Find Your True Masculine Voice with Our Individually Tailored Training Program
At Seattle Voice Lab, we offer you a curriculum that works. Our step-by-step method demystifies the art of vocal masculinization, and gives you the ability to strengthen and deepen your voice, with or without testosterone. After 6 lessons with your personal coach, you’ll have found your true masculine voice.
At SVL we celebrate your individuality, and understand that your journey will be completely unique. You may choose to incorporate hormone replacement therapy (HRT), or voice masculinization surgery into your process. Or, you may decide to use voice training alone to achieve your masculinization goals. Whatever your decision, we’re here for you every step of the way. Our individually tailored lessons are formulated to address your specific needs, and create a roadmap for success. We are passionately dedicated to this work, and are proud to have helped thousands of trans people on their journeys of self-discovery and vocal alignment. Sign up today and take your first step towards your true voice.
How Long Will It Take to Deepen my Voice??
Your curriculum at Seattle Voice Lab is 12 weeks long, and is broken up into three sections.
- After 6-8 weeks you will find your unique masculine voice. In this time you will learn all the voice masculinization techniques you need for success. You’ll be able to walk away with a thorough understanding of how to find and command your unique masculine voice.
- At 8-10 weeks, we introduce guided practice and more refined layers of your voice masculinization. Some examples of this work include learning how to perform a variety of vocal styles such as a loud voice, a flirtatious voice, or learning how to maintain your masculine voice through changing emotions and activities.
- At 10-12 weeks, learn to command your voice beyond Seattle Voice Lab. If needed, we will talk about any fears or worries that may be causing you trouble, and put together a game plan to help you succeed.
Sometimes students will need additional training after the 12-week curriculum. This is usually because a student needs additional time to process the emotional component of voice masculinization, or because they have a particular vocal issue that requires additional training to resolve. At Seattle Voice Lab, we believe that every person has a unique path forward, and we know that sometimes there will be a few bumps in the road! You don’t have to worry, we are fully equipped to address the complexities of trans voice and get you to the finish line.
Seattle Voice Lab also has clients who choose to continue lessons long-term because of their profession. Performers, podcasters, and public speakers use our services to keep their voices in top-notch shape.
Will I Sound Convincingly Masculine?
Yes! Our training program covers every component of your masculine voice, all the way from big-ticket concepts down to small precise details. At Seattle Voice Lab we want you to succeed. Sign up today, and you’ll never have to think about your voice again.
The Role of HRT
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a method that some FTM people may choose to incorporate in their process, however you do not need to use HRT to find your masculine voice. Every aspect of your vocal masculinization can be achieved with voice training alone.
HRT works by exposing the voice to the hormone testosterone. Testosterone has been shown to increase the mass of the vocal folds, thereby creating a deeper sounding voice.[i] However, HRT affects each person differently, and not everyone will experience a profound vocal deepening. You may be completely happy with your voice after treatment, or you may be left wanting more. Studies have shown that 12-16% of participants are not fully satisfied with the masculinization of their voice after HRT[ii],[iii] with one study reporting that 31% of participants expressed a desire to further their masculinization with voice training.[i]
While HRT has very positive effects on vocal fold mass, it does not have the ability to fully address another critical aspect of your masculine resonance: your vocal tract length (VTL). The average vocal tract of a cis-gendered male is 10-20% longer than that of a cis-gendered female.[iv] This difference in length causes the cis-gendered male voice to sound deeper. While HRT has been shown to partially extend VTLs in trans men, it does not bring them into the same range as cis-gendered men.[V] HRT’s inability to fully address VTL may be the root cause for such a large percentage of FTM people experiencing dissatisfaction after treatment.[V] The good news is that this is exactly where trans voice training for vocal masculinization excels! At Seattle Voice Lab, our tried and true technique will help you to address both your VTL and your vocal fold mass with success and ease.
Is surgery an option?
Some FTM people may choose to undergo voice masculinization surgery as part of their journey. Thyroplasty Type III is a surgery that causes the vocal folds to change in length, thereby compelling them to retain a position of high mass (thick folds). The result is a deeper sounding voice. A study from 2020 showed that this surgery significantly lowered the average speaking frequency of participants,[vi] however results will vary from one individual to the next.
Surgery alone may not be enough to meet your masculinization goals, and most surgical centers will recommend voice therapy or voice training post op. In addition, there are some aspects of vocal masculinization that are not addressed by this surgery. Your vocal tract length, which we discussed in our section on “Hormone Replacement Therapy,” and your masculine prosody, which we discussed in our section on “Inflection,” will also need to be trained separately. At Seattle Voice Lab we celebrate and support your individual journey. If you decide surgery is right for you, we are ready to help with all of your vocal masculinization needs pre or post-op.
Let’s Get Started!
I’ve plateaued, now what?
Hit a plateau? We’ve got you covered. At Seattle Voice Lab our coaches are trained to tackle this specific issue. Plateaus can feel immovable; but they are often resolved by a simple correction in vocal technique, or by tightening up your practice regime. You can rest easy knowing that our highly trained coaches are devoted to helping you succeed, and are fully prepared to deal with any challenges along the way.
How do I use my deeper voice full time?
Are you having trouble using your voice full time? We’re here to help! The best way to achieve this goal is actually quite simple: double down on your practice! The training at Seattle Voice Lab is designed to condition you both mentally and physically, and the stronger you are in your practice, the more you’ll be able to call on your skills in challenging situations. You can trust in our technique to get you where you want to go.
Practice and Exercises
Mindful and consistent practice is absolutely crucial for your voice masculinization. At Seattle Voice Lab, your coach will create a practice schedule that is customized to your specific needs and goals. You’ll know exactly what to practice and how often, and the more you practice, the more you’ll get out of it!
At Seattle Voice Lab we are dedicated to helping you attain your short-term and long-term goals. We offer a wide variety of services to support your progress, many of which are free!
Our five step process for self-maintenance. After you complete our 12-week training program, our voice masculinization technique is broken down into a 5-step process for self-maintenance. Carry this simple method with you for the rest of your life!
Book a non-commitment consult or a post-grad check in. You have the option to book a single lesson with a Seattle Voice Lab Coach. This is a great option if you’re a self-taught person looking for specific guidance, or a post-curriculum student wanting a tune up. These lessons are highly individual, and are driven by the specific needs of the student.
Free support options on Discord! Join us for group classes, group feedback, and practice nights. These are all provided for free, even if you are not a Seattle Voice Lab student. We also have complimentary office hours for current students and post-grads. Click here to join us on Discord!
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[i] Hunter J H, et al. ‘Gender differences affecting vocal health of women in vocally demanding careers,’ Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 2011; doi: 10.3109/14015439.2011.587447
[ii] Korpaisarn S, et al. ‘Effects of Testosterone Treatment on Transgender Males: A Single-Institution Study,’ SAGE Journals, 2021; doi: 10.1177/20503121211051546
[iii] Van Borsel J, et al. ‘Voice Problems in Female-to-Male Transsexuals.’ Int. J. Lang. Commun. Disord, 2000; doi: 10.1080/136828200410672
[iv] Damrose EJ. ‘Quantifying the Impact of Androgen Therapy on the Female Larynx.’ Auris Nasus Larynx. 2009; doi: 10.1016/j.anl.2008.03.002
[v] Hodges-Simeon C R, et al. ‘Testosterone therapy masculinizes speech and gender presentation in transgender men,’ Scientific Reports, 2021; doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-82134-2
[vi] Bultynck C, et al. ‘Thyroplasty Type III to the lower vocal pitch in trans men.’ American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. 2020, doi:10.1177/0194599820937675