Writing For The MTNA e-Journal

The MTNA e-Journal is a peer-reviewed online-only 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.  

Why Should I Write For The MTNA e-Journal?

  • Peer review
  • Indexed with ProQuest, Repertoire International de Literature Musicale and EBSCOhost
  • The inclusion of audio and video to enhance content
  • Digital platform allows for lengthy articles
  • High visibility for maximum exposure
  • Prompt publishing

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. In your email, 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 that will be sent to them via email after a manuscript submission is received.
  • Examples of the types of articles published in the MTNA e-Journal can be found here and in the archives.


  • 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, including citations and references.


  • Authors are asked to provide digital files of music, graphs, photos and other illustrations as color digital files.
  • When possible audio and/or video files will also be used. Audio must be submitted as .mp3 files, and video must be submitted as .mp4 files.
  • 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 (i.e. date, publisher, etc.) 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 uploaded using the button below.
  • DO NOT use footnotes or endnotes. Use the author-date system 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.
  • 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 will be input to a form.
  • Receipt of the manuscript will be acknowledged.

Peer Review

  • Most manuscripts are reviewed individually by all 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.



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MTNA e-Journal Editorial Committee

The MTNA e-Journal is a peer-reviewed journal. The 6-member editorial committee conducting the peer review is appointed by the MTNA Board of Directors. Committee members are appointed for two-year terms.

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MTNA e-Journal

The purpose of the MTNA e-Journal is to provide our members, especially those in academia, an online, peer-reviewed journal, which features in-depth, scholarly, research-oriented articles enhanced through the use of sound, image and video.The MTNA e-Journal is published four times during the academic year: September, November, February and April. It is a benefit to MTNA members.

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