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.
  • If you have an idea for an article, but have not written a manuscript, you may email a query  to gauge interest (amt@mtna.org). 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.

Readership

  • 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.

Length

  • Feature articles are any length up to 3,000 words.

Photos/Illustrations

  • Authors are asked to provide musical examples, photos and/or other artwork to accompany their manuscripts. Digital photos/scans are preferred; they must be high-resolution (300 dpi minimum) and a minimum 3"x5". Color photos are ideal, but black-and-white photos are acceptable.
  • Only files in JPEG, TIFF, EPS or PDF formats will be accepted. Printed photos must be 4"x6" or 5"x7". Other printed artwork may be from 3"x5" to 8 1/2"x11". No printed photos or artwork will be returned.
  • 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 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 2–3-sentence biography should be in a separate document.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted to amt@mtna.org.
  • 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.

Compensation

  • Authors receive three complimentary copies of the magazine in which their article appears. Additional copies may be purchased.

AMT Editorial Committee

American Music Teacher is a peer-reviewed journal. The 13-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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AMT Current Issue

Since 1951, American Music Teacher has led the way by providing articles, reviews and regular columns that inform, educate and challenge music teachers and foster excellence in the music teaching profession. Read the Current Issue. mtna

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