clear direction in my business life but never really thought about making that same effort for my personal life until now. After talking to Mary, I feel clear about my needs. I'm happier even after one session, knowing I have a plan now. I definitely recommend seeing Mary if you're in need of direction, motivation, or clarity in your life. A few hours can change a lot and make you realize what improvements may need to be made. Worth every penny!" - Magda Ryczko,

"I started training with Mary about a year ago to get my voice back in shape. After my first lesson with her, I felt so happy and inspired. Her positive and passionate energy is so powerful. I learned so much after only one lesson, and as we continue, my voice keeps getting stronger and my range is expanding. Recently, she coached me through a few pieces I had to prepare for an audition. She helped me stay disciplined and positive. With her help, I totally nailed it. I sincerely appreciate her enthusiasm and vibrant spirit along with her support and encouragement. Mary's an all around unique, talented and genuine person that I'm lucky to have stumbled upon." - Laura B.

"I came to Mary as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who wanted help with singing/vocals. A few things were apparent from the beginning: she is a creative, patient, yet demanding teacher with a razor-sharp ear and an endless bag of similes, metaphors, and visual and mental techniques to get across the point she's trying to explain (which is all aimed at coaxing the best out of you in each lesson). I've had many music teachers over the years, and it is rare to find one who combines vast knowledge of music theory and the fundamentals/techniques of their particular instrument with the ability to translate and teach all of this effectively. Mary is exactly this type of teacher. I also appreciate that her passion and enthusiasm for music and creativity practically oozes out of her pores, and in the year+ that we've been working together she's challenged me to not only improve my vocals but develop my songwriting skills using Logic. I recommend Mary without qualification to anyone from the casual singer/strummer to the advanced musician or studio geek who wants to up their game to the next level." - Jon J.

"Mary has been an excellent voice coach! She is very supportive, patient and enjoyable to learn from. Not only has she taught me about the technical aspects of voice, but she has exceeded way beyond that. Mary has helped me with singing and music in a more experiential way. She has provided me with her expertise on lyrical writing as well as performing. I continue to learn and understand my strengths and weaknesses vocally alongside Mary and she is ready and willing to take on every challenge along the way. She has helped me gain the skills and confidence to use my own tools and start creating my own music! I would recommend her highly to anyone who is interested in taking voice lessons!" - Erin F.

"I began taking lessons with Mary after I heard her sing. Besides having a terrific voice I really love how effortless she makes singing look. She's been helping me connect the dots and I appreciate her method. She works with me to build my voice and doesn't push a style or direction. Her descriptions give me directions on what to think and how to feel when I sing. I look forward to the coming months!" - Jon R.

"Looking back at the recordings it’s really cool to see the progress I’ve made. Thanks to Mary, I sound clear, in control of my voice, and can easily reach the high notes. Thank you for the great lessons!" - Tessa F.

“Mary’s qualifications as a musician/vocalist are quite astounding. Her qualities has a teacher in my opinion stretch way beyond her musical resume. Her level of patience is quite extraordinary for one who possesses expert level proficiency, teaching someone of introductory level. She has an extremely keen ear and a fine attention to detail. This gives her the ability to spot errors in form and offer the necessary corrections. Beyond all that, she is an extremely warm person who is easy to get along with and who expresses deep care for the improvement of her students. As someone with some level of musical experience, I can confidently recommend her for anyone from beginner to intermediate level. I am much more confident in my voice since taking lessons with Mary and believe I have improved overall as a musician.” - Jack L.

“Inspiring teacher! I walked away from my first lesson with Mary feeling incredibly inspired. I love her method of teaching and feel I have learned an awful lot already and I have just begun. Her lessons are fun, encouraging, thorough and unique. I look forward to working with Mary and incorporating new techniques into my style. I'm so happy I stumbled upon her!” - Mary K.

“Mary Alouette’s vast expertise and passion for music makes her the perfect instructor. She takes the time to find out exactly what you want to work and/or develop on and builds a custom lesson plan that is never boring and always engaging. Her studio space makes for a great atmosphere with musical instruments readily available. She is always on time and very flexible when it comes to scheduling appointments. So if you are a beginner that’s just starting to sing, or an experienced musician looking to grow as a professional, Mary is the perfect guide." - Sar D.

“I had a great time studying with Mary. I always felt I had walked out of a lesson a step closer to my goals and put in the right direction. I found she had good knowledge of her tools and how to apply them to whatever it was that I was up against.” - Lucas M.

"I really very much appreciate Mary's lessons.  She not only makes the most of where I am musically and with my busy schedule, she always finds a slice of exactly what I need, a piece of what's usefully available. There is something about her ability to hear what I am doing, maybe to even hear merely what I intend, and boiling it down to workable and useable elements. In that way Mary just amazes with her gifts and talents and good nature. So if I don't thank and recognize her enough, let me do it now. Thanks!" - Johnny G.

“I had a great time studying with Mary. I always felt I had walked out of a lesson a step closer to my goals and put in the right direction. I found she had good knowledge of her tools and how to apply them to whatever it was that I was up against.” - Lucas M.

"A truly remarkable experience. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to improve their singing voice or their ability to play the piano. Working with Mary was amazing. She was my first singing instructor ever and she left an impact that will last me for the rest of my life. She was thorough in all of our lessons and was always honest with me. If I wasn't doing my best, she'd let me know what was wrong and how to fix it." - Mike J.



  • A complimentary 30 minute call to ensure that I'm the teacher for you!

  • Twelve 55-minute private sessions over the course of 3 months so that you'll have time to go deep, implement the training, and get all of your questions answered

  • Recordings of all our sessions so that you can review the exercises and the teachings forever

  • Unlimited email access for those days you need extra support

  • My welcome pack created to help you gain clarity on what you want to accomplish (so that our time together is laser-focused on getting you the results you want!)

  • Custom assignments to keep you 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!





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 and Zoom.

Click the "book your free consultation" button now and see if this is the right fit for you!


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 songwriting 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...




To really doing this,



P.S. This Set Your Life To Music songwriting experience is 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.

I know you value family, education, hard work, honesty, integrity, and what would really be meaningful would be for you to set the example of someone who takes action on their desires, talents, and abilities.

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 writing music and singing because we cannot see our voice and we must create visuals and muscle memory to master our instrument, as well as hold integrity to our inner song.


Is this for you?

Schedule a time to discuss your goals and find out!