The National Association of Teachers of Singing fosters the formation of student chapters in order to advance knowledge about the Association and the professions of teaching and singing. A Student NATS (SNATS) Chapter is an organization of students that can meet, hold events and discussions, participate, practice, and learn more about voice teaching as a profession.
In order to form a SNATS Chapter, a Full or Associate NATS member in good standing may petition the SNATS Coordinator on behalf of a group of students to grant a SNATS Chapter charter. The Vice-President of Outreach serves as the SNATS Coordinator. SNATS Chapter members may be invited to local NATS meetings, and are always welcome to attend NATS workshops, conferences, and other events at a special student registration rate.
"A tremendous gap exists between the student years and the professional teaching years. SNATS Chapters mentor young singers into the profession at a grass roots level, and provide opportunities for supplementary information and education within NATS."
Dr. Kathryn Proctor Duax, Past President of NATS
Ask a member of your voice faculty, the SNATS Coordinator (listed below), or check our online SNATS directory to see if a SNATS Chapter already exists at your school. If it does, join today! If not, find out how to establish a new SNATS Chapter, so you and your classmates can join in the fun.
SNATS Chat is a live online, real-time discussion for students and singers. SNATS Chat is held twice a year, in fall and spring. The one-hour session is generally held on Sunday evening and moderated by Dr. Errik Hood, assistant professor and voice area head at Utah State University. Participation is free.
Upcoming SNATS Chat
Fall 2020 Student NATS (SNATS) Chat hosted by Dr. Errik Hood and Dr. Kimberly James. Topic: Setting The Direction
In this new world where we're suddenly inundated with virtual discussions and webinars, we have a unique opportunity to reimagine what SNATS Chats can be. So, instead of featuring a guest for this Fall's SNATS Chat, we are inviting emerging professional voice students and teachers, whether or not they are currently affiliated with a SNATS Chapter, to come take part in a group discussion about what format, topics, and presenters you'd like to see these SNATS Chats utilize to benefit YOU! Dr. Errik Hood, SNATS Chat moderator and Music Assistant Professor of Vocal Performance at NYU Steinhardt and Dr. Kimberly James, NATS Vice President of Outreach and Vocal Studies Coordinator at UNLV, will moderate this group discussion about the future of SNATS Chats. Please come with your ideas, concerns, and questions -- YOU can have a voice in the future of SNATS Chats!
SNATS Chat Replays
Spring 2020 Student NATS (SNATS) Chat featuring Dr. Stacy Gerberich. Topic: "Maintaining Creativity, Compassion, and Connection during the COVID-19 Pandemic."
Fall 2019 Student NATS (SNATS) Chat featuring Scott McCoy, Professor of Voice at The Ohio State University. Topic: "What does an emerging professional voice teacher need to know about voice science?"
Spring 2019 Student NATS (SNATS) Chat
Dr. Matthew Edwards talks about “Crossing-Over from Classical to CCM in the Voice Studio.” He discusses registration, resonance, articulation, and how audio technology plays a role.
Matt cites a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts research survey, finding that approximately 20.4 million adults in the United States practiced singing. They found that 89 percent of them are singing styles outside of the classical domain. "Teachers who are not prepared to teach CCM styles may find themselves struggling to keep their studios full. Meanwhile, those teachers who have embraced CCM styles have extensive waiting lists. Everyone can learn to teach this music and the best part is, it's fun," says Matt. CLICK TO WATCH
RESOURCE LINKS, for those interested in learning more:
Fall 2018 Student NATS (SNATS) Chat
Our guest Melissa Treinkman offered SNATS members a concrete series of steps and tips to build a voice studio from the ground up. The biggest concern for most new teachers, recruiting and retaining students, was the focus. Other topics included teaching space, advertising, studio policies, web visibility, and the psychology of sales as it relates to voice teachers. CLICK TO WATCH
Spring 2018 Student NATS (SNATS) Chat
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD Sharon Stohrer's "Overcoming Performance Anxiety" presentation.
Fall 2017 Student NATS (SNATS) Chat
Spring 2017 Student NATS (SNATS) Chat
Student NATS members gathered online for a first-ever SNATS Chat. The topic was “NOT Lost in Translation: Adapting Classical Technique to Musical Theatre Styles.” Errik Hood, assistant professor and voice area head at Utah State University, moderated the session and our guest was Lynn Helding, Associate Professor of Voice & Vocal Pedagogy at University of Southern California. CLICK TO WATCH
If you have ideas for future SNATS Chat topics, you can send an email to .
If you are a student who would like to start a chapter, you'll need five students to begin a chapter, plus at least one member of NATS (Associate or Full) to act as your Chapter Advisor. Contact the SNATS Coordinator to get details on how easy it is to apply to be an official SNATS Chapter!
If you have difficulty finding an advisor, contact the SNATS Coordinator to find other NATS members in your area who may be willing to help.
NATS members may also start a SNATS chapter. You'll need five students to begin. Any Associate or Full member of NATS in good standing may act as an advisor for a SNATS Chapter. Co-advisors are also welcome. Contact the SNATS Coordinator for details on how to get a new chapter started.
SNATS chapter members are not members of NATS; therefore SNATS chapter members do not pay national dues.
SNATS Chapter Membership
Most chapters establish their own local dues to pay for the cost of programs and events. And, chapters may apply for SNATS Grants. SNATS chapter members receive a reduced $30 student rate on a one-year subscription to Journal of Singing (full price is $55). This scholarly journal contains articles on all aspects of singing, voice science, voice pedagogy, literature, and diction. Order Journal of Singing through your SNATS advisor. The SNATS Chapter Advisor collects the student subscription orders in bulk, and then coordinates those subscriptions with the NATS national office.
NATS Student Membership
Although SNATS Chapter members are not required to be members of NATS, a new NATS Student Membership Category was initiated in 2017. Students can now become members of NATS and partake in many of the benefits that their teachers enjoy. Click HERE for more about NATS Student Membership benefits, including FREE digital access to the Journal of Singing, and become a part of community of nearly 7,000 teaching and singing professionals.
For more information about Student NATS (SNATS) Chapters, send an email to Kimberly Gratland James, SNATS Coordinator, at