NATS Chat Schedule and Replays

NATS Chat – presented by Inside View Press, allows participants to network and discuss various topics in an online forum. Sessions are usually held the second Sunday of each month of the academic year: 9–10 pm Eastern Time, 8–9 pm Central, 7–8 pm Mountain, and 6–7 pm Pacific. To register and have an e-mail reminder sent to your inbox on the day of the chat, simply click the link below each session. NATS Chat takes a summer hiatus June-September. The host and coordinator for NATS Chat is Dr. Kari Ragan.

NATS Chat 2019-20 Season

Presented by Inside View Press

Guests: Cynthia Vaughn, Jerry Elsbernd, and Dana Lentini
Topic: Discovering your Niche Market
Sunday, October 13, 2019

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NATS Independent teachers often start out as generalists, teaching a wide variety of community singers. Over time, however, teachers may develop a reputation for successful teaching specializing in a specific type of singer or vocal style. Three independent NATS teachers discuss the what, how, and why of discovering a niche market, including recreational adult singers, young tenors and baritones, and child singers.


Sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Guests: Lynn Helding and Lynn Maxfield
Topic: Motor Learning Part II: Focus? Locus? Hocus-pocus? 
Sunday, November 10, 2019

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The question of where performers in the physical realm should place their attention during both learning and performing - externally, on the desired outcome, or internally, on the mechanics of movement - is hotly debated in current motor learning theory. Proponents of external focus claim that its superior results mean the case is closed. Other recent researchers in motor learning theory say the jury is still out, and question whether external focus is appropriate, or even possible, in all situations. Guests Lynn Helding and Lynn Maxfield discuss both sides of the debate. This session is co-hosted by Kari Ragan and Peggy Baroody.  


Sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Guests: Adam Rubin, M.D. and Juliana Codino CCC-SLP
Topic: Keeping the Singer Singing
Sunday, December 15, 2019

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This NATS Chat explores a host of relevant vocal health concerns with the laryngologist and voice pathologist at Lakeshore Professional Voice Center in Michigan. This session is co-hosted by Kari Ragan and Peggy Baroody. 

Sunday, January 19, 2020 (RESCHEDULED) 
Guest: Santino Fontana
Topic: A conversation with 2019 Tony Award winner Santino Fontana

Perhaps best known to national audiences for providing the voice to the villainous Prince Hans in Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated feature, Frozen, Fontanta was also seen on the CW’s critically acclaimed musical comedy series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, as Greg. Simultaneously, Santino played David Saperstein, opposite Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, in NBC’s drama series, Shades of Blue. He has many Broadway and television shows to his credit.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020
Guest: Joan Melton
Topic: Breath Management Strategies Across Performance Genres: Exploratory Studies in the UK and Australia

We will explore the relationship of practical work to ongoing research, and the particular journey made possible by collaborations with physiotherapists and voice specialists in the UK and Australia. Genres of professional voice use observed in exploratory studies have been: acting, classical singing, music theatre, jazz, pop, rock, and country.

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Sunday, March 8, 2020
Guest: Aaron Ziegler
Topic: Cannabis and Singers

Global legalization of cannabis has led to greater acceptance and consumption of cannabis products. Cannabis may be delivered to the body orally, topically, or via inhalation, and each method leads to subtle differences in the desired effect. This NATS Chat will provide singers with information on cannabis consumption and its potential impact to the vocal mechanism.

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
Guests: Joanne Bozeman and Cate Frazier-Neely
Topic: Singing Through Change: Serving Women through Midlife, Menopause, and Beyond

Each woman’s singing journey through her midlife and menopausal years is truly unique. Due to hormonal fluctuations during this time of life, many women, though not all, may experience alterations in their singing voice. Through their research and interviews for the book Singing Through Change: Women’s Voices in Midlife, Menopause, and Beyond, the authors have realized that hormonal changes and the ways they manifest in body and voice often mirror the complex metamorphosis that takes place through women's middle years and beyond. In this NATS Chat we are expanding the conversation about these issues and how they affect us as teachers and singers.

