Upcoming free voice workshops in August

I will be presenting again this year at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference - one workshop on masculine voice and one workshop on feminine voice. I hope to see you there!

How to Be Expressive in a Masculine Voice, Friday, August 3, 2018, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Do you have difficulty sounding excited or friendly without sounding too feminine? Even if your average speaking pitch is lower from testosterone, this can sometimes be a problem. However, there are various ways to be expressive without compromising what you want to say or how masculine you sound. This hands-on workshop outlines ways to speak expressively within a masculine range. We will practice stressing ideas and expressing various emotions by varying pitch, intonation, stress, and loudness in way that is authentic to you. With or without HRT. https://www.mazzonicenter.org/trans-wellness/workshop/how-be-expressive-masculine-voice

Making It Stick: Strategies for Maintaining a Feminine Voice, Saturday, August 4, 10:15 - 11:15 am

Learning how speak in a more feminine way is one thing, but keeping it going is another. It can be challenging to speak for a longer period of time or speak across a variety of real-life situations with other people. Factors such as whom you are speaking to, what you are speaking about, or where you are speaking can influence how easy or hard it is to use your voice. This hands-on workshop outlines how to maintain feminine voice across longer utterances and different social situations. Using pitch-raising, we will demonstrate, practice, and discuss techniques and strategies. https://www.mazzonicenter.org/trans-wellness/workshop/making-it-stick-strategies-maintaining-feminine-voice

New website and email address

The New York Speech & Voice Lab now has a new website address, new website design, and a new email address. All clinical services for transgender voice, and for speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders remain the same, as well as the physical location, phone, and fax.

65 Broadway, Suite 822, New York, NY 10006; Tel 347-677-3619; Fax 212-430-6372

I invite you to check out the updates and much of the same content here at www.speechvoicelab.com (formerly www.nyspeechandvoicelab.net). To jump directly to the transgender voice portion of the site, you can still go to www.transgendervoice.net. Here are highlighted posts from my transgender voice blog. Stay tuned for additional info on the blog about events, press, voice tips, and articles.

The new email address, effective immediately, is cblock@speechvoicelab.com. Please use this address from now on. Thank you!


"Vocal therapy helps some transgender people find their voice" • New York Speech & Voice Lab in the press

Here is a radio news story that was broadcast about my client Alice Gorelick on The Pulse on National Public Radio, as part of the WHYY's series Our Bodies, Our Gender September 7-8, 2017:


A big thanks goes out to Paige Pfleger for her sensitive reporting and a big congratulations to Alice on her progress with her voice. Way to go, Alice!

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.