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.
• A chance to practice vocal skills in a conversational context.
• Career advancement.
• Increased confidence and self-advocacy in a safe, inviting environment.
• Develop your sense of self.
• The opportunity to share information about the transgender community.
• An occasion to interact with other women around shared experiences.
• An important interaction between skill-building and relationship-building in the therapeutic process.
• Establishing emotional expression and intensity levels when communicating.
• Understanding Makeup artistry.
• Basic Image Consulting.
What is covered in the course:
• PITCH: Raise the position of the laryngeal cartilage by changing your male base note to female.
• POSTURE: Men have larger lungs and can speak longer without taking a breath. Women have less breath capacity and tend to take more breathes when speaking.
• BODY LANGUAGE: Body Language is they way you move while you talk. In fact, it has an actual impact of how the voice itself will sound. By using the proper Body English while you speak, you can improve the femininity of your voice - even on the phone!
• RESONANCE: Is the amplification of your sound, now softer, but placed forward and out.
• PHRASING/MODULATION: Men tend to speak in a flat-footed, monotone way, not varying their tone much and saying as much as they can in one breath. Women modulate, or vary their tone, more.
• DYNAMIC RANGE: describes the difference between the highest highs and the lowest lows that a person uses while speaking. Men use a very narrow dynamic range, women use a much WIDER dynamic range, HENCE their voices have a “sing/song” effect. Men use a different technique for emphasis: they get louder or softer within a narrow range of tones. So, in conversation, a man will “punch” some words and hold back others. In this manner they “make their point”. In contrast, women will rise and lower in tone while keeping roughly the same amplitude or loudness. EXAMPLE: When men in business get together its a competition, when women in business get together its a conspiracy. And this difference in approach and status is reflected in the higher or lower tonal range that a woman adopts depending upon the gender of the other party.
• ENUNCIATION: The way you and shape that you pronounce your words. Men lean toward denotation rather than connotation. When they speak they hit the edges of words like square waves, cutting each one like they were chopping carrots. In contrast, Woman are more connotation oriented. Women are not as concerned with the meaning of a word so much as its context, and that context is expressed in a more flowing, graceful manner. Women will round the edges of their words to avoid cliffs and walls. Men tend to slur words and not speak as clearly as women. Probably due to having louder voices, so they don’t have to enunciate as clearly. For example, a man would say: “Gonna go to Tom’s house ‘n’ watch the game.” Whereas a woman would say: “I’m going to visit Mary. We’re going to do each other’s hair.” A good way to learn to enunciate is to read something and over e-nun-ci-ate each word. Woman adopt a Feminine dialect - As a woman shifts from role to role, she uses the same tools, but with different emphasis depending upon the situation.
• VOCABULARY and GRAMMAR: There are masculine and feminine words/phrases, Part of this derives from the brokering of power. For example, a man usually “wants” something while a woman “would like” something. “Want” means “lack” and implies “need” which further implies the right to have. This reflects the aggressive side of the power equation. I.E. Words/phrases, “I Got a pain in my gut.” Who would say that, a man or a woman? A woman might say, “I have a pain in my stomach.” Another thing men do is slur. They might say, “I hafta gota the store”. “Hafta” is not a word! “Gota” is not a word! A woman might say, “I have to go to the store.” Or even more, she might say, “I ought to.”
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