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NATS 2017 Mentored Teaching Experience

  • Are you a private studio voice teacher who wants to strengthen your studio pedagogy?
  • Are you a college/conservatory-level studio voice teacher who wants feedback on your teaching, separate from the teaching evaluations you may already receive?
  • Have you wanted to participate in the NATS Intern Program but do not qualify?
  • Are you looking for a way to re-energize your teaching?

If any of the above applies to you, you are perfect candidate to participate in this NATS initiative that is aimed at providing development opportunities to all NATS members.


About the program

The late Kathleen Arecchi, when serving as VP for Workshops conceived of and implemented the first Mentored Teaching Experience at the 2015 Summer Workshop in Greensboro, N.C. She worked diligently to refine a process that would provide feedback for mid-career and other teachers not eligible for the NATS Intern Program that allows for feedback from master teachers such as those who have been master teachers in the NATS Intern Program. After a period of transition following Kathleen’s death we are happy to re-institute this opportunity for our members.

Who are the Mentor Teachers?

Julie_Simson_-_mezzo-soprano_Teaching.JPGMentor Teachers for this program have been master teachers or alumni of the NATS Intern Program, a select group of only 12 NATS teachers per year. This Mentored Teaching Experience is intended to provide a mentored developmental opportunity to more NATS members, at a very reasonable cost.

2017 Mentor Teachers:

  • John Nix, Associate Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Texas at San Antonio, 2006 winner of the NATS/Voice Foundation Van Lawrence Award. 
  • Donald Simonson, Professor of Music and voice division chair, Iowa State University, NATS Intern Program master teacher 2006.
  • Julie Simson, Professor of Voice at Rice University, NATS Intern Program master teacher 2003 and 2016. 
  • Cynthia Vaughn, founder and director of Magnolia Music Studios in Fort Collins, Colo., and Richland, Wash.

Photo: Julie Simson will serve as one of the Mentor Teachers at this year's workshop.

Time and place: NATS Summer Workshop, CU-Boulder, July 20-22, 2017.

NOTE: only attendees at the full Summer Workshop may participate in this program.


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


You can add the Mentored Teaching Experience to your Summer Workshop Registration.

PLEASE NOTE: The Mentored Teaching Experience is made available to current teachers. Those who are registered for the workshop as students are not eligible.

Number of participants

A maximum of 32 studio teachers may participate.


Studio Teachers will:
1. Video record and upload two 30 min. or 45 min. lessons to YouTube. These teaching videos may be with the same student or with two different students. Teachers must include a 5 minutes maximum video providing an Introduction to their studio environment and an explanation of particular areas of concern they may have. This may include lesson organization, teaching style, teaching of technique, selection and coaching of repertoire, etc.
2. Complete a Student Information and YouTube Link form for each student/lesson (CLICK HERE to fill out the online Student Information and YouTube Link form).
3. Send via email a CV or resume of teacher training and teaching experience to date plus the Student and YouTube Links Information pages to Vice president of workshops
4. Meet with Mentor Teacher for one hour at NATS Summer Workshop (UNCG) for a one-on-one feedback and discussion.
5. Complete an evaluation of this Mentored Teaching experience. This 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 the NATS Summer Workshop.
3. Compete an evaluation of this Mentored Teaching experience, which will be sent following the workshop.

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