Gender Affirming Voicework

Individual Sessions or Workshops


Gender affirming voicework is a new music therapy method developed by Maevon Gumble which aims to address gender-based vocal needs on a holistic level through the use of singing, conversational improvisation, chanting/toning, movement, imagery, relaxation experiences, and other music-based experiences.


Gender affirming voicework can be a lot of different things depending on what you're hoping to get out of the work. It could be:

  • working with your physical voice in terms of accessing a more affirming sound through changing vocal habits,
  • working with the body to encourage relaxation and groundedness as well as working with the ways we express and relate to our voice, body, and gender,
  • exploring your emotional connection with your voice, body, and/or gender and ways of feeling more at home with yourself
  • or some combination of these.

The overarching goal of this work, though, is to access and embody a more affirming way of existing within the world. 

A typical session includes beginning with a check-in, establishing an intention for the session, engaging in mindfulness and body-focused experiences, and then moving into our intention through music- and voice-based experiences.


Intentions can include, but are not limited to:

  • shifting how high or how low your voice might be
  • shifting where your voice is resonating/vibrating within your body
  • exploring imagery/thoughts that are reflective of your experiences of your voice/body
  • working on fostering a more sustainable and affirming vocal sound
  • learning strategies to ground your voice in your body
  • practicing interacting with each other within affirming spaces

  • exploring the various emotions that might come up within this work

  • healing from gender-based trauma

  • and so on

Gender affirming voicework is grounded in the belief that we as people often experience a kind of gender trauma through being socialized to interact with and live within the world in limiting ways. Directly working with the impacts of existing within this incredibly gendered and binary world, gender affirming voicework surrounds listening deeply and profoundly to our own experiences of ourselves--our own authenticity--as a way of honoring and fully embodying authentic and affirming gender expressions. By listening in to ourselves, we might begin to speak, sing, move, and live in the most affirming and authentic way we can.


A key idea to the way we practice: We are not "prescriptive" about the voice; we are collaborative. In a nutshell, this means that you are not going to be told "this is how you must voice." Instead, we're going to explore your own voice so that you can decide which aspects of your voice you are wanting to shift and then develop a set of strategies for shifting these.


This method continues to be developed as Maevon Gumble continues to work alongside 1) individuals who seek to access and embody more affirming gender expressions for themselves and 2) music therapists who seek to provide gender affirming voicework services.

You might be feeling nervous about using music in therapy spaces, and that makes so much sense. Music can be a vulnerable place, especially if we're worried about "doing it the right way" and especially when it comes to the voice. The voice is so intertwined with our own identity. The good thing about music therapy is: You don't have to have any background in music. You don't have to be a "musician." We're not here to perform. We're here to be present in the music and engage in it as a way to foster health and wellbeing.

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS

A place to work individually on the identified goals specific to your voice and gender

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are held throughout the year which provides the opportunity for folx to begin engaging in gender affirming voicework in a community setting. These workshops are perfect for somebody interested in engaged in gender affirming voicework!

Unfortunately, no workshops are currently being offered. Stay tuned for future opportunities.

A note for music therapists: Alongside their colleague, Braedyn Inmon, Maevon Gumble is in the process of developing a training model specific to gender affirming voicework. If you are interested in learning how to engage in this work, please reach out through the Contact page to let us know you'd like to be kept up-to-date as this training model emerges. Relatedly, "gender affirming voicework" relates to a very specific set of ideas / therapeutic approach. It is requested that if you are engaging in similar work that you do not use the term "gender affirming voicework" without training with Maevon Gumble. Thank you! 

Please note that all services are only offered through Zoom.

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