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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

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 .

Career Difficulties for Classical Soloists in their 30s

This survey examines difficulties professional classical soloists face in the period when they are no longer considered “talented beginners” and have a career up and running. It is often thought the first break is the hardest to come by, but research has suggested that between a third and half of classical soloists make the decision to end their full-time career by the age of 40. What explains this high rate of attrition?

My initial research is based on a survey which seeks to find out what form this mid-career slump took, and how, if at all, singers tried to work through it. The conclusions will focus on the way we train singers, especially at a tertiary level.

The more people who answer the short anonymous survey, the more insightful the results will be. If you or your students have sung professionally for more than five years (even if you are no longer a full-time singer), please click the link here.

Questions? Please contact .

Perception of vocal quality in singers with hearing loss

Are you a singer? Are you interested in helping researchers understand the role of hearing in singing accuracy? If you are 18 or older, this study may be for you.

The University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine is currently seeking singers with and without hearing loss to participate in a short online survey research study (about 5-10 minutes). The purpose of this study is to examine the role that hearing plays in the perception of vocal production accuracy among singers. Participation includes completing one online survey. There will be no compensation for participation.

If you are interested, please click here.

For any questions, please contact Gurmehr Brar at

NATS launches survey of singing teachers who have contracted COVID-19

NATS and NATS vocal wellness coordinator Dr. Wendy LeBorgne have launched a survey today to study the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on singing teachers. “We are urging any voice teacher who has contracted COVID-19 to complete the survey so that we can begin to identify long term impacts of the virus on the physical and vocal performance of singing teachers,” says Allen Henderson, executive director of NATS. Please complete this anonymous survey if you have contracted COVID-19 and share with other voice teachers you know. Take the survey

Efficient and effective methods of teaching posture to middle and high school choirs

Are you a choir director who works with middle or high school choirs? Are you interested in participating in a study about posture and choral students? My name is Elizabeth Nimmons, and under the supervision of faculty mentor Debra Greschner, I am researching the most efficient and effective methods of teaching posture to middle and high school choirs. This survey is designed to obtain an accurate understanding of the most popular methods currently used in middle and/or high school choirs. It will take about 20 minutes of your time. The goal of the study is to gather information that can provide pedagogic guidance to choral directors. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or my faculty mentor.

Take the survey

Elizabeth Nimmons:
Debra Greschner:

Singers economic and vocal health survey

Dear Singers and Singing Teachers:

COVID-19 has had a seismic impact on the health and livelihoods of singers and singing teachers. We at the New York University Voice Center are conducting a research study entitled The NYC Singers Economic and Vocal Health Survey to look at the economic impact of COVID-19 on this community, the community we serve. We hope that this information will help voice teachers recognize and better meet the evolving needs of their clientele.

Our research consists of a short online questionnaire that takes about 10 minutes to complete. If you are a singer or singing teacher we would be grateful if you could take a few minutes of your time to help us by filling in this survey. Participation is entirely voluntary and all answers will be kept confidential. We would also be very grateful if you could share the survey with your friends and colleagues who are either singers or singing teachers. Take the survey

Be part of a research study about online voice lessons

Dear Voice Teacher:

If you have a few minutes, we’d like for you to contribute to a research project about the challenges and benefits of remote instruction for voice lessons. We’re hoping to gather information about the ways that your teaching changed when the global pandemic required the use of remote instruction.

The research consists of one online survey that should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Our goal is to use this information to better understand the effects of remote learning on voice lessons and to help teachers like you prepare for the future. Start the anonymous survey.

Please see the attached flyer for more information, and share this survey with your friends and colleagues! Feel free to reach out to us directly if you have any questions. Flyer Download


Prof. Warren Freeman

Dr. Ana Flavia Zuim 

Virtual voice teaching survey

The COVID-19 crisis has influenced the professional practice of voice teachers worldwide. The Virtual Voice Teaching Survey was created to assess these developments. Please contribute, and share this survey with your colleagues:

Survey link

The survey will take approximately 7 to 8 minutes to complete, and the collected data will be used to generate a situation and data report.

Your input is greatly appreciated, helping us all to understand the current developments, and to create strategies for dealing with this new situation. Thank you!

Christian T. Herbst
MDW (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna), Austria
Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria

Life after COVID-19: an international survey

COVID-19 is one of the largest pandemics of the century. It will have lasting effects on society around the globe. There has been a great deal of speculation about what those effects may be. But, there has yet to be an assessment of what individuals believe the effects will be. This study aims to create a picture of the world after the pandemic, from the perspectives of individuals across the globe. The survey collects anonymous information about socio-demographic and individual characteristics, and asks questions regarding your beliefs about the future behaviors of yourself and others.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us via email at

Thank you very much for taking part in our study and stay safe and healthy!