Research Surveys

NATS supports many types of voice research, and researchers seek to survey the profession in a variety of ways. NATS is pleased to offer members, students of members, and selected partners the opportunity to list links to various surveys being conducted by researchers. Please do not contact the NATS office regarding information on these surveys.  Instead, contact the principal investigator provided with each listing.

Want to list your research survey here?  All surveys posted here are also distributed one time via e-mail to NATS members as part of the weekly Intermezzo e-newsletter, which distributes on Tuesdays. Send all requests to .

Active Surveys

Changing the current model of the classical vocal degree program

Dear Colleague,   

My name is Craig Allen; I am currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of South Carolina. I invite you and one or more of your students to join me for my dissertation study.   

I am researching how to change the current model of the classical vocal degree program to better prepare our students for evolving performance expectations. In many current voice programs, students are expected to add additional languages, repertoire, and multiple singing techniques within the classical canon in each subsequent semester of studio study. As the demands on our 21st century artist is quite different than in the past, vocal pedagogues are adjusting what we teach our students to prepare them for performing challenges ahead. I hypothesize that adding a commercial piece (CM) to their degree plan and addressing the complexities that style requires is paramount to their adaptability in an ever-changing performance world. I propose this addition of CM repertoire take place during the second semester of their sophomore year, so they receive this unique training early in their singing career. Training our artists to be versatile is crucial, as singers are no longer afforded a narrow scope of being trained in one style with the assurance of a profitable career.   

How can you assist with this important study?  

I am looking for students of vocal pedagogues who are willing to do a brief survey at the beginning and the end of the semester that have not studied a CM piece previously at college. Included in this study is the ability to assess the possible benefits of studying this literature in the student’s voice; future performance goals as well as the analyzation of psychological benefits for the student singer would also be evaluated. If you have experience in teaching CM, I welcome your input and experience. However, if you are new to this area of musical study, I would also provide warmups, exercises, and literature in the style to help guide you and the student, thus assisting you both in this exciting venture.   

Please let me know if you would be willing to assist me on this journey next semester. If you have a second or third-year classical degree seeking student who would be interested in including CM repertoire in their vocal studies, please fill out this form.

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Craig Allen, MM, BM, BA
DMA Candidate at University of South Carolina
Winthrop University
Adjunct Instructor of Music
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Seeking Singing Teachers for Absolute Pitch Study

We are conducting a study that aims to help singing teachers better understand and teach singers who possess absolute pitch (AP). AP is also known as “perfect pitch”. It is the rare ability to identify or produce any given pitch without a reference. In other words, a person who has AP can sing a “G sharp” off the top of their head. They can instantly name a random note played on the piano without looking at the keyboard. If you have ever taught singing to someone who has this ability, please consider taking part in this ground-breaking research. Participation involves a short, online survey. You do not need to have AP yourself in order to take part. If you are a singer who has AP and you are interested in taking part in the study, please email us.

Further information is available at

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Victoria Lambourn
PhD candidate
The University of Melbourne

The Approaches of Singing Teachers to New and Unfamiliar Repertoire

You are invited to take part in a research project about how singing teachers approach new and unfamiliar repertoire. In particular, the study is designed to discover how singing teachers approach their selection of repertoire for their students and in particular, how and if they teach repertoire which they have not seen or performed before. The study is being conducted by Deborah Grace (Master of Research Candidate, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia).

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Deborah Grace
Master of Research candidate
Macquarie University

Singing Voice Symptomatology Following Presumed SARS-CoV-2 Infection

COVID-19 has changed the world in many ways. We are studying the most common symptoms singers report following a COVID-19 infection, using an online survey Singing Voice Symptomatology Following Presumed SARS-CoV-2 Infection.

We hope to learn about Long-COVID symptoms in singers to help better meet the needs of our students. Your responses may help inform voice pedagogy and influence future research studies in this area. The survey should only take 10 minutes, and your responses are completely anonymous. You can only take the survey once, and you cannot edit your responses. This survey closes on April 30, 2022. If you have any questions about the survey, please email: By completing this survey you have consented to participate in this research study. We greatly appreciate your input and time!

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Many thanks!

