Submit A Manuscript

American Music Teacher is a refereed journal that welcomes submissions from all areas of the music teaching profession. We seek well-written, engaging articles that offer original perspectives.

General Rules

  • AMT will not consider manuscripts that have been submitted to any other publication, including websites, at the same time.
  • If you have an idea for an article, but have not written a manuscript, you may email a query to gauge interest ( A query should include a brief outline, the angle and tone that will be used and a list of suggested illustrations or other supporting materials. In a separate document, include your name, address, telephone number, fax number and email address.
  • AMT retains and controls the copyrights to all published manuscripts.
  • Authors are asked to sign an Article Submission Agreement that will be sent via email after a manuscript is received by MTNA.


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


  • Feature articles are any length up to 2,000 words including citations and references.


  • Authors are asked to provide musical examples, photos and/or other artwork to accompany their manuscripts. Only digital photos/scans in JPEG, TIFF, EPS or PDF formats will be accepted; they must be high-resolution (300 dpi minimum) and a minimum 288 x 480 pixels. Color photos are ideal, but black-and-white photos are acceptable.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to reprint musical examples 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 (i.e. date, publisher, etc.) must accompany any copyrighted material that is being used.

Manuscript Preparation/Submission

  • AMT accepts submissions throughout the year; there are no submission deadlines.
  • AMT accepts only manuscripts submitted as a Microsoft Word or text document and uploaded using the button below.
  • Do NOT use footnotes or endnotes. Use the author-date system—in-text citations with a reference list (Consult the Chicago Manual of Style for examples.) Manuscripts not following this format will be returned to the author for correction prior to peer review.
  • A brief abstract/synopsis of the article should be in a separate document.
  • The author's name or other identifying marks should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted by clicking "Submit A Manuscript" at the bottom of this page.
  • Receipt of the manuscript will be acknowledged.

Peer Review

  • Most manuscripts are reviewed individually by three members of AMT'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.
  • AMT will not provide commentary on rejected articles.


  • Authors receive a complimentary copy of the magazine in which their article appears.

AMT Editorial Committee

American Music Teacher is a peer-reviewed journal. The seven-member editorial committee conducting the peer review is appointed by the MTNA Board of Directors. Committee members are appointed for two-year terms.

Get the know the members of the committee.

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