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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: 7–8 pm Eastern Time, 6–7 pm Central, 5–6 pm Mountain, and 4–5 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 2020-21 Season

Presented by Inside View Press

Next Regularly Scheduled NATS Chat:

Guests: Heidi Moss, B.M., M.S. and Indre Viskontas, M.M., PhD.
Topic: Singing in the Brain
Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT/4:00 PM PDT

Understanding acoustics and physiology can help us assess and fix vocal problems. But knowing how a car works is not the same thing as being able to drive it: a mechanic and a race car driver have distinct knowledge sets. In the past two decades, brain science has made great leaps in our understanding of how thought is translated into sound, with many unexpected insights uncovered. Combining their unique perspectives, Dr. Viskontas and Ms. Moss will team up to discuss how singers can integrate the latest ideas from neuroscience into their own singing and teaching.


Co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Co-host: Peggy Baroody

Guests: Mary Sandage, PhD., CCC-SLP and Aaron Johnson, M.M., PhD., CCC-SLP
Topic: Planning for and Managing Vocal Fatigue
Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT/4:00 PM PDT

In the applied exercise physiology world, vocal fatigue may be mitigated through a targeted training approach, as is done with athletes. Training up-regulates fatigue resistant and rapid recovery mechanisms in other systems in the body. The extent to which this may apply to the singing voice is not well studied to date, but it is a direction that we should consider. Planning for and managing vocal fatigue is a particularly important concern for vocalists who train and perform daily.


Guests: Ingo Titze and Kittie Verdolini Abbott
Topic: Legends in our field: Ingo Titze and Kittie Verdolini Abbott
Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT/4:00 PM PDT

Does it really matter what we discuss with these two brilliant people?


Guests: Edrie Means Weekly, Jordyn Day Palmer, Kelly Garner, and Jaron M. LeGrair
Topic: The Broad Spectrum of CCM: Style and Application
Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT/4:00 PM PDT

There has been a wonderful paradigm shift in the field of voice teaching to gain an understanding of the pedagogic and stylistic differences between teaching classical, CCM, and music theater. Within CCM there is a broad spectrum of vocal sounds and styles to be considered. This NATS Chat utilizes the knowledge of 4 contemporary music specialists to discuss some of these stylistic differences and how we might better integrate these ideas into the application during a voice lesson. We will focus on country, pop, rock, music theater, gospel, and more.



Co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Co-host: Peggy Baroody
Guests: Nicholas Perna, D.M.A and Marci Daniels Rosenberg, SLP-CCC
Topic: Singers and Self Laryngeal Manipulation: What Singing Teachers Need to Know
Sunday, January 10, 2021

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Why are singers often told not to touch their own instrument? Should singers massage their own larynx? What are the benefits or risks from singers performing laryngeal manipulation or laryngeal massage on themselves? During our session, Nicholas Perna will present recent research into the efficacy of self laryngeal manipulation, and Marci Rosenberg will guide us through exercises singers can use to aid in their voice habilitation.


Guests: Lynn Maxfield, Ken Bozeman, and Lynn Helding
Topic: Defining Evidence-Based Voice Pedagogy (EBVP): A New Framework
Sunday, December 13, 2020

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Evidence-Based Voice Pedagogy is a term used synonymously with science-based, function-based, or fact-based voice pedagogy. There is a precedent for defining Evidence-Based Voice Pedagogy (EBVP) with a broader understanding. There has been a new framework presented by NATS Chat moderator, Kari Ragan, for EBVP to be more clearly defined. Modeled after Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), this new framework includes three essential components: 1) Voice Science, 2) Voice Teacher Expertise and Experience, and 3) Student Goals and Perspectives. In November of 2018, the Journal of Singing published her article outlining this new framework. This NATS Chat will further develop each component using the expertise of 3 other panelists, Lynn Maxfield, Ken Bozeman, and Lynn Helding. Please join us for this important conversation.

In preparation for this December NATS Chat, we encourage attendees to watch the replay from the 2020 Virtual Summer Conference on EBVP. View video.



Guest: Claudia Friedlander
Topic: Academic or Entrepreneur? How to Steer Your Teaching Career
Sunday, November 8, 2020

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While full-time voice teaching positions that offer a comfortable salary seem to be growing increasingly rare, there is no shortage of people who love to sing and long to learn. Join us to discuss the pros and cons of both academic appointments and independent studio teaching, which model is likely to work best for you, and how to improve job satisfaction in both modalities.