Dr. David Meyer, Sophia Dove and Leryn Turlington

Determining a Normative Value for the Singing Voice Handicap Index-10 (SVHI-10)

The UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center is conducting a new research study titled: Determining a Normative Value for the Singing Voice Handicap Index-10 (SVHI-10). We are currently looking for adult singers to fill out a brief demographic’s questionnaire followed by the SVHI-10 survey to help better identify what it means to be a healthy singer. This will help us when evaluating the difference between normal and abnormal singing voices. The overall survey should take approximately 7 minutes, and it would mean a lot for our research team if you could participate! Please click the link below if you are interested. Thank you in advance for your support of our study.

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The UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center Research Team: 

Vyvy Young, MD
Sarah Schneider, MS CCC-SLP
Clark Rosen, MD
Grant Gochman, MS Clinical Research Coordinator

Singing Teacher Perception of Breathiness in Vibrato and Non-vibrato Tones

The purpose of this study is to explore how singing teachers rate voice samples with and without vibrato on a breathiness scale. This study is under the direction of Co-Principal Investigators John Nix, Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Rosemary Lester-Smith, Assistant Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, and Natalie Cummings, doctoral candidate in music at the University of Texas at Austin. This study is overseen by the Institutional Review Board of the University of Texas at San Antonio as study FY21-22-126. 

To participate, you must meet the following criteria:  

  • Be at least 22 years of age;  
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree in music;  
  • Speak and read English;  
  • Reside in the U.S.;  
  • Have intact hearing (with corrective aids if necessary);  
  • Have access to a computer and headphones for playing audio files, and a quiet location to listen to the files away from other noises and distractions. 

If you agree to participate, your role will only include taking an online survey, which consists of some brief demographic questions, listening to 100 short voice samples, and rating the samples in terms of their breathiness. Total participation commitment should be approximately 30 minutes. There are no reasonably expected risks associated with participation. There are no costs involved or compensation for your completion of the study. 

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For all other questions, please contact John Nix, Co-Principal Investigator via email or at 210-317-2171.

Singing Outside SATB: Teaching Countertenors in the Choral Classroom

The purpose of this research is to examine the perspectives and experiences of high school choral directors teaching students that sing outside of their traditional SATB voice classification. This research is being conducted online. We are inviting all those who identify as a high school choral director in the United States. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this study. If you agree to be in this research, you will complete an online survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The University of Oklahoma Institutional Review Board has approved this research. The first page of the survey serves as your informed consent. The deadline to participate is April 15.

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Your participation in this research is completely voluntary; you may choose to withdraw at any time. If you have any questions pertaining to this research project, you may contact either Melissa Baughman (405-325-2081) or the OU-NC IRB (405- 325-8110) at any time. 

Thank you in advance for your assistance! 

Sincerely, Dr. Melissa Baughman
Assistant Professor of Vocal Music Education
University of Oklahoma

Individual Singer and Teacher Perspectives in Vocal Pedagogy 

We are conducting a research study to investigate perspectives of singers and vocal instructors in order to gain a deeper understanding of their individual experiences. This research consists of two surveys titled: Individual Singer Perspectives in Vocal Study and Individual Teacher Perspectives in Vocal Pedagogy.  

We are inviting participants who are:

  • 18 years of ago or older
  • English-speaking
  • Located in the United States

If you are interested, your participation would consist of an online survey questionnaire via Google Forms and will take 10-15 minutes to complete. In the survey, you will be asked to reflect upon your own experiences as a beginning singer and/or vocal instructor.  Singers are not required to have had any formal voice lessons in order to participate in this survey. 

The questions will address a variety of topics, including: the availability of and satisfaction with resources, the role of gender identity/expression in vocal study, your interest in vocal pursuits and styles, and the incorporation of music theory/piano skills. Vocal instructors will be asked to reflect on pedagogical techniques and philosophies. Although it is not required, teachers who are also singers may choose to participate in both surveys.

