Advancing Voice Pedagogy

Advancing Voice

Who are we?

The  American  Academy  of  Teachers  of  Singing  is a select group of internationally recognized voice teachers and singing voice experts founded in 1922 with the express purpose of contributing to the singing profession in an advisory capacity. 

The Academy works as a single body to offer guidance through the publication of position papers on a wide range of subjects. We value and celebrate all styles of singing. We speak with “one voice.”

Academy Publications

Every paper written by the American Academy of Teachers of Singing aims to provide information and resources for singers and singing teachers. Many of our papers have been published in the Journal of Singing. All of our papers are available on the Academy Publications page.

Recently Published Articles:

As teachers of the art of singing, we serve a long tradition centered on enabling individuals to access their authentic voice through appropriate and healthy technique, thus allowing them to express their deepest thoughts and emotions through song. Every human being deserves this opportunity. In light of this sacred imperative, we, the members of The …


In our 2018 paper, Advancing the Culture of Mentoring in our Profession, AATS presented models for mentoring, listed programs that mentor young teachers, and introduced the Self Determination Theory for mentoring. The response to that paper, and to our subsequent survey on mentoring published in the NATS Intermezzo, to which 449 teachers responded, prompted this …

Mentoring: Take(s) Two (follow up from 2018) Read More …

In this paper, AATS examined a large number of available summer programs for singers. The resulting paper does not include a list of programs, but rather a very thorough checklist for singers, containing all that singers should consider when choosing a summer program. AATS has also included a summary of sources in which to find …

Choosing A Summer Program: Guidelines for Singers Read More …

What We Believe

In these challenging times, as thousands of protesters march around the world, the American Academy of Teachers of Singing stands with them in solidarity against the physical acts and mindsets that contribute to racial injustice.

We strive to be inclusive in the celebration, performance, and academic study of diverse cultures and the music they represent and cannot ignore the systemic injustices that affect these same cultures and communities. Our duty as educators and thought leaders is to help increase awareness, and drive change.

For change to come, we must make a concerted, communal effort to be part of the solution. It’s times like these that challenge our commitment to social justice and call into question our own action or inaction. As Elie Wiesel said, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

Let us sing together and stand with intention.

Black Lives Matter