My Approach

My method is pragmatic and data driven. Research shows that pitch is only a small aspect of the difference between genders. Additionally, men and women’s voices vary in terms of speed and volume variability, breathiness, and use of pauses. Content-wise, variations exist between the number of adjectives/adverbs used, topics discussed, the use of paralanguage, interruptions and conversational elements. I’ve done graduate level research and study on the vive la diffèrence between male and female communication patterns.

I currently meet with clients for one hour using Zoom meeting software, which is free. I also offer nonverbal training, image management and wardrobe consultation. I also have a good resource list for everything from hair styling and waxing to tailoring, undergarments and ear piercing.

Vocal Coach
Safety and health are my paramount goals. Many clients arrive with vocal nodes, hoarseness and neck pain from trying to adjust their pitch too high or low or too abruptly. I begin by teaching students about the anatomical features that produce the human voice. Next, we work to raise or lower pitch by using these anatomical features. Moving the breath from the chest to the throat or mouth, for example, can also alter pitch. Additional changes can be made by making use of oral anatomy (e.g. soft palate adjustment, scalene tension, widening or opening the mouth during speech and reducing glottal stops).

Non-verbal Coach
(the other 90%)

I focus on the kinesthetic differences between male and female body language. Walking, sitting, posture (moving the natural center of gravity from chest to pelvis or in the reverse, as the client needs), standing, getting into and out of vehicles, and putting on coats are just a few of the basics.

Male and female vocal content varies widely, so clients also learn about the differences that exist in word choice, topics, pitch and volume variation. Nonverbal interpersonal dynamics, which include the different ways men and women sit together socially and in business situations, body space adjustments, and gender-appropriate touching behavior are also included.

Fee

My rate is $75 per hour, with some sliding scale opportunities. Sadly, insurance does not cover this service, but I accept Venmo, checks, cash, or money orders. Because of COVID, I now meet clients using Zoom. Also, shopping trips are not currently available.

Distance Learning
Currently, all sessions are conducted using Zoom software, which is free to download. Vocal clients will be asked to record practice session using their mobile phone’s recorder. Once I receive the emailed audio clips, I can further analyze them for pitch using my home audio software. For nonverbal practice, clients will be given drills. Before the next session, send recorded video of your drills to me for analysis within the session.
Graduation
The majority of my clients spend anywhere from three months to six months with me, though some move faster or slower. Everyone is different, so I do not use a standard syllabus. “Graduation” is dictated by the client’s ease and comfort with their transition.