Writing For The MTNA e-Journal



The MTNA e-Journal is a peer-reviewed online journal that welcomes submissions from all areas of the music teaching profession. We seek in-depth, scholarly research-oriented articles that are well-written, engaging and offer original perspectives.

General Guidelines

  • The MTNA e-Journal will not consider manuscripts that have been submitted to any other publication.
  • If you have an idea for an article, but have not written a manuscript, you may send a query letter to gauge interest. A query letter should include a brief outlines, the angle and tone that will be used and a list of suggested illustrations or other supporting materials. On a separate page, include your name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address.
  • The MTNA e-journal retains and controls the copyright to all published manuscripts.
  • Authors are asked to sign an Article Submission Agreement to submit with their manuscripts.


  • The MTNA e-Journal is an Internet-based journal published four times a year by Music Teachers National Association: September, November, February and April.


  • Members of Music Teachers National Association receive the e-Journal as a member benefit.
  • Nearly 75 percent of MTNA members are independent music teachers; 15 percent are college/university instructors; 5 percent are students; the balance teach in other settings.
  • Approximately 75 percent of MTNA members list keyboard as their primary instrument; voice, strings, woodwind, brass and percussion comprise the remaining primary instruments.


  • Articles are generally more than 3,000 words.


  • Authors are asked to provide digital files of music, graphs, photos and other illustrations. Color digital photographs or scans are best.
  • When possible audio and/or video files will also be used. Audio must be submitted as .mp3 files, and video must be submitted as .flv, .F4V or .MP4 files. To upload your media, please use this link and follow the instructions: https://members.mtna.org/ejournal/upload.aspx.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to use musical examples, audio, video and photos when necessary. If a publisher requests a fee for the right to reprint, the fee is the author’s responsibility.
  • All copyright information (date, publisher and the like) must accompany any copyrighted material that is being used.

Manuscript Preparation/Submission

  • The MTNA e-journal accepts only manuscripts submitted as a Microsoft Word or text document and sent via e-mail attachment.
  • Use endnotes, not footnotes or references (Consult the Chicago Manual of Style for examples.) For periodicals, include volume number and date of the issue.
  • Manuscript should include a brief abstract/synopsis of the article.
  • The author’s name or other identifying marks should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • The author’s name, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address and a 35-word biography should be in a separate document.
  • Manuscripts, along with Article Submission Agreement, should be submitted to eJournal@mtna.org.
  • Receipt of the manuscript will be acknowledged.

Peer Review

  • Most manuscripts are reviewed individually by three members of The MTNA e-journal’s editorial committee, who will recommend one of three courses of action: accept with definite publication, accept for further consideration or reject.
  • Based on these recommendations, a final decision will be made regarding a course of action.
  • The author’s identity remains unknown to everyone but the managing editor throughout the review process.
  • This process can take several months.
  • Authors will be notified of the decision.
  • The MTNA e-journal will not provide commentary on rejected articles.


  • Authors do not receive compensation for published articles.

Representative Articles

Thinking of writing for MTNA's publications?
Click here to see a list of the representative articles in AMT and the MTNA e-Journal.