An evaluation of the estill voice model as a tool for vocal character design

Grey, Matthew Giles Grey (2017) An evaluation of the estill voice model as a tool for vocal character design. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: An evaluation of the estill voice model as a tool for vocal character design
Synopsis:

Many actors describe the difficulty of finding the right sound in their voices that will
integrate into an overall character design for their role (Zamir, 2012). The work of four influential voice and speech trainers Berry (1974), Rodenburg (2002), Linklater (2006) and Fitzmaurice (2015) has established an epistemology of voice pedagogy that is variously represented in training around the world. However, while their work aims to enable an actor to develop their own expressive instrument that is equipped for professional performance, they offer little or no guidance with regards to fashioning a vocal design for character. Research conducted in the 1980s by singer and voice expert Jo Estill, produced clear and useful information about how the voice works and how we produce different qualities of sound. The definitive manual of her work, The Estill Voice Model (Steinhauer at al., 2017) was published in May 2017. This resource formed the focus of this study, which examined whether or not Estill’s work could be utilized to help an actor create useful character voices with a degree of certainty. The research was conducted with the help of fifty students of acting in a tertiary level arts college in Singapore. Given that the study relied heavily upon impressions formed by listeners, a mainly qualitative approach to recording and analyzing data was employed. The results showed strong potential for the application of Estill’s model in acting and encouraged further research.

Subjects: Arts Pedagogy and Practice > Thesis -- MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Arts Pedagogy and Practice
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2020 03:20
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2020 03:20
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/764
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