Today’s guest is Nadine Manion who is an established and highly sought after singing teacher, vocal coach, presenter and researcher. In 2020, Nadine was awarded the Dr. Iain C. Medgitt Churchill Fellowship to investigate vocal technique and care of the transgender singing voice in the applied voice studio.
In this episode, Nadine discusses her research work in the field of transgender and gender-diverse singing voice and how this work has informed the practical approaches she has developed to train and support this group of singers. Nadine shares with us the significance of student-centric learning and she stresses that our teaching must be guided by the individual goals and specific needs of the trans singer and these must be addressed with care and sensitivity.
Nadine discusses many aspects of training trans singers such as the impact of hormone therapy on the voice, the vocal evaluation process for a transgender student, how to deal with expectations and perceived outcomes when it may become necessary to employ the services of a speech therapist, examples of exercises for range extension and there is so much more from Nadine. This episode is very informative for anyone working in the voice community and is helpful in creating gender-affirming spaces within our studios.
In this episode
1:08 - Introducing Nadine Manion
7:18 - Nadine’s Transgender Research
16:00 - Creating a safe teaching space
19:30 - Impact of hormone therapy on the voice
31:10 - Helpful exercises for voice exploration
39:09 - Finding an authentic singing voice
43:07 - Explaining the term cisgender
47:09 - Exploring gender affirmation
54:33 - Nadine’s advice for the teaching community
56:34 - Nadine’s upcoming workshop for teachers
Find Nadine Manion online
Upcoming workshop Supporting Transgender Singing Students - Online workshop
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