Award Winning Educator
A recipient of the Yamaha Corporation 2022 Top 40 Music Educator Award, Dr. Justin John Moniz serves as Associate Director of Vocal Performance and Coordinator of Vocal Pedagogy at New York University’s (NYU) Steinhardt School. At NYU, Moniz leads the graduate vocal pedagogy program and teaches courses in pedagogical theory, practice, and applied voice. In addition, he directs the NYU Pop/Rock Ensemble, a group he founded in 2019. Dr. Moniz was recently awarded Steinhardt’s prestigious Faculty Development & Diversity Innovation Grant for his project, Paving New Paths: Understanding Trans Identities On-Stage & Off. Before joining the NYU faculty, he served as Chair of Vocal Studies at Millikin University and Visiting Instructor of Opera at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Moniz is widely recognized as one of the preeminent voice teachers of classical, commercial, and musical Dr. Moniz’s current and former students have performed on Broadway, international tours, national television, and in regional theaters and opera houses including Central City Opera, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, and Virginia Opera. The scholarly work of his graduate students has been accepted for publication in theJournal of Singing, Voice and Speech Review, Australian Voice, Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies, and VOICEPrints. Recent graduates of the program have joined the faculties at NYU, Syracuse University, and College of the Ozarks. Under his leadership, the NYU Vocal Pedagogy Outreach Workshop has quickly earned both national and international recognition. His paper, “Assessing the Impact of Vocal Pedagogy Outreach Activities on Geographically, Culturally, and Economically Disadvantaged Communities,”will be presented at the 13th Annual Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, hosted by the Athens Institute for Education and Research in Athens, Greece in June 2022.
Dr. Moniz has presented at both national and regional conferences for the National Opera Association (NOA), A leading expert on contemporary vocal pedagogy, Dr. Moniz is regularly engaged as a guest clinician and consultant for organizations including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the National Opera Association (NOA), The Royal Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston University, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, among others. Dr. Moniz currently serves as a mentor teacher for the NATS National Mentoring Collaborative and the NATS Mentored Teaching Experience. He is also a guest faculty member for the Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Locally, Dr. Moniz is an active member of the NATS-NYC Chapter where he serves as Chair of Student Auditions and as a member of the Board of Directors. In addition, he is a full voting member of the Pan American Vocology Association. For the past four years, he has also served as Co-Chair of the Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee for NOA.
An avid researcher and author in high demand, Dr. Moniz has written numerous scholarly articles and reviews for Journal of Singing and The Opera Journal. He also recently contributed to So You Want to Sing Light Opera An avid researcher and author in high demand, Dr. Moniz has written numerous scholarly articles and reviews for the Journal of Singing and The Opera Journal. He also recently contributed to So You Want to Sing Light Opera by Linda Lister, published by Rowman and Littlefield. Dr. Moniz is currently working on his new book, Your Pop/Rock Prescription, which highlights a vowel-driven approach to contemporary commercial pedagogy. In addition, he is concluding work on a second book entitled, A Fight for the Light: Underrepresented Journeys to the Stage, alongside co-author Minnita Daniel Cox. The piece celebrates trailblazing performers and highlights the trials and tribulations of prominent Black opera singers including Denyce Graves, Martina Arroyo, George Shirley, and many others.
Dr. Moniz holds four degrees from Florida State University, the University of Miami, and SUNY Potsdam, as well as certificates in Nonprofit Leadership and Sustainable Business Strategy from Duke University and HarvarDr. Moniz holds four degrees from Florida State University, the University of Miami, and SUNY Potsdam, and certifications from Harvard Business School, Duke University, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine(NASM). He has received young alumni awards from all three of his alma maters and was previously named one of Florida State University’s Notable Noles, University of Miami’s 30 Under 30, and a SUNY Potsdam Rising Star. As a voice teacher, researcher, and NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Moniz is particularly passionate about identifying the parallels between the worlds of voice science and sports medicine, more specifically concerning vocal load, efficiency, and sustainability. His article, “Regulating Vocal Load in High Impact Production,” will appear in the Journal of Singing in May 2022.
Dr. Moniz currently maintains an active private studio in NYC and virtually. For more information, please email him directly at email@example.com.