Will I be qualified in Estill if I attend a Level I & II course?
No. However after attending and taking part in all elements, participants receive an Attendance Certificate. This will count as a prerequisite towards pursuit of an Estill Voice Training qualification.
Can I take Level I & II separately and what is the advantage of doing them together?
Yes you can take Level I & II separately. People usually do them together due to time/financial constraints. Taking both together has proved over many years to be the most effective and enjoyable way to learn the model.
I have been teaching singing for years. I would like to know at what level I can enter to achieve Estill qualifications?
Level I & II courses are progressive and together teach the model in its entirety. For example it is not possible to progress on to Level II without first taking Level I.
My Speech/Language Therapist has recommended Estill voice training. Should I sign up for just Level I or Level II also? I'm worried about intensive vocal exercising over three days, let alone five. Currently, I am worn out after an hour of singing.
The best approach would be to attend the Level I course with an option to stay on for Level II. Although the courses are intensive, much of the time involves listening and observing others, not only working on your own voice.
Healthy vocalisation, without pain, is at the heart of what we teach. Rest assured you will be monitored closely throughout with help always at hand if you are unsure. If you feel fatigued at any point, you can rest your voice and still be a part of the course.
Often during Level I people find that the information ‘clicks’ and they are able to effect changes quite quickly. Therefore, you may feel at the end of Level I that you wish to stay on for Level II.
Can I take Level I & II in one-2-one sessions?
This is not the best way to receive the material. Observing others and having them observe your progress as part of a group greatly enhances learning. It’s also much more fun!
Why are the exercises called ‘Figures’?
The word Figure is borrowed from 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, physical and mental control.
Similarly, Estill Voice Training – Figures for Voice are exercises used to acquire and demonstrate control before application to the voice.