Voice Lessons

Mary Alouette

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn

Ages Taught: All Ages. Great with Kids!

Styles: Pop, Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Electronic Music, Songwriting, Ear Training

Levels Taught:

Voice: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate

Ukulele: Beginner, Intermediate

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate

A stunning song siren – award-winning electronic jazz singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mary Alouette's voice bears both tone and control earned through opera training and the emotional connection of a jazz and soul singer grounded in her work performing as a Gypsy jazz and pop singer. Her songs, full of infectious melodies and dangerous rhythms, have laid the groundwork for a fresh, distinctive, and unforgettable sound.

Mary's Gypsy jazz singing brought her to stay in a Gypsy caravan in France; she’s also headlined at venues including 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s Rainbow Room and SixtyFive Bar, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Blues Alley, and Terra Blues; sung at Carnegie Hall; competed in the Apollo Theater’s tour; performed the US National Anthem for the Major League Baseball teams: the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals and for the Major League Soccer team DC United; studied opera singing at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria and the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, as well as received a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada; and worked in the studio as an audio engineer in Brooklyn. She’s won the Grand Prize in the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) Professional Artist Support System Songwriting Competition, placed as a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition, placed as a finalist in the We Are Listening Singer-Songwriter Competition, won New Artist of the Year (2013) and Best Debut Album (2013) with WAMA, and has twice been nominated by WAMA for Best Jazz Vocalist. She was an Artist in Residence at Strathmore Center for the Arts in Maryland and her performance has been highlighted in the New Yorker. From releasing three EPs of original music that combine Gypsy jazz and electronic music to composing and performing live film scores at Nitehawk Cinema in New York City, her creative muscles have flexed a complex vibrancy reflected from her formative years in Washington, DC and Montreal, Canada.

Mary has been teaching for ten years to students of all ages and levels of experience.  Her students have won the Apollo Theater’s “Amateur Night: Making a Star” Competition, passed the entrance exam to the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College, and are songwriters with music publishing organization BMG.  They have also won tiny victories that make up more than grand victories.  Mary loves guiding her students to find their passions in music and is their biggest advocate!

Kristina Koller

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Areas of Work: Manhattan

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Musical Theater, Songwriting, Arranging

Levels Taught:

Voice: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

Ukulele: Beginning

Always innovative and pushing the limit, Kristina Koller is making her mark in the music world. As a vocalist, arranger and songwriter Kristina utilizes a wide range of music genres to create her unique sound. Evidenced in her widely acclaimed 2018 debut album ‘Perception’, her take on jazz music in this song collection is both timeless and contemporary, adding interesting textures to uplift old standards for millennial music tastes. Her EP ‘At The Poli Club’, released in early 2019, captures a snippet of her live show. It exemplifies her extraordinary and expressive vocal dynamics in its purest form, doing what she does best - performing and producing music without bounds. 

Growing up just outside of New York City, Kristina was exposed to a wide array of music & dance which markedly influenced her at an early age. As such, she performed in youth musical theater and eventually branched out artistically, embracing solo performance as a teen singer-songwriter and vocalist in alt-rock bands. Her artistic thirst reached into classical art songs, opera and vocal jazz when she discovered the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan and Chet Baker. Her embrace of jazz expanded into the performance space during her high school years, joining a quartet that gigged locally in Westchester, NY. On scholarship she studied at The Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz and completed her formal music education at The City College of New York. Kristina developed her musical voice in the NYC jazz scene, performing at venerable haunts such as Smalls, Smoke, Minton's, Mezzrow as well as The Apollo Theater.

Over 5 years of teaching students from the age of 5 to 28. Has taught privately and in group settings (camps, masterclass, mommy & me classes) Recently was a mentor as part of the Women in Jazz Organization for a student attending Berklee College of Music.

Erica Strauss


Areas of Work: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau

Ages Taught: All Ages. Great with kids!

Styles: Classical, Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Pop

Levels Taught:

Voice: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano: Beginning

Soprano Erica Strauss has performed with numerous opera companies and symphony orchestras including The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Chicago Philharmonic and the Théâtre National D'Evreaux. She is also an accomplished recital artist, having debuted with the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Carnegie Hall as well as the Cleveland Art Song Festival and the Pro Musica Detroit recital series. Ms. Strauss has been seen in The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD movie theater series, broadcast around the world and shown nationwide on PBS. Her recitals have been broadcast locally on WQXR and nationally on WFMT and she has been a featured guest on National Public Radio's broadcast of “St. Paul Sunday” discussing her recital work with host Bill McGlaughlin.

