NATS National Mentoring Collaborative

The NATS National Mentoring Collaborative (NNMC) was launched in fall 2019 as the first national mentoring opportunity! The deadline for the Spring Session for mentee applications has been extended to February 1. These dates for enrollment are from March 1-May 1, 2020. Application to participate as a mentor is currently closed.

It is our intent to foster continued learning for our teachers by offering this collaborative approach to mentoring. Young apprentice teachers will have an opportunity to observe Mentor Teachers and develop their own teaching pedagogy. The program also includes collaborative piano. Observations will include both a Mentor Teacher and a peer teacher and, secondly, two video feedback sessions with the Mentor. Additional online collaborative sessions will be offered to all participants. Experienced teachers are invited to apply as Mentor Teachers next fall, 2020. The fee for Mentees is $250, from which a stipend will be paid to Mentor Teachers. (CLICK HERE for an informational video.)

The Art of Teaching is a complex topic involving content knowledge, communication and organization skill, and curiosity about how people learn. Given the variability in both singing pedagogy and how people acquire knowledge, a teacher needs a wide repertoire of strategies to address his/her students. NATS believes strongly in the role of mentoring our teachers and, as such, this initiative begins!


NATS National Mentoring Collaborative - MENTEE APPLICATION

Application to participate as a mentor is currently closed.

Possible ideas for mentoring:

  • Voice Pedagogy
    • Classical
    • Music Theater
    • Other CCM genres
    • Cross-training among genres
    • Strategies for particular age groups
  • Improve impact of voice teaching
    • Instruction content within each lesson
    • Repertoire
      • Classical
      • CCM
  • Advancement
    • Independent teacher
    • School, university, college teacher
    • Creative Activities
      • Research and Writing
      • Presenting
      • Performing
  • Business and organization skills
    • Taxes
    • Marketing
    • Opening a studio
    • Website
    • Conflict and legal issues
  • Navigating the NATS organization including website info, adjudication, and general participation
  • Other professional organizations

NATS National Mentoring Collaborative Committee and Mentor Teachers

Click on name to view the mentor's bio.

Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Chair
Elizabeth Packard Arnold
Priscilla Annette Bagley 
Carole Blankenship
Theresa Brancaccio 
Dana Brown (Collaborative Piano)
Karen Brunssen
Katherine Ciesinski
Robin Cotton-Cobb
Marcus DeLoach
Lynn Eustis
Joseph Evans
Robyn Frey-Monell
Sarah Holman 
Errik M. Hood 
Lori McCann
Catherine McDaniel 
Mark McQuade
Corinne Ness
John Nix
Nicholas K. Perna
Amy Pfrimmer 
Scott Piper 
Christianne Roll
Julie Simson
Norman Spivey
Lee Strawn
Leigh Usilton 
Cynthia Vaughn 
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