Estill courses are designed to
empower singers, singing teachers, voice clinicians, speech therapists, actors, public speakers, anyone who is serious
about understanding how to successfully get the most from their voice. It teaches exercises and strategies for gaining
masterful control over vocal structures. Once the craft is mastered, the singer or speaker is free to apply it appropriately
to their specific vocal task or song repertoire in any genre of music. Visit www.estillvoice.com for more information.
In 2013 Leigh achieved an Advanced Professional Diploma (TD) in Contemporary Vocal Teaching (with Distinction) from VIDLA (since renamed The Voice College) The Voice College provides courses for singing teachers and singers to expand their knowledge in a broad range of vocal pedagogy, comparing many different teaching methods from the world of traditional classical voice to the contemporary writers about effective voice teaching of today.
"The reading list for this course was vast and varied and I found it very useful initially broadening my awareness about many different teaching methods and singing techniques. The teaching of singing in the UK is an unregulated profession, meaning there are many singers who advertise as vocal coaches and singing teachers who may not have had any formal training themselves. This can be very limiting if you have a student who cannot do what you can do and you have no tools to help them achieve their vocal goals. In my experience the most effective teachers are fonts of knowledge and will continue to learn year on year. They would not claim to have all the answers as voice science is constantly progressing."
Other online resources:
The British Voice Association at www.britishvoiceassociation.org.uk
British Association for Performing Arts Medicine at www.bapam.org.uk
The Association of Teachers of Singing at www.aotos.org.uk
Professional Development for Vocal Coaches and Singing Teachers at www.voiceworkshop.co.uk