Teaching Music Magazine Guidelines for Contributors

Teaching Music magazine is a member benefit of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Mailed quarterly in August, October, January, and April and available online, it is written in an easy-to-read, conversational style. It 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. We welcome short submissions from NAfME members 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 about one or more of the Plan’s three cornerstones: Advocacy & Public Policy; Research & Music Teacher Education; and Professional Learning & Growth. Of particular interest are submissions relating to the following:

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

All submissions are reviewed by the Teaching Music editorial staff and a Teaching Music Advisory Council.  Accepted works are generally submitted as a Microsoft Word document of between 500 and 2000 words long and are written in a direct, conversational style. Footnotes or endnotes are not used; any necessary references are incorporated into the text of the submission, often in parentheses. Teaching Music will not consider work that has been simultaneously submitted to another publisher and will not normally consider reprints. Copyright for all submissions accepted for publication is assigned to NAfME. Payment is not possible for contributions to the magazine.

Once a submission is accepted, authors are encouraged to send in high-resolution color photographs or other graphics that illustrate the main points of their work, as well as a headshot. Photographers should obtain permission from the parents or guardians of minors whose photographs are submitted (Release Form).

When submitting an article for consideration, an accompanying email should include a two-sentence author bio containing information such as the author’s address, daytime phone number, title or position, and name of school or institution if appropriate. Please submit work electronically (preferably as a Word document) to Ella Wilcox (ellaw@nafme.org).