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 .
Dear Voice Teachers and Students,
You are being invited to participate in a study being conducted by Brianna DeSantis – a DMA candidate at Western University and by Drs. Craig Hall and Sophie Roland – researchers at Western University.
What does this study involve?
This study involves completing one online survey of approximately 10 minutes in length asking participants about their use of imagery in singing.
Why is this study being conducted?
This study is being conducted for the following reasons:
1. To examine the reasons why singers may use imagery
2. To use this knowledge to influence training
Will I be compensated?
Participation is entirely voluntary and no compensation will be issued.
Am I eligible to participate?
If you meet the following criteria, you are eligible to participate:
1. Are at least 18 years of age.
2. Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate voice program at a Canadian or American university.
3. Are a professional singer who performs a minimum of five times a year and receives a fee for these performances.
4. Are fluent in English.
How can I participate?
If you meet the above criteria and you are interested in participating, click the following link to complete the survey: Why do Singers use Imagery Survey https://uwo.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Izpc4B3ir9jfkF
If you cannot access the link above, you may copy and paste the following URL into your browser: https://uwo.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Izpc4B3ir9jfkF
The survey can be completed on either a computer or a mobile device. The survey closes on January 31, 2020.
What if I have questions about the study?
If you would like more information on this study, please contact me at my email address below.
Don Wright Faculty of Music
Be part of a research study exploring training, lifestyle risks, and treatment seeking behaviors of contemporary commercial singers!
Are you above 18 years of age? Do you consider yourself a professional contemporary singer (e.g., pop/rock, jazz, R&B)? If you answered YES to these questions, you are eligible to participate in this study.
The purpose of this research study is to explore the training background and performance schedule in addition to lifestyle risks and treatment seeking behaviors of contemporary singers to better understand the vocal health profile and needs of this population. To date, little is known about the risk factors of developing a voice disorder amongst contemporary singers and your participation would be a valuable contribution.
This research consists of one survey, which should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Your participation in this research is completely voluntary, and you may skip any blocks of questions you feel uncomfortable answering. The consent form with more information is present on the first page of the survey. The survey closes on March 15, 2020.
Access the survey here: https://nyu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3sFVYhJL6dx8HsN
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:
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 email@example.com.
Link to survey:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Nix, email@example.com
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.
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
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.
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:
If you require further information please contact .
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Columbia University, Teachers College, Music and Music Education