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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

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

Classical voice majors' attitudes toward and experiences of voice health and impairment

I am a doctoral candidate at the New England Conservatory and would be extremely grateful for your help in my research on classical voice majors' attitudes toward and experiences of voice health and impairment. My research is limited to students and recent alumni (past five years) of New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music. It should only take 7-10 minutes of your time.

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Thank you,
Emily Siar

Please don't hesitate to contact  or my mentor, , with any questions or concerns.

Effects of vaping on a singer's vocal range

Hello female singers!

I am conducting research on the effects of vaping on a singer's vocal range. The purpose of this research is to learn more about the long term effects of vaping, which has grown in popularity over the years, and relate it to that of smoking cigarettes. This study can give insight into the potential risks of vaping. For this portion of the research, however; I am looking for female singers who have a history of smoking cigarettes and meet the following criteria:

  • Are within the age range of 20-59.
  • Are comfortable with answering a brief medical questionnaire. 
  • Are able to submit a short video (with audio and visual) of yourself performing three given vocal exercises.

NOTE: Participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you decide not to participate there will not be any negative consequences. Please be aware that if you decide to participate, you may stop participating at any time without penalty and you may decide not to answer any specific question. 

Please follow the link below if you meet the criteria and are interested in participating!

Take Survey

Thank you!

University Liggett School

Perceptions of Intentional Creator Diversity in Applied Western Classical Vocal Studies

Collegiate Voice Faculty and Students,

Dr. Elizabeth Wallace (LSU) and I seek volunteer study participants to complete a survey evaluating singer's perceptions of repertoire and creator diversity in applied Western classical vocal studies (Hartwick College IRB #F2020–06). Our purpose is to evaluate perceptions of investment in music by composers whose demographics coincide with that of the singer. We will not be collecting identifiers, and it only takes about 10 minutes!

To participate, you must be 18 or older and teach or study in a Western Classical singing-voice related field (vocal performance, music education, music with a concentration in voice, etc.) at an institution of higher education in the United States. The survey link is here. Please contact patinkap@hartwick.edu with any questions you may have, and thank you for your help!

Student and Teacher Relationships in the Voice Studio

Dear Musical Theatre Colleague:
Our research team at the University of Central Florida has created a voluntary research survey (“Student and Teacher Relationships in the Voice Studio”) to explore the unique dynamics and relationships of the private voice studio within the collegiate musical theatre program. It is our hope that you will forward the link on to others within your sphere be they students, colleagues, or alums that can help us to do valuable research into an underrepresented area of our field. This survey has been approved by the Institutional Review Board and no identifying information will be revealed to our research team.  

The link to take the survey is: http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9TQm4pwZ2ApdSa9 

The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. 

We look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience. The team will be seeking responses until March 31, 2021. 

If you have any questions about this study, please contact any of the following UCF faculty: 

Valerie Sims: Psychology Department, 407-823-0343, Valerie.Sims@ucf.edu 

Tara D. Snyder: Theatre Department, 407-823-2862, Tara.Snyder@ucf.edu 

Matthew Chin: Psychology Department, 407-823-4344, Matthew.Chin@ucf.edu 

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.

Use of Visual Biofeedback through Ultrasound in Voice Teaching Survey

Are you interested in learning more about how technology can be used to provide real-time visual biofeedback to your voice students?

If you are a voice teacher who currently teaches either opera or musical theatre at a university or private studio, you are invited to participate in a research project entitled about the potential use of visual biofeedback through the use of a portable ultrasound machine to supplement traditional pedagogy in the voice studio.

The research consists of two online surveys that should each take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete and a 17-minute instructional video demonstrating how ultrasound visual biofeedback can be used to teach concepts such as vowel modification or changing of vocal tone quality.

Collectively, your involvement would require between 25-35 minutes of your time. The goal of the study is to gather information regarding perceived usefulness and ease of use of this technology from professional voice teachers and will inform future studies regarding incorporation of different modes of technology in voice teaching.

Participation is entirely voluntary, and all answers will be kept confidential. For your time, you will have the opportunity to choose to enroll in a raffle for one of two $100 gift cards following completion of both surveys. We would also be very grateful if you could share the survey with your friends and colleagues who are singing teachers. Please see the formal study letter for more information.

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Northern Colorado

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or my advisors with any questions.

Kristen J Smith - 
(Primary Researcher)

Dr. Don Finan, PhD -    
(Research Advisor)                

Dr. Caitlin Raaz, PhD., CCC-SLP - 
(Research Advisor)

Dr. Mary Kathryn Brewer, DMA - 
(Research Advisor)

You can start the survey by clicking the anonymous link below

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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 gbrar@luc.edu

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.

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Elizabeth Nimmons: enimmons@lamar.edu
Debra Greschner: Debra.greschner@lamar.edu

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

Best,

Prof. Warren Freeman
wf25@nyu.edu

Dr. Ana Flavia Zuim
afz1@nyu.edu 

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 spfaber91@gmail.com.

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

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