John Nix

Professor, Vocal Pedagogy, Music

John Nix


John Nix is Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy and chair of the voice area at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His mentors include Barbara Doscher (singing, pedagogy) and Ingo Titze (voice science). Current and former students have sung with the Santa Fe, Arizona, Chautauqua, St. Louis, Nevada, Omaha, Utah Festival, and San Antonio opera companies, and two have served as NATS Intern Program Master Teachers. In addition to his active voice teaching studio, he performs research in voice pedagogy, literature, and acoustics, having produced 50 published articles and 8 book chapters; he also co-chairs the NATS Voice Science Advisory Committee, serves on The Journal of Singing’s editorial board, and serves on the Rowman and Littlefield/NATS book editorial board. Mr. Nix is editor and annotator of From Studio to Stage: Repertoire for the Voice (Scarecrow, 2002), vocal music editor for the Oxford Handbook of Music Education (Oxford University Press, 2012), one of three general editors for the Oxford Handbook of Singing (Oxford University Press, 2019), and co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Voice Pedagogy (Oxford University Press, 2025).



  • Private Voice Instruction
  • MUS 4531 1 Music Pedagogy I
  • MUS 4541 1 Music Pedagogy II
  • MUS 1531 2 Class Voice for Instrumentalists
  • MUS 5533 1 Pedagogy of Musical Performance
  • MUS 5421 1 Practicum in Advanced Applied Teaching
  • MUS 5572 1 Pedagogy of Class and Choral Voice
  • MUS 5023 1 Graduate Pedagogy Review

Research Interests

  • Voice pedagogy
  • voice acoustics
  • voice physiology
  • psychology of performance
  • motor learning
  • vocal literature


  • BM in Music Performance, University of Georgia, 1987
  • MME in Arts Administration, Florida State University, 1991
  • MM in Voice Performance, University of Colorado, 1995
  • Certificate in Vocology, University of Iowa, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Van Lawrence Award Winner, 2006
  • American Academy of Teachers of Singing, 2023

Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials