Mary Vaillancourt
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Mary V.

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Although I mainly sing now, I was originally a violinist and played all through college in professional orchestras, quartets and even as a soloist.

As a professional Music Educator, I have run String Programs in various International Schools among many other instrumental ensembles. I've conducted student orchestras & built many programs from scratch. Please see the links in my profile of the beginner orchestras as well as my playing!

Although I do not play professionally anymore, I still play very well, and am a perfect teacher for a beginner and intermediate student. I know how to get students started quickly and with confidence. Choose me to jump start yourself or your child.

I think my biggest strength as a strings teacher is helping this tedious time as a beginning violinist be fun and useful. My students really enjoy their lessons. I also have a lot of experience online and anticipate all of the normal issues (tuning, instrument care, etc;)

I've trained a lot of parents and students how to tune their instrument!

A typical lesson with me would involve the following (after the first few beginner lessons)

Open String Exercises
Scales
Etudes
Sight Reading
Pieces

Depending on what kind of lesson you do, (30 or 60 minutes), would depend on how things would be divided up.

About Mary V.

Hello everyone! I hope you all are staying healthy and safe during this pandemic!

*Attention as of May 2020*

My studio is extremely full now. Please write a message if you are interested in lessons. I am interested in long-term, committed, intermediate to advanced students, especially classical singers. Students will be accepted on a case by case basis. Thank you! See my bio below.

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If you are interested in online music lessons, consider me, as I've been teaching online for the past 3 years. I've mainly taught voice but have been teaching violin, ukulele, and guitar as well.

I take voice of all levels as I sing professionally now and can offer that level.

I WAS a professional violinist but only play for fun now (see youtube link to my playing). With that said, I have a lot of experience conducting beginner orchestras, bands etc; I am fantastic working with beginning string players (particularly violinists) and can really jump start that process. I can work with them until they are solidly intermediate as it was my principal instrument for a long time. It's important for them to enjoy the lessons in the beginning so they make it that far :)

In my profile you will find multiple links to example lessons (unlisted links). Please check them out if you are curious about how an online lesson works. There's also lots of videos of my singing, playing and teaching.

About my experience more specifically:

I'm a performer and a very experienced, certified, professional Music Educator. I'm a professional singer as well (will get into that later).

I want to highlight my education experience first as I believe that's what sets me apart from the other profiles.

I've worked in multiple schools running ambitious music programs for roughly 7 years (starting in my early twenties). I'm used to working in an environment where results are necessary and must be delivered internally and publically. The International Schools, in particular, have large budgets and expect results that reflect that budget. My teaching approach is goal-oriented and it's important to me to have students who are interested in working that way. If you are looking for a casual approach (you want me to listen to you sing karaoke and say "good job" to stroke your ego) then move on! I say that warmly as I just prefer more serious students. It would be better for both of us! With that said, my students and I have a blast in our lessons!

Most of my students are preparing for college/performing arts hs auditions, All-State, Districts, Musicals, Summer programs etc; OR they are serious and doing it for fun. I even have some people who sang professionally, quit who are now freshening up their skills again.

If you want to have fun and ACTUALLY improve, keep reading.

3 years ago, I happily transitioned from teaching full time in classrooms to singing full time & teaching privately part-time. I love vocal pedagogy and I love helping people find their voice.

I left teaching in classrooms because to be a freelance artist you must have that flexibility and availability. I have quite a lot of singing lined up this summer (2020) and am so sad to think it may be canceled. Fingers crossed. Upcoming performances include Mimi in La Boheme (Morelia Young Artist, Mexico) and Charlotte in Der Diktator (Opera Veto, Estonia)

My strengths as an educator are obvious but the fact that I am performing regularly & studying my craft constantly puts me in a unique position. My main teacher is from the Curtis Institute and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia so I am truly working with some of the best!

Many of my students are serious and those are the kind I prefer. That can be serious as far as taking the profession seriously but it also includes people who do it for "fun" but take the task of improving seriously. I've had many people come to me after being frustrated about having a lack of progress with other singing teachers. It truly is another pandemic in the Music Education world...singing is a natural thing, but that doesn't mean everyone knows how to teach it. Lots of people sing well and just throw their name up knowing how to teach-solving vocal issues, improving range, power etc; and really they just end up doing damage, or worse, wasting your time and money.