Guest: George Shirley
Topic: A Conversation with the incomparable George Shirley, operatic tenor!
Sunday, October 11, 2020 

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NATS Chat is honored to host operatic tenor George Shirley. We will discuss many aspects of his distinguished career as well as relevant topics such as diversity in our field through his eyes.




Special Edition NATS Chat Replays

*Special Edition NATS Chat Replay
Guest: Dawn Padula, Allen Henderson, and Cheri Montgomery
Topic: Teaching Lyric Diction Online during COVID-19
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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We apologize for technical difficulties that prevented the speakers' faces from showing in this webinar. Many who teach Lyric Diction are having to determine how to take their diction class online during the COVID-19 crisis. Join Dawn Padula, lyric diction teacher at the University of Puget Sound; Allen Henderson, Executive Director of NATS and teacher of Lyric Diction at Georgia Southern University; and Cheri Montgomery, teacher of Lyric Diction at Vanderbilt University, and author of the leading diction textbook series published by STM Publishers as we discuss a variety of options teachers have to supplement instruction at a distance or move a major portion of their course to an online platform. Our goal here is to present solutions you can quickly implement (probably some things you are already doing or have set up for yourself to use behind the scenes in your live class) and also show you other solutions that will take more time and effort but can help you manage your course for a few weeks or the rest of the semester or quarter. Handouts for this session may be downloaded at:

*Special Edition NATS Chat Replay
Guests: Joshua Glasner, Nicholas Perna, Kathy Price, and John Nix
Topic: Taking Voice Pedagogy Courses Online During COVID-19
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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COVID-19 is requiring teachers to take Voice Pedagogy Courses online. This NATS Chat will help teachers organize their classes for online learning. The discussion will include platforms, apps, other resources needed and a small tutorial on how to navigate technology. The panelists will share creative ideas, and resources to help. A section on teaching the Voice Pedagogy Practicum will be included.

RESOURCES: Digital Resources List  Student Survey  Lesson Observation Form 
                    Student Teacher Observation Form   Observer Lesson Form

                   Lesson/Master Class Videos    College Audition Videos

*Special Edition NATS Chat Replay
Guests: Dr. Duke Miles, LCSW, Dr. Annie Roepke, PhD, Dr. Susan Tesch, MS, LMFT., Allen Henderson, Karen Brunssen
Topic: Protecting Your Mental Health During COVID-19
Sunday, March 22, 2020

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We need a break! It’s been a long couple of weeks due to the unusual circumstances brought on by COVID-19. As the NATS organization continues fostering a supportive environment to guide our members through this unprecedented time, we are providing another Special Edition NATS Chat on mental health for our teachers. ⁣

Join us for a discussion led by mental health professionals who also have a link with the music community. There will be wide ranging conversation on how to strategically navigate this challenging time. Our experienced panelists include Dr. Duke Miles, LCSW, Dr. Annie Roepke, PhD, and Dr. Susan Tesch, MS, LMFT.⁣

*Special Edition NATS Chat
Guests: Craig Terry, Rhonda Kline, Laurie Rogers, Nicholas Shaneyfelt
Topic: The Collaborative Pianist During COVID-19
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 

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Join our collaborative pianist panelists Craig Terry, Rhonda Kline, Laurie Rogers, and Nicholas Shaneyfelt as they discuss the collaborative pianist in the time of COVID-19.  All our professional lives have been upended and collaborative pianists, because of their unique connection with singers and others with whom they collaborate, also have to adjust in ways unique to their work.  We will discuss how their work and personal lives have changed, and creative solutions and best practices as we all adjust to this new normal.


*Special Edition NATS Chat Replay

Guests: Morgan James, Tamar Greene, Alex Fletcher, Joelle Harvey, Angela Young Smucker, Mikki Sodergren, Morris Robinson
Topic: Making a Professional Pivot During COVID-19
Thursday, March 26, 2020 

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Join us for a  conversation with a broadway performer, an independent artist,  a classical singer, an agent, and a choral artist to explore creative ways for the independent performer to pivot during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. As we all know, this crisis is having a profound impact on the Arts community. This NATS Chat hopes to inspire attendees to think outside the box by learning from those on the frontline who will share ways they are navigating these difficult circumstances. We must keep Arts alive, so join us for creative solutions.


