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 .
How Much Singing Should Be In a Voice Lesson?
I am conducting research for my doctoral vocology capstone project at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music. The purpose of the research is to look at the contents of voice lessons according to the motor learning classification framework. This survey specifically focuses on the amount of student attempts or singing that occurs in a voice lesson. The survey does not ask for any personal information and will be confidential. There is one question on the survey and should not take more than one or two minutes of your time. Thank you for your time and consideration!
Survey Link: HERE
Michaela Kelly, DMA Candidate Vocal Arts
Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California
Survey of Knowledge, Practice and Application of Mindfulness Techniques Among Voice Practitioners
Calling all voice practitioners! Laryngologists, singing voice teachers, speaking voice coaches and voice therapists: please help us to understand how mindfulness practices are being utilized by voice practitioners. You can participate in the “Survey of Knowledge, Practice and Application of Mindfulness Techniques Among Voice Practitioners” conducted through the University of Miami Voice Center by following this link: https://redcap.link/5mwv70s7
Calling all Voice Physicians, Voice SLPs, and Voice Teachers
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is conducting an IRB-approved study on vocal hygiene recommendations among voice care professionals. You are eligible to participate if you are a physician or SLP specializing in voice, or a voice teacher/vocal coach. Participation is voluntary. If you agree, you will be asked to complete an anonymous survey with questions regarding professional perspectives and recommendations for vocal hygiene.
The survey should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will be confidential, and we will not collect identifying information such as your name, email address or IP address. The results of this study will be used for academic purposes only.
Dr. Emily Kimball
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Music Performer Motivation Survey
I am conducting research through Purdue University Global to obtain a Master’s Degree in Psychology. The purpose of the research is aimed at assessing what motivates non-tenured professors of music to perform music. The motivational factors will be categorized as either intrinsic factors or extrinsic factors of motivation. The goal is to determine not only what factors motivate musicians to perform, but if there could be any implications drawn from these conclusions. The survey will take about 20 minutes of your time. This study will be confidential, so your personal information will be protected securely according to all applicable laws and regulations. Furthermore, no email information will be collected minimizing the risk that your confidential information will be exposed.
The Influence of Diet on Vocal Fatigue in Performers: A Survey
You are invited to participate in a research study that examines the role that diet may play in the experience of voice fatigue in vocal performers. The study is being conducted by T. Laine Fletcher, Graduate Student, under the direction of Dr. Mary Sandage, Professor at Auburn University in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. You are invited to participate if you are a professional voice user of any kind and have not received a diagnosis of a voice disorder in the last year. Your participation is completely voluntary. If you decide to participate in this research study, you will be asked to complete a confidential survey. Your total time commitment will be approximately 10 minutes. Thank you for your consideration.
Laine Fletcher, MS candidate
Mary Sandage, PhD, CCC-SLP, Professor
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Beliefs About Teaching
Voice/singing teachers from all genres of music are invited to help test a new teaching tool, in the form of a questionnaire, that I’ve developed as part of my PhD research project. The questionnaire is anonymous, online, and can be completed in your own time. The "Beliefs About Teaching Questionnaire" is a motor-learning based teaching tool to help voice/singing teachers consider their practices in a systematic way. If you already did the test survey, please consider giving the edited version a go!
PhD Candidate – Faculty of Medicine and Health (She/Her)
BMus. Voice Performance | MAppSc. SpPath Research
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Speech Pathology I Faculty of Medicine and Health
Determining the Minimal Clinically Important Difference (MCID) for the Singing Voice Handicap Index-10 (SVHI-10)
Attention all singers of every level with or without voice complaints!! The UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center is conducting a research study on what it means to be a “healthy” singer using the Singing Voice Handicap Index-10 (SVHI-10) questionnaire. All you have to do is fill out the brief survey below to participate and a follow-up survey (automatically sent to you) 30 days after! Each survey should only take about 7 minutes to complete and will help us better understand the difference between normal and abnormal singing voices. Thank you very much for taking part in our study!
Clinical Research Coordinator, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
University of California, San Francisco
2233 Post St, 3rd Floor, Box 1225 | San Francisco, CA 94115
Interpersonal relationships in the 1:1 voice lesson setting
I am a part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers examining the nature of interpersonal relationships within the context of in-person private studio voice lessons.
I would appreciate anyone who has had private singing voice lessons and would like to share their experiences to complete the survey. Please consider sharing this link with students and/or colleagues. We are hoping for as many respondents as possible, and all data is completely anonymized.
Dr. Elizabeth Ann Benson
Associate Professor of Music Theatre, Department of Theatre and Dance, Auburn University
Physical Touch in the Voice Studio - A Survey of Singers
The purpose of this study is to gather data on physical touch in the voice studio, both consensual and non-consensual, and to discover how a voice teacher may or may not use or have used physical touch with a singer in a private voice lesson. The study aims to investigate and understand how physical touch is being used within voice lessons from the perspective of the voice student and their experience in a private voice lesson with their voice teacher.
