Mars Hill University
Mars Hill University has enjoyed a 23-year relationship with Estill Voice Training™ founder, Jo Estill, as a direct result of her pioneering work in voice science. What began as an interest in incorporating Estill's Figures for Voice into the music curriculum of the institution, has steadily grown into a significant educational partnership down through the years with Jo Estill and her business partners.
Today, Mars Hill University voice and musical theatre majors engage in a four-year course of study in EVT Levels I and II. The students learn each of the voice qualities in a two-year sequence of Singer-on Stage performance classes and complete their study of Estill Voice Training™ in a senior vocal pedagogy seminar that has as its focus the identification and remediation of the twenty-one common problems.
Recently, through a generous matching grant from Estill Voice International, the Department of Music at Mars Hill University has been able to equip each of its Voice Lab computers with Estill Voiceprint Plus™s and accompanying instruction manuals. In addition, the grant has made it possible to provide the voice faculty with the same interactive software and resource materials.
"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