Another thing: you do not need to sing opera if you study with me. Opera, however, requires an extreme understanding of technique to sing over an orchestra. This insight can be extremely valuable to students in any genre.

Please see specific lesson descriptions to understand how each lesson would be structured and be sure to check out the links in my profile to example voice lessons.

You are welcome to write me with questions anytime. I recommend to those interested in trying to consider buying a 5 thirty minute lesson package as we can combine them to make three 45m lessons. It's the cheapest way to properly give this a go and see if it's for you.

Thank you so much I hope to hear from you soon.

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Katie J.
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Within only the first few lessons, I have already learned so much! Mary exceeded any expectations I had. She is incredibly knowledgeable, and has wonderful material suggestions.

Posted May 16, 2020
Abigail
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I just had my first lesson and it was amazing and helpful.

Posted May 5, 2020
Bethany
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This is my first year of violin lessons on-line and ever. Mrs. Mary has been great fun, patient and encouraging. I look forward to continuing!

Posted Apr 28, 2020
Eirik
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I'm a professional opera singer, and sang with Mary last autumn. She's a remarkable performer of extraordinary capacity and talent. Our cast of international professional soloists were all amazed - large voices with such accomplished technique are hard to come by nowadays! She even gave me small pointers that made a huge difference immediately - looking forward to more of those, and to singing together in Estonia!

Highly recommended!

Posted Apr 27, 2020
Neha A.
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I've thoroughly enjoyed my singing lessions with Mary. She has helped me understand my voice better and all thanks to her, I am able to sing beyond what I knew I was capable of. Mary is very knowledgeable and has a good approach to teaching. She chooses just the right songs to teach the vocal techniques and is great at explaining the important concepts in a simple way. Mary is fun to work with and I highly recommend her!

Posted Apr 26, 2020
JinHua
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It was good, She correct my sing, I sing better love peace harmony song. once I finish I will post on YouTube to share. people can learn. I also try to learn another Italy song from Mary. thank

Posted Feb 26, 2020
Jinhua G.
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Its a good start. Today we learned chest and head voice. Looking forward to master and singing a few beautiful song with because voice voice.

Posted Feb 8, 2020
Simone
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I have had a wonderful time training with Mary over the past couple of weeks. She's been very patient with me during our lessons, and she is very helpful with information in and out of the lessons.
I was hesitant to take some lessons at first because I hadn't sung for a while. There was a point when I was in a choir group in school, I was passionate enough to compete against other schools. But after I graduated, I wasn't able to find time to further practice my singing skills. Signing up to take lessons with her has restored my voice a lot, as well as teach me new things to make my voice more clear. I've had a wonderful time learning from Mary and hope to take more lessons with her in the future. For anyone looking for a professional, serious chance to train your voice for the better, Mary would be your best option.

Posted Feb 1, 2020
Hannah
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Mary is great!! I sang in high school and college but had gotten out of practice and it pained me to hear myself sing. I have loved working with Mary! Every time we meet something clicks back into place and I hear a big difference. She chooses great music (Adina) and thinks through the warm ups and techniques specifically for my voice. She is honest and gives great feedback. She is constantly learning and is clearly devoted to improvement in herself and her students.
I highly recommend her to anyone interested in classical voice.

Posted Jan 28, 2020
Hera
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Mary is working with me on audition material for classical and musical theatre pieces. I had no classical experience and she has helped me get ready for several auditions in a short period of time. Mary directed me toward pieces that showcase my best vocal skills. Really built up my confidence level. Highly recommend for audition prep coaching!

Posted Jan 20, 2020
Joel
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Very happy with my first lesson.

Posted Jan 19, 2020
Kristofer Santiago
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My name is Kristofer Santiago I am 13 I am also a student of Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Mary and I have classes and so far my voice has been in the changing state, and Mrs. Mary really helped me improve how my voice and my sound was approached and how to basically organize my voice.
Mrs. Mary is so helpful and very kind sweet and no matter what at the end of every lesson my voice becomes stronger and I feel bolder to sing out loud. Mrs. Mary is The BEST instructor EVER.

Posted Dec 16, 2019
Molly
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I have known Mary as a friend and musician for 18 years. She is a passionate, hardworking, and intuitive musician; these qualities translate into her teaching abilities. Mary engages with people in an unforgettable way, and knows how to explain concepts from many different angles. Mary is experienced in many musical styles, and is an active performer as well as a teacher! It’s always a joy to sing with her :)

Posted Dec 16, 2019
Emma
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Mary is a really great teacher and is very helpful if you want to pursue singing as a possible career path, as she teaches you techniques to help improve your voice rather than just teaching songs.

When I started taking lessons I couldn't match pitch that well and was kinda self-conscious about my voice. Now, I can match pitches a lot better, is more confident, and gotten bigger parts in shows.

Posted Dec 15, 2019
Adrienne

I took voice lessons a few years ago but did not feel like I was making the improvements I wanted. I felt like I had reached my voice ceiling limits and very much discouraged by my inability to wrangle aspects of my singing. But despite that, I still wanted to see if I could improve, even just a little.

So I sought out Mary for her emphasis on technique. After a few sessions with her, I am beginning to see improvement and progress that felt elusive to me. She completely blew my misconceptions out of the water and reassured me that I have potential and even more room to grow in my singing (voice ceiling shattered).

If you are serious about improving your singing and committed to putting in the time, Mary is the teacher for you. Not only is she a phenomenal professional singer, but she is also also a fantastic teacher. She draws from experience and but also knows how to clearly communicate her extensive knowledge of technique and how the voice works. Mary is very patient, encouraging, and knows how to provide constructive feedback to help you get to your goals and beyond.

Posted Dec 14, 2019
Silvia Soria
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My daughter takes singing lessons with Mary. She loves her. She improved a lot.

Mary is a great teacher.

Posted Dec 11, 2019
Ali
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Mary is an excellent teacher and has helped me progress considerably as a singer, enhancing my technique in preparation for shows and concerts I performed in. She helped me better understand my own voice and vocal range, helping me discover that I was a natural baritone, rather than a tenor. She is highly skilled, enthusiastic, and always came well prepared for lessons ready to tackle new challenges - I would highly recommend her as a teacher!

Posted Oct 29, 2019
Raith
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I first met Mary some 6 years ago as a teenager in high school. I didn't have a strong background in music, but over the years of working with her she has very much helped me get over a lot of the struggles I've had. The number one thing being that she helped me understand that I was not actually a baritone as my school had always labeled me, but a tenor. I had trouble even hitting a Tenor E4 when I first started and now I can extend up to D5 fairly consistently. She's not only fun to work with, but has a great ear for what's going wrong and how to fix it. She's helped me with a lot of my auditions and I owe a lot of my personal success to how hard she's pushed me and how she's given me the confidence to do music that I never thought I could do. She is one of the best teachers you will ever find. I've worked with several voice instructors but none of them ever felt as impactful. Highly recommend Mary to everyone looking to improve their singing.

Posted Oct 22, 2019
Sophia S.
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I have really enjoyed the lessons I have with Mary and I have been able to really improve with her help. She has helped me with my confidence, she is very patient with me, she keeps my goals in mind with her lessons, she keeps in mind the type of voice that I have, and she helps me truly understand what I'm learning. I could not ask for a better teacher.

Posted Oct 22, 2019
Hashem
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Mary was my first singing teacher and honestly, I could not have asked for anyone better. She taught me everything from the blindingly obvious basics of vocal technique to the more subtle nuances of history and context behind pieces. She also taught vocal technique in a very intuitive way, so that you always knew where the sound came from and how every slight change in posture or mouth shape affected the quality and character of sound.

Her singing lessons have been truly invaluable to me and are the reason I still actively sing today. Thanks to her that I was also able to get a singing scholarship at my uni.

Posted Aug 28, 2019
Dwayne
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Mary made my dream come true by preparing me for the title role in one of the world's favourite family musicals, the beloved "Jesus Christ Superstar!". Mary's incredible insight into the music and her natural ability to make people feel at ease meant I was rocking out those high notes in no time!

Posted Aug 28, 2019
Peter
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I’ve made incredible progress since starting lessons with Mary! I feel more confident and know that Mary can guide me well because of her on-stage experience!