Individual Singer Perspectives in Vocal Study

Individual Teacher Perspectives in Vocal Pedagogy

If you have any questions concerning the research study, please contact the research team at: 

Kirsten Blair (student researcher)
Kristina Knowles (principal investigator)

Kirsten Blair
DMA Candidate Voice | Herberger Institute for Design in the Arts
Arizona State University

Voice Building in Collegiate Studios

If you are a current collegiate applied-voice instructor, or a recently retired collegiate instructor (within 5 years), who resides in the United States, you qualify to participate in a research study examining the voice-building practices taking place within the collegiate voice studio. Eligible subjects will undergo a short survey consisting of demographic information and short answer questions. There is no compensation for participation in this survey.

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Kristen Janell Sullivan
M.M., D.M.A.
Ph.D Music - Performing Arts Health, Candidate

Mindfulness for People with Voice Disorders

Seeking participants for a research study measuring the effects of mindfulness on singers and speakers with voice disorders.

Participants will take part in an 8-week mindfulness course, modeled after the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum, which will be delivered online over Zoom. Before and after the course, participants will complete the following questionnaires:

  1. Mindful Attention Awareness Scale
  2. Perceived Stress Scale
  3. Voice Handicap Index (all participants) and Singing Voice Handicap Index (singers only)

Some participants may be assigned to a control group. The control group will take the questionnaires at the same times as the other participants but will not take the mindfulness course. They will be offered the chance to participate in the course later. (Eligibility requirements for study participants and for the control group are identical.)

Participation in the study is completely voluntary. No compensation will be given. Participants may withdraw from the study at any time and for any reason without penalty while still participating in the mindfulness course.

This study has been approved by the West Chester University Institutional Review Board Protocol #IRB-FY2022-111.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Participants must have been diagnosed with a voice disorder and received and concluded voice therapy with a speech-language pathologist
  • The ability to speak clearly, loudly, or consistently is not required
  • The course may not be appropriate for participants who: 1) have an active addiction, 2) are suicidal, or 3) have untreated psychosis, PTSD, depression, or anxiety that would interfere with their ability to complete the course.
  • The first 20 people who meet the eligibility requirements will be enrolled.

How to Sign Up:

  • Fill out this secure form, which will determine your eligibility.
  • Eligible participants will be given the opportunity to attend a Zoom meeting outlining details of the mindfulness course, the research study, and the consent process.
  • Email questions to Catherine K. Brown.

Catherine K. Brown
Graduate Student in Applied Mindfulness
West Chester University

The Effect of Chemotherapy Treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer on the Singing Voice

  • Have you had ABVD Chemotherapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma?
  • Would you be willing to fill out a confidential questionnaire on the effects of chemotherapy on your voice?
  • The questionnaire will take no longer than 25 minutes.
  • The goal of the study is to provide information to singers and voice teachers about the effects of ABVD Chemotherapy voice regimen on the singing voice.
  • Confidential responses will be used as data in a research study conducted by Shantelle Przybylo at the University of Toronto.

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Shantelle Przybylo
University of Toronto
MMus, BMus
DMA Candidate

Perceived voice changes among young adults who vape

The Laryngology Division in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at the University of Memphis is conducting a survey study titled: Perceived voice changes among young adults who vape.

The purpose of this study is to understand if there are perceived changes in voice quality and function among young adults that vape or juul. Your participation in this research study is invaluable and voluntary. Responses will be kept confidential and the surveys will not contain information that will personally identify you. The results of this study will be used for academic purposes only.

If you have any questions about the research study, please contact Sandra Stinnett, MD. This research has been reviewed according to University of Tennessee Health Science Center IRB procedures for research involving human subjects.

Thank you very much for your time and support.

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Drew Smith, MD, MS
PGY-1 Resident Physician
Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Diversifying Art Song

The past two years have brought many changes to our artform; for many, the past two years have continued to highlight the imbalanced inclusion of artists from underrepresented groups in classical music. The purpose of this survey is to better understand individual experiences with performing works by composers from underrepresented groups, and the differences in familiarity between the varying levels of vocal performance.

This survey on diversity in the study and performance of art song is being conducted by the Kassia Database and in affiliation with the Institute for Composer Diversity Art Song Works Database. This survey is completely anonymous and should take no longer than 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Eligible participants must be at least 18 years of age. All levels of study and performance are welcome to participate. Participants who have not been introduced to works by underrepresented groups are encouraged to participate.

