About Mark

Mark JW Graham

As the Midlands’ leading voice coach and singing teacher, I work with everyone from total beginners to seasoned gigging and recording professionals, whether male or female, young or old, lead or backing, choral or rock or pop, everyone is delivered to their goals quickly and effectively in lessons.

I want to know a little bit more about Mark…

More than just being a singing teacher and singer, I have a passion for music. I have been enjoying making music in various forms for over 15 years, and I still love doing so to this day. I love music, I love singing, and I LOVE working with people on their voices… I really do…

“I believe that everyone can build themselves a better voice, one they can be incredibly proud of.”

My musical journey begins when I first picked up the bass guitar to help out some friends and at church. From then I was hooked on making music. I soon took up guitar and progressed bass and guitar side-by-side. Vocals naturally followed shortly after.

“Mark is amazing, and the fact that I, a relatively self conscious person, am able to have a go no matter how ridiculous the exercises might sound (some of the exercises really do sound ridiculous by the way) is a testament to Mark’s teaching skills. He puts you at ease immediately, he is knowledgeable, intuitive and fun. He has inspired me with the confidence that I can sing – this is incredible after only a few lessons and 50 years of believing I can’t. If I can, then anyone can. Give it a go!!!!”
            Beverley Johnson, singer

Through various musical adventures I have acquired over a decade of experience playing all styles from jazz to pop, rock to folk, fusion to R&B, and am someone that people look to for the ability to blend into whatever type of music they are looking to create. I bring this to my teaching.

I really DIDN’T have a good voice when I first started.
Honestly, I did NOT have a voice to be proud of when I first started singing. Like all good things, it took work.

On top of this, like all good things, if you want to improve quickly you need help from the best. So I sought out the most experienced coach I could find.

The technique this coach specialised and certified in was called Speech Level Singing. The originator of this technique is a man called Seth Riggs, and he has had a hand in shaping many of the greatest voices of the 20th century. I was astounded by how effective the technique was, and after a year or two being trained myself, I was Certified in Speech level Singing. I then went on to become Certified by the Institute of Vocal Advancement, and continue to study with cutting-edge voice coaches from around the world to this day. If you want to know more about the exact technique that I utilise in coaching sessions, then you can find out how our vocal technique works right here.

The technique we apply in lessons gets the absolute best out of every student’s voice, and makes singing as easy, natural and as instinctive as speaking. You can click on lessons to find out more about how the lessons work.

I continue to study with the best, so I can bring YOU the best in your lessons
I have since studied and continue to study with top level voice teachers from around the world: Greg Enriquez, Spencer Welch, Jeffrey Skouson, Kathy Kennedy, Stephanie Borm-Krueger, Guy Babusek, and many, many more.

I teach and have taught a variety of different students all looking to develop their voices in different styles and to accomplish different goals, from choir members to professional performers, to hobbyists to band members. The approach we use in lessons equips us with the necessary tools to help us achieve your goals together. The technique has shown me and countless others on how far they can truly take their voice, as it is so utterly effective.

“After several years with different vocal coaches I felt that I was never able to unlock the full potential of my singing voice. After just a few lessons with Mark I noticed dramatic improvement in terms of tone, vocal delivery and control … I am also able to hit high notes with ease that I once thought wouldn’t be possible…”
Kristian Pugh

So why should I study with you, Mark?

Quite frankly, we get more out of your voice in just one or two lessons than you’ll get anywhere else. You only have to read the testimonials of my students to see how the issues they were encountering for years were addressed in just one or two lessons, leaving them free to develop their voice and not fighting it.

I’ve had students study for years (sometimes decades!) with other coaches, only to find in their very first lesson that their voices were capable of so much more, and that they were not living up to their true potential. With understanding of the voice and the tools that come with that, voices really can be – quite literally – unlocked in front of you.

Let me break it down for you, here is what you get in lessons with me, that you won’t get with any other voice coach. Let me tell you what you are guaranteed to get in your first lesson, and every lesson after that…

– a personalised vocal diagnosis in the first 5 minutes of your first lesson, so you know exactly where your voice is at and why on a musical and functional level
– a clear, scientific explanation as to why your voice operates the way it does, with as much or as little detail as you require
– a tailored vocal workout that directly deals with whatever is going on in your voice
tactically designed exercises that give you maximum benefit for minimum effort for your voice type
new tailored workouts every lesson based on how your voice advances from previous lessons and workouts
– a constantly growing vocal development plan that is specific to your goals are, that will guide you in your vocal development and keep you on track towards your goals
time to work on and troubleshoot tricky songs that you want to be able to sing
open access to my own tips and tricks to help you through the troublesome areas of your voice, and to further your own artistic voice

What is my philosophy.
My philosophy is that the art of making music is no different than speaking a language. If you have learned to speak a single word in just one language then you can learn to make music. My philosophy is built upon having an ‘uncoloured’ approach to making music, not just as a singing teacher. Every person’s voice is unique, and everyone has their own thing to say. My job is to train your voice to enable you freely to create what you want, when you want, without even thinking… to give you an instrument with that level of control and health, that lasts for life…

If you love singing, and I know I do, I certainly think this is something worth pursuing and something I am passionate about getting singers to experience for themselves.

So this is us! Why not book in to experience these benefits in your own voice today?

 

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