- Participants must have taken a private voice lesson at any point in their lifetime. Both professional and nonprofessional singers, students, and young professionals, 18 years or older, are invited to participate
- No compensation will be provided to participants.
This survey is anonymous and your name or the names of others will not be asked for nor gathered by these survey metrics. Any answer with identifying information will be deleted. If you would like to receive follow up information on the survey results you may follow a separate link at the end of the survey. The link will allow you to add your email address to a listserv for follow up news on the data that is found from these results.
This survey should take no longer than 15 minutes and is approximately 20 questions. You do not have to answer every question and may choose to skip any question you do not wish to answer.
As a content warning, please note that some of these questions pertain to consensual and non consensual physical touch, and sexual assault.
This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Southern California Institutional Review Board.
INVESTIGATOR CONTACT INFORMATION
IRB CONTACT INFORMATION
If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the University of Southern California Institutional Review Board at (323) 442-0114 or email email@example.com.
Maria Maxfield (formerly Lindsey)
DMA Candidate Vocal Arts
Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California
Changing the current model of the classical vocal degree program
My name is Craig Allen; I am currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of South Carolina. I invite you and one or more of your students to join me for my dissertation study.
I am researching how to change the current model of the classical vocal degree program to better prepare our students for evolving performance expectations. In many current voice programs, students are expected to add additional languages, repertoire, and multiple singing techniques within the classical canon in each subsequent semester of studio study. As the demands on our 21st century artist is quite different than in the past, vocal pedagogues are adjusting what we teach our students to prepare them for performing challenges ahead. I hypothesize that adding a commercial piece (CM) to their degree plan and addressing the complexities that style requires is paramount to their adaptability in an ever-changing performance world. I propose this addition of CM repertoire take place during the second semester of their sophomore year, so they receive this unique training early in their singing career. Training our artists to be versatile is crucial, as singers are no longer afforded a narrow scope of being trained in one style with the assurance of a profitable career.
How can you assist with this important study?
I am looking for students of vocal pedagogues who are willing to do a brief survey at the beginning and the end of the semester that have not studied a CM piece previously at college. Included in this study is the ability to assess the possible benefits of studying this literature in the student’s voice; future performance goals as well as the analyzation of psychological benefits for the student singer would also be evaluated. If you have experience in teaching CM, I welcome your input and experience. However, if you are new to this area of musical study, I would also provide warmups, exercises, and literature in the style to help guide you and the student, thus assisting you both in this exciting venture.
Please let me know if you would be willing to assist me on this journey next semester. If you have a second or third-year classical degree seeking student who would be interested in including CM repertoire in their vocal studies, please fill out this form.
Craig Allen, MM, BM, BA
DMA Candidate at University of South Carolina
Adjunct Instructor of Music
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Seeking Singing Teachers for Absolute Pitch Study
We are conducting a study that aims to help singing teachers better understand and teach singers who possess absolute pitch (AP). AP is also known as “perfect pitch”. It is the rare ability to identify or produce any given pitch without a reference. In other words, a person who has AP can sing a “G sharp” off the top of their head. They can instantly name a random note played on the piano without looking at the keyboard. If you have ever taught singing to someone who has this ability, please consider taking part in this ground-breaking research. Participation involves a short, online survey. You do not need to have AP yourself in order to take part. If you are a singer who has AP and you are interested in taking part in the study, please email us.
Further information is available at perfectpitchstudy.org.
The University of Melbourne
Determining a Normative Value for the Singing Voice Handicap Index-10 (SVHI-10)
The UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center is conducting a new research study titled: Determining a Normative Value for the Singing Voice Handicap Index-10 (SVHI-10). We are currently looking for adult singers to fill out a brief demographic’s questionnaire followed by the SVHI-10 survey to help better identify what it means to be a healthy singer. This will help us when evaluating the difference between normal and abnormal singing voices. The overall survey should take approximately 7 minutes, and it would mean a lot for our research team if you could participate! Please click the link below if you are interested. Thank you in advance for your support of our study.
The UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center Research Team:
Singing Outside SATB: Teaching Countertenors in the Choral Classroom
The purpose of this research is to examine the perspectives and experiences of high school choral directors teaching students that sing outside of their traditional SATB voice classification. This research is being conducted online. We are inviting all those who identify as a high school choral director in the United States. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this study. If you agree to be in this research, you will complete an online survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The University of Oklahoma Institutional Review Board has approved this research. The first page of the survey serves as your informed consent. The deadline to participate is April 15.
Your participation in this research is completely voluntary; you may choose to withdraw at any time. If you have any questions pertaining to this research project, you may contact either Melissa Baughman (405-325-2081) or the OU-NC IRB (405- 325-8110) at any time.
Thank you in advance for your assistance!
