.The National Association of Teachers of Singing is committed to broadening its membership among the collaborative pianist community. This important vocation forms the backbone of song and the work NATS members do as teachers.
Program tracks for collaborative pianists have grown over the past several years at NATS National Workshops and Conferences, and in 2017, the NATS Intern Program was expanded to include collaborative pianists.
Recent initiatives include:
Adding a column on collaborative piano to the well-respected Journal of Singing and other publications.
Creating NATS workshop and conference tracks on relevant topics.
Integrating the work of a collaborative pianist master teacher into the acclaimed NATS Intern Program
Demystifying the lore about what really happens in a vocal coaching
Building strong teams among voice teachers and collaborative pianists in the academic as well as independent studio environment
Educating voice teachers on how to identify, support, and encourage budding “collabs” among the pianists they see in their studios
Building a strong supportive home for the community of collaborative pianists
Creating a NATS advisory committee on collaborative issues to develop, promote and execute ideas in this area
Developing awards and other recognitions for collaborative artists
Revising language in NATS publications and electronic media to highlight collaborative pianists as members more effectively.
The North Carolina Chapter of NATS permits pianists to play for up to 13 students per day.