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from Grammy award-winning artists
to those wanting to hone their craft, discover the SupremeSound.Life difference.

TESTIMONIALS

CLIENT

LEE A.

CLEO

MICHELLE C.

BROOKIE T.

BRIA MELENDEZ

BRIA M.

It’s given me inspiration and I’ve gotten so much more confidence for my musical journey and inspired me to reach out to collaborate with other people. I love it!”

HEIDI C.

Alarke is an incredible coach with a wealth of knowledge and excellent vocal tips and tricks that can be used immediately. She offers TONS of great information and support for her vocalists.

CAROLINE C.

My technique has significantly improved under her expertise and I feel committed to continuing to push myself out of my comfort zone.

CASEY C.

Alarke helped me unleash a whole other level of power, control, and clarity in my voice in a matter of 90 minutes, which were as productive as they were fun.

CATHY FINK

GRAMMY WINNER

Alarke has all the best qualities- original songwriting, respectful nods to traditional sounds and effervescent stage presence.

Laura Escudé

Electronic Creatives

I've worked with Alarke in multiple instances through my Transmute programs and have found her to be a hard-working, talented and forward-thinking artist. She combines so many of her diverse experiences to create a compelling and unique package as a music coach. Her sincerity and character are also unparalleled in this industry. I highly recommend Alarke as someone who can really help you take your work to the next level.

LEE A.

WINNER OF:
USA Songwriting Competition - BEST NEW ARTIST,Grand Prize, 1st place, finalist placements and honorable mentions
2019 Song of the Year Song & Lyric Writing Competition, 2019 Song of the Year Song & Lyric Writing Competition, and 2019 International Songwriting Competition

BROOKIE T.

It was so amazing how she was really in my corner. She really taught me how to self advocate. She's taught me how to get things done, how to get a handle on what to do. She's also taught me how to make a song a hit, which is awesome because then we can really get people grooving and even make some money. I'm just really thankful and really grateful to Alarke. 

MICHELLE C.

I've never worked with a vocal coach before that was able to specifically give me all of that. It truly just changed the whole experience for me. I feel so much more confident in my singing after working with her. So I just want to say, thank you, Alarke. Going forward I know I have the tools I need to succeed. Before, it was, “I hope I can complete my album and release it one day.” Now, I know I will release my album and I'm so much more confident than I was before. I truly love working with you and I look forward to working with you again.

JILL A.

I met Alarke 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... In just a few months with Alarke's help, I was singing confidently while playing the piano. The decision to begin lessons was a catalyst for many life-changing decisions in the months to follow. It truly had a snowball effect. 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.

SOPHIE KATE

Completely revolutionized the way I approach songwriting and inspired a lot of creativity in me.

 Ximena L.

My lessons with Alarke were full of personal growth for me. I overcame some limiting beliefs that I had about my singing and now I can really see an improvement in my technique, theoretical knowledge, and in the way I express my music.

MICHELLE W.

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 intermediate piano pieces. My sessions with her are energizing and fun. I come out of each lesson feeling brighter 
and more confident
of my musical ability.

TAYLOR

Alarke got me to loosen up and not take myself so seriously. It did wonders for my voice and confidence.

GININE

This was full of golden nuggets and beyond my expectations. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

As somebody with performance experience, I took weekly voice lessons with Alarke 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.

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!

I started training with Alarke 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. Alarke's an all around unique, talented and genuine person that I'm lucky to have stumbled upon.

JUSTIN H.

I went through 4 voice teachers here in NYC before settling on Alarke - been taking vocal training with her for about a year and half now and it's been worth every penny. Alarke 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 Alarke as a vocal coach.

JOHN J.

I came to Alarke 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. Alarke 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 Alarke 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.

Barry O.

I’m a singer songwriter who came to Alarke as I was working on an album and preparing to do some live gigs and it really made a big difference. I feel that Alarke 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. I can truly say I use everything I got from Alarke 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.

TED C.

ARTIST, 3+ YRS

I am so thrilled to be studying with Alarke, 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. Alarke 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 ALARKE!

JOHNNY G.

