Teaching Music Magazine Guidelines for Contributors

Teaching Music magazine offers music educators a forum for the exchange of practical ideas that will help them become more effective teachers. Written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the magazine includes timely information to interest, inform, and inspire music teachers and those who support their work. Most of Teaching Music is written by professional writers based on input from members. Only two feature-length articles per issue are chosen from manuscripts submitted to TM by current NAfME members. As a result, we have a backlog of articles awaiting publication (currently 2 years). We welcome manuscripts that describe effective and innovative instructional strategies or thoughtful solutions to problems faced by music educators at all levels, from PreK through college. Authors should review the NAfME Strategic Plan to include information in their manuscript on one or more of the Plan’s four directions: Advocacy, Leading the Profession, Research, and Capacity Building. Of particular interest are articles relating to the following:

  • An advocacy idea that worked for you—how you implemented it and what the results were
  • Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access
  • Practical teaching based on the National Standards
  • Students with special needs
  • Technology for music instruction
  • Cross-curricular integration
  • Assessment

All manuscripts are reviewed by the Teaching Music editorial staff. Accepted manuscripts are generally submitted as a Microsoft Word document of 1,300 to 1,600 words long and are written in a direct, conversational style. Articles in second person often work well. Footnotes or endnotes are not used; any necessary references are incorporated into the text of the article, often in parentheses. Teaching Music will not consider articles that have been simultaneously submitted to another publisher and will not normally consider reprints. Copyright for all articles accepted for publication is assigned to NAfME. Payment is not possible for contributions to the magazine. Once a manuscript is accepted, authors are encouraged to send in color photographs or other graphics that illustrate the main points of their articles. Photographers should obtain permission from the parents or guardians of minors whose photographs are submitted (Release Form). An accompanying e-mail should include the author’s address, daytime phone number, and title or position. Please submit manuscripts electronically (preferably as a Word document) to: Caroline Arlington.