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

Research in Voice Psychology

NATS members and colleagues are invited to participate in a study which interviews singers about their thoughts, feelings, and relationship with their voice. Participants must meet the following criteria to interviewed for the study: (1) Between ages 22-35 and (2) Have received a degree in voice (undergraduate or higher) at a university in the United States or Canada. 

If you are interested and agree to participate you would be asked to take part in an audio-recorded interview which will occur in-person or via video-conference (e.g. Skype). The interview is about your experiences of being a singer and having a singing voice.

This study is being conducted by Bethany Hynes, D.M.A. candidate at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario. This study will run until July 2020. To volunteer for this study, or for more information, Email: 

For further information, please contact: Dr. Rachel Calogero, principal investigator, Email:  Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 80403; or Dr. Sophie Roland, co-investigator, Email:   Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83784.

The nature of common instructions given to singers during voice lessons

You are invited to participate in an anonymous survey about the nature of common instructions given to singers during voice lessons.  Please complete this survey if you are a singer currently studying voice with a teacher (not necessarily consistently).  Voice teachers are encouraged to forward this survey to their students and complete it themselves if they still take voice lessons. The survey has 10 questions and should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. This research project is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California.  This survey will close October 1, 2019. Thank you for your time and please direct any questions to Melissa Treinkman at .  CLICK TO PARTICIPATE

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. Even if you do not teach singing online, your opinions are sought, as the purpose of the study is to explore the potential challenges and benefits for teaching singing online. If you decide to participate, you will be required to complete an online survey, in which you will answer questions about teaching singing. The survey will take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and no payment will be made for your involvement. The survey will remain open until the end of 2019. Please click on the following link for the Information and Consent Form, and to access the survey:
https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7WzTMy1z7boOrel 

If you require further information please contact .

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

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