A native of New York, Ms. Strauss holds both Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from Mannes College of Music. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards including First Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation competition, a Sullivan Foundation award, a Richard F. Gold Career Grant and awards from the Marilyn Horne Foundation, Liederkranz Foundation, Metropolitan Opera National Council, Jose Iturbi International Music Competition, Opera Index, American Opera Society of Chicago and The Musicians Club of Women.

Erica has taught students ranging from grade school to the professional level and believes that music lessons should be a joyful and fun experience, no matter what age.

Kaitlin Pelkey


Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Jazz, Pop, Folk, Classical, Music Theatre, Alternative

Levels Taught:

Voice: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Ukulele: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate


Kaitlin Pelkey is a composer, educator, and music therapist. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. Kaitlin is a singer and multi-instrumentalist, teaching voice, ukulele, guitar, piano, and songwriting. She strives in her lessons to help her students discover curiosity and joy in music-making, setting up sustainable creative practice that will serve students in and out of the classroom. Kaitlin had toured and recorded with multiple music acts for the last seven years and is currently working on her first solo record. 

Rachel Karmel


Areas of Work: Suffolk County and Eastern Nassau County

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Classical, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pop, Theory, Songwriting, Recording

Levels Taught:

Voice: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Violin: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Ukulele: Beginner, Intermediate

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate

Cello:  Beginner, Intermediate


Rachel has been studying music for 20 years and received her Bachelor Of Science in Music Education at Hofstra University.

Prior to her degree, she performed in many private and collegiate ensembles as a vocalist, such as Hofstra University Chorale, Hofstra University Chamber Choir, and Hofstra University’s all female a cappella group: Makin’ Treble. She held the position of Music Director for Makin’ Treble for three years and wrote several arrangements for the group to perform.

Rachel has sung in over 20 different style choirs and has played in 10 orchestras. 

Currently, she performs with a jazz combo in the Hamptons, acts in musical theatre productions, is in an upcoming folk band based in Brooklyn, competes in popular vocal competitions, and writes, records and performs her own original music. (KarmaRé : Unispan Records) 

The various experiences in performance ensembles have shaped her personally, and have also helped mold what her teaching styles have become. Rachel is excited and eager to teach any age. She believes that no matter who you are, music is a personal experience; everyone can connect with music on their own level. As a teacher/ coach, Rachel focuses on technical skills, literacy skills and an emotional connection to the music.

Hector Mori

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx

Ages Taught: All Ages.  Great with kids!

Styles: Classical, Irish Traditional, Opera

Levels Taught:

Violin: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Voice: Beginning, Intermediate


Hector Mori was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1986. At the age of 3, his family moved to Florida, where his grandmother enrolled him in his first violin lessons with a local teacher. At the age of 10, he began studies with Elizabeth McClung and continued his studies with her throughout his years at the Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida (Now Bak Middle School of the Arts). Upon entering high school at Dreyfoos High School of the Arts, Hector began private violin instruction with Laurice Buckton. By his senior year of high school, he began working as a supernumerary with Palm Beach Opera. He continued working with them for 6 years, joining the chorus in his sophomore year of college. He started taking private vocal instruction with Bryon Grohman, with whom he studied for 2 years. With a greater emphasis on his vocal lessons, he stopped studying violin classically and undertook performing with traditional Irish ensembles throughout Palm Beach County. Upon completion of his Bachelors in Psychology, he started studying voice privately with Charles Schneider in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before beginning lessons with his present teacher Franco Bertacci. He is currently residing back in New York with plans to perform opera professionally.

Hector has a wide variety of instructional experience, within the world of music as well as swimming. Hector is a phenomenal educator; he realizes the many commonalities that go into teaching and learning which help him take experiences from one subject and apply them to the other. He is fluent in Spanish and can also speak advanced French. Hector also has lots of experience teaching special needs students that have both mental and physical delays. This gives him greater insight into how he can help give the gift of music to all of his students. He makes sure all of his pupils understand that the process may be long, but he as their instructor is always on their side and will constantly encourage them and help them enjoy music better in the process.

