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Certification in gender
affirming voicework

There is a certification process for music therapists and graduate level music therapy students who would like to facilitate gender affirming voicework services for others. The process consists of completing Level I: Foundations and Level II: Clinical work. Upon completing the necessary requirements for both of these levels, trainees will receive their certification in gender affirming voicework and will be added to the list of music therapists certified in gender affirming voicework.

Level I: Foundations of gender affirming voicework

Develop understanding of key theories and concepts while also engaging in person-of-the-therapist work.

Level II: Clinical Work in gender affirming voicework

Engaging in clinical work under direct supervision

Level III

This level will focus on training the trainer and is currently in development. Upon working with first gav cohort through Levels I & II, it is anticipated to gain more clarity for what this level will involve.

In the Art of Becoming Scholarship

For each Level I: Foundations of gender affirming voicework training, Becoming Through Sound will cover the cost of at least one BIPOC transgender, nonbinary, and/or gender expansive individual to attend the training through the In the Art of Becoming Scholarship.

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Becoming Through Sound LLC is an Approved Provider (#P-227) through the Certification Board for Music Therapists. 

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Learn more about gender affirming voicework

Please note: The term "gender affirming voicework" refers to a very specific set of ideas initially developed by Maevon Gumble and which Braedyn Inmon and k schachner have joined in developing in relation to gender and voice-focused music therapy. While it is not the only way of engaging with gender and the voice within music therapy, it does refer to a very specific set of ideas and ways of musically working. Therefore, it is requested that you only use the term "gender affirming voicework" to describe your music therapy work once you have completed the required training.​

Literature & Interviews

"Gender affirming voicework"

Podcast interview for The Feeling Is Musical (2021)

Maevon Gumble

"Queer: More Than An Adjective"

Podcast interview from The MTea (2020)

Maevon Gumble

"Gender affirming voicework: A Queer Autoethnographic Account"

Article from Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy (2020)

Maevon Gumble

"Gender affirming voicework: An Introduction for Music Therapy"


Article from Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy (2019)

Maevon Gumble

"Interview on gender affirming voicework"

Interview for Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy (2020)

Maevon Gumble

Embodied Speech Through Song: A Queer Autoethnographic Exploration of gender affirming voicework in Music Therapy


Master's thesis (Slippery Rock University) (2019)

Maevon Gumble

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