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

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.