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Becoming a NATS Member

NATS Membership is available at four different levels. Select a membership level below to learn more and begin your application.

Membership Type

| Qualifications
Full Teachers, Coaches, Choral Directors, and Collaborative Pianists who:
  • Are at least 25 years of age
  • Work with 6 or more individual singing or collaborative pianist students per week
  • Meet one of the following:
    • Advanced Degree in a related field with 2+ years teaching -or-
    • Undergraduate Degree in a related field followed by 3+ years teaching -or-
    • 4 years of 1-on-1 study followed by 5+ years teaching

Associate Beginning Teachers, Coaches, Choral Directors, and Collaborative Pianists who are at least 22 years of age. Non-Teaching Professional Singers are also welcome at the associate level.

Affiliate Individuals, Institutions, or Businesses related to teaching of singing.

Student Students pursuing a career in singing, teaching singing, or collaborative piano, who are enrolled full-time in undergraduate or advanced university studies.

Why Join NATS?

LET'S GET ASSOCIATED! By joining the National Association of Teachers of Singing, you become part of the largest organization of teachers of singing in the world, with 7,000+ members in more than 35 countries. Whether working in independent studios, community schools, elementary and secondary schools, or higher education, NATS members represent the diversity of today’s music landscape, teaching in all vocal styles.

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Learn and grow as a teacher of singing


Professional development 

Journal of Singing 

NATS members receive the leading academic journal on the voice, Journal of Singing, and have full access to the online Journal of Singing index. This scholarly journal features articles on all aspects of singing and the teaching of singing, written by distinguished scholars from around the world.


NATS has more than 7,000 members who teach in a wide variety of settings. Most NATS teachers are active in performance as well, and have valuable contacts in the professional worlds of both singing and teaching. Connect with colleagues at live in-person and virtual events or through the online directory.

Employment Opportunities 

Members have access to the NATS Job Center, an online database of positions currently available at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. In addition, members may place their profile on the "Find-a-Teacher Directory," accessed regularly by students seeking private voice teachers in their area.

Enjoy the benefits

Student Auditions

One of the benefits widely enjoyed by NATS members* is the privilege of entering students in annual chapter and regional auditions where they sing for a panel of adjudicators and receive constructive feedback on their work. Regional winners have the opportunity to qualify for the National Student Auditions, along with the Hall Johnson Spirituals Competition and American Negro Spirituals Competition.

singing_-_NATS_D1_0221crop300w.jpgNational Competitions

The NATS Artist Awards (NATSAA), National Musical Theatre Competition (NMTC), and Art Song Composition Award are important aspects of our efforts to foster artistry and mentor the professional careers of both our members and their students. Tens of thousands of dollars from generous donors, as well as performance opportunities, are awarded through these prestigious competitions.

Support for Young Teachers and Collaborative Pianists

NATS recognizes an ongoing commitment to support and encourage the development of teachers of singing and collaborative pianists who are beginning their careers. Qualified members* may apply for the NATS Intern Program, an intensive summer course wherein voice and collaborative piano interns teach students under the direction of several master teachers. The Emerging Leaders Award and the Joan Frey Boytim Award for Independent Teachers offer grants to attend the NATS National Conferences. NATS integrates professional development opportunities for Collaborative Pianists within its workshops, conferences, Intern Program, Journal of Singing, and more!

e-Newsletter and e-Zine

The Intermezzo e-newsletter, a weekly compilation of news clips about the singing profession, is delivered to each member’s inbox. Inter Nos is an online e-zine published in fall and spring that provides information about the work of NATS to its members, as well as the “Independent Voices” section, focused on the work of independent teachers.

Online Webinars and Social Media

NATS Chats are online discussions conducted in webinar style with live video of the presenter, featuring prominent guests in our field. Topics vary widely and have included technique, repertoire, wellness, private studio business strategies, and resources for university teachers. Members have exclusive access to a NATS members-only Facebook group for interaction and conversation with colleagues.

*Full and Associate members


Need to upgrade your NATS membership?

NATS student members who are graduating can upgrade to the next membership type. If you are already a NATS member and your qualifications now make you eligible for a higher level of membership, please let us know so we can upgrade your membership! DOWNLOAD: NATS Membership Upgrade Request Form


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If you need assistance with applying for membership, we’re here to help. Contact or call 904.992.9101, Mon-Fri 8 am to 4 pm Eastern time.