Find a New Way with Estill Voice Training™!
Introductory Events and Workshops:
Introductory Workshops are a great way to try the "Estill Experience" on for size. Events might be as brief as an hour-long presentation. Workshops can extend from a few hours to a few days, and often explore the Estill Voice Training™ approach to one aspect of vocal study or performance, such as Belting, Musical Theater Singing, Operatic Singing, "Diction at a Distance", Anatomy, or Voice Teaching. Search for "Introductory Workshops" in our course listings.
Level One and Two Courses:
The content of the Level One and Level Two courses is consistent the world over. These courses are suitable for singers, actors, public speakers, voice teachers, and clinical voice professionals. Each course offers clearly illustrated workbooks, engaging presentations, and opportunities for individual attention in practice groups and open coaching sessions. Level One is a 3 day course, Level Two a 2 day course. The two courses are often offered together, over 5 days. Choose the location and schedule that works for you, but bear in mind that Level One is a prerequisite to Level Two.
Level One: Figures for Voice Control™
Level One: Figures for Voice Control™ teaches the Craft of speaking and singing. During this course students will be introduced to 13 vocal structures that influence voice quality. Each structure has different options for control that produce different vocal sound effects and sensations. Introductory exercises use everyday natural vocal activities to guide the student’s awareness to the featured structure and its possibilities. The Figure for Voice™ for each structure challenges the student to change structural options on different vowels and pitches through the range. After being introduced to each Figure™, participants are given the opportunity to try out their new skills in small group practice sessions. Open Coachings provide the opportunity for participants to work on a speech or song and to explore the Figure solutions to any problems encountered, any vocal goals not realized. There will also be ample opportunity for questions and discussion. The skills developed in Level One will help you add strength, clarity and stamina to your voice!
Click below to listen to some of the Craft options trained in Figures for Voice™. The goal of these tasks is to train isolated control of certain voice production muscles, not to present a "finished product" speaking or singing tone!
|True Body Cover: Onset/Offset Figure – Aspirate Abrupt||Larynx Figure|
|Thyroid Figure||Aryepiglottic Sphincter Figure|
Level Two: Figure Combinations for Six Voice Qualities™
Level Two builds on the knowledge and skills from Level One by asking students to combine different options learned through the Figures in "recipes" for six "basic" voice qualities. These qualities – Speech, Falsetto, Sob, Twang, Opera, and Belting – appear as specifically defined by Jo Estill. Figure Combinations for Six Voice Qualities™ gives you a better understanding of the voice’s limitless possibilities, along with how to keep it vibrant and healthy.
After becoming familiar with each Voice Quality, participants will be given the opportunity to apply their new skills in small group practice sessions. There will also be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.
Level Two: Figure Combinations for Six Voice Qualities™ will be of interest to singers, actors, public speakers, voice teachers, and clinical voice professionals.
Click below to listen to samples of the Voice Qualities™. As you listen, be reminded that these voice qualities, like the Figures, are only exercises to further develop deliberate control of voice production options. They train the isolated control that can then be applied to creation of any of the near-infinite number of vocal colors human voices use in speech and singing!
|Estill Speech Quality||Estill Falsetto Quality|
|Estill Sob Quality||Estill Oral Twang Quality|
|Estill Nasal Twang Quality||Estill Belt Quality|
|Estill Opera Quality|
Advanced workshops specialize in refinement and application of techniques introduced in Level One and Level Two.
"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."
former Music School Director
and Voice Teacher