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By joining the National Association of Teachers of Singing, you become part of the largest organization of teachers of singing in the world, with 7,000+ members in more than 35 countries. Whether working in independent studios, community schools, elementary and secondary schools, or higher education, NATS members represent the diversity of today’s music landscape, teaching in all vocal styles.
Enjoy reduced members-only rates for National Workshops and the biennial National Conference. Members also have access to lifelong learning experiences held at the chapter and regional levels. Our online Live Learning Center videos are available to NATS members at a discounted rate. We’ve also launched Vocapedia, a dynamic online information database on singing and the science of voice.
Journal of Singing
NATS members receive the leading academic journal on the voice, Journal of Singing, and have full access to the online Journal of Singing index. This scholarly journal features articles on all aspects of singing and the teaching of singing, written by distinguished scholars from around the world.
NATS has more than 7,000 members who teach in a wide variety of settings. Most NATS teachers are active in performance as well, and have valuable contacts in the professional worlds of both singing and teaching. Members may access contact information for any other members through the online directory.
Members have access to the NATS Job Center, an online database of positions currently available at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. In addition, members may place their profile on the Find-a-Teacher Directory, accessed regularly by students seeking private voice teachers in their area.
One of the benefits widely enjoyed by NATS members* is the privilege of entering students in annual chapter and regional auditions where they sing for a panel of adjudicators and receive constructive comments and feedback on their work. Regional winners have the opportunity to qualify for the National Student Auditions, along with the Hall Johnson Spirituals Competition.
The NATS Artist Awards (NATSAA), National Music Theater Competition (NMTC), and Art Song Composition Award are important aspects of our efforts to foster artistry and mentor the professional careers of both our members and their students. Tens of thousands of dollars from the NATS Foundation and generous donors, as well as performance opportunities, are awarded through these prestigious competitions.
Support for Young Teachers and Collaborative Pianists
NATS recognizes an ongoing commitment to support and encourage the development of teachers of singing and collaborative pianists who are beginning their careers. Qualified members* may apply for the NATS Intern Program, an intensive summer course wherein voice and collaborative piano interns teach students under the direction of several master teachers. The Emerging Leaders Award and the Joan Frey Boytim Award for Independent Teachers offer grants to attend the NATS National Conferences. NATS integrates professional development opportunities for Collaborative Pianists within its workshops, conferences, Intern Program, Journal of Singing, and more!
e-Newsletter and e-Zine
The Intermezzo e-newsletter, a weekly compilation of news clips about the singing profession, is delivered to each member’s inbox. Inter Nos is an online e-zine that provides information about the work of NATS to its members, as well as the “Independent Voices” section, focused on the work of independent teachers.
Online Webinars and Social Media
NATS Chats are live online discussions featuring prominent guests in our field. Topics vary widely and have included technique, repertoire, wellness, private studio business strategies, and resources for university teachers. Members have exclusive access to a NATS members-only Facebook group for interaction and conversation with colleagues.
*Full and Associate members
Any member who fails to renew by March 1 of the following year will be considered lapsed and require reactivation. Former members are eligible to reactivate their membership and do not have to complete a new membership application. Lapsed members must pay a $20 or $50 reactivation fee (dependent upon the member's reactivation date), in addition to full dues for the current year in order to be reinstated.
Click here to reactivate: https://www.nats.org/reactivation.html
When you apply for membership, choose the category that you think best applies to you. The Vice President for Membership will make the correct determination of your membership category when reviewing your application.
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For more information: https://www.nats.org/nats-membership.html#whyjoinnats