Sincerely, Dr. Melissa Baughman
Assistant Professor of Vocal Music Education
University of Oklahoma
Voice Building in Collegiate Studios
If you are a current collegiate applied-voice instructor, or a recently retired collegiate instructor (within 5 years), who resides in the United States, you qualify to participate in a research study examining the voice-building practices taking place within the collegiate voice studio. Eligible subjects will undergo a short survey consisting of demographic information and short answer questions. There is no compensation for participation in this survey.
Kristen Janell Sullivan
Ph.D Music - Performing Arts Health, Candidate
Mindfulness for People with Voice Disorders
Seeking participants for a research study measuring the effects of mindfulness on singers and speakers with voice disorders.
Participants will take part in an 8-week mindfulness course, modeled after the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum, which will be delivered online over Zoom. Before and after the course, participants will complete the following questionnaires:
- Mindful Attention Awareness Scale
- Perceived Stress Scale
- Voice Handicap Index (all participants) and Singing Voice Handicap Index (singers only)
Some participants may be assigned to a control group. The control group will take the questionnaires at the same times as the other participants but will not take the mindfulness course. They will be offered the chance to participate in the course later. (Eligibility requirements for study participants and for the control group are identical.)
Participation in the study is completely voluntary. No compensation will be given. Participants may withdraw from the study at any time and for any reason without penalty while still participating in the mindfulness course.
This study has been approved by the West Chester University Institutional Review Board Protocol #IRB-FY2022-111.
- Participants must have been diagnosed with a voice disorder and received and concluded voice therapy with a speech-language pathologist
- The ability to speak clearly, loudly, or consistently is not required
- The course may not be appropriate for participants who: 1) have an active addiction, 2) are suicidal, or 3) have untreated psychosis, PTSD, depression, or anxiety that would interfere with their ability to complete the course.
- The first 20 people who meet the eligibility requirements will be enrolled.
How to Sign Up:
- Fill out this secure form, which will determine your eligibility.
- Eligible participants will be given the opportunity to attend a Zoom meeting outlining details of the mindfulness course, the research study, and the consent process.
- Email questions to Catherine K. Brown.
Catherine K. Brown
Graduate Student in Applied Mindfulness
West Chester University
The Effect of Chemotherapy Treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer on the Singing Voice
- Have you had ABVD Chemotherapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma?
- Would you be willing to fill out a confidential questionnaire on the effects of chemotherapy on your voice?
- The questionnaire will take no longer than 25 minutes.
- The goal of the study is to provide information to singers and voice teachers about the effects of ABVD Chemotherapy voice regimen on the singing voice.
- Confidential responses will be used as data in a research study conducted by Shantelle Przybylo at the University of Toronto.
University of Toronto
Perceived voice changes among young adults who vape
The Laryngology Division in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at the University of Memphis is conducting a survey study titled: Perceived voice changes among young adults who vape.
The purpose of this study is to understand if there are perceived changes in voice quality and function among young adults that vape or juul. Your participation in this research study is invaluable and voluntary. Responses will be kept confidential and the surveys will not contain information that will personally identify you. The results of this study will be used for academic purposes only.
If you have any questions about the research study, please contact Sandra Stinnett, MD. This research has been reviewed according to University of Tennessee Health Science Center IRB procedures for research involving human subjects.
Thank you very much for your time and support.
Drew Smith, MD, MS
PGY-1 Resident Physician
Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Diversifying Art Song
The past two years have brought many changes to our artform; for many, the past two years have continued to highlight the imbalanced inclusion of artists from underrepresented groups in classical music. The purpose of this survey is to better understand individual experiences with performing works by composers from underrepresented groups, and the differences in familiarity between the varying levels of vocal performance.
This survey on diversity in the study and performance of art song is being conducted by the Kassia Database and in affiliation with the Institute for Composer Diversity Art Song Works Database. This survey is completely anonymous and should take no longer than 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
Eligible participants must be at least 18 years of age. All levels of study and performance are welcome to participate. Participants who have not been introduced to works by underrepresented groups are encouraged to participate.
Logan Contreras, DMA
Lecturer, Colorado State University Pueblo
Founder, Kassia Database
Co-Coordinator, Institute for Composer Diversity
Voice Teaching for the 21st Century
Dear Singers, Teachers, and Pedagogues,
We invite you to fill out a brief survey to help us understand more fully the current teaching for aspiring voice teachers in university programs. Below is a brief (5 minute) survey that we'd love you to participate in. The survey is divided between those with less than 5 years of teaching experience and those with more than 5 years of experience. Please share with students and colleagues as well!
We hope these efforts will help us to better understand the context and teachings of 21st Century Voice Pedagogy! Thank you!
AATS - American Academy of Teachers of Singing
Committee of Mary Saunders, Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Jeanie LoVetri, Chris Arneson, and Darlene Wiley.