Manuscripts, Make & Moves, and Malaysia with Mary McDonald Klimek
Once again, I allow alliteration to prevent me from simply saying, “Here are a few of my favorite things!”
Seeing the printing proofs for the manuscript of The Estill Voice Model: Theory and Translation was my favorite thing about 2017!
But, wait a moment! I started typing this article on the 12th of January. 5 days later and I have proof-read the e-book editions on my Kindle and iPad. Tears of joy, and 2017 has only just begun. Soon the cartons of physical BOOKS will arrive; and then the run-up to the Estill World Voice Symposium in August; and then the actual symposium in Québec City where I can talk to real people instead of faces on my computer screen; and then?
I just know there are more wonderful things to come in the world of Estill Voice Training this year.
One of the best reasons to be thankful that the book is in the hands of the printer is that I have already had time to turn to other projects that have been calling for my attention.
The first was the revision of the tutorials for building your own Make & Move Larynx. Go to the Estill store here and scroll to the bottom of the page to see for yourself. I LOVE that Make & Move Larynx. It is my favorite thing about every day, which is how often I reach for it when I am teaching! Even if you have never attended one of our courses, this paper doll larynx is a simple and fun reminder that in Estill Voice Training we build everything we do on our shared anatomy and physiology. The Make & Move Larynx celebrates Jo Estill’s paradigm shifting promise that we can all have beautiful voices if we learn the parts of the vocal “instrument” and understand how to use them.
And, how cool is it to read the featured profile from a Certified Master Teacher? Very cool, of course. Could be my favorite thing! Teik Poi Tan embodies the international spirit of Estill Voice International – and brings me two words beginning with M: Malaysia and Mandarin.
Let us all celebrate the good news to be found in Estill Voice International’s world as we start 2017. Scroll though “Find a Course” on www.EstillVoice.com, and you will find courses listed in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. And this does not include the recently completed course Certified Course Instructor Helen Rowson presented in Nairobi, Kenya! Estill in Africa? Now that is a seriously favorite thing. I am all about putting little dots on maps and trying to run a complete alphabet of countries where courses are being taught. This means we will have students and/or teachers from 6 of 7 continents: North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australasia, and Africa!
Is a course in Antarctica too much to wish for?
Who knows! 2017 could become my favorite year EVER!!! (At least until 2018!)
"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."
Ingo R. Titze, PhD
World-renowned voice scientist
National Center for Voice and Speech