- have won the Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater: Making a Star
- are professional songwriters signed with Sony BMG Entertainment
- were accepted into the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College
- have written and performed music at their weddings - after taking a fifteen-year break from music and without having had prior voice lessons
- have gained confidence through undertaking musical study and been offered their dream jobs
- have started with ZERO music experience and are now preparing to sing in New York City jazz clubs
"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. 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." - Jon J.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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
"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, hairrari.com
“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.
"Each session was rigorous: no cakewalk, she expected me to steadily move forward and improve, which I did. As somebody with performance experience, I worked with Mary for both custom feedback on my unique style and for the general voice training that I'd never had." - Kurt C.
"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 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've learned so much, and as we continue, my voice keeps getting stronger and my range is expanding. 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.
"She has helped me gain the skills and confidence to use my own tools and start creating my own music! 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. I would recommend her highly to anyone who is interested in taking voice lessons!" - Erin F.
"Mary is an excellent communicator, with a great sense for analogies and concrete descriptions for abstract concepts (esp. crucial for things like singing). 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. 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 coach.” - Justin H.
"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 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. I appreciate her method. I look forward to the coming months!" - Kate R.
“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.
“Our sessions are fun, encouraging, thorough, and unique! Incredibly inspiring teacher! I love her method of teaching and feel I have learned an awful lot already and I have just begun. I look forward to working with Mary and incorporating new techniques into my style. I'm so happy I stumbled upon her!” - Mary K.
“I am much more confident in my voice since working with Mary and believe I have improved overall as a musician. 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. 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. 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 a beginner to an advanced level.” - Jack L.
"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.
"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. I am so thrilled to be studying with Mary Alouette, as her musical ear, performance technique tips and visual cues are simply superb. 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.
"She has transformed a part of my musical world into something for which I am both eternally grateful and waiting for in our next session. 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." - Jonathan V.
"Mary takes the time to find out exactly what you want to work on and develop and builds a custom lesson plan that is never boring and always engaging. Her vast expertise and passion for music makes her the perfect instructor and 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.
"Looking back at the recordings it’s really cool to see the progress I’ve made. Thanks to you I sound clear, in control of my voice and can easily reach the high notes. Thank you for the great lessons!" - Tessa F.
"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 usable elements. 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. 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.