“Everyone has a beautiful voice
…you just have to know how to use it!”
– Jo Estill
What does having a “beautiful voice” mean to you?
A strong voice that commands the attention of crowd?
A versatile voice that sounds like your favorite recording artist?
A clear voice that calms your friends and family?
Vocal knowledge is vocal power. Estill Voice Training uses science to teach voice. EVT exercises are effective tools that will reveal the beauty in your voice.
Vocal Versatility and Vibrant Health
Estill Voice Training promotes body awareness and mindfulness to give you the confidence that your voice will always be ready to respond to any challenge you may face in performance and daily life.
What are your vocal challenges?
My voice gets tired at the end of my work shift
My voice is fatigued and I lose range after long rehearsals
My voice is hoarse and weak after a night out with my friends
I’m losing my high notes as I get older
I’m an opera singer and want to belt without straining my voice
I need to change the color of my voice when singing different musical styles
Estill Voice Training courses and teachers are dedicated to seeing you reach your personal vocal goals.
Jo Estill separated voice training into three disciplines:
Estill Voice Training concentrates on Craft as the foundation for every vocal task. The voice you use to sing is the same voice that chats with friends and shouts for joy. When you master the basic movements of healthy vocal function, you unlock endless possibilities for Artistry and opportunities for Performance Magic!
See, Hear, and Feel the Difference
We all have the same vocal parts, but through our upbringing, culture, and personal experiences, we use them in different ways. Just as no two people are alike, we each have individual vocal strengths, challenges, and learning preferences. Estill Voice Training combines explicit instruction with visual feedback, diagrams, video endoscopy of the vocal folds, auditory sound files, and kinesthetic exercises.
Estill Voice Training puts the scientific theory into concrete practice to maximize voice control for your speaking, your singing, and your health.
The History of Estill Voice Training
Jo Estill, world-renowned educator, researcher, and singer, founded Estill Voice Training (originally called Estill Voice Craft™) and the Figures for Voice™ (originally known as Compulsory Figures for Voice™) in 1988.
Jo began her career as a “classical” singer of Lieder and Opera. Today she is best known for her work with Belting, a voice quality heard in Pop and Music Theatre singing. Her unique approach separates the mechanics of singing from artistic and aesthetic preconceptions.
With nearly 25 years of experience in research in the physiology, acoustics, and perception of voice quality, Ms. Estill was published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, Journal of Voice, Medical Problems of Performing Arts, and, most recently, in Vocal Fold Physiology: Voice Quality Control, and Vocal Fold Physiology: Controlling Complexity and Chaos.
Jo Estill taught voice at college and professional levels for over 30 years, and conducted workshops in Compulsory Figures for Voice from 1988. She traveled to five continents training singers, actors, teachers, speech pathologists and others. Included on her resume were four 2-month sessions-in-residence at the Shiki Theatre and the Shochiku Dance Company in Tokyo, and two visits to London’s Central School for Speech and Drama.
To see clips of Jo Estill in her own words, visit the Estill Voice Training YouTube channel here.
Benefits of Estill Voice Training
Replaces mystery with knowledge
Reduces performance anxiety and promotes confidence
Empowers students to make choices
Provides vocal variety for performance and daily living
Leads to a balance of vocal health and aesthetic freedom
“It was nice to be reminded of how important my Estill training has been in guiding me to the point I’m at today. I’ve had more tools, thanks to Jo.”
“Jo Estill’s work is pioneering in that she was the first to separate voice quality clearly into source and filter components! Her basic vocal tract shapes associated with sob (yawn), twang, and sing (opera) are fundamental to our current understanding of how the source and the filter interact.”
“As a teacher of singing, I have dreamed about a common language for singers, a technical perspective that acknowledges the athletic nature of what we do and the effort that is clearly a part of the package, and a collaborative environment that builds up both teachers and students. I feel that, in order to build a solid program foundation, both teachers and students alike must feel secure in admitting any lack of clarity so that they can open up to continual learning. Treating voice training as an ongoing science, in which we are all helping to flesh out details makes everyone partners in the process, and doesn’t invalidate and alienate as some approaches do. In fact, this approach truly invites a team approach to learning.”
Music Office, Fountainview Academy, Lillooet, British Columbia
“BE (Before Estill) I used to ask my various teachers why I couldn’t do certain things and never got a straight or useful answer. The first Estill workshop I attended in Australia was a revelation for me. I grieved for the voice I should have had for at least 12 months. .However, my main purpose now, is to pass on this wonderful work to as many people as I can. I am positive that Estill has answers!”