Thank you and looking forward to continuing the lessons!

Posted Aug 28, 2019
Heidi
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Mary is very patient and knowledgeable in how the voice works. I've been working with her for a few months ( I'm a beginner) and she has been very patient and helpful. I've seen lots of improvement working with her.

Posted Aug 27, 2019
Julietta
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Very friendly and very helpful! It’s always fun and motivating working with Mary and I’ve already improved after only a few months of working with her!

Posted Jul 28, 2019
Sarah
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I have only been working with mary for about 3 months. But I have seen great improvements in my singing techniques. She provides great warmup that work on all aspects of the voice to ensure that the voice is developed in all registers. She is a wonderfully encouraging and enthusiastic teacher while also being extensively knowledgeable about technique. She is serious about improving skills but also makes the lessons comfortable and fun. I really like the convience of scheduling lessons and doing lessons online. She is also very good with german and french diction.

Posted Jul 11, 2019
Aurelie
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Mary is a great voice teacher with great skills. She makes you rethink the whole process of singing, with out-of-the-box techniques! Highly recommend her!

Posted Jul 11, 2019
Sun
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Mary made me feel very comfortable singing and helped me figure where I needed to improve and how to go about it. Highly recommend.

Posted Jul 11, 2019
Brad
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Mary Vallaincourt was a personal mentor to me during my student-teaching internship in Bahrain in completion of my studies in Music Education at the University of Southern Maine, USA.

Not only did she guide me through my first classroom teaching experiences, she also taught me valuable lessons in both vocal and non-vocal performance. I worked closely with her for six months and was able to witness her professionalism first-hand. She’s a wonderful teacher and a wonderful artist. If you have the opportunity to work with her, don’t miss it.

Miss you, Mary :)

Sincerely,

Brad Longfellow
Music Teacher, Piano Player, Singer
Nashville, TN, USA

Posted May 8, 2019
Renaldo
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Mary has consistently delivered sound vocal advice for my students that I've referred to her. I highly recommend her for her vast knowledge and ability to explain complex concepts in an accessible way for optimal learning. A fine teacher. 5 stars!

Posted Mar 27, 2019
Gabriel
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Mary's teaching is well paced and mild - mannered. She helped me push my vocal talent further. She coached me through a local production of Wicked, which went very well. Thanks Mary :)

Posted Mar 27, 2019
Chris
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Mary is diligent in her line of work and has most certainly helped me a lot in many ways such as with my vocal training. She was very kind and considerate throughout our lessons and has done her utmost to help me reach my fullest potential!

Posted Mar 27, 2019
Vivian
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Mme Vaillancourt is a wonderful teacher. She is attentive, patient and creative. Her breathing exercises and vocalises helped me reach a better vocal performance and I am very grateful for it.

Posted Mar 27, 2019
Jacob
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Mary really knows her stuff. Excellent teacher. She doesn’t waste time; rather she fill the lesson with helpful exercises and explanations that are tailored to your voice and being out your best sound. Highly recommended.

Posted Mar 12, 2019
Jean Pierre
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Mary was highly instrumental to developing my Ear training skills. Through different excercises I find I am more sensitive to pitch and recognising intervals and chords etc.

She was very patient and had relevant feedback to the problems I was having, and achieved very quick results

Posted Jan 27, 2019
Denise
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Mary is an amazing teacher. First of all, she is well versed on technique and well trained. Second of all she is an inspiration -- both extremely talented and hard working. Third, she is entirely devoted to her students: tuned in, respectful, a good listener, responsive, encouraging, providing wonderful diagnostics and bringing the right expertise and training to raise students to new levels. She is a whirlwind of talent, hard work, experience and devotion.

Posted Jan 26, 2019
Kathy R
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Mary started teaching my daughters when she was in Maine after a friend recommended her. When she returned to Bulgaria, they started online lessons, which have been convenient and successful. Mary has gone above and beyond, offering online warm ups before auditions and additional support during solos. Mary has been instrumental in helping them step outside their comfort zone, in our aging them to audition whenever possible to get more experience. She balances the wants of my teenager to sing more pop music with the enthusiasm to encourage them to also try more challenging music. I highly recommend Mary if your child is serious about improving their musicality.

