Transgender Voice Development

I devised this course, so as to, provide voice and communication training for male-to-female (MtF) clients and for female-to-male (FtM) clients. In general, men and women communicate differently. For example, most men tend to speak with lower pitched voices, while women use higher pitched voices. Women often use more gestures when they speak. Men may use shorter sentences that get more to the point. Individuals who are transgender/transsexual often elect to have voice and communication therapy to help them use their voice in a safe way and communicate more like the opposite gender of that in which they were born.

Course Outline

  • Pitch range
  • Breathing for MTF & FTM
  • Relaxation laryngeal tension
  • Resonance
  • Tone of the voice within conversation
  • Intonation pattern - the rhythm of speech
  • Rate - how fast or slow the person speaks
  • Volume/intensity
  • Language
  • Speech sound production - articulation
  • Articulation Patterns the way we say certain sounds
  • Pragmatics - social rules of communication
  • Aspects of communication
  • Nonverbal communication gestures, timing, eye contact etc.
  • Vocal hygiene