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Sunday, May 3, 2020
Guest: Tom Burke
Topic: Creating a Safe Space

Using insights drawn from the world of motor learning and positive psychology, Tom offers ideas for how to create a safe space to learn and encourage students to take bold creative risks in the studio.

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NATS Chat 2018-19 Replays

Sponsored by Inside View Press

Guest/Topic: Karen Brunssen “The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan”
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Date: Oct. 7, 2018

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NATS President Karen Brunssen examines how the human vocal instrument transforms from infancy through old age. At every age, vocal function is dependent upon how the body is progressively and constantly changing. Her recent book release "The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan" discusses these changes and their direct impact on the singing voice. Also joining the discussion is contributing author Chadley Ballantyne from the University of Northern Colorado School of Music.


Guests/Topic: Cynthia Vaughn, Kelli Barham, and Christin Coffee Rondeau: Independent Studio Business: Part III ~ “Finding Them and Keeping Them: Studio Marketing and Student Retention" 
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Date: Nov. 11, 2018

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This lively session with independent studio owners Cynthia Vaughn, Kelli Barham, and Christin Coffee Rondeau centered on strategies to attract the types of students you wish to teach and ways to integrate retention within your business model. Vaughn is the owner/director of Magnolia Music Studio in Richland, WA. Barham has a home-studio in Moscow, ID, and is a recipient of the Joan Boytim Frey Award for Independent Teachers. Rondeau is co-founder and teacher at Sand Dollar Music in Dayton, OH.

Guests/Topic: Mary Saunders Barton and Norman Spivey: "Bel Canto Can Belto–Cross Training for the 21st Century Singer"
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Date: Dec. 9, 2018

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This month's session features Mary Saunders Barton and Norman Spivey. The session focused on principles from their new book, “Cross-training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act.” Saunders Barton and Spivey emphasize that the next generation of voice teachers will have their studios filled with singers of many different stripes. It will be their responsibility to recognize and foster healthy dynamic singing in many styles, celebrating them all, judging none.

RESOURCE: "Developmental Cross Training Repertoire for Men and Women" DOWNLOAD

Guests/Topic: Chadley Ballantyne and Kerrie Obert “Getting the Twang of it: Updates on the Physiologic, Acoustic, and Perceptual Characteristics"
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Date: Jan. 13, 2019

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“Getting the Twang of it: Physiologic, Acoustic, and Perceptual Characteristics" featured speech language pathologist Kerrie Obert and assistant professor of music, voice Chadley Ballantyne discuss twang and its applications in singing. Ms. Obert presented MRI and endoscopic discoveries and Mr. Ballantyne discussed the acoustic implications and applications of twang for classical and contemporary singing styles.

RESOURCEStill images for presentation - Kerrie Obert


Guests/Topic: Lynn Helding and Lynn Maxfield “Mindful Voice: How Cognitive Science Informs Voice Teaching”
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Date: Feb. 10, 2019

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This month's NATS Chat focuses on motor learning. Lynn Helding and Lynn Maxfield discus motor skill acquisition and how to improve your students learning process by improving the feedback you give in a voice lesson. “When we talk about motor learning we are talking about how muscles process information and how they actually learn,” says Lynn Helding. This lively discussion covered a variety of elements of this process and how to apply them in your studio.

MARCH NATS Chat Replay
Guest/Topic: Ian Howell “The Special Psychoacoustics of the Singing Voice” 
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Date: March 10, 2019

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NATS Chat this month featured Ian Howell, whose work explores the special psychoacoustics of the singing voice with an eye toward practical applications for singers and voice teachers. Singing is, at its core, and aural art form. Computer measurements tell us something true about the sound wave in the air, but miss qualitative aspects of timbre dependably imparted by the ear. By coming to understand the way the ear behaves, we can ask how one might possibly perceive a singing voice. This is another way of asking what sounds the human voice is capable of making.

