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

An Observational Study of Teacher/Student Communication in the Voice Studio

A research survey invitation has been posted by Colin Johnson, Doctoral Candidate Voice Pedagogy, Shenandoah Conservatory. The investigation is titled, “An Observational Study of Teacher/Student Communication in the Voice Studio.” The purpose of this preliminary study is to study communication between voice teacher and student. The survey will be open until April 10, 2019. CLICK TO PARTICIPATE

Seeking singing women for a research survey on pregnancy and the voice

Professional singing voice users over the age of 18, who have been pregnant, are needed for research on the effects of pregnancy on the singing voice. The survey is part of a doctoral project within the Rudi Schiedt School of Music at the University of Memphis. The purpose of this research is to determine what women were told about the possible effects of pregnancy on the voice versus what they actually experienced when pregnant. The online survey takes about seven minutes to complete.  CLICK TO PARTICIPATE
The closing date for this survey is June 30, 2019. Contact  to learn more.

Mentoring: Models for Changing the Culture of Collaboration

Dear Colleagues,
Mentoring is an important issue in our field of performance and pedagogy. We, as an organization of AATS or American Academy of Teachers of Singing, have created this survey to ask you to share your experiences with us. You may also share this survey with colleagues.
You are invited to participate in this study which will allow participants from the singing voice community to share their experiences and perceptions of mentoring. The goal of this study is to further our understanding of the community-wide level of awareness of mentoring practice in the singing voice community. Initial results were presented at the NATS National Conference (June 2018) and will be collected through the summer.
Please visit the following link to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MentoringAATS
The survey will take approximately 10 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 17-437. Any questions or comments should be directed to the principal investigator below or AATS incoming Chair, Mary Saunders Barton  or Martha Randall, outgoing Chair, .
Thank you for your time and participation!

Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Ed. D.
Director, Doctoral Cohort in Music
Senior Lecturer in Music and Music Education
Teachers College, Columbia University

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: http://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/7472DQ
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 singingvoicesurveys@gmail.com.
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

What do these voices sound like?

University of Texas at San Antonio
Investigators Mackenzie Parrott (under the supervision of faculty sponsor John Nix), Assistant Professor Whitney Chappell, and Associate Professor John Nix at The University of Texas at San Antonio are seeking participants for a research study. 

The purpose of this study, which is being carried out under the guidelines of UTSA IRB Protocol # 16-075E, is to examine listener ratings of singers performing contemporary commercial musical styles. The survey website will guide you through a series of sung musical samples. Once you have listened to the sample, you will then be asked to answer questions related to the sample. The total time required for this survey should not exceed 20 minutes. Your responses will remain completely anonymous, and no identifying information will be shared. There is no compensation for your participation.

All participants must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Have binaural hearing that is either normal, or normal with the use of corrective aids.
  3. Possess a computer with internet access, working speakers (internal or external), ear buds, or headphones.

If you agree to take part in the study, CLICK THIS LINK, which will direct you to the survey website.

If you have questions about the study, please contact 
.

Personality and Performer: Defining a satisfying collaborative relationship

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Collaboration between vocalists and pianists is at the heart of our research and survey. Life experiences and musical experiences sometimes align to allow performers to find the most exquisite and satisfying collaborations. All musicians have choices that will define their experiences: choices based on their own personalities and motivations, and choices about which collaborators they want to work with artistically. There are times that musicians do not have these choices – but they do have information. It is the aim of this survey to empower every musical collaborator with information to continue to make intelligent and informed choices when choosing collaborative partners.

We would greatly appreciate if you would complete the brief questionnaire by clicking on the provided link below. The questions inquire about your most satisfying collaborative experience. It should take approximately 10–15 minutes for you to complete.
CLICK TO PARTICIPATE

Participation in this study is entirely anonymous and confidential. No responses can be traced back to you by researchers or by anyone else. You must be 19 years of age to participate in this survey. The results of this survey will be used to create a rubric by which current and potential collaborators may improve communication and social skills to maximize the collaborative experience. By completing the survey you are giving consent for your general and anonymous responses to be included in our research.

You may ask any questions concerning this research by contacting Dr. Jamie Reimer at (402) 472-2497,  . You may also reach Stacie Haneline at (402) 981-1867,  . If you would like to speak to someone else, please call the Research Compliance Services Office at 402-472-6965, .

Participation in this study is voluntary. You can refuse to participate or withdraw at any time without harming your relationship with the researchers or the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, [other organization] or in any other way receive a penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. You are voluntarily making a decision whether or not to participate in this research study. By completing and submitting your survey responses, you have given your consent to participate in this research. You should print a copy of this page for your records.

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