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

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

Amplifying Composers of Color: Decentering Whiteness in the American Art Music Canon

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating the complex barriers to diversifying the American song canon and decentering Whiteness within higher learning institutions and on the concert stage. We are interested in hearing from voice teachers, voice students, collaborative pianists, etc. Please complete a short survey, and please ask your students and colleagues to participate.

There will be a random selection of four survey participants to win a $25 Amazon gift card as an incentive.

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Contacts and Questions
The student researchers conducting this summer study are Jimena Fernandez and Elijah Leer through a summer work grant by the Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry program at St. Olaf College. Dr. Emery Stephens, Assistant Professor of Music, is their mentor. If you have any questions about the research study, our contact information is below.

Student Researchers: 

Mentor and Research Supervisor: 

The IRB Office at St. Olaf College has reviewed this research study involving people. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights as a participant in this study, you may contact the St. Olaf College Institutional Review Board via .

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

Contributions of multiracial artists in the contemporary commercial music (CCM) genres of country, hip-hop, and/or reggaetón

Dear Multiracial Musicians:

I am conducting research on the contributions of multiracial artists in the contemporary commercial music (CCM) genres of country, hip-hop, and/or reggaetón. The purpose of my study is to investigate the historic and contemporary events, trends, and developments in American contemporary commercial music (CCM) which are ignored, erased, and misunderstood. This research has potential value to students, educators, and scholars of music, music education, and critical mixed race studies.

I am recruiting research participants who meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years or older.
  • Multiracial ancestry and/or parentage, though they do not have to self-identify as racially and/or ethnically mixed.
  • Musical artists working in the genres of country, hip-hop, and/or reggaetón. This can include vocalists, emcees, deejays, instrumentalists, composers and/or producers.
  • At least three years of pre-professional training or professional experience in the music industry.

Please note: Participation in this study is voluntary and participants may withdraw at any time during the study. Research participants will not be compensated for their participation. Survey data will be destroyed if a potential participant chooses to not participate.

Please follow the link below to a pre-screening recruitment survey:

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Questions? Contact , M.M. (Principal Investigator). To learn more, visit my professional website.

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 .