The Artist development Academy Presents (TADA)

To Becoming a Successful Recording Artist

What you don’t learn in Music School and can’t learn on YouTube

After 8 years of chasing my dream unsuccessfully, Marilee’s knowledge of the industry and what it takes to write a hit song has been a God send.” – Michaela S.

Master these secrets and more by enrolling in our program today!

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ARE YOU A talented singer/songwriter who…

  • Is looking for a solution to get you on a fast track to success?

  • Needs a mentor to help you succeed?

  • Is having a hard time getting to the next level with your music career?

  • Doesn’t know what to focus on to become a successful artist?

  • Feels like you’re wasting time, money, and marketable years?

  • Not being sought out or presented with the opportunities you deserve?

As an Industry Insider…

I have interviewed hundreds of talented singer/songwriters who want a career in the music industry and 98% of them have a serious blind spot… and to no fault of their own.

The first question I ask is, “Do you feel you have what it takes to be a signed artist?” 100% answered YES. Most believed that if they bumped into the right person at a label, their talent was so obvious, they’d be discovered and land a record deal. 

The truth is this belief is not based in reality because TALENT ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH to get you a record deal. There is a process to becoming a fully developed artist. The process is not clear and is unique to each person. Therefore, it requires professional guidance and the experience of someone who understands the psyche of an artist.

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THEN I ASKED the next set of very important questions:

  1. Have you niched down to your perfect genre and found your authentic sound?

  2. Do you know what your “IT” factor is so you can build your brand?

  3. Do you know the rules of hit songwriting?

  4. Have you found your clear marketing message?

The very same singers/songwriters who believed they were ready to be signed artists ANSWERED “NO” TO ALMOST ALL OF THE QUESTIONS. These fundamentals hadn’t even crossed their minds! Why? Because they had no clue THESE THINGS ARE THE FOUNDATION every artist needs to be TAKEN SERIOUSLY by anyone in the music industry.

How can so many artists be misguided?

  • Lack of Education: Many artists are self-taught and have no access to a professional or exposure to the business side of music. 

  • D.I.Y. Culture: Today, artists are empowered to record, release, and promote music on their own. While this has many advantages, it can also lead to gaps in knowledge about the broader industry.

  • Romanticized Perceptions: Movies and TV shows often portray a romanticized version of the industry, showing artists being “discovered” overnight. This is not reality.

  • Rapid Changes in the Music Industry: The music industry’s landscape has evolved rapidly. What was true for artists in the past is not valid today. 

  • Lack of Mentorship: It’s impossible to understand the complexities of the industry and what is necessary for an artist to succeed without a pro to guide you.


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It’s an unfortunate reality: many gifted and intelligent individuals often become their own biggest obstacles. This underscores the importance of having a mentor and a structured pathway to guide you towards realizing your aspirations.

Truly mastering your craft and blossoming into an authentic artist demands a unique blend of specific skills, coupled with a deep commitment to what is, at its core, a journey of the soul and spirit. Every artist’s path is distinctively personal. Hence, the guidance of a seasoned mentor, who can navigate the nuances of the creative process and ensure you remain aligned with your true course, is invaluable. It’s not uncommon for artists to get sidetracked, particularly when navigating the business intricacies of their profession.



This is a one of a kind lifetime artist development program for any talented singer or songwriter whose dream is to become a successful recording artist. By enrolling, you will have lifetime access to information and support you won’t find anywhere else for just $4000 (FlexPay option available).

What you’ll learn

  • How to niche down to your authentic genre and style

  • How to create your clear marketing message

  • How to discover your “IT” factor

  • The rules of hit songwriting

  • How to attract die-hard, loyal fans

  • Who you really are and what’s driving you

  • How to discover the blindspots that prevent you from moving forward

  • How to connect with your greatness and stop SELF-SABOTAGE

  • What to focus your time and energy on

  • How to release emotional blocks

  • Lifelong tools and skills for success

  • Everything you need to become a success


Future Headliners: Hear Their Stories

Meeting Marilee has felt God intended with her knowledge of the industry and what it takes to write a “hit” song and become a successful artist. I’ve had several “aha” moments and am creating better habits. I absolutely recommend TADA to anyone who wants to grow and develop as a well-rounded artist.

Michaela S.
Michaela S.

I recommend TADA because of Marilee’s vast knowledge of artist development, her skills in music, songwriting, lyricism, and singing, and her ability to teach them effectively. She knows what it takes to be an authentic artist. I’m definitely more confident and ready.

Justin L.
Justin L.

I learned what my songwriting process is, and what it takes to write a strong hook. I figured out what my authentic place & genre is, what my “IT” factor is, and what makes me pop. Now, I feel like I’m going to achieve everything I want and more.

Kyle L.
Kyle L.

MORE EXPOSURE and marketing won’t make a difference

If you haven’t gone through the necessary steps of development. Don’t waste your time and money, because you truly don’t have the foundation that every artist must have in order to attract massive followers or a record label.

THE REASON I created this program is because I’ve been in your shoes!

When I was in my 20s, I was an up and coming artist. I was in the right place, had great songs, and labels were asking me to showcase my original material. Due to my own subconscious insecurities and not having a mentor to guide me, I made huge mistakes that cost me my music career… and broke my heart. 

Had I received assistance in identifying my BLINDSPOTS, my journey might have unfolded differently. Tragically, I’ve witnessed many talented friends tread a similar path. Even those hailing from MUSIC ROYALTY weren’t immune, as their unrecognized blindspots led them to make detrimental choices, ultimately sabotaging their own record deals.

