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. Articles may be based on quantitative research with a statistical slant but may also feature qualitative research or mixed methods. Featured articles may run the gamut from reviews of literature on a certain subject to more scientific studies. Manuscripts that incorporate a broader definition of research such as analyses of repertoire or descriptions of teaching strategies may also be considered. Most importantly, we are seeking submissions that represent the highest degree of quality in both the research design and the quality of writing.Download a Submission Packet.

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. 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 that will be sent to them via email after a manuscript submission is received.


  • 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 end notes, references and bibliography.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



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.

Get the know the members of the committee.


MTNA e-Journal

In September 2009, MTNA launched a new publication—the 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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