Mary Elizabeth Drake
New York, NY
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Mary Elizabeth Drake

Mary Elizabeth D.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I will help you discover your best voice in a fun and healthy way! You do not need to have a musical background, all levels of experience are welcome! You will learn vocal technique that protects and strengthens your voice so that you can approach new songs with confidence and freedom! Students will also learn basic music theory and gain a better understanding of reading music.

Mary Elizabeth D is a New York City based musical theater actress and honor graduate from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theater. She has 10 years of performance and vocal technique training and was most recently seen as Philia in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Miss D has performed in leading roles in twelve productions and toured nationally. Some favorite roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Cosette in Les Miserable, Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Cinderella in Into the Woods.

About Mary Elizabeth D.

Whether you have had many voice lessons or you are wanting to try lessons for the first time I am excited to help you find your best voice in a healthy and fun way!

My name is Mary Elizabeth and I am a professional musical theater actress and voice teacher living in New York City. I am an honor graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theater. I have toured the United States and performed with professional theaters around the country. Some of my favorite roles include Luisa in The Fantasticks, Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Cosette in Les Miserables, and Cinderella in Into the Woods.

My private lessons include all styles of music and vocal technique that protect and strengthen the voice. Students will also learn some basic music theory that will make learning new music much easier. Along with voice technique I help my students to express their interpretation of the music, especially in musical theater repertoire. I teach students 8 and up and have a lot of experience working with kids. No matter what your goal is the most important thing is that you are eager to learn and enjoy the process!

As someone who is currently auditioning and performing in the business I want to pass the knowledge I have gained to others. I have done "endless" auditions in my life and I love to help others prepare for auditions.

I teach online lessons and in New York City at a studio in Midtown.
Please note if you are interested in online lesson to purchase “vocal training” as these lessons are at a slightly lower price since we are not meeting in person and I do not have to rent studio space.

Please reach out if you have any questions all. I look forward to working with you!

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Jessica
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Mary made me feel so comfortable and it was a wonderful experience. She is a fantastic teacher

Posted May 20, 2020
Michelle Nadeau
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So kind.. patient and is extremely knowledgeable... Wonderful energy and enthusiastic about teaching and sharing her gift.

Posted May 5, 2020
Savannah G.
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Mary Elizabeth was amazing. She was professional, patient and knowledgeable. My daughter is so excited for their next session together! Thank you Mary Elizabeth!🎵🎶

Posted Apr 28, 2020
Taylor
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My daughter was very happy with her first lesson. Mary Elizabeth was very sweet and made my daughter feel comfortable. They went over a number of vocal exercises and came up with a plan for future lessons.

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Marvelyn
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Mary Elizabeth has been a great help in preparing me for college auditions! She helped me choose audition material that was right for me and helped not only with vocal technique but with acting choices and my overall performance. I felt more than prepared when it came time to film prescreens and audition. I have definitely become a better singer because of my lessons with Mary-Elizabeth, and I would not have done as well at my auditions without her.

Posted Feb 4, 2020
India

Great singing teacher! Helped my voice to become stronger and taught me how to sing without straining my voice.

Posted Jan 9, 2020
Danika
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My daughter loves Mary Elizabeth! She feels like she is learning a lot and I appreciate how flexible she is with scheduling!

Posted Aug 28, 2019
Inaru M.
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Hello!
I am very happy taking my granddaughter to singing lessons with Mary Elizabeth. The dedication and efforts are real and Inaru has improved on the first lesson. Than you Mary Elizabeth!

Posted Jun 14, 2019
Nathan
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Ms. Drake has helped me so much in my singing and performing. Her teaching helped me gain more freedom in my high notes. She inspires me to be a more confident performer.

Posted Mar 10, 2019
Anna
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Mary Elizabeth has helped me gain confidence in my singing. She has made me feel like my goals are attainable if I am just willing to work hard. I feel like I have improved so much after working with her as a teacher.

Posted Mar 10, 2019
Ken
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As a Vocal Coach, I have been greatly impressed by Mary Elizabeth Drake’s singing for many years! She has an impeccable technique and she is a beautiful actress in the repertoire, the roles she is singing, portraying! And now recently, I have had the opportunity to accompany as she teaches. Ms. Drake is excellent with her students. With total command of her own technique, she is astute in helping students work out their own. With vocal exercises, she was able to help the students with their breathing and placement problems and immediate improvement was evident! Ms. Drake is an excellent coach as well helping the students with their acting by grasping the importance of the text they are singing, the character they are portraying and giving discerning, clever ideas and tools for their delivery. There are many great singers out there today but few who have the ability and gifts for teaching and helping others with their voice! I highly recommend Mary Elizabeth if you are looking for a good voice teacher!

Posted Feb 27, 2019
Luke
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Mary Elizabeth really helped me with expression in my singing. I loved working with her in a Master Class and learned so much about technique and bringing the placement of my voice more forward. She had great ideas to help me portray the character in my song. Her work with me helped me gain confidence in my recent audition to be a voice major in college where I was offered a full scholarship.

Posted Feb 24, 2019
Kennedy
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Mary Elizabeth is a wonderful teacher. She has really helped me understand how important breath control is for my singing. She has also helped me to feel more comfortable with performing and getting into the character that I am portraying. I have also learned that sometimes stillness is the most powerful thing to express emotion in certain songs. Working with her as a teacher has inspired and encouraged me so much in learning how to sing. She makes learning vocal technique fun!

Posted Feb 24, 2019
Kathy
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Miss Drake taught a 3 hour Master Class for my 12 students. She was excellent in helping each student with their vocal technique and acting in the songs. She was able to creatively engage each student and pinpoint specific ways to help them improve their singing. It was amazing to watch students respond to her suggestions and see the improvement in their performances. Her expertise, performing background and energy made the class a fun learning experience! I highly recommend her as a voice teacher!

Posted Feb 19, 2019

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Education

Bachelor of Music in Musical Theater
Aug 2011 - May 2015

Oklahoma City University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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