Vocapedia Vision Statement

Welcome to Vocapedia!  This portion of the nats.org website is brought to you by the Voice Science Advisory Committee of the NATS National Board.  

The mission of Vocapedia is to present educational resources relevant to:

  • the anatomic and physiologic basic of singing
  • the acoustics of the singing voice; the acoustical basis of resonance
  • the physical health of the vocal mechanism
  • the science of learning and mental processes involved in singing and teaching of singing
  • current and historical thought on pedagogical practice.

The intent is not to prescribe techniques, services, practices, or styles of singing, or the teaching of singing.  Rather, the aim is to present resources that provide rational thinking and facts as they are currently accepted in the scientific community, from authors who have demonstrated their expertise.  

We will not shy away from controversial aspects of vocal pedagogy, but rather seek to provide well-delineated, mainstream representations of all sides of a controversy, helping users come to their own conclusions based on realistic versions.  

Vocapedia will avoid commercialism; this is not a format for entrepreneurs to promote their products or services.  Vocapedia will also avoid promotion of any particular teacher, studio, or academic institution, although it may appear that way, due to their involvement in science-based pedagogy.  

You can be assured that all resources on Vocapedia have been vetted by recognized leaders in their fields.  The abstracts and initial reviews for each resource are provided by the Journal of Singing Editorial Board and the NATS Voice Science Advisory Board.  We also invite users of the Vocapedia resources to provide their own reviews, subject to common-sense guidelines of behavior on a public, scientific website.  Vocapedia is open to the public, not just members of NATS.  We welcome anyone who wants to enhance their understanding of the human voice and singing in all its forms.


With the explosion of media rich resources on singing available to the public over the past several years it is easy to search today for a resource and find many inaccurate resources on just about any singing related topic.  NATS Executive Director Allen Henderson had been asking himself and others the question about how seekers can find quality fact-based resources on the voice and singing and how a trusted resource could be created that would ensure accurate information is disseminated.  Rather than seek to police all the content already out there, Henderson concluded that it would be better to collect the best resources out there and create a repository that would contain resources that were reviewed and vetted for accuracy and would provide those seeking quality information a resource they could always trust.  At about the same time NATS President Kathryn Duax had tasked the NATS Voice Science Committee with the task of working to provide some basic resources on the voice that NATS could make available to public school teachers.  It then became apparent that a platform for such resources needed to be created.  Henderson created the name VOCAPEDIA to describe this resource and the Voice Science Committee was called upon to assist with making Vocapedia a reality.

NATS Voice Science Advisory Committee

  • David Meyer, chair
  • Jim Doing
  • Lynn Helding
  • Wendy LeBorgne (Health and Wellness)
  • Scott McCoy
  • Deirdre D. Michael, Vocapedia monitor
  • John Nix
  • Robert Sataloff
  • Leda Scearce
  • Ron Scherer

Emeritus members

  • Ingo Titze
  • Thomas Cleveland
  • Steve Austin
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