The Estill Figure Proficiency Certification
The Estill Figure Proficiency Certificate is an individual achievement awarded after passing the Estill Figure Proficiency Examination and attending two Estill Level One and Two courses with an EMCI (Estill Master Course Instructor). The examination involves the candidate being able to demonstrate 19 different voice control options (Jo Estill referred to them as ‘figures’), followed by 6 different voice qualities.
Each of the 19 figures for voice control creates a different sound and sensations when applied by isolating specific structures within the voice. When these 19 figures are specifically combined we are able to produce the separate voice qualities; Speech, Falsetto, Sob, Twang, Opera and Belting.
The purpose of the Estill Figure Proficiency Certificate is to allow the candidate to demonstrate their vocal control and understanding of vocal anatomy and physiology.
Jo Estill was a classical singer and performer but is mostly remembered for her remarkable research into the voice after becoming curious as too “how am I doing this?” when she sang. Jo Estill believed that “Everyone has a beautiful voice…you just have to know how to use it!”. Understanding how we use our voices became the motivation behind Jo Estill’s 40 years of research and education. The voice as an instrument was mostly a mystery and its training based on mimicry. Jo Estill’s research was to prove how any of us are using our voices and with it, she developed the Estill Voice Model, a structured curriculum for voice training which was scientifically supported and promoted vocal health.
The Estill Voice Model
The Estill Voice Model is a scientific structure which teaches control over independent structures within the vocal mechanism. When practised, the Estill Voice Model provides dependable vocal techniques to give confident and complete control of the voice.
There is no aesthetic bias within Estill Voice Training and the principles of the Estill Voice Model are transferrable across any genre of singing or the spoken voice.
Jo Estill broke Estill Voice Training down in to three categories; Craft, Artistry and Performance Magic. She considered the Craft to be the foundation of Estill Voice Training and once mastered, the Artistry and Performance Magic would follow.
Estill Voice Training is used internationally across a multitude of vocal disciplines including Opera, Musical Theatre and Speech Therapy.