*Special Edition NATS Chat Replay 
Guests: Yvette Litchfield, Julio Rosario, and Darrell Jordan
Topic: Protecting the Singer's Self-Identity During COVID-19
Saturday, March 28, 2020 

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Many singers are experiencing anger, grief, and anxiety due to the loss of performances, contracts, and income during COVID-19. Loss of identity and lack of motivation are also risks for singers at this difficult time. It is crucial that during this crisis, singers’ feelings are validated and then reframed in order to successfully move forward. NATS invites all singers (and teachers of singing) to join us for this Special Edition NATS Chat with Yvette Litchfield, Specialist Therapist for the Performing Voice, and Julio Rosario, New York Therapist with special insight into the Performing Voice. This will be a discussion on how to move through these uncharted waters and find a firm footing again. We must unite in finding a way to maintain our ‘singer identity’ during these challenging times. 
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*Special Edition NATS Chat Replay
Guest: Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk

Topic: "Tools for Self-Care to Manage Stress During COVID"
Saturday April 25, 2020

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Join Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk for strategies to manage stress during the time of COVID. Both sheltering in place and a sense of uncertainty about the future have increased stress levels for both teachers and students. This chat will give you tools you can use to navigate the many difficulties we face, such as insomnia, irritability, and inability to concentrate. Kristine is a certified Koru meditation teacher and teaches wellness courses for the Department of Music and the Honors College at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

NATS Mindfulness Moment - 12 minutes guided meditation led by Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk


A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing
Guests: Allen Henderson, Tim Sharp, Marty Monson, Catherine Dehoney, Donald Milton, Lucinda Halstead, Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, Tom Clareson

Tuesday May 5, 2020

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The National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, Barbershop Harmony Society, and Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) present an important webinar about the near term future of singing as we seek fact based solutions in protecting our singers, teachers, and conductors during this time. The live webinar hosted by NATS will be moderated by Tim Sharp, executive director of ACDA, Catherine Dehoney, president and CEO of Chorus America, Marty Monson, CEO of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and Allen Henderson, executive director of NATS.

*Special Edition NATS Chat: Processing...Finding Our Way Forward
Monday, May 11th 

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Join NATS Executive Director, Allen Henderson, NATS Chat Moderator Kari Ragan and President Karen Brunssen for a conversation with interested members and friends.  We have all spent the past 8 weeks in triage mode, figuring it out, and seeking short term solutions in uncertain times.  While some are winding down academic years, others continue their private studios and other endeavors.  How do we feel about what we have accomplished so far personally? As we learn more about COVID and its impacts we still have questions about how to move forward in our individual settings.  In the interest of creating a welcoming and safe environment, this NATS Chat will not be recorded. An opportunity to freely share your thoughts and concerns will be created by either opening your microphone or writing in the question. We want to hear from you!

*Special Edition NATS Chat: Returning to Singing post COVID: What we need to Know, Wednesday August 12, 8:30 EDT/5:30 PDT

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As singers recover from being afflicted by COVID, those who work with singers must understand how to guide their return to singing. We must consider the impact on both the voice and respiratory systems as well as when to refer to a medical voice team for further evaluation. To lead the conversation, a group of panelists involved in the field of voice has been gathered. Some of the panelists have recovered from COVID and bring their own experience to the conversation as singers, teachers, or clinicians. Kari Ragan will be joined by Michael McElroy, recipient of the 2019 Tony Honors for Excellence and Tisch Drama Associate Arts Professor; David L. Young, M.D., singer and laryngologist at the Emory Voice Center; Andrew Lee, MS, CCC-SLP at the University of Washington Department of Otolaryngology; and Cate Frazier-Neely, independent voice teacher/singing voice specialist.

NATS Chat 2019-20 Season Replays

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. 

Guest: Santino Fontana

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

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Santino Fontana, 2019 Tony Award winner for playing Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels in the Broadway show "Tootsie," joined our NATS Chat. Santino spoke and answered questions on maintaining vocal health, pursuing a career in the performing arts, and more. Perhaps best known 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 musical comedy series, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." 

FEBRUARY NATS Chat Replay (Due to technical difficulties, this session was not recorded.)
Guest: Joan Melton
Topic: Breath Management Strategies Across Performance Genres: Exploratory Studies in the UK and Australia
Sunday, February 16, 2020

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.

Due to technical difficulties, this session was not recorded.

MARCH NATS Chat Replay
Guests: Aaron Ziegler and Jiries Meham-Atrash

Topic: Cannabis and Singers
Sunday, March 8, 2020

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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. 


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

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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.


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

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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.