Posted Jan 25, 2019
Kevin

Mary is a very thoughtful, caring person and teacher.

Posted Jan 24, 2019
Jenny
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My daughter takes voice lessons from Mary and has improved very much with both her voice and her confidence. Mary is dedicated to her students, offering extra support when an audition or big performance is coming up. We have been very grateful for this!

Posted Jan 24, 2019
Kathryn R.
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My daughters started taking lessons with Mary when she was home in Maine. I was sceptical of online lessons when she returned to Bulgaria and returned to her opera, but I was happily surprised. Mary helped both of my daughters markedly improve. The time difference makes some scheduling challenging, but Mary works very hard to accommodate. Not only has she been wonderful about working with my busy girls schedules, she has gone above and beyond, setting up times to warm the girls up for auditions on site via FaceTime I can’t recommend Mary highly enough. She is relatable to my teenagers, challenges them, encourages them, and has helped marked improve my daughters performance.

Posted Jan 24, 2019
Kathryn
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I have been taking vocal lessons with Mary for about a year and a half and have made great progress vocally. She is always very constant and communicates well. At first I was nervous to take lessons via face time/ Skype, but it works very well. From preparing for auditions to working on classical or modern music she always helps to improve my sound and how I present myself. I would highly recommend her if you are looking to improve your voice.

Posted Jan 24, 2019

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Experience

Zalatrice - Suor Angelica
Aug 2019 - Present

North Wales Opera

Lola - Cavalleria Rusticana
Aug 2019 - Present

North Wales Opera

Tosca Cover
Aug 2019 - Present

North Wales Opera

Nedda - I Pagliacci
Aug 2019 - Present

Varna Opera Festival

Woglinde - Das Rheingold
Jul 2019 - Aug 2019

DMV Berlin

Woglinde in Das Rheingold

Soprano Soloist
Nov 2018 - May 2019

Sofia National Opera

Recital - Soloist Katze Ivanka - Chamber Opera in Bulgarian Magic Flute for Children - Queen of the Night

Cover Soloist - L'Elisir D'amore
Sep 2018 - Oct 2018

Rousse State Opera

Blondchen - The Abduction of Seraglio Adina - L'Elisir D'Amore

Soprano Soloist
Oct 2017 - Oct 2018

State Opera Stara Zagora Opera

Choir in dozens of productions Vesselina Kasarova Masterclass, Soloist Vesselina Kasarova Masterclass Gala Concert, Soloist Nedda - I Pagliacci

Soprano Soloist
Jul 2015 - Aug 2017

Mediterranean Opera Studio

This is training program but very rigorous with many fantastic teachers. I sang several solo performances during this time both on stage and in masterclasses.

Primary Music Teacher
Aug 2014 - Jul 2017

International School of Moscow

-Designed an original, compulsory curriculum for KS2 and KS3 students which included weekly lessons on orchestral instruments Managed and successfully created a strong team of individual music teachers who have been enthusiastically received by students, parents and teachers Developed various instrumental and choral ensembles in both Upper Primary and Secondary which maintained high attendance, enthusiasm and quality Tutored students in sight-singing, ear training, music history, and music theory for ABRSM exams Organized several events including studio recitals, productions and concerts outside of compulsory curriculum which had high parent and student attendance Organized and hosted the International British Schools Foundation Gifted & Talented Festival in Moscow which was attended by 500+ students and faculty members from all over the world Was personally invited (2016 & 2017) to conduct the International COBIS International Music Festival Symphonic Orchestra Students received awards in International COBIS International Music Festival for Brass, String, Woodwind solo and ensemble categories

Voice/Violin/Theory Teacher
Feb 2013 - Aug 2014

British School of Bahrain

Assistant Music and Stage direct West Side Story Stage manage school production of West Side Story Teach private voice, violin, guitar and piano lessons Tutor students in sight-singing, ear training, music history, and music theory for ABRSM exams Teach different choral and instrumental classes ranging from 5-16 age students

Education

Master's Degree in Opera Studies (on-going)
Sep 2016 - Present

Gneissin Academy - Moscow

Bachelor's Degree in Music Education
Sep 2005 - Jan 2011

University of Southern Maine

Languages

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Russian

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Music K-12
Dec 2011

Maine Department of Education

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