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Logan Contreras, DMA
Lecturer, Colorado State University Pueblo
Founder, Kassia Database
Co-Coordinator, Institute for Composer Diversity

Marking Survey

Marking is the global term for the manner in which singers preserve their voices while continuing to be engaged in the rehearsal process. Singers utilize marking because of the onset of vocal fatigue or sickness, to prevent vocal fatigue or injury, or to preserve vocal stamina for an upcoming performance. The purpose of the study is to explore how singers utilize marking within differing scenarios, inclusive those who do not or have not utilized marking. We have created a questionnaire to ask your permission in answering these questions for us. We have also created an interview process, which can only be completed after the questionnaire.

Singers eligible to participate are:

  • At least 18 years old.
  • Hold at least a master’s degree in vocal performance or acting.
  • Employed full-time or part-time for the past 5 years as a professional singer.
  • Sings in either opera, music theater, commercial contemporary music (CCM), or sacred music at a church job.

If you participate, click the button below to electronically complete a consent form for both the questionnaire and the interview before beginning the questionnaire. The questionnaire should take only 20 minutes and the interview should take one hour. If you would like to opt out of the interview, there will be no penalty to you whatsoever.


If you have any question about the study, please contact John Elson Williams before you decide to participate.

John Elson Williams, Principle Investigator 

Voice Health Survey

Actors and singers in Canada are invited to participate in this anonymous voice health survey being conducted by researchers at McGill University to help them understand how we can take better care of performers’ voices. The survey has been extended until Friday, November 19 and will take 10-20 minutes to complete. 

Participants can enter to win one of 50 $50 gift cards using the link at the end of the survey. For more information about eligibility and how to participate, follow link below. This study was approved by the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Institutional Review Board, IRB Study Number A09-B73-20A / 20-09-019

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Student Researcher: Colin Jones

Principle Investigator: Nicole Li-Jessen, PhD, Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Personalized Medicine of Upper Airway Health and Diseases
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
McGill University, Canada

Voice Teaching for the 21st Century

Dear Singers, Teachers, and Pedagogues,

We invite you to fill out a brief survey to help us understand more fully the current teaching for aspiring voice teachers in university programs. Below is a brief (5 minute) survey that we'd love you to participate in. The survey is divided between those with less than 5 years of teaching experience and those with more than 5 years of experience. Please share with students and colleagues as well!

We hope these efforts will help us to better understand the context and teachings of 21st Century Voice Pedagogy! Thank you!

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AATS - American Academy of Teachers of Singing
Committee of Mary Saunders, Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Jeanie LoVetri, Chris Arneson, and Darlene Wiley.

Musician's Psychological Flexibility Survey

Professional musicians from across the world often face many problems during their career, including: performance anxiety; perfectionism; low motivation to practice; stressful auditions; burnout & career uncertainty; performance-related pain & injury; psychological distress; and more.

We have created a new questionnaire to measure a phenomenon called psychological flexibility, and we need your help in determining whether it is effective. According to new research in performance science, a special relationship may exist between psychological flexibility and how severely you experience these problems. We hope to better understand this relationship by kindly asking for your participation in completing it.

Musicians who are eligible to participate are:

  1. At least 18 yrs old
  2. Fluent in English & can read at least at the 8th grade level
  3. Employed full-time, part-time, or other, as a performing musician with regular performances* for at least 2 consecutive years over the past 10 years (any performance type - solo, duet, chamber or small group, full group, band, other - within any genre of music). Performances can be in-person and/or virtual.

* “Regular performances” is used broadly here and can range from weekly performances (once a week, multiple times a week), to monthly performances (once a month, multiple times a month - but less frequently than 1x a week), to yearly performances (multiple times a year - but less frequently than 1x a month). Performing only 1x a year is not frequent enough to be considered regular. If your performances over the past 10 years fell into any of those 3 categories, for at least 2 consecutive years, we would consider them regular.

If you participate, you’ll be asked to electronically complete this & four other questionnaires, plus additional questions about yourself, your career, and your performance/practice habits. Total time commitment is 45 to 60 minutes.

All participants who complete all questions will be entered into a raffle to win one of multiple $20 Amazon gift cards AND will be invited to attend a webinar on managing performance anxiety by a leading expert! Plus, one lucky participant who attends the webinar will win a FREE COPY of the primary researcher’s forthcoming book on how musicians can train to be more psychologically flexible.

