Free voice workshops in September

If you are headed to the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference this year, please join us there for a feminine or masculine workshop about connecting the body and mind.

Feminine voice strategies for the body and mind, Sept 8, 2017, 9:00 – 10:00 am

Masculine voice strategies for the body and mind, Sept 9, 2017, 5:45 – 6:45 pm

Voice change requires not only new voice techniques but also mental cues to yourself about your voice. These cues develop mindfulness of your voice in the moment as well as motivation to embrace and own your voice as it evolves. These hands-on workshops outline things you can DO and things you can THINK in order to achieve a more feminine or masculine voice. Through discussion and practice of various vocal tasks, cues, and reminders, you will discover how the body and mind influence each other in the important process of learning how to express yourself in a more authentic way. These workshops apply to anyone interested in increasing feminine or masculine presentation to any degree across the gender spectrum, with or without HRT. Handouts provided.

https://www.mazzonicenter.org/trans-health

How voice therapists are helping trans people sound like their true selves

LINK TO ARTICLE – click here to read an online news story that was posted on Fusion.net today (8/17/16):

http://fusion.net/story/327356/christie-block-transgender-speech-therapist/

Many thanks to Nidhi Prakash for a sensitive and nuanced story, and kudos to my client, Rebecca Oppenheimer, for her success in voice and in life! Thanks also to Laura Jacobs LCSW, for recognizing the importance of voice in transgender health.

 

Voice workshop: Speaking quietly

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 7:00-8:30 pm, 65 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to discuss and practice speaking quietly, while maintaining a more feminine or more masculine voice. We will do exercises that target breathing, articulation, and pitch while modifying loudness. Open to all levels of experience with masculine or feminine voice, with or without HRT, and any variation of feminine, masculine, or genderqueer identity. $40.00 fee – cash, check, or credit card. Sign up by calling 347-677-3619 or emailing cblock@nyspeechandvoicelab.net by Friday, July 22, 2016.

Voice workshop: Breathing for a better voice

Tuesday, March 29th, 7:00-8:30 pm, 65 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to discuss and practice breathing and phrasing techniques that help to 1) prevent vocal strain, 2) improve vocal quality, 3) improve one’s ability to speak loudly, and 4) reset for consistent talking over longer periods. Open to all levels of experience with masculine or feminine voice, with or without HRT, and any variation of feminine, masculine, or genderqueer identity. $40.00 fee – cash, check, or credit card. Sign up by emailing Christie Block at cblock@nyspeechandvoicelab.net by Friday, March 25th.

Helping trans people find their voices

Voice workshop: Voice critiques

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00-8:30 pm, 65 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC. This workshop will be a more open format in which each participant will be able to read and/or talk in front of the group, and be given friendly, constructive, professional and peer feedback about their overall voice/speech presentation. I will provide a choice of 2-minute readings, or you could be bring in an article, story, or poem of your own choosing. You may even practice reading it aloud ahead of time, though that is not required. If you aren’t interested in reading, you may choose to talk about a subject for 2 minutes instead, such as sharing information about your job or a hobby. Practical voice/speech tips and directions will be provided for each individual. This is your opportunity to get some honest yet supportive feedback! Open to all levels of experience with masculine or feminine voice, with or without HRT, and any variation of feminine, masculine, or genderqueer identity. $40.00 fee – cash, check, or credit card. Sign up by calling 347-677-3619 or emailing cblock@nyspeechandvoicelab.net by 8:00 am Monday, November 16, 2015. All are welcome but seating is limited!

 

Voice workshop: Get loud!

Thursday, October 15, 7:00-9:00 pm, 65 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC. Back by popular demand, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to discuss and practice speaking loudly (including yelling), while maintaining a more feminine or more masculine voice. Open to all levels of experience with masculine or feminine voice, with or without HRT, and any variation of feminine, masculine, or genderqueer identity. $40.00 fee – cash, check, or credit card. Sign up by calling 347-677-3619 or emailing cblock@nyspeechandvoicelab.net by Tuesday October 13, 2015.

 

Caitlin Jenner and feminine voice training

In reaction to Caitlin Jenner’s recent comment about wanting her voice to be more feminine, Korin Miller of Yahoo Health asked me about the nature of feminine voice training.

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE:

Male Voice, Female Body: How Transgender Women like Caitlin Jenner Can Feminize Their Tone

 

Embrace your best possible self

Changing your voice and communication patterns to better conform to your gender expression can be challenging. You must learn to play your vocal instrument as well as you can with what you have, even if you have seen improvements from testosterone (transmasculine) or pitch-raising surgery (transfeminine). In addition to compensating for biological limitations, you must counter habitual ways of talking that your brain and speech mechanism are used to producing. BUT, with practice and mindfulness, these challenges can be met with new, useful, and more satisfying ways of talking.

In that process, you should celebrate your overall improvement and even your small successes along the way, rather than expecting perfection or expecting to sound exactly cisgender. Aiming for your best possible voice is not only realistic but it is chance for you to accept yourself and be more confident and happy with your new skills. And in that way, other people will be more likely to respond positively to you and be more open to gender diversity!

 

Voice workshop: Express yourself

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 7:00-9:00 pm, 65 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC. We will practice showing a variety of emotions such as surprise, anger, and excitement in ways that are consistent with one’s gender identity. In doing so, we will discuss how to modify pitch, intonation, stress, and loudness while maintaining naturalness and healthy voice. Open to all levels of experience and varying degrees of masculine and feminine voice along the gender spectrum. $40.00 fee. Sign up by calling 347-677-3619 or emailing cblock@nyspeechandvoicelab.net by Tuesday, June 23, 2015.