NATS Chat 2018-19 Replays

Sponsored by Inside View Press

Guest: Karen Brunssen 
Topic: "The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan"
Co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Sunday, October 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: Cynthia Vaughn, Kelli Barham, and Christin Coffee Rondequ
Topic: Independent Studio Business: Part III ~ "Finding Them and Keeping Them: Studio Marketing and Student Retention"
Sunday, November 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: Mary Saunders Barton and Norman Spivey
Topic: "Bel Canto Can Belto–Cross Training for the 21st Century Singer"

Sunday, December 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: Chadley Ballantyne and Kerrie Obert
Topic: “Getting the Twang of it: Updates on the Physiologic, Acoustic, and Perceptual Characteristics"

Sunday, January 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: Lynn Helding and Lynn Maxfield
Topic: “Mindful Voice: How Cognitive Science Informs Voice Teaching”
Sunday, February 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: Ian Howell
Topic: “The Special Psychoacoustics of the Singing Voice” 
Sunday, 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: Scott McCoy
Topic: "The more things change, the more they stay the same: some thoughts on (my) current pedagogic practice"
Sunday, 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: Christine Brewer
Topic: “A conversation with Christine Brewer”

Co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Sunday, 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: Joan Lader
Topic: "Putting it Together: Bit by Bit...Day by Day...Week by Week...Year by Year..."
Sunday, October 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 II"
Sunday, November 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"
Co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Sunday, December 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"
Sunday, 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"
Sunday, 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"
Sunday, 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"
Sunday, 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'
Sunday, 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

Sponsored by Inside View Press

Guest: Don Greene, Ph.D.
Topic: "Performance Success: An Olympic Sports Psychologist Teaches Performing Artists How to Win"
Sunday, October 9, 2016

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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

Guest: Cindy Sadler (Classical Singer)
Topic: "The Business of Singing: The Importance of Entrepreneurship for Today's Artist”
Sunday, November 13, 2016

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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.

Guests: Dr. Michael Johns, laryngologist, and Peggy Baroody
Topic: "The Aging Voice" co-sponsored with The Voice Foundation Sunday, December 11, 2016

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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. 


Guests: Wendy LeBourgne and Marci Rosenberg
Topic: "Kinesthetics to Training the Vocal Athlete"
Sunday, January 15, 2017

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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." 


Guest: Dr. Scott McCoy
Topic: “How Much Science Do We Really Need to Know?"
Sunday, February 12, 2017

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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.


MARCH NATS Chat Replay
Guest: Cynthia Vaughn
Topic: "Starting and Running Your Independent Voice Studio as a Small Business"
Sunday, March 19, 2017

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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.


APRIL NATS Chat Replay
Guest: Lisa Popeil
Topic: "Transitioning from Classical to CCM Vocal Styles"
Sunday, April 9, 2017

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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.


MAY NATS Chat Replay
Guest: Robert Edwin
Topic: "Teaching the Young (and Very Young) Performer" 
Co-sponsored with The Voice Foundation
Sunday, May 21, 2017

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“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. 




2015-16 NATS Chat Replays

Sponsored by Inside View Press

Guests: Panel of Amy Burton (Mannes School of Music); Matt Edwards (Shenandoah Conservatory); Brian DeMaris (Aspen Music Festival)
Topic: Considerations for YAP and Academic Programs.
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

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Moderator Kari Ragan leads a discussion with panelists Amy Burton (Mannes School of Music); Matt Edwards (Shenandoah Conservatory); Brian DeMaris (Aspen Music Festival) about Audition Recordings: Considerations for YAP and Academic Programs. NATS Chats are sponsored by Inside View Press.  

NOVEMBER NATS Chat (This session was not recorded.)
Guest: Sheri Sanders
Topic: Rock the audition
Sunday, November 8, 2015


DECEMBER NATS Chat (This session was not recorded.)
Guest: Dean WIlliamson, Ann Baltz (OperaWorks)  
Topic: Young Artist Programs-DVD and CD applications:  Progress or Punishment?
Sunday, December 13, 2015


Guest: Ken Bozeman
Topic: The Vocal Acoustic Landscape: How to Solve the Challenges Singers Face Across Range 
Sunday, January 10, 2016

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National Association of Teachers of Singing - NATS Chat, recorded January 10, 2016. With guest Ken Bozeman presenting "The Vocal Acoustic Landscape: How to Solve the Challenges Singers Face Across Range." NATS Chat is hosted by Dr. Kari Ragan.

Guest: Margaret (Peggy) Baroody, Sharon Radionoff and Karen Wicklund
Topic: The Voice Team vs. the Vocal Injury: Who does what, when, where and why
Monday, February 8, 2016

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MARCH NATS Chat Replay
Guest: Dolora Zajick 
Topic: A Conversation with Dolora Zajick
Co-sponsored with The Voice Foundation
Sunday, March 13, 2016

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APRIL NATS Chat Replay
Guest: Dr. Jean Abitbol
Topic: Hormones and the Voice
Co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Sunday, April 10, 2016

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