Estill Voice Training (EVT)
Being a singing teacher for more than twenty years, I have been teaching many of the valuable "old", classical techniques. The last decade I came across a number of new, exciting methods for voice, such as Estill Voice Training (EVT) and Complete Vocal Technique (CVT), the latter is a training system developed by Cathrin Sadolin. It is this very combination of knowledge and skills that allows me to teach not only classical singing but also commercial vocal music styles of singing and speaking professionally. Being a Certified Master in the Estill Voice Model, EVT is the key element in my voice training program.
Estill Voice Training is discovered and developed by the American voice scientist and opera singer, Jo Estill (1921-2010).
From the EVT model we learn to distinguish some basic voice qualities like 'speech', 'falsetto' and 'thin folds'(soft phonation). When we start a phonation with a glottal onset as in pronouncing the word 'okay', a speech like quality of the tone results, whereas the word 'you' or 'why' both provoke a soft and clear phonation. Changes in other structures like larynx height or velum can colour the basic voice quality furthermore. Clear and well-designed exercises enable students of every age to achieve a high level of voice control. The learning process will be boosted once the principles of motor learning are embedded within the training program, which allow for aiming at rather ambitious vocal targets.
Singing pop, jazz, music theatre, baroque, opera or other styles of music in an authentically way is within reach to each student. The Estill Voice Model acknowledges no ethical limitations, only physical: it should never hurt the voice. With this in mind, even special vocal effects like growling, grunting en screams can be learned in a safe way without the risk on vocal trauma.