Q: Why are they called “Figures”?
A: For many years, in the world of competitive Figure Skating, skaters had to learn and execute certain Compulsory Figures, such as the Figure 8, that demonstrated their technical skills and physical and mental control.
Similarly, EVT Figures for Voice™ are exercises used to learn and demonstrate the many elements of voice production—the Estill Voice Model™ in action!
Q: What is the difference between a Course and a Workshop?
A: EVI-certified Courses include Level One—Figures for Voice, and Level Two—Figure Combinations for Six Voice Qualities. These Courses, though valuable to any audience, are required for anyone pursuing EVT certification, and as such, workbooks are required, attendance is logged and attendance certificates are issued. A Workshop is a less formal Estill learning experience and is not part of the certification path.
Q: I studied Estill Voice Training™ Levels 1 and 2 several years ago, and I have the old books. I am trying to buy this year's books, since I know that they include new aspects, but I can't find them in your web site. Can you please tell me how I can order these books?
A: The new workbooks are sold only in conjunction with Level 1 and 2 Courses. Perhaps this is a good time for you to review and refresh your knowledge?
Q: How do I become certified in EVT?
A: There are 3 possibilities for certification in Estill Voice Training™: 1) Certificate of Figure Proficiency, 2) Certified Master Teacher, 3) Certified Course Instructor. You must start with the Certificate fo Figure Proficiency. Visit the Certification Page to learn more about each of the levels. We advise taking Estill Level One & Level Two courses at least twice before proceeding to certification.
Q: Do you recommend a certain microphone for use with Voiceprints?
Almost any inexpensive microphone that plugs directly into your computer will do. You local electronics store (Best Buy, Radioshack, etc.) should carry a variety of models. The main thing to look for when purchasing a microphone is that it has an impedance of 600 Ohms or less, which should be clearly marked on the package.
Q: Can Estill Voiceprint Plus™be used with a Mac?
A: YES! Voiceprint™ and Estill Voiceprint Plus™ are now available for the Mac as well as PC. Visit our Store!
Do you have specific questions about the voice that have not been answered here?
If so, please contact us.
"Why am I an Estill Voice Training practitioner? Obviously, I respect the quality of Jo Estill's research. She has produced a systematic approach to voice training that I have used successfully for the past twenty-two years in my work with undergraduate singers. It is one thing for Jo Estill to have been named one of the most significant voice scientists in the world today. She joins the ranks of many such gifted scientists. However, it is quite another thing to have fine tuned her research in such a way as to offer singers a disciplined approach that meets the demands of the profession today; namely, the ability to sing a variety of voice qualities with confidence, endurance, and artistic sensitivity. My colleagues and I think so highly of Jo Estill's work that we have developed a four-year undergraduate voice curriculum using her published materials. There is no greater "testimony" as to the trust we have in this approach to the training of the singing voice than to offer it to the next generation as a foundation for their professional careers."
Julie T. Fortney
DMA Professor of Voice,
Voice Division Coordinator
Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC