Acting through song
In musical theatre, every note that you sing must portray an emotional content. An efficient Musical Theatre (MT) technique should allow you to express subtle changes in mood, regardless of where you are in your vocal range. In other words, you must be able to sing ANY note in ANY tone of voice.
Vocal techniques which insist that you should / must transition from one mode to another at a specific point in your range may work for Classical and Pop music, but are too inflexible to work in MT. Any 'method' which states that you have to shift from 'Head' to 'Chest' on your '2nd bridge', for example, is NOT suitable for MT work. (And if your teacher is still thinking in terms of 'Head and Chest voices', they're a good distance away from understanding the voice!)
In MT, performers are expected to be able to demonstrate a whole range of appropriate voice qualities, regardless of range, shifting between them as the text dictates.
Modern vocal techniques
Traditional, Classically-based singing lessons are not appropriate for modern musical theatre singers. Whereas classical singers are taught the Bel Canto style (literally 'beautiful singing') theatre performers have to portray a much greater range of emotions in a way that is direct and convincing. In theatre, you often have to make sounds that are far from 'beautiful singing' but which must be real, natural - and perfectly safe.
Estill Voice Training™ is a 'voice model' that puts the singer in complete control of their instrument. With Estill Voice Training™, the singer is empowered to make subtle choices, to use their voice in a natural way, and to take ownership of their own artistry.
For almost two decades now, EVT has led the way in training Musical Theatre performers, contributing to the 'modern theatre sound'. It was EVT that defined Belt (or Belting), the form of high-energy singing so prevalent in the West End and on Broadway. Indeed, Belt was a term coined by Jo Estill herself.
Training for the West End
EVT gives the singer control over the various components of the voice, allowing an infinite range of tonal values. Although the learning process is demanding, the end result more than justifies the means. As one singer said, 'it's like I've traded my 12 crayon box for a 120 crayon box. I have so many options'.
Andy Follin is a Certified Master Teacher (CMT) of EVT. As the only Certified Estill teacher working in the North of England, Andy is uniquely placed to assist musical theatre singers in the area. He works with professionals preparing for auditions, tours and contracts, post-graduate students looking to apply to agents and colleges, and undergraduates seeking entry at the top colleges such as Mountview and Guildford.
So many directors, conductors and agents are now aware of EVT that it is fast becoming an essential item on the CV of anyone looking to pursue a career in Musical Theatre. A grounding in Estill Voice Training™ quickly shows that you're serious about your voice - and your career.
Coaching designed around you
Andy is a professional vocal coach, not a school teacher or piano teacher doing a few singing lessons in their spare time. Unlike a lot of voice teachers, Andy does not insist on long-term tuition, where students have to attend regular lessons, repeating the same exercises until their voice improves. You can attend as often as you like, but there's no compulsion to attend every week or every fortnight. In fact, many students only book sessions every 4 to 6 weeks.
Estill Voice Training™ is known for producing quick results. Quite often, Andy finds that long-standing problems can be fixed in the first few lessons. At your first session, Andy will give you an assessment of your abilities and draw up a plan that ensures you get to where you want to be, as quickly as possible.
If you're ready to take your voice to the next level, book a lesson with Andy today (see bottom of page).
Record your lesson
If you want to record your lesson (either the entire session or specific sections) or just have a recording of your performance to take home, simply bring along a USB memory stick and Andy can record you directly through the system.
You'll have a CD quality .wav format recording which you can then burn to disc or upload.
Singing lessons - costs and times
£50 for 1 hour
Monday: 1000 - 1930
Tuesday: 1000 - 1930
Wednesday: 1000 - 1830
Thursday: 1000 - 1830
Friday: 1000 - 1500
Book your singing lesson now!
To book your first singing lesson with Andy, you need to pay in advance.
Please note that waiting times can be up to 4 weeks, depending on the time slot you require. If you have an urgent requirement, please contact Andy before paying your deposit.
Simply click on the link below and follow the Paypal instructions (NB each 60 minute session costs £50). Once you've paid, Andy will contact you to arrange a suitable time for your lesson.
If you don't have a Paypal account, please contact Andy for alternative ways to pay.
Please note: Clients must give a minimum of 48 hours' notice should they need cancel a lesson. Giving less than 48 hours' notice will mean the full cost of that lesson will be charged. Additionally, if a client forgets a scheduled lesson or is late (regardless of reason, including illness) the full cost of the lesson will still be charged.