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Mentor: Mark Baxter Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Mark Baxter

Mark Baxter is a vocal therapist who offers private lessons in Los Angeles, New York and Boston. Author of the top selling, “The Rock-N-Roll Singer’s Survival Manual,” and featured in the video, “The Singer’s Toolbox,” Mark’s technique is not genre specific; he views each singer as an individual and aspires to help each rise to their true potential. His client list includes Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Gary Cherone (Van Halen), Tonic, Jonny Lang, Cast members of RENT, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Jennifer Trynin (Rolling Stone Hot Debut Artist), Amiee Mann, Peter Wolf (J. Geils), The Amazing Crowns, Loudness, Gigolo Aunts, Cara Jones (Japanese “New Age”), Combustible Edison, Talking to Animals and on and on.

Exploring the voice and its potential since 1972, Mark’s value as a voice teacher is unique in that he draws equally from his experience, some 3,000 gigs and counting, and an unusually diverse training. After receiving formal training in music at Trenton State College, Mark hit the road for the next ten years with various bands and got a real education.

“There’s no better motivator than poverty. When you’re singing for your next meal, canceling is not an option. Since I was not born with any natural abilities, I slugged it out each night and hoped for the best. Looking back, I guess there’s no better way to learn, but I sure wish I knew then what I know now.”

Refusing to believe that people must be born with a gift for singing, Mark began to research the subject with a passion. He has completed hundreds of voice lessons and seminars including; Vocal Pedagogy by the Functional Voice Foundation in West Germany, neuromuscular message, nutrition, the Alexander Technique, acupressure, reflexology and various psychological and visualization techniques.

“I don’t think I’ll ever tire of learning about the voice. I’ve read every book out there and continuously look for related subjects. Lately, I’ve been attending symposiums at the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Continuing Education, covering topics such as Physiology and Acoustics of Vocal Production, Aerodynamic Assessment of Vocal Function, Medical and Surgical Management of the Performing Artist, Phonomicrosurgical management of Benign Lesions and Injured Vocal Cords and Laryngopharyngeal Reflux. Many of the singers I work with have vocal damage. The medical courses allow me to speak freely with doctors and then translate their findings into ‘singer’s terms’ for my clients. As a performer myself, I know exactly what it feels like to sing in the worst conditions. Combining my understanding of anatomy with stage experience allows me to help others reach their potential ... and there’s nothing I’d rather be doing."

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