NATS Mentored Teaching Pilot Project

  • Are you a private studio voice teacher who wants a way to strengthen your studio pedagogy?

  • Are you a college/conservatory-level studio voice teacher who wants feedback on your teaching, but away from the school in which you are working and often also experience teaching evaluations?

  • Have you wanted to participate in the NATS Intern Program but do not qualify, perhaps because you already have too much full-time equivalent teaching experience?

  • Are you looking for a way to re-energize your teaching?

Then you are perfect candidate to participate in this new NATS initiative that is aimed at providing development opportunities to all NATS members.

When and Where?  

NATS Summer Workshop, UNC-Greensboro, July 7-10, 2015.  
NOTE: Only attendees at the full Summer Workshop may participate in this Pilot Program.

Is there a cost?  

There is a $50 fee that will go to the Mentor Teacher, who is otherwise volunteering his/her time and effort.

How many studio teachers may participate?

A maximum of 32.

How will it work?

Studio Teachers will:

  1. Video and upload two 30 min. or 45 min. lessons to YouTube with the same student or with two different students.

Video themselves (5 minutes maximum) providing an Introduction to their studio environment and an explanation of particular areas of concern they may have (lesson organization, teaching style, teaching of technique, selection and coaching of repertory, other).

  1. Complete a Student and YouTube Links Information page for each student/lesson (download form from NATS website).
  2. Send via email a resume of teacher training and teaching experience to date plus the Student and YouTube Links Information page/s
  3. Meet with Mentor Teacher for one hour at NATS Summer Workshop (UNCG) for a one-on-one feedback and discussion opportunity.
  4. Complete an evaluation of this Mentored Teaching experience….will be sent following the workshop.

Mentor Teachers will:

  1. Review submitted videos and documents and complete a Teaching Feedback Form for each lesson.
  2. Meet with the Studio Teacher for one hour at NATS Summer Workshop (UNCG).
  3. Compete an evaluation of this Mentored Teaching experience…will be sent following the workshop. 

Who are the Mentor Teachers?

Mentor Teachers for this Pilot Program have been master teachers or alumni of the NATS Intern Program, an annual event since 1991. Only 12 NATS teachers per year can be selected for the Intern Program, so this Mentored Teaching Pilot Program is intended to provide to more NATS members with this type of developmental opportunity and at a very reasonable cost.  

Mentor Teachers:  

  1. Marilyn Taylor, artist faculty at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, NATS Intern Program master teacher 2008.

  2. Donald Simonson, professor of music and voice division chair, NATS Intern Program master teacher 2006.  

  3. Norman Spivey, professor of voice and voice pedagogy at Penn State University, NATS Intern Program master teacher 2010.

  4. Matthew Edwards, associate professor voice and musical theatre styles specialist, Shenandoah University, NATS intern 2009. 


Student and YouTube Information Form

Teaching Feedback Form

Instructions to create a YouTube Account