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

Promoting a Successful Transition to a Professional Opera Singer for Vocal Arts Graduates

Dear Opera Singer:

            My name is David Strobbe, and I am a Doctor of Education candidate at the University of New England. I am currently working on my dissertation topic, “Promoting a Successful Transition to a Professional Opera Singer for Vocal Arts Graduates”. I am writing to ask if you would like to participate in a confidential, electronic survey that I am using to provide data for my study. The focus of this study is to retrieve the perception of vocal arts graduates and their experiences as it pertains to the curriculum of their respective higher education institution. Participants will be asked to identify in what ways their curriculum was helpful in their transition from a vocal arts student to a professional opera singer.

Participants will be asked to identify key entrepreneurial and business skills, knowledge, and attitudes that performing artists require to successfully transition from academia to the professional world and whether the curriculum they experienced at their respective institution included training in those areas. To qualify for this study, I am looking for participants with the following criteria:

  • Must have graduated with a Master’s degree from a vocal arts program within the past TEN years.
  • Must be a professional opera singer.

            The survey will be conducted electronically through email with results captured via REDCap and will be sorted and manually coded by myself, the researcher. Confidentiality will be maintained throughout the entire process with participants’ identity undisclosed. I will be the person conducting the initial survey and follow-up semi-structured interviews that each participant may choose to participate in. Survey participants who also volunteer to participate in an interview will be entered for a chance to receive a $250 Amazon gift card.

If you have any questions or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me at dstrobbe@une.edu.

Link to survey:

https://redcap.une.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=EFE7FF4CRR

Sincerely,
David Strobbe

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:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W2J3BR7

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

Jasmine Fernandez, jasmine.fernandez@my.utsa.edu

John Nix, john.nix@utsa.edu

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,
and;
- 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.

Teaching belt voice in a music theater setting (middle and high school music educators)

The purpose of this study is to explore the level of preparation of first and second-year middle and high school music educators towards teaching belt voice in a music theater setting or rehearsal. Survey is open until October 1. CLICK TO PARTICIPATE 

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.

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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