APRIL NATS Chat Replay
Guest/Topic: Scott McCoy "The more things change, the more they stay the same: some thoughts on (my) current pedagogic practice"
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Date: April 14, 2019

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Featured guest Scott McCoy presented "The more things change, the more they stay the same: some thoughts on (my) current pedagogic practice." Scott McCoy is a past president of NATS and author of “Your Voice: An Inside View.” Thanks to our participants for the many great questions and feedback.

MAY NATS Chat Replay
Guest/Topic: “A conversation with Christine Brewer”
Presented by Inside View Press
Co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Date: May 5, 2019

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Catch the NATS Chat Replay with opera superstar Christine Brewer, who shared inspiring stories and expert advice while fielding some great questions from our participants. Those who attended the NATS Conference last June in Las Vegas know what an engaging artist and person she is.

NATS Chat 2017-18 replays

Sponsored by Inside View Press


Guest/Topic: Joan Lader
"Putting it Together: Bit by bit...Day by Day...Week by Week...Year by Year…"
Sponsored by Inside View Press

Date: Oct. 8, 2017
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A Conversation with Joan Lader, honorary Tony Award winner and renowned Broadway voice teacher. Joan Lader has worked as a voice therapist and teacher in private practice in New York City for more than 30 years. Her extensive practice, which includes leading singers and actors from Broadway, film, opera, R&B, rap, and rock, provides training and development of professional singers, and vocal therapy for injured voices.


Guests: Cynthia Vaughn, Michelle Markwart Deveaux, and Nate Plummer
Topic: Growing or Redefining Your Independent Voice Studio as a Small Business, Part 2
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Date: Nov. 12, 2017
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As a follow-up to last Spring’s NATS Chat "Starting and Running Your Independent Voice Studio as a Small Business,” Cynthia Vaughn explores “What’s Next?”—ideas and alternate business models to expand, redefine, or refocus your studio. Cynthia is joined by NATS members Nate Plummer and Michelle Markwart Deveaux.

RESOURCE: "An Introduction to Personalized Subscriptions & Packages for Voices Worldwide," provided by Michelle Markwart Deveaux. DOWNLOAD


Guests: Emerald Lessley, DMA; Sandy Hirsch, MS, CCC-SLP, Liz Jackson Hearns, MM
Topic: Transgender Voices: What Voice Teachers Need to Know
Sponsored by Inside View Press

Co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Date: Dec. 10, 2017
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From the fields of both singing teachers and speech language pathology our experienced panel shares a wealth of knowledge when working with this specialized population.

RESOURCES: Provided by Liz Jackson Hearns
Transgender Voices - References and Resources for Teachers DOWNLOAD
Gender Voice Handout DOWNLOAD

Guest: Janice Chapman
Topic: “Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice”
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Date: January 21, 2018
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Renowned voice teacher Janice Chapman discussed her holistic approach to teaching and why it is important for voice teachers to engage in current research to inform their practice. We also explored her approach to the basic physicality of “primal sounds” and more. 

These helpful video resources were also mentioned for further reference:


Guests: Laryngologist Al Merati, MD, and Met Opera singer Michaela Martens
Topic: “Care of the Professional Voice”
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Date: February 11, 2018
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Renowned laryngologist Al Merati, MD (University of Washington Otolaryngology Department) and Metropolitan Opera singer Michaela Martens were our guests for a discussion on how to care for the singing voice; stigmas around voice injuries; how not to catastrophize having a voice injury; and other vocal health considerations for singers. The discussion centered around the perspective of both the medical community and the singer, and the importance of understanding this important collaboration. The session was co-moderated by Kari Ragan and Margaret Baroody.

  • Reference at 40:00 - NATS offers, a dynamic information database that is committed to sharing information about the science of voice with the teaching community around the world.
  • Reference at 44:00, NATS advocates for everyone having a voice pedagogy / health / anatomy course or courses. This standard is under the purview of National Association of Schools of Music as an academic accrediting organization.
  • Reference at 47:00, NATS encourages SLPs to study more content about singing and the singing voice.

