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

Developing a comprehensive online database of art songs

Dear colleagues,

In my experience, there has never been a simple way to search through the vast number of art songs by poet, date of composition, thematic links, keywords, or utility. My team and I are creating such a tool. SongHelix will make this ever-evolving information available into one searchable location. It is an online tool that enables users to search through the vast repertoire of art songs in order to find just the right piece. The user is able to search by multiple criteria facilitating searches like, “all the songs in German about mothers and dreams written between 1850 and 1900 with a range between A3 and F5.”

Thank you for taking time to complete a quick survey. This will help clarify the direction of SongHelix as well as provide valuable information to be included in an NEH grant. 

With great appreciation,

Seth Keeton, DMA
Assistant Professor of Voice
University of Utah

CLICK TO PARTICIPATE  Deadline for participation is December 31, 2018.

Vocal App Content Design Survey (National Association of Teachers of Singing Members Only)

Achieve Music is an intuitive at home practice app for music teachers and their students. The app depicts performance discrepancies in pitch, rhythm and tempo and graphically displays them on a computer or mobile device. Students receive instant feedback for actionable improvement.

The National Association of Teachers of Singing is assisting Achieve Music by conducting a brief survey on teacher preferred content for the app. Demo examples are provided for you to sample without registering for the app. 

CLICK TO PARTICIPATE (Your NATS member login and password is required). The survey will remain open until December 15, 2018. 

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:
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

Best Practices for Practicing

Dr. Jennifer D’Agostino requests teachers to consider taking an IRB-approved survey, which will be presented in the Student Workshops portion of the NATS 2018 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The aim of this survey is to obtain the opinions of teachers and students in singing on practice technique and methodology. “I hope to explore different methods of capturing time in one’s lesson, as well as practice habits, to learn more about practice technique. If you are a voice instructor or student of singing, please click below for the short survey! Thank you for your consideration.” — Dr. Jennifer D’Agostino, Assistant Professor of Music in Voice, Walsh University CLICK TO PARTICIPATE 

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

Survey of Incidence and Treatment for Singers with Diagnosed Larygopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) and Gastresophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Shenandoah University

Investigators: Kathleen Bell, DMA Candidate; David Meyer, DM, Director of the Janette E. Ogg Voice Research Center; Shenandoah University

The purpose of the study is to investigate the incidence, awareness and treatment of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) and Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Diseases (GERD) in the singers. GERD is a digestive disorder where stomach acid flows back through the esophagus. A common symptom is one of burning. LPR is acid reflux that affects the larynx and pharynx.

The survey will remain open until September 1, 2018. 

Procedures: You will be asked to fill out a survey with questions related to singing and any experience you have with Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and/or Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Disease. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. Your identity will be kept completely confidential and the data and their results will be anonymized and stored in a password protected file. If you decide to not complete the survey, the data will be destroyed.

Period of Time Required: Approximately 15 minutes


Contact Person:
Kathleen Bell, principal investigator, ; 305-205-6815.
The IRB coordinator can be reached at 

A second project is also being conducted for subjects willing to come to Winchester, VA that would involve recording acoustic voice measures. 
If you would like to participate in a research project in Winchester, VA involving the use of Vocal Function Exercises as an adjunct treatment for voice symptoms related to Laryngopharyngeal Reflux please contact Kathleen Bell at .

The study of historical recording technology in order to understand how historical operatic singing has changed

New York University

Research is being conducted by Joshua Glasner of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The project is titled “The Development of the Operatic Voice during the 20th Century: An Analysis of the Effect of Early Recording Technology.” His research interest involves the study of historical recording technology in order to understand how historical operatic singing has changed throughout the twentieth century.

This study involves recording professional operatic singers between the ages of twenty-five and sixty on
modern and historical recording equipment as well as measuring how much their vocal folds close while
singing. The entire process is non-invasive and will allow him to study how the oldest commercial recording
technology impacts the voices it records. Furthermore, this study will lead to future research that focuses on
both vocal performance practice and the perception of historical voice recordings. All recordings will be
created by a curator from the Thomas Edison National Historical Park and Glasner and will remain
completely anonymous (via coding directly after recording has occurred). 


Use of the Voice Range Profile in the singing studio

University of Utah
Investigator Daniel Holmes Johnson (under the supervision of faculty advisor Dr. Lynn Maxfield) is seeking participants in for a research study.

This survey attempts to understand the attitudes and prevalence of use of quantitative assessments in the applied voice studios of American voice teachers. In this survey, you will be asked questions about your experience with and usage of these assessment tools in your studio.

Please fill out the survey at the following link:

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.

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.

A holistic approach to singing: towards an integrated body and voice practice for singers

Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia
Research includes a singing teacher survey, in order to gain an accurate picture of current singing teaching methods, specifically in relation to the instruction of body use and posture for singing. Researcher is a member of ANATS (Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing) and is asking members of NATS to take part in the survey. Gathering feedback from as many singing teachers around the world will help to paint the most accurate picture of current approaches to voice teaching.
The short survey takes 5 to 8 minutes to complete online. Click HERE for survey.