I really very much appreciate Alarke'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 usable elements. In that way Alarke 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!

KURT C.

TESSA F.

LAURA B.

ERIN F.

Alarke 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. Alarke 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 Alarke 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 highly recommend her to anyone who is interested in taking voice lessons!

MIC RAGYUN

I began taking lessons with Alarke 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!

Magda R.

Alarke 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 Alarke 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 Alarke, I feel clear about my needs. I'm happier even after one session, knowing I have a plan now. I definitely recommend seeing Alarke 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!

ANDREW R.

An excellent experience. It's hard to describe the enjoyment and progress I enjoyed with Alarke. 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, Alarke'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 Alarke allowed me to see that I have a voice and can develop it. I am continuing lessons and hope to always improve. I really can't recommend Alarke'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!”

LUCAS M.

I had a great time studying with Alarke. 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.

I wrote songs as a hobby when I was in my late teens and early 20s. I came back to it much later on with Alarke's help. The list goes on in terms of what she’s able to bring to the table with her mentorship and instruction. It’s been an incredible experience. Every day we’re learning something new, it’s relaxed, there’s a tremendous amount of support, it’s a very positive environment... Just listening to the songs come to life has just been absolutely inspirational.

Alarke is an incredibly gifted teacher who is focused on the individual needs and goals of her students. She was diligent about using creative techniques to bring out the best in my voice.
Through the time we worked together I competed in the Apollo Theatre’s Making a Star Competition and I won!

WINNER OF:Apollo Theater's 
Making A Star Competition

Anastia Léyon 

This is true artist development. I wish I had this five years ago. This is amazing. It's the music. It's the voice. It's lyric writing. It's thinking about melodies. It's changing your brain a little bit so you can see more of what's going on. It's you being able to see yourself outside of yourself. It’s marketing. It's all of these things.

CLEO

LEE A

WINNER OF:
USA Songwriting Competition - BEST NEW ARTIST,Grand Prize, 1st place, finalist placements and honorable mentions
2019 Song of the Year Song & Lyric Writing Competition, 2019 Song of the Year Song & Lyric Writing Competition, and 2019 International Songwriting Competition

I wrote songs as a hobby when I was in my late teens and early 20s. I came back to it much later on with Alarke’s help. The list goes on in terms of what she’s able to bring to the table with her mentorship and instruction. It’s been an incredible experience. Every day we’re learning something new, it’s relaxed, there’s a tremendous amount of support, it’s a very positive environment... Just listening to the songs come to life has just been absolutely inspirational.

HEIDI C.

Alarke is an incredible coach with a wealth of knowledge and excellent vocal tips and tricks that can be used immediately. She offers TONS of great information and support for her vocalists.

BRIA M.

It’s given me inspiration and I’ve gotten so much more confidence for my musical journey and inspired me to reach out to collaborate with other people. I love it!”

CASEY C.

Alarke helped me unleash a whole other level of power, control, and clarity in my voice in a matter of 90 minutes, which were as productive as they were fun.

This is true artist development. I wish I had this five years ago. This is amazing. It's the music. It's the voice. It's lyric writing. It's thinking about melodies. It's changing your brain a little bit so you can see more of what's going on. It's you being able to see yourself outside of yourself. It’s marketing. It's all of these things.

CLEO

CAROLINE C.

My technique has significantly improved under her expertise and I feel committed to continuing to push myself out of my comfort zone.

SOPHIE KATE

Completely revolutionized the way I approach songwriting and inspired a lot of creativity in me.

Alarke is an incredibly gifted teacher who is focused on the individual needs and goals of her students. She was diligent about using creative techniques to bring out the best in my voice.
Through the time we worked together I competed in the Apollo Theatre’s Making a Star Competition and I won!

WINNER OF:Apollo Theater's 
Making A Star Competition

Anastia Léyon 

BROOKIE T.

It was so amazing how she was really in my corner. She really taught me how to self advocate. She's taught me how to get things done, how to get a handle on what to do. She's also taught me how to make a song a hit, which is awesome because then we can really get people grooving and even make some money. I'm just really thankful and really grateful to Mary. 