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Unlock your potential as a recording artist with our unparalleled program, tailored for aspiring singers and songwriters determined to make it in the industry—no matter your age or where you’ve studied music.

Skip the 6-figure, 4-year college program, where you’ll walk away with only a piece of paper. Instead, transform into a marketable artist at a fraction of the price and time.

This isn’t your typical music school curriculum; we offer a personalized, step-by-step guide to mastering your artistry in the real world, ensuring you’re industry-ready. The Artist Development Academy is the most cost-effective and applicable program, and the only one you’ll need.


  1. If you are serious about your commitment to your dream

  2. You are ready to take an honest look at the things that may be holding you back

  3. You believe you have room to grow as a songwriter

  4. You are dedicated to becoming an authentic artist


  1. If you think you already know it all  and want to keep doing things the same way

  2. You are not willing to do the homework/course exercises

  3. You are offended by constructive criticism

  4. You are a complainer and never satisfied


  1. 20 Instructional niche video presentations

  2. Course exercises to integrate and execute what you are learning

  3. Corresponding course worksheets

  4. In depth questionnaires for introspection

  5. One-hour Zoom branding session with Marilee

  6. One-hour weekly homework critique with Marilee – mastermind

  7. Access to Facebook Group Community

  8. One-hour free Logic session with a pro engineer who is a Logic expert

  9. Pop music history resources

  10. Vocal exercises


Limited Time Offer: Just $4000!



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Payment Options

We offer two payment options tailored to fit your needs and budget. Pay in full or pay over time. You’re choice!

Pay in Full

 1 single payment of $4,000.00


3 payments of $1,435.00


I have gone through seven different voice coaches with backgrounds in classical and broadway training for the past twelve years. I used to compete in national singing competitions, perform on stage, play occasional gigs, and perform with a theatre company. My primary issue has always been my inability to use my diaphragm correctly. However, I have also struggled with placement, breathing techniques, and a lack of support when singing. By working with Marilee for only eight weeks, I have corrected all of these issues and gained confidence in my ability to sing again. Her lessons have given me the foundations necessary to sing without tension and learn how to use my voice correctly. I have even discovered more of my range than I thought I had, and I am learning to sing in registers of my voice that I was previously unaware of.

Madisen M.

I left my last voice teacher because I’d felt we’d hit a ceiling of her being able to teach me more advanced and the more technical side of singing. I am serious about being in the music industry, so I did some research and found Marilee. Marilee quickly corrected my vocal issues within weeks. Now my vocal range has grown faster than I thought was possible and high notes are effortless, no toll on my throat. I have now corrected some old habits and changed my muscle memory. She pushed me to get out and gig around town with another student of hers, to gain confidence in my performance. Now I’m writing songs. She really knows what she’s doing, and I couldn’t imagine where I would be with my development as an artist if I hadn’t found her.


Marilee is a fabulous teacher. I had a good background in choral performance, and she was able to take my solo vocal performance to another level. She really helped me open up and start to come into my potential as a vocalist. I highly recommend her.


Marilee is a kind, caring and attentive vocal teacher with an extensive background in vocal training and songwriting. I have been working with her for over a year now and I have seen tremendous results, both as a singer and a songwriter.


My daughter is a long-time student in the dramatic arts but was self-conscious of her singing voice. She has been with Marilee for over a year now and her self-confidence and vocal improvement is amazing! We are so grateful for Marilee’s kind, compassionate and enthusiastic teaching as well as her knowledge and experience.

Thank you, Marilee!


Marilee has been working with our daughter for almost two years, and we absolutely love her! We’ve seen so much improvement and couldn’t be happier. Marilee is professional, encouraging, and such a great coach. I’m so glad we found her!! I would recommend her to anyone!


You will never listen to a song the same way again after taking Marilee’s songwriting course.  If you are an experienced longtime songwriter, you will write songs with a different understanding, vibe, perspective, and possibly a new and different formula and strategy for songwriting after taking this course.  If you are taking this course to learn how to write your first song, you couldn’t be starting from a better place with this songwriting course. 

No matter what genre of music you want to write,  there is a formula, a pattern, and science behind songwriting that is taught in this course to help you build and construct a well-written song.  There is a combination of so much that goes into writing a song. Marilee breaks it all down for you and teaches how to add the magic ingredient of your own uniqueness to add to the science of songwriting. I can’t wait to write a new song after just completing Marilee’s songwriting course.  She makes her constructed learning process an absolute blast.  

Leigh Hetherington
Country music songwriter and artist and musical composer. Starred opposite Neil Patrick Harris in the Broadway show, RENT.

Before I joined Marilee’s songwriting course, I was a self-taught song writer who struggled to find a clear and consistent way to produce music that was simple, yet fun and interesting to listen to. Marilee was able to break down the basics of pop song writing as well as creating practices that made it much easier to understand what it was specifically that I needed to improve upon. She taught me incredibly useful information on melodies, production, and lyrics while providing historical and cultural backgrounds about the art of music. This all curated together into an inspiring class that made me motivated to continue songwriting and singing as a career. I would definitely recommend this class whether you are a complete beginner or if you’re an experienced songwriter who is looking to improve their music.

Justin L.

I have been songwriting for myself as an artist for several years. I didn’t realize there were basic things I was missing when it came to writing catchy songs until I took this course.  Marilee’s approach breaks it all down in a way that is easy to understand and listening to song after song, from different genres and time periods, really helped me hear things in a new way. The homework pushed me out of my comfort zone and ultimately I became a better songwriter. It’s funny now that I know the information, I listen to hit songs differently.

Matt Z.