(the STEPS TO SUCCESS)
international online voice coach specializing in:
vocal Feminization · Masculinization · Androgynization
You have specific vision for your voice and I want to give it to you. We'll talk all about your goals and priorities as well as what other skills you're hoping to develop through voice training and from there a work of art will begin to form that summarizes the voice that you have envisioned. Once we have this visual to guide us, we'll begin to collaborate on what exactly is the best path forward for you and your dream.
After spending a decade in Education, old teacher habits day hard, for this reason, I'm a stickler for lesson planning for each individual student session. I align what you need to learn (your goals and priorities) with which methodology best suits your learning style and finally, I devise a plan of assessment.
TL;DR: I do fancy teacher stuff
You're going to be amazed when I show you how we can use mindfulness to create sounds that are "on pitch". For those of us who aren't musically inclined, being told to hum on C4 is essentially meaningless, which is why I prefer the tried and true method of pairing mindfulness to voice so that the concepts are simple, accessible and easy to understand, saving you time and stress.
What if I told you your parents and teachers were probably your first encounter with learning bad breathing habits. The whole "sit up straight" for proper manners sake did us no favors. Whats more is that additional factors such as stress, anxiety and work habits (to name a few) are other examples of what can compromise and erode our ability to use our breath to carry our voice. If left unaddressed while working towards our mtf/ ftm goals, the result becomes pressed, weak and/ or breathy (and of course we don't want that).
Student Before & Afters
trans voice Accessibility
"I'm Neurodivergent, can you do anything to make learning about the mtf/ ftm voice any easier?"
Over the course of my career I've worked with hundreds of neurodivergent learners and one thing that always surprised me was how so few teachers took advantage of the incredible skills and interests that each of the neurodivergent learners already had. So many of these students spent their whole lives having neurotypical strategies and processes forced onto them and when they failed, they were told they were the problem. I'm here to tell you, they were completely and utterly wrong and that is not at all the experience that you'll have with me.
I can't wait to show you all the great things you never thought you'd be capable of.
Are there any benefits to voice work besides a new voice?This is one of my favorite questions and the answer is YES! Having been a teacher for most of my professional career, one common misconception was that a teachers job is to teach curriculum and that's it. In actuality, were trained to to a whole lot more, for instance we know how to grow student confidence/ self efficacy, we adapt to individuals interests so that students can become intrinsically motivated by tasks and assignments, and we develop learner communication skills, just to name a few. In all honesty, teaching students how to recognize their own value and become the most self assured and confident versions of themselves was always my favorite part of being a teacher. TL;DR: I not only teach voice, but through teacher "witchcraft and mind tricks" I teach students how to become the best versions of themselves.
How long will it take for me to begin to see results?You will be very happy to hear that if you're regularly practicing, you will likely be able to discern noticeable changes to your vocal abilities starting after 1-2 weeks.
Are you Trans?Yes I am! I began transitioning back in 2020 and haven't looked back since!
Will my voice sound "cis- passing?"Yes! Just like a cis voice, the key is it sounding natural. For that reason we focus on so much more than just the voice. We target chronic and/ or acute muscle tension, breath support issues, anxiety and many other factors that are likely to inhibit you from reaching your ftm/ mtf voice goals.
Have you been featured anywhere?Yes! I've recently partnered with Transcare+ to provide a series of educational videos highlighting 10 tips and tricks to develop a female voice/ male voice, release date TBA. In addition to that I was also a guest on the podcast BOOTH2BOOTH where I discussed the ins and outs of Gender and the voice.
I've hit a road block trying to do Gender Affirming Voice Work on my own, can you help?Absolutely! Vocal success goes beyond the voice which is why I assess student growth on a multitude of factors so when individuals feel like they've hit a road block, through my assessments I can highlight where in fact growth is happening and provide you with clear feedback on what you can do to achieve the next step.
What are your credentials?Here's a brief run down of some of my education highlights: Bachelor of Education Degree (University of Alberta) Transgender Voice and Beyond: Voice and Communication Training for Gender Expression Certification (American Speech- Language- Hearing Association) Voice and Communication Across the Gender Continuum Course (American Speech- Language- Hearing Association) Beyond Voice Feminization: Total Communication (American Speech- Language- Hearing Association)
Do I need any special equipment for sessions?You'll only need two things for sessions: a working cam and mic!
Will my private insurance cover the cost of voice training?Coverage varies between insurance providers but in some cases yes!
Are sessions held virtually?Yes, all sessions are held virtually over Google Meets
Are you a member of any professional organizations?Yes! I'm a member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association) in addition to the Teachers Association.
I CAN'T THANK KYLIE ENOUGH
"Kylie really is the best! Since I began to understand myself as a trans person, my voice has been a huge part of my dysphoria and also a safety concern. On top of that, the idea voice training sounded like such a long, intimidating process. Then I found Kylie, and I could tell from the initial consultation that she was the coach for me - we got along so well and she’s made the process soooo fun! I never expected to look forward to my voice lessons or my practice, but here we are! Plus I’m so happy with the results - not just my voice and body language but also how I’ve learned to notice various physical cues to understand how I’m sounding. The way I communicate now finally matches how I feel! Kylie has been a vital component of that and I can’t thank her enough!"
-Bella, UNITED STATES