Research Surveys

NATS supports many types of voice research.  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

Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Survey: Current State of Who's Teaching What in Non-Classical Music. Voice teachers, Voice coaches, Singers, Singing Voice Educators

Please consider taking this survey on Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Survey: Current State of Who's Teaching What in Non-Classical Music. Voice teachers, Voice coaches, Singers, Singing Voice Educators:

We would like to include you in a very important voluntary research survey to provide insights into Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Survey: Current State of Who's Teaching What in Non-Classical Music. Results will be presented at the Voice Foundation’s Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice.

To access the survey, please click on the link below:

This online survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete (dependent on responses to questions). Responses will be anonymous. The survey will remain open until April 30th.

The aim of this study is to provide insights into the current state of pedagogical training of voice teachers who teach commercial styles. The original study by LoVetri and Weekly in 2003 (published in the Journal of Voice) led to the development of a CCM vocal pedagogy graduate course and the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute to address shortcomings in the training available to voice teachers.

The follow-up survey in 2009 by Weekly and LoVetri (published in the Journal of Voice) found many voice teachers indicated they received only classical training and no training in commercial styles. Only 19% had training to teach musical theatre singing. Since then many colleges and universities have added and are in the process of adding courses in CCM vocal pedagogy.

Thank you for your participation.


Edrie Means Weekly, Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy, Musical Theatre Styles Specialist, Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute, Co-Founder, 703-470-9443,

Marquita Lister, Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation, National Association of Negro Musician, Inc., Opera Director, Vocal Studies Program Coordinator, Morgan State University

Elizabeth Bemis, M.M. candidate, Graduate Assistant, Shenandoah University and Conservatory of Music


Breaking Voices: A study of vocal health in choral settings

Maintaining healthy voices in a choir is vital to the success of a group and the happiness and satisfaction of the individuals. This research project, 'Breaking Voices' is focusing on how vocal health is maintained within varying choral settings. A central question to the study is ‘how do choral leaders prioritize vocal health?’ The project research includes a questionnaire sent out to choristers in order to gain a better understanding of this.

The survey closes May 1, 2020.

Click here to take the survey.

Click here to view the participant information sheet.

Participants being sought for a study of perception of difficulty of popular soprano arias.

Investigators: Jasmine Fernandez (under the supervision of faculty sponsor John Nix) and Professor John Nix at the University of Texas at San Antonio are seeking participants for a research study.

This survey, which is being carried out under the guidelines of UTSA IRB Protocol #20-006E, seeks to provide a better understanding of how voice teachers perceive the difficulty of the top fifteen soprano arias offered at the 2017-2018 National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions.

If you decide to participate, you will rank fifteen soprano arias in order of difficulty and select your reasons for the rankings. There will also be several demographic questions at the end of the survey. Your time commitment to this survey should not exceed fifteen minutes. 

All participants must:
1. Be at least 18 years of age
2. Have experience teaching classical voice lessons

If you would like to take part in the following study, please visit the following link:

If you have any questions pertaining to the study, please contact the investigators:

Jasmine Fernandez,

John Nix,

Research survey request in using videoconferencing technology

Are you a singing teacher who:
- has taught singing online using videoconferencing technology for at least one year,
- has at least two year’s singing teaching experience, and;
- receives financial payment for the teaching of singing?

If so, you are invited to participate in a one-off interview focusing on your online teaching methods. The interview will last between 45-60 minutes, and participants will have a choice of conducting the interview either in-person, over the telephone, or via the Internet (e.g. Zoom, FaceTime, Skype). This research is being conducted by Kelly Pecina from Macquarie University, Australia under the supervision of A/Prof Diane Hughes, to meet the requirements of a PhD.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary and no payment will be made for your involvement.
If you are interested please contact Kelly Pecina at  or +61402421334 for an Information and Consent form.

Research in Voice Psychology

NATS members and colleagues are invited to participate in a study which interviews singers about their thoughts, feelings, and relationship with their voice. Participants must meet the following criteria to interviewed for the study: (1) Between ages 22-35 and (2) Have received a degree in voice (undergraduate or higher) at a university in the United States or Canada. 

If you are interested and agree to participate you would be asked to take part in an audio-recorded interview which will occur in-person or via video-conference (e.g. Skype). The interview is about your experiences of being a singer and having a singing voice.

This study is being conducted by Bethany Hynes, D.M.A. candidate at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario. This study will run until July 2020. To volunteer for this study, or for more information, Email: 

For further information, please contact: Dr. Rachel Calogero, principal investigator, Email:  Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 80403; or Dr. Sophie Roland, co-investigator, Email:   Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83784.

Survey on muscle tension dysphonia (MTD) in the singing voice

Muscle tension dysphonia (MTD) is an occupational hazard for both professional and amateur singers. The demands of performance are such that performers are frequently faced with situations that may contribute to the development of the disorder. As MTD can have a significantly negative impact on a performer’s career and confidence, early detection and treatment is a necessity for the singing voice.
You are invited to participate in a study which will allow participants from the singing voice community to share their experiences and perceptions of MTD in the context of the singing voice. The goal of this study is to further our understanding of the community-wide level of awareness of both symptoms and potential treatment of MTD. Results will be presented at the Voice Foundation’s Annual Symposium.
Please visit the following link to take the survey:
The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.
This study has been reviewed and approved by the institutional review board of Teachers College, Columbia University – Protocol Number 12-233. Any questions or comments should be directed to the principal investigators (listed below), who may be reached at
Thank you for your time and participation! CLICK TO PARTICIPATE

Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Ed. D.
Director – Doctoral Cohort Program, Lecturer in Music,
Columbia University, Teachers College, Music and Music Education
Felix Graham, M.A.
Doctoral Candidate
Columbia University, Teachers College, Music and Music Education