MICHELLE C.

I've never worked with a vocal coach before that was able to specifically give me all of that. It truly just changed the whole experience for me. I feel so much more confident in my singing after working with her. So I just want to say, thank you, Alarke. Going forward I know I have the tools I need to succeed. Before, it was, “I hope I can complete my album and release it one day.” Now, I know I will release my album and I'm so much more confident than I was before. I truly love working with you and I look forward to working with you again.

JILL A.

I met Alarke 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... In just a few months with Alarke's help, I was singing confidently while playing the piano. The decision to begin lessons was a catalyst for many life-changing decisions in the months to follow. It truly had a snowball effect. 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.

TAYLOR

Alarke got me to loosen up and not take myself so seriously. It did wonders for my voice and confidence.

 Ximena L.

My lessons with Alarke were full of personal growth for me. I overcame some limiting beliefs that I had about my singing and now I can really see an improvement in my technique, theoretical knowledge, and in the way I express my music.

GININE

This was full of golden nuggets and beyond my expectations. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

LUCAS M.

I had a great time studying with Alarke. 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.

CATHY FINK

GRAMMY WINNER

Alarke has all the best qualities- original songwriting, respectful nods to traditional sounds and effervescent stage presence.

"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.

As somebody with performance experience, I took weekly voice lessons with Alarke 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.

I started training with Alarke 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. Alarke's an all around unique, talented and genuine person that I'm lucky to have stumbled upon.

LAURA B.

Barry Oreck

I’m a singer songwriter who came to Alarke as I was working on an album and preparing to do some live gigs and it really made a big difference. 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. I can truly say I use everything I got from Alarke 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.

Laura Escudé

Electronic Creatives

I've worked with Alarke in multiple instances through my Transmute programs and have found her to be a hard-working, talented and forward-thinking artist. She combines so many of her diverse experiences to create a compelling and unique package as a music coach. Her sincerity and character are also unparalleled in this industry. I highly recommend Alarke as someone who can really help you take your work to the next level.

JOHNNY G.

I really very much appreciate Alarke'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 usable elements. In that way Alarke 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!

MIC RAGYUN

I began taking lessons with Alarke 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!

ERIN F.

Alarke 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. Alarke 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 Alarke 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 highly recommend her to anyone who is interested in taking voice lessons!

MICHELLE W.

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 intermediate piano pieces. My sessions with her are energizing and fun. I come out
of each lesson feeling brighter 
and more confident
of my musical ability.

JUSTIN H.

I went through 4 voice teachers here in NYC before settling on Alarke - been taking vocal training with her for about a year and half now and it's been worth every penny. Alarke 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 Alarke as a vocal coach.

ANDREW R.

An excellent experience. It's hard to describe the enjoyment and progress I enjoyed with Alarke. 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, Alarke'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 Alarke allowed me to see that I have a voice and can develop it. I am continuing lessons and hope to always improve. I really can't recommend Alarke'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!”

JOHN J.

I came to Alarke 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. Alarke 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 Alarke 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.

Magda Ryczko

Alarke 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 Alarke 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 Alarke, I feel clear about my needs. I'm happier even after one session, knowing I have a plan now. I definitely recommend seeing Alarke 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!

TED C.

I am so thrilled to be studying with Alarke, 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. Alarke 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 ALARKE!

-Mike J.

“Working with ALARKE 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. A truly remarkable experience. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to improve their singing voice or their ability to play the piano."

-Jonathan V.

"My decades-long musical history was moving toward something new - singer-songwriter-guitar performer. I needed help. Alarke 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."

“Inspiring teacher! I walked away from my first lesson with ALARKE 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 ALARKE and incorporating new techniques into my style. I'm so happy I stumbled upon her"

-Mark K.

“ALARKE 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 is optimal vs. suboptimal. I recommend ALARKE for those who are looking to refine and learn the proper techniques to craft a good sound and also to unlearn some bad habits. She’s a pleasant, professional teacher to work with and has pushed me towards being a more knowledgeable and aware singer about my voice and it's mechanics."

-Vaibhav

“ALARKE’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.

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