Transgender Voice Feminization MTF Coaching Tips

7 Transgender Voice Feminization MTF Coaching Tips

Let’s face it, even if you look like the most passable girl or woman in the world, the moment you open your mouth and speak is the time you get ultimately read as male or female. If you want to have an easier time as a transgender female then you really owe it to your self to develop your female voice and avoid those award and mostly inwardly embarrassing moments of being recognized as trans just because of the way you speak.

During my transgender transition I researched and uncovered seven steps to developing my truly female voice, I wanted to share these steps with you. Seven of them work on the femininity but the eighth is a “secret” method that actually makes your voice SOUND female – not just feminine! (This is discussed further in the Kathe Perez video study course referenced below).

STEP 1: Pitch

Most people assume that the primary difference between men’s and women’s voices is Pitch. But we shall see that the actually difference in pitch between the sexes is minimal. In fact, the overlap of range between the sexes allows for almost ANY individual to fall well within accepted norms of pitch.

Pitch may be perceived as the most important factor for voice and subsequently gender identification. A strong marker for the perception of female voice is an average speaking pitch of 180 Hz in a range of approximately 140 to 300 Hz. The average non-transgender female pitch is approximately 225Hz while the average non-transgender male pitch is approximately 125Hz. A pitch range that is considered gender neutral generally falls between 155-185Hz. It has been demonstrated that increasing speaking pitch impacts the degree of voice feminization. [2]

STEP 2: Dynamic Range

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, even though they are quite capable of extending that range. It is simply a matter of training, not physiology. In contrast, women use a much WIDER dynamic range, which is what gives their voices more of a “sing/song” effect.

Understanding the frequencies that are common in typical feminine speech patterns is critical to capturing convincing and favorable feminine voice patterns.

STEP 3: Enunciation

Enunciation is the way you pronounce your words. Just as one might do a dialect, there is a female dialect that transcends languages and cultures. The complete course gives you the understanding and training for developing a fully feminine enunciation.

STEP 4: Vocabulary

Yes there are masculine and feminine words. In our culture, certain words are almost exclusively reserved for males and others for females. Practicing the embellishments, inflections and nuances that characterize feminine speech is an important part of voice feminization.

STEP 5: Grammar

Being masculine or feminine has a lot to do with brokering power. When one forms words into sentences, the ORDER of words as well as modifiers and parentheticals change the position of power of the speaker. We’ll look into ways to adopt the “power level” appropriate to the many roles played by either sex.

STEP 6: 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!

STEP 7: Resonance

Resonance is the modulation of whatever pitch you have. It puts the envelope on the voice that takes the pitch and assigns it Timbre. In the course you will get exercises that anyone can do to find that special place in their voice and develop a truly FEMALE resonance. [3]

Contributors to vocal resonance include the length of the pharynx and size of the sinuses, which in transgender women who have undergone a male puberty are fixed in a larger size than with non-transgender women. [1]

Conclusion & Course Study:

No matter your imagined capabilities, speaking with a female voice is a skill that can be learned and improved upon with the correct training. Through a simple but systematic approach you really can achieve a female voice in only a few weeks, we recommend that you do follow the instructional videos and practice worksheets giving in the Kathe Perez course. [3]

Studies indicate that trans women attain improvement in feminine speech following voice therapy and 97% are completely satisfied with the outcome.

The 7 steps, noted above, are the starting point from which to achieve your desired female voice and vocal characteristics; the steps are covered in detail in both video and study formats, you can follow the complete course and develop your voice to make you pass as a woman; please visit the ‘Kathe Perez’ site, she is a certified speech language pathologist and trans voice feminization specialist, you can work through the course at your own pace and achieve a passable feminine voice within 30 days.

Citations & Resources; for transgender voice feminization study.
[1] The shortcut to a female voice by Lena, She has a resource with information gathered following her own transition [ http://lena.kiev.ua/voice/
[2] Citation: Casado JC, O’Connor C, Angulo MS, Adrián JA. Wendler glottoplasty and voice-therapy in male-to-female transsexuals: results in pre and post-surgery assessment. Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp. 2015 May [cited 2016 Mar 18];
[3] The 30 day crash course, independent voice feminization sudy course by Kathe Perez, Kathe a renowned expert in transgender voice feminization (Certified speech language pathologist and transgender voice feminization specialist). [ http://www.transgenderhub.com/voice-feminization ]
Recommended Reading: The Voice Book for Trans and Non-Binary People by Matthew Mills (Amazon)
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9 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Sam, yep the course I guess is not cheap but I think it is worth the money. I completed this course about 16 months ago and it helped me to develop my female voice, prior to using this, I tended to pass on good days but there were times due to laziness and stressful situations that I would drop back down into a more masculine voice. I like the way the course is structured and the video’s are easy to follow and you learn by stop-repeat technique. 🙂

  2. Thanks Val, well that gives me trust then in this method and then $127 is still lot of money but I think it is worth it then . And this amount of money is to do then if you have had good results

  3. Yes, the results I had from this course have improved my feminine speech. I used to worry about speaking and inwardly felt everybody would know that I was trans, now I am happy to even talk to groups of co-workers in monthly meetings.

  4. Having completed the course I can say that this is one of those online courses that over delivers on results, Kathe is a certified professional in the voice feminization field, she has arranged the modules very nicely, the actual study is focused on helping you to really start speaking with a female voice. I was pleasantly surprised of the results to my voice, in just over 2 weeks, I had my friends comment on the change from gruff male to a passable female speaking voice. Yes, it seems a little expensive but in fact you get an amazing resource and the best thing is it works.

  5. I can vouch for Kathe Perez as she has really transformed my self confidence and ability to hold my head up high when talking. I knew that although hormone treatment and ultimately surgery would allow me to present as a woman it was my rather deep voice that would give me away in a heartbeat. This course is definitely worth using, the creator Kathe is specialized in coaching transgender patients and having now gone through this course which is designed to take beginner steps through to complete vocal feminization with audio, video, and worksheets. I know this works, I am living proof that going from my depressed state of having a deep masculine voice and now having a passable feminine one you can change and feel better about your self if you work at it.

  6. Thx for the article, I have posted this on Facebook for my trans girlfriends. Sadly, for me as a transgender man this does not seem applicable, is their anything like this for trans men and perhaps you could send me details, I am feeling a little left out. thanks again 🙂

    • Hello Marcus, glad you found the article useful enough to share with your friends. In regard to your question; I do believe that Kathe Perez does do coaching for FTM trans men, get in touch with her via the website in citation [3] above. Hope that helps, let me know if you need anything more.

  7. I have had some voice therapy lessons from a speech pathologist. We worked on all of the things described in the article. For me, the most beneficial takeaway was moving the sound of my voice up into my head while projecting. For some reason that allowed me to pass especially on the phone.

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