MARCH  NATS Chat Replay
Guest: Shannon Coates
Topic: “Teaching Very Young Singers"
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Date: March 11, 2018
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Shannon Coates shared her extensive experience to discuss the special dynamics of teaching very young singers. The lively and informative chat included expectations for very young singers, tools and resources for independent voice studio teachers, and incorporating the instruction of very young singers into voice pedagogy curricula.

Several helpful resources were mentioned, including:
Shannon's blog: 
The Full Voice
Facebook Group: Voice Teachers for Young Singers


APRIL NATS Chat Replay
Guest: John Nix

Topic: “The Hole in the Sky”
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Date: April 8, 2018
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Successfully guiding tenors/male singers into the upper extension requires patience, creative approaches, which are thoroughly grounded in voice acoustics and physiology, and positive reinforcement. John Nix joined us for an interesting conversation in guiding voice teachers through this process.

We're posted John Nix's article in Journal of Singing as a reference:

Best Practices: Using Exercise Physiology and Motor Learning Principles in the Teaching Studio and the Practice Room (Nov-Dec 2017)


MAY NATS Chat Replay
Guests: Melissa Cross, Trineice Robinson-Martin, and Mike Ruckles

Topic: “The Broad Spectrum of CCM”
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Date: May 21, 2018
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The term CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) is now part of the nomenclature for teachers of singing. However, there is a broad spectrum of sounds within CCM beyond belting. This panel represents a variety of genres and will discuss singing gospel, rock, music theater and more.

2016-17 NATS Chat Replays
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October NATS Chat - Guest: Don Greene, Ph.D., "Performance Success: An Olympic Sports Psychologist Teaches Performing Artists How to Win"

Date: Oct. 9, 2016
Guest: Don Greene, Ph.D.

Performance psychologist Don Greene opened our NATS Chat season with empowering advice for the vocal performer. His story of coaching a pair of Miami Opera apprentices and his own life-changing, first-time-at-the opera experience is one of many inspiring insights from his career. For more information about Don Greene go to

Click to watch the October 2016 NATS Chat.

November NATS Chat - Guest: Cindy Sadler, "The Business of Singing: The Importance of Entrepreneurship for Today's Artist”

Date: Nov. 13, 2016
Guest: Cindy Sadler (Classical Singer)

Savvy singer Cindy Sadler was featured in Sunday evening’s NATS Chat. A columnist for Classical Singer, Cindy addressed a variety of questions on the business side of managing a singing career and gave practical advice tailored for all career stages.

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December NATS Chat - Guests: Dr. Michael Johns, laryngologist, and Peggy Baroody, "The Aging Voice" co-sponsored with The Voice Foundation

Date: Dec. 11, 2016
Guests: Dr. Michael Johns, laryngologist, and Peggy Baroody

Panelists Michael Johns, M.D., and Peggy Baroody led an informative discussion on the topic of "The Aging Voice" for the December 2016 NATS Chat. The panelists answered a variety of questions about the special considerations for singers as their voices age. They emphasized strategies to accommodate, embrace and adapt to these physical changes, in order to remain an effective communicator and artist.   

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January NATS Chat - Guests: Wendy LeBourgne and Marci Rosenberg,"Kinesthetics to Training the Vocal Athlete"

Date: Jan 15, 2017
Guests: Wendy LeBourgne and Marci Rosenberg

In the world of singing, motor learning and exercise physiology are hot topics. Catch the replay with panelists Wendy LeBourgne and Marci Rosenberg for a lively conversation on "Kinesthetics to Training the Vocal Athlete."   

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February NATS Chat - Guest: Dr. Scott McCoy, “How Much Science Do We Really Need to Know?"

Date: Feb. 12, 2017
Guest: Dr. Scott McCoy

Dr. Scott McCoy presented the topic, “How Much Science Do We Really Need to Know.” The author of “Your Voice and Inside View” shared direct advice the application of science in the voice lesson.

