Finally...a voice that feels like it's really mine!
The way you speak can empower and anchor you in your identity, and that it is at the center of our gender-affirming speech and communication programs. Our goal is to help alleviate voice dysphoria, but more importantly, we want to help you define and live in a state of vocal gender euphoria. We believe that our job is to honor your expertise in your own experience and help you feel at home with your own voice.
Like many women in transition, I struggled for some time to find my voice on my own. I thought I tried everything. But with my teacher at The Voice Lab, I'm delighted by the progress I've made and that I’m finally presenting as my authentic self in public. I'm so happy to have a voice that feels like it's truly mine.
Start here: Fiercely Femme
One Weird Trick: Trans Voice Weekend
June 26 - June 27, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom
If you are the type of person who loves to soak up information all at once so you can try it out on your own, One Trick: Trans Voice Weekend is the perfect jumping off point. This two-day online workshop includes voice techniques, exercises, and guided practice with Liz, author of One Weird Trick: A User's Guide to Transgender Voice.
Saturday, June 26
10:00 am - 3:00 pm central time
Lecture-style information about gender and voice:
Components of voice and speech
The 4 big things that lead people to perceive gender in a voice, and how to use One Weird Trick to support your voice goals
Vocal hygiene basics, signs and symptoms of fatigue, and what to do when your voice isn’t “working”
Breath and body
Mindfulness and guided breathing to encourage your body to support your voice
Exercises for Pitch, Inflection, Resonance, and Articulation Find your habits within these four components and develop new ways of expressing your authentic voice
Sunday, June 27
10:00 am - 3:00 pm central time
Break-out rooms for optional-but-encouraged practice:
Non-verbal communication and non-speech sounds
Gestures, facial expressions, coughing, laughing, sneezing, etc.
Guided practice: Pitch and Inflection
Guided practice: Resonance and Articulation
Guided practice: Non-verbal
Will the weekend be recorded? The lecture portions of the weekend will be recorded and available to re-watch for one month. For privacy protection, guided practice sessions and breakout rooms will not be recorded.
What if I can’t be there the whole day? That’s ok! All the lectures will be recorded so you can catch the replay. The weekend is designed so you can access the information either all at once, or at your own pace, or both.
Each person’s journey in gendered speech is unique. Regardless of where you start, having a weekly, one-on-one lesson can help you find more gender euphoria and safety. If you’ve already tried some methods on your own—including the One Weird Trick live class—and you want to know if you’re on the “right” track, work with one of our trained teachers to receive concrete and compassionate guidance. All of our current faculty are trained to provide gender-affirming speech lessons.
Our philosophy on "passing"
We recognize that in our current society, you as a trans/non-binary person carry the burden of comporting yourself in order to be treated with kindness and decency. It should not be yours to bear. We honor that moving fluidly in the world is a safety concern even in the smallest social interactions. We believe that our responsibility within voice work is threefold: to recognize the existence of gender stereotypes; to deconstruct harmful gender stereotypes and to give you tools to adapt in order to keep yourself safe; and to celebrate the beauty, complexity, and individuality of gender, especially as it relates to voice and communication.
I started taking lessons shortly before I began medically transitioning. I had heard horror stories of people losing their singing voice after starting hormone therapy, and was terrified I would never be able to sing again. Not only did I save my voice, I’m now singing with a wider range than ever before, and I'm confident and happy with how I sound. It is not hyperbole to say that The Voice Lab is life changing. Thank you!