Please read & sign the study’s consent form before participating, which is located at the URL below. We are running a parallel study at the University of Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music, in Melbourne, Australia, and our colleague there (Dr. Margaret Osborne, PhD) has agreed to host the URL site to collect your data.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact  before you decide to participate.

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Musician's Psychological Flexibility Survey

Thank you,
Dana Zenobi, DMA
David Juncos, PsyD
Margaret Osborne, PhD

Dana Zenobi, DMA She/Her
Assistant Professor of Music (Voice)
Butler University Vocal Competition Director
Butler University - Jordan College of the Arts
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Connections Between Female Vocality and Characterization in Contemporary Musical Theatre

This research will be conducted by Lorna Calvert, a Masters student at the Department of Music at the University of Manchester, supervised by Prof. James Garratt. This survey will form part of a dissertation aiming to understand the connections between features of female vocality and characterisations of women in musical theatre. As part of this, this survey will be used to understand how industry professionals have experienced changes in repertoire and technique over the last decade and to gather their opinions. The responses to this survey, including direct quotations, will be included in a dissertation project but will not be published.

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If you have a query, please contact 

Faculty Equity in Musical Theatre Programs

Dear NATS, 

I am a faculty member in the Department of Theatre at Auburn University, and I would like to invite your membership to participate in a research study titled "Faculty Equity in Musical Theatre Programs." You may participate if you are currently employed (or have been employed in the past) as a faculty member in a college/university program offering musical theatre training. You must be 19 or older to participate. 

Participants will be asked to spend 15-20 minutes completing an online survey. 

There are no risks, compensation, benefits, or costs involved in the survey. The survey is hosted by Qualtrics and all data will remain protected through Qualtrics's encryption software. Information collected through your participation may be used in conference presentations and journal publications, but all data will remain anonymous. 

Here is the link for the survey: 

If you have any questions, please contact me or any of the principal investigators of the study:  

Elizabeth Benson, 

Christianne Knauer Roll,  

Dale Cox, 

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Auburn University Office of Research Compliance or the Institutional Review Board by phone (334)-844-5966 or e-mail at or 

Thank you for your consideration, 


Evaluation of Voice Ability in Relation to Sex Hormones

Dear professional voice user. This questionnaire aims at evaluating voice-related ability to work and to communicate in relation to the sex steroid hormones. Thus, it targets professional voice users aged 18+ years old, with no medically diagnosed hearing impairment and no restrictions in understanding nor in giving an informed consent.

If you are singer, actor/actress, broadcaster, teacher of singing or regular teaching or have any other profession that requires the use of your voice, we kindly ask you to participate by filling in this questionnaire, which is part of the research project Attracción de Talento Investigador de la Comunidad de Madrid Ref. 2018-T1/HUM-12172, currently undertaken at the Faculty of Education of the National Distance Learning University (UNED) in Madrid, Spain.

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Thank you in advance!

Mauro Fiuza and Filipa Lã
Faculty of Education
UNED Madrid/Spain  

Questions? Contact  or 

MUSIC RESEARCH - African Americans 50+

Dear Voice Professionals:

We are looking for people, African American, ages 50 and above, who have stopped singing as they have gotten older, for a study on singing and aging. Regardless of the reason, no matter the genre - gospel, pop, rock, classical or musical theater - we would like to talk with people about their experience. If you have former students or contacts that would be interested in participating would you please share this information with them. The 1st step is a short screening survey that should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. For more information about the survey and the study, follow the link below.

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Thank you in advance. Your help is most appreciated. 

Best regards,
, Doctoral Candidate
Dr. David Meyer, Dissertation Advisor
Shenandoah University

COVID-19 and teaching singing online

All singing teachers who teach face-to-face, online, or both, and have at least two year’s singing teaching experience, are invited to participate in a study focusing on teaching singing online.

If you decide to participate, you will be required to complete an online survey, in which you will answer questions about COVID-19 and teaching singing online. The survey will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary, and no payment will be made for your involvement.

If you are interested in participating, please click here for the Information and Consent Form and to access the survey.

If you require further information please contact .