Several of the opening slides did not display properly in this recording, so we have provided a link to Dr. McCoy's complete slide presentation. Click HERE to view the slides.


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March NATS Chat - Guest: Cynthia Vaughn, "Starting and Running Your Independent Voice Studio as a Small Business"

Date: March 19, 2017 
Guest: Cynthia Vaughn

NATS Chat guest Cynthia Vaughn led the topic "Starting and Running Your Independent Voice Studio as a Small Business," while addressing dozens of questions and comments from participants. Cynthia serves as the "Independent Voices" associate editor of the NATS "Inter Nos" newsletter.  

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April NATS Chat - Guest: Lisa Popeil, "Transitioning from Classical to CCM Vocal Styles"

Date: April 9, 2017 
Guest: Lisa Popeil

Celebrity LA voice coach Lisa Popeil, MFA in Voice, is one of America's top voice experts. Based in Los Angeles, Lisa offers vocal lessons, workshops, the Total Singer DVD and Voiceworks®, featuring innovative tools for safe 'belting' for musical theater and commercial vocal styles. Lisa shared her valuable knowledge and gave practical demonstrations during this lively hour. You'll also want to download her excellent Voiceworks® handout.  

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May NATS Chat - Guest: Robert Edwin, "Teaching the Young (and Very Young) Performer" 

Date: May 21, 2017
Guest: Robert Edwin
Co-sponsored with The Voice Foundation

“Although child voice pedagogy has finally begun to emerge from the dark hole of ‘don't teach children systematic voice technique before the teen years,’ remnants from the bad old days still hang around,” says Robert Edwin. He is amazed at the large number of his fellow pedagogues who still view children as vocally fragile creatures. “Simply put, it just ain't true!” Peggy Baroody also served as a panelist and Kari Ragan hosted the session. 



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2015-16 NATS Chat Archive
Sponsored by Inside View Press

October NATS Chat - Audition Recordings: Considerations for YAP and Academic Programs.

Date: Oct. 11, 2015
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guests: Panel of Amy Burton (Mannes School of Music); Matt Edwards (Shenandoah Conservatory); Brian DeMaris (Aspen Music Festival)

Listen to the October 2015 NATS Chat

November NATS Chat - Sheri Sanders 

Date: Nov. 8, 2015
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guest/Topic: Sheri Sanders - Rock the audition

December NATS Chat - Young Artist Programs-DVD and CD applications:  Progress or Punishment? Panel Discussion

Date: Dec. 13, 2015
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guest/Topic: Young Artist Programs-DVD and CD applications:  Progress or Punishment? With panelists Dean WIlliamson, Ann Baltz (OperaWorks) 

January NATS Chat - Ken Bozeman

Date: Jan. 10, 2016
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guest/Topic: Ken Bozeman - The Vocal Acoustic Landscape: How to Solve the Challenges Singers Face Across Range 

Watch the January 2016 NATS Chat

February NATS Chat - The Voice Team vs. the Vocal Injury: Who does what, when, where and why

Date: MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guests: Panel of Margaret (Peggy) Baroody, Sharon Radionoff and Karen Wicklund

Listen to the February 2016 NATS Chat

March NATS Chat - A Conversation with Dolora Zajick co-sponsored with The Voice Foundation

Date: March 13, 2016
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guest/Topic: A Conversation with Dolora Zajick co-sponsored with The Voice Foundation

Listen to the March 2016 NATS Chat

April NATS Chat - Hormones and the Voice: Dr. Jean Abitbol, co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation

Date: April 10, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT (NOTE: Time change from our usual slot.)
Guest/Topic: Hormones and the Voice: Dr. Jean Abitbol, co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation

Listen to the April 2016 NATS Chat

May NATS Chat - Dr. Scott McCoy and Inside View Press

Date: May 15, 2016
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guest/Topic: Topic TBA