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. Contact ejournal@mtna.org for details on media submissions.
  • 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.