We are excited to announce our new online music therapy program Trans-Formative Voices starting March 2021!
Times of transformation are difficult but beautiful. We approach these periods with love through our virtual music therapy services for transgender and/or non-binary individuals. These sessions will have both group and individual session components that will be arranged according to a time that fits with the participants schedules.
Sessions will focus on creating self and community connection, addressing feelings of isolation with in a safe setting, and explore confidence with identity and expression. The goals of the program are to provide a resource of techniques for individuals to feel more gender affirmed and feel supported through their transition, specifically with their voice (speaking and/or singing).
Accessible Pricing with Official Program Launch
We are committed to providing a Pay What You Can pricing model, and we are working diligently in the background to secure more funding. We anticipate that we will be able to announce accessible pricing by May 2021 (we really hope for earlier) when we receive word from granting organizations as well as public/ private donors. The format for these sessions will include: weekly 45 minute individual sessions and bi-weekly 1 hour group sessions. If you are interested in this accessible pricing model please complete our registration form with your information.
Individual sessions will focus on exploring the individual’s unique voice (speaking and/ or singing) through breathing exercises and vocal warm-ups. We will determine their natural vocal range, learning how to protect their voice, vocal cords, and throat (including Hormone Replacement Therapy discussions as needed per individual). It will also focus on how to adjust their methods of communication so they feel connected and happy with changes in sentence cadences, body language, and projection to feel more gender affirmed. You do not need to be "musical" to be involved with this program. All music making experiences will be personalized according to what music resonates and made accessible at the comfort level of participant.
Group music therapy sessions will focus connecting individuals with a peer support network, discuss and validate topics and/or issues the individuals have been facing, and to use music therapy interventions to elicit intra and interpersonal growth. The social aspect of the group sessions would be an opportunity for individuals to feel less isolated, try out new pronouns and/or names within a safe social setting, explore confidence with identity and expression, and discuss common issues/ struggles the non-binary community faces. This program will provide an opportunity for vocal expression through breathing exercises, vocal warm-ups, vocal coaching exercises, improvisation, collaborative songwriting and collective music-making. You do not need to be "musical" to be involved with this program. All music making experiences will be made accessible at the comfort level of participants.
Kastin Bradley (she/her and they/them) will be the Certified Music Therapist facilitating "Trans-Formative Voices" identifying as a non-binary individual within the queer community. They are also currently enrolled in the “Advanced Training in Affirmative Therapies for Transgender Communities” at Widener University to ensure the best care possible for the participants.
Creating the Trans-Formative Voices music therapy program was something Kastin has been wanting to do for a couple of years. They suppose it started when their fiancee, who at the time was working as a musician, came out as transgender and they quickly realized there were little to no resources to aid in him with his transition musically.
Since then, they continued their search and Kastin started discussing with their music therapist colleagues and non-binary friends about how to move forward with providing a service for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. During this process, they was accepted to the Advanced Training in Affirmative Therapies for Transgender Communities at Widener University to ensure they could provide the best services possible for their clients.
As a member of the queer community, Kastin is fully aware of the impact of living visibly queer and the importance of feeling safe and supported. They hope as a non-binary therapist they'll be able to provide a safe space to aid individuals to form a new connection with their voice that feels good for them and help them learn how to protect and care for their voice.