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Vocal Training for Flute

Practical applications to enhance playing and improve vocal health

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You are warmly invited to this inspiring three part course that will help you to see, hear and feel your voice - and your flute playing - in a new way.

Together with opera singer and voice expert Stefan Holmström, you will gain an understanding of how your voice works and begin to train specific parts of your voice that are especially beneficial for flautists.

This innovative course has been created from Stefan's unique perspective as a trained classical flute player, singer and Estill Master Trainer. 

Estill Voice Training (EVT) is a scientific approach to vocal development founded by American voice researcher Jo Estill who sought answers to the simple question "How am I doing this?". The result is a practical method that is used worldwide by singers, speakers, pedagogues and clinicians alike.

 

When it comes to the flute, we are often focused on things that we can easily see and feel, like the lips and fingers for example. However, many of EVT's concepts and several of its voice structures apply equally to flute because what happens in your larynx and vocal tract when you are playing has consequences for both your sound and vocal health.

The information presented in this course complements traditional teaching of the flute by empowering you with knowledge of your voice and how to use it more effectively and sustainably.

When

Thursdays 

13, 20 and 27 June 2024

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm BST

Venue

Online (Zoom)

Cost

Full price: £85 per person

(Early Bird: £75 by 30 April 2024)

 

Students: £75 per person 

(Early Bird: £65 by 30 April 2024)

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Curriculum

The course consists of three modules delivered weekly for three weeks. Teaching is via interactive lectures that mix both theory and practical work. There are opportunities for some individual coaching. Above all, the course is a safe space for exploration using both your voice and your flute. This is also a great opportunity to connect with other flutists.

Each module will explore different vocal structures - false vocal folds, true vocal folds, tongue, velum and larynx height - and:

  • explain how your voice works using vocal anatomy, physiology and acoustics

  • clarify similarities and differences between flute playing and speaking/singing

  • improve alignment to optimise breath control

  • share crossover practice strategies from singing

  • prioritise vocal health awareness for flute players

 

Module 1: False Vocal Folds

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm BST 

In Module 1, you will learn about the false vocal folds and begin to train them. You will discover what it means to speak, sing and play the flute without strain in the larynx. You will also explore how false vocal fold control has a profound impact on tone, vibrato and breathing.​

Module 2: True Vocal Folds

Thursday, 20 June 2024, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm BST

In Module 2, you will learn the role of the true vocal folds in singing and flute playing.​ We will explore advanced breath control for dynamics, tone colour and have lots of fun singing and playing the flute at the same time!

Module 3: Tongue, Velum and Larynx Height

Thursday, 27 June 2024, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm BST

In Module 3, you will experiment with resonance in flute playing by exploring the tongue, the velum (soft palate) and larynx height. The session includes exercises to release tongue tension and Tongue Yoga, which promotes agility and independent control of tongue and jaw.

When

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm BST

Thursdays 13, 20 and 27 June 2024

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Where

Online (Zoom)

 

Who it's for

This workshop is aimed at flute players of all levels and flute teachers.

Cost

Full price: £85 per person

(Early Bird: £75 by 30 April 2024)

 

Students: £75 per person 

(Early Bird: £65 by 30 April 2024)

 

About Estill Voice Training

Estill Voice Training (EVT) is a scientific, evidence-based system for vocal development. It is a life-changing approach that can help you become a stronger and more emotional performer by giving you effective tools to improve your craft. With EVT, simple everyday sounds are used to identify structures in the larynx and in the vocal tract (i.e. throat, mouth and nose). These are then trained in detail to give conscious, predictable and reliable control of your voice. 

About the trainer

Stefan Holmström, MFA and Estill Master Trainer (EMT), is a professional opera singer and voice teacher who originally trained as a classical flute player. Following a career performing at Glyndebourne, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park and as a member of the Phantom of the Opera Company at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, Stefan offers expert vocal training and workshops to a wide range of voice users from his studio in central Brighton. He has also taught at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. 

How to register

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Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Stefan.

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