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Designed to appeal to a wide readership, both inside and outside the profession of music therapy. Articles focus on music therapy practice, education, training, and professional issues. ISSN #0734-6875

Contributions to Music Therapy Perspectives
Contributions can be made to the journal by submitting electronically to the editorial office here

Mission Statement

Music Therapy Perspectives seeks to promote the development of music therapy clinical practice through the dissemination of scholarly work. It publishes all forms of reports that have implications for music therapy practice including clinically-focused research reports, innovative developments, case studies, educational research, and theoretical articles. With a focus on clinical benefits of music therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives strives to serve as a resource and forum for music therapists, music therapy students and educators, and those in related professions.


Music Therapy Perspectives seeks to:
• Speak to the direct clinical and professional experiences of practicing music therapists, and in so doing advance the profession.
• Include information useful to music therapists, music therapy students, and professionals interested in the therapeutic uses of music.
• Address issues related to the supervision of music therapy students and the supervision of music therapists in both professional and advanced practice.
• Include articles addressing the education and training of music therapists.
• Address ethical concepts and issues as they pertain to music therapy education, training, research and professional practice.

Journal Content

Music Therapy Perspectives focuses on scholarly articles in the following areas:
• Music therapy models, methods and practices that reflect broad theoretical perspectives reflective of the AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice (professional and advanced).
• Information useful to clinical training directors, educators and administrators
• Discussions, commentaries and analyses of professional issues related to music therapy practice, such as ethics and licensure.
• Qualitative research consistent with the mission and objectives of the journal.
• Quantitative research, consistent with the mission and objectives of the journal, with small sample sizes that may serve as a foundation for larger research studies suitable for the Music Therapy Perspectives and other relevant music therapy journals.
• Pilot projects that reflect new areas of clinical practice.
• Case Studies.
• Analyses of literature that expand clinical practice knowledge.
• Book Reviews.

Ethical Considerations

Implicit in the preparation and submission process is that all ethical precautions have been carefully considered and followed. These standards are articulated in the Code of Ethics of the American Music Therapy Association. An Institutional Review Board (IRB or RERB) must approve all aspects of the research, and this must be explicitly stated in the submitted manuscript.
Authors submitting book reviews, information sharing, commentaries and analyses are not required to fulfill IRB requirements unless the submission meets the definition of research articulated by the relevant IRB and supporting institution.
In addition, manuscripts must be original work not previously published. Once published, manuscripts may not be submitted to additional journals, and may not be published in any format, or any other language, without the express written permission of the publisher.
Major professional contributions by two or more persons to a common project should be recognized by joint authorship, whereas minor professional contributions are recognized through an appropriate acknowledgement statement.

Copyright Transfer/Permissions

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form. The text of the licence agreement can be viewed {here}. [link to sample agreement]
Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Permission to reproduce copyright material, for print and online publication in perpetuity, must be cleared and if necessary paid for by the author; this includes applications and payments to DACS, ARS and similar licensing agencies where appropriate. Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the editors. It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgements as stipulated by the particular institutions. Please note that obtaining copyright permission could take some time. Oxford Journals can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: please see the Guidelines for Authors section at Should you require copies of this then please contact the editorial office of the journal in question or the Oxford Journals Rights department at

For a copyright prose work, it is recommended that permission is obtained for the use of extracts longer than 400 words; a series of extracts totalling more than 800 words, of which any one extract is more than 300 words; or an extract or series of extracts comprising one-quarter of the work or more. For poetry: an extract of more than 40 lines; series of extracts totaling more than 40 lines; an extract comprising one-quarter or more of a complete poem.

Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to Music Therapy Perspectives are subject to an anonymous peer review by three members of the Editorial Board. To ensure objectivity, authors will remain anonymous to the reviewers. No explicit or implied author or affiliation identification is to appear within the manuscript; only on the title page. If substantive changes are needed in the manuscript, specific editorial recommendations will be forwarded to the author. The author has 120 days to respond to these editorial recommendations, after which the manuscript will be considered ineligible for publication. The Editor has final authority over a paper's suitability for publication.


Manuscript Preparation

Authors should prepare manuscripts according to the most recent version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. The following is required for submission:
1. A title page that includes: a) the title, b) author(s), with pertinent credentials, c) affiliation(s), and d) running head. A brief biography for each author is also required (one sentence) along with contact information for the primary author.
2. An abstract containing no more than 250 words (included on a separate page).
3. A typed, double-spaced manuscript with a 1.5-inch margin on all four perimeters. Right margins are not to be justified. All manuscripts must use standard 11-point font (Times New Roman or Arial).
4. A list of references, presented in accordance with the stylistic features of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
5. Appendices, as they pertain to the submission

Manuscripts are typically no more than 30 pages, including references and appendices. Manuscripts significantly longer that 30 pages should be discussed with the Editor prior to submission (

Manuscripts focused on quantitative research must be written according to the structural and formatting guidelines provided in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Manuscripts focused on qualitative research, analyses and discussions of music, professional issues, focused analyses of research and clinical practice literature, supervision, licensure, and ethical concerns may use an alternate structural format as long as this format is consistent with the purpose(s) of the article. Where relevant, authors are encouraged to include a section addressing the ways in which the manuscript directly contributes, or could contribute, to clinical practice.

Alternate formats may be discussed with the Editor prior to submission.

Language Editing

Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Book Reviews

Book reviews focus on recently published books and monographs in music therapy. Book reviews of publications outside the field of music therapy will be considered where specific clinical, professional, or educational relevance can be demonstrated.

Reviews should begin by stating the author(s), year, title, publisher, ISBN, and cost. If multiple versions of the book are available (e.g., print and ebook), all ISBNs and costs should be included. Reviews should include a summary of the book, providing sufficient information so the contents can be understood by the reader. Additional interpretation and analysis by the reviewer is welcomed. Extended reviews, which serve as a framework for an extended discussion of practice, education and/or training, are also welcome.

Submissions should be no more than 5 pages, typed, and double-spaced with 1.5-inch margins on all four perimeters. Right margins are not to be justified. Manuscripts must use standard 11-point font (Times New Roman or Arial). Extended reviews follow the general submission guidelines described in Manuscript Preparation.


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled "Funding." This should appear before the "Acknowledgments" section. Authors are also required to report all publicly funded research (e.g., NIH) during the submission process, following the CrossRef prompts.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


Acknowledgments and details of nonfinancial support must be included at the end of the text before references and not in footnotes. Personal acknowledgments should precede those of institutions or agencies. Please note: Acknowledgment of funding bodies and declarations regarding conflicts of interest should be given in separate Funding and Conflicts of interest sections, respectively.


Full references should be provided in accordance with APA 6th edition. Do not truncate page numbers, i.e., type 345-349