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

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.
Elizabeth Nimmons:
Debra Greschner:

Elizabeth Nimmons

Follow this link to the Survey:
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

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.  The link to the survey can be found below:


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 survey by clicking the anonymous link below:

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


Prof. Warren Freeman

Dr. Ana Flavia Zuim


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:

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

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

Participants being sought for a study of perception of difficulty of popular soprano arias.

Investigators: Jasmine Fernandez (under the supervision of faculty sponsor John Nix) and Professor John Nix at the University of Texas at San Antonio are seeking participants for a research study.

This survey, which is being carried out under the guidelines of UTSA IRB Protocol #20-006E, seeks to provide a better understanding of how voice teachers perceive the difficulty of the top fifteen soprano arias offered at the 2017-2018 National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions.

If you decide to participate, you will rank fifteen soprano arias in order of difficulty and select your reasons for the rankings. There will also be several demographic questions at the end of the survey. Your time commitment to this survey should not exceed fifteen minutes. 

All participants must:
1. Be at least 18 years of age
2. Have experience teaching classical voice lessons

If you would like to take part in the following study, please visit the following link:

If you have any questions pertaining to the study, please contact the investigators:

Jasmine Fernandez,

John Nix,

Research survey request in using videoconferencing technology

Are you a singing teacher who:
- has taught singing online using videoconferencing technology for at least one year,
- has at least two year’s singing teaching experience, and;
- receives financial payment for the teaching of singing?

If so, you are invited to participate in a one-off interview focusing on your online teaching methods. The interview will last between 45-60 minutes, and participants will have a choice of conducting the interview either in-person, over the telephone, or via the Internet (e.g. Zoom, FaceTime, Skype). This research is being conducted by Kelly Pecina from Macquarie University, Australia under the supervision of A/Prof Diane Hughes, to meet the requirements of a PhD.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary and no payment will be made for your involvement.
If you are interested please contact Kelly Pecina at  or +61402421334 for an Information and Consent form.

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.

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