MTEA Journal

Submission Guidelines

Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance International was founded in 1999 as a means for teachers of young professional artists to come together and exchange ideas, methodologies, and solutions to common challenges in the academic settings of universities and conservatories. 

We welcome submissions in a variety of formats (written text, digital, artwork). You do not need to be a member of MTEA to submit.

Subject Areas

Music theatre education covers a variety of subject areas including, but not limited to:

  • acting
  • singing
  • music
  • dance
  • movement
  • diversity, equity, & inclusion
  • career preparation
  • social media and publicity
  • direction
  • music direction
  • choreography
  • design or production
  • musical film
  • digital entreprenuership
  • new media
  • composition
  • lyric-writing
  • music theatre history
  • repertoire
  • new works development
  • mental and physical health
  • practicing
  • career concerns
  • tenure and promotion
  • collaboration
  • workplace issues
  • audition techniques
  • coaching
  • recruitment
  • industry trends

Our focus is primarily the college level (undergrad and grad), but we welcome submissions having to do with the professional career or with high school that are relevant to our membership or mission. We also seek interviews with notable people as well as book, cast album, or performance reviews.

How to Submit

  • The deadline for submissions for the fourth issue will be July 31, 2020. 
  • There is no limit or requirement on submission length; however, the editorial staff reserves the right to edit for length. A general guideline is 2500 to 5000 words.
  • Please submit photographs (minimum of 2) with your piece, along with show information (place, date, director, title of show) and photographer name.
  • Please follow MLA guidelines for citations and Works Cited list. Make sure that all quoted material is appropriately cited and credited to its source.
  • Authors are responsible for acquiring all permissions, including photographs.
  • Please submit in a Word (.doc or .docx) file and send via email to: Amelia Rollings Bigler at journal@musicaltheatreeducators.org.  
  • Include a bio of no more than 50 words.
Submissions fall into these categories: 
  • Articles: Peer-reviewed, scholarly pieces that include citations beyond on-line or anecdotal sources.
  • Pedagogical/Teacher’s Toolkit: Non-peer-reviewed pieces that offer specific methods or techniques for immediate classroom use, based on current best practices or established methods (e.g., Meisner). May include citations. Pieces will be edited for format and length.
  • Interviews: Non-peer-reviewed pieces that will be edited for content and length.
  • Feature Submissions: Non-peer-reviewed topic-specific columns including “Coach's Corner,” subject to editing for format, style, and length. 
  • Book/Cast Album/Performance Reviews: Non-peer-reviewed, subject to editing for length.
Editorial decisions are as follows: 
  1. Accepted for publication and sent for peer review as appropriate (see above)
  2. Assigned to a Subject Editor for editing and re-writing as needed
  3. Recommended for re-submit after substantial re-writing for current/future issues
  4. Declined

If your piece is selected for publication, you must sign a release giving permission for use by MTEA. If requested editing and re-writing has not been returned by assigned deadline, the piece will not be published.

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