Jared Lucow

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Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Ages Taught: All Ages. Fun and Friendly with Kids

Styles: Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Theory, Songwriting, Composition, Recording

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

Voice:  Beginning, Intermediate


Jared comes from a musical family. By age 5 he was a roadie for his parent's traveling stage show. For his 10th birthday he received his first electric guitar. Throughout high school he participated in the renowned Jazz program of Semiahmoo Secondary (Surrey, BC Canada). This program took him across Canada, to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho, and eventually Cuba. Following high school Jared completed his 4 year program at Humber College in Toronto where he received his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance. Since 2008 the guitar has taken him around the world. He has performed in Spain, Italy, France, Cuba, South Korea, Thailand, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Cambodia, Singapore, and the Canary Islands. From 2009-2017 Jared was primarily stationed in Phuket, Thailand where he performed music in 5-Star Resort Hotels and taught music at International Schools. In January 2018 he relocated to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming an original recording artist and performing his 200+ song catalogue.

Ben Pinnola


Areas of Work: Nassau County, Western Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Blues, Folk, NYSSMA prep, Music Theory, Composition and Arranging

Levels Taught:

Saxophone: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Flute: Beginner, Intermediate

Clarinet: Beginner, Intermediate

Drums: Beginner, Intermediate

Voice: Beginner, Intermediate


Ben Pinnola is a musician, composer, performer and music teacher from Long Island, New York. Ben is a multi-instrumentalist and performs regularly on saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, piano, percussion and vocals. Ben performs at music venues, restaurants and private parties all over the Long Island and New York City area. He plays in jazz bands, rock bands, pop groups, concert orchestras and also performs solo.

Ben plays as a featured musician, all over the New York City area, at venues such as The Cutting Room, The Bitter End, Mercury Lounge, Rough Trade NYC, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Amphitheater at Bald Hill, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Revolution Music Hall, 89 North Music Hall and more. He plays with jazz bands, rock bands, pop groups, concert orchestras as well as performing solo. Ben enjoys playing music of all genres.

Ben earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Five Towns College, graduating as a member of the Phi Sigma Eta Honor Society. Ben also created and performed two original arrangements with the Vocal Jazz at the seasonal concerts at Five Towns College.

Ben's latest musical endeavor is an original music band called GeoTribe, in which Ben composes and sings as well as plays piano and saxophone. GeoTribe is a jam band who's sound is influenced by rock, funk, jazz, folk and beyond. Ben also has jazz project called the Fresh Tones. The Fresh Tones have been featured live on WUSB 90.1FM. They play original compositions, as well as jazz standards. Ben grew up in a musical household, and has been playing music his whole life. He has been playing professionally with his father’s band, The Suburban Brothers Band, since the age of 15.

Ben has a deep passion for music, that he shares whether he is on stage or in a music lesson. Ben loves to teach students of all ages and skill level. Ben has taught private music lessons for over ten years on Saxophone, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Drums and Voice.

Julian Maultsby


Areas of Work: Nassau, Queens, Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Rock, Pop, Jazz, Classical, Music Theory, Musical Theatre

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Drums: Beginning, Intermediate

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

Voice: Beginning


Julian Maultsby has been playing music since he was 8 years old. He started off as a percussionist in his elementary school band. Since then he’s learned to love music through multiple genres and instruments, most notably on the guitar and bass.

Throughout high school, he was instructed on the guitar by Latin jazz artist Michelle Marie. To further his education, he attended Molloy College for his Bachelors in Music, with a concentration in classical guitar (instructed by Dan McGann and Christopher Gotzen-Berg) as well as voice (instructed by Terence Goff and Nicholas Dosman). While studying guitar and voice, he was also the drummer for the jazz ensemble, which travelled to Ireland to play at Dundalk IT in 2014.

He is a self taught bassist and is an avid performer with his band Medicine Fish. He has also performed in various musicals, both on stage and in pit bands. He is currently attending the Nassau Community College Studio Recording Technologies program to better understand the production side of music using Pro Tools.

Julian believes music, being an art form, is an essential element to everyone’s well being because at its core, it’s just pure fun. Julian believes that the more you play, the better you get; the better you get, the more you want to learn; and the more you learn, the more you want to play: a never-ending cycle that constantly brings happiness!

Enjoy taking music lessons from a highly qualified instructor in the comfort of your home. 

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