NATS Membership for Collaborative Pianists

natsbrodway2014-135BB.jpgThe National Association of Teachers of Singing is committed to broadening its membership among the collaborative pianist community. This important vocation forms the backbone of song and the work NATS members do as teachers.

Program tracks for collaborative pianists have grown over the past several years at NATS National Workshops and Conferences, and in 2017, the NATS Intern Program was expanded to include collaborative pianists. 

Join the excitement and become a NATS member today!

A Message From NATS Member Margo Garrett

Garrett_WEB_175px.jpgSeveral years ago, Donna Loewy and Elvia Pucinelli and I were most pleased to be asked by the National Association of Teachers of Singing to integrate the work of our collaborative pianist colleagues more fully into the organization with our multiple presentations at the 2014 NATS National Conference. (see videos below).

NATS has long admitted collaborative pianists and coaches into membership, which has increased from 50 collaborative pianist members in 2014 to more than 100 today. Our efforts continually create dedicated professional development opportunities within NATS specifically for collaborative pianists as well as build a stronger community among all those who work with singers to develop their abilities to the fullest extent.  These developments have brought about exciting possibilities for the future.

Recent initiatives include:

  • Adding a column on collaborative piano to the well-respected Journal of Singing and other publications. 
  • Creating NATS workshop and conference tracks on relevant topics. 
  • Integrating the work of a collaborative pianist master teacher into the acclaimed NATS Intern Program
  • Demystifying the lore about what really happens in a vocal coaching
  • Building strong teams among voice teachers and collaborative pianists in the academic as well as independent studio environment
  • Educating voice teachers on how to identify, support, and encourage budding “collabs” among the pianists they see in their studios
  • Building a strong supportive home for the community of collaborative pianists
  • Creating a NATS advisory committee on collaborative issues to develop, promote and execute ideas in this area
  • Developing awards and other recognitions for collaborative artists
  • Revising language in NATS publications and electronic media to highlight collaborative pianists as members more effectively.

We invite you today to be part of shaping this future by joining NATS today and identifying yourself as a collaborative pianist member of NATS.  

I hope you will join me as we work together to build a stronger, more effective community among all of us who work with aspiring young vocal artists - by joining NATS. 



Joining NATS is simple!

  • By joining NATS your annual membership cycle is the same for all members, running Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 each year.

  • Your prominence in the field allows NATS to waive the requirement to submit a complete resume with your application.  Instead you are able to simply attach your bio where it asks for a resume upload.

  • When applying, be sure to submit your application as a Full Member Singer/Coach.

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Sample NATS Resources for Collaborative Pianists

Access the following sessions from the 53rd NATS National Conference in Boston, which was held in July 2014. 

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Collaborative Pianist Panel Discussion
Join these three prominent collaborative pianists as they share with us appropriate ways for voice teachers to mentor talented piano majors who show potential as coaches. As NATS welcomes more collaborative pianists as members how can coaches relate and grow from the experience of being co-members with singing teachers? 

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Collaborative Coaching
Join Margo Garrett as she works with a singer/pianist team in this interactive coaching session and see how a master coach works with both singer and accompanist to develop their individual and collective performance. Audience involvement in the process will be encouraged and time for questions and answers will be provided.

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Master Class with Margo Garrett
One of the country's leading collaborative artists and teachers of the art of collaboration between singer and pianist, Margo Garrett will work with three singers on art song literature addressing relevant issues and seeking to fully reveal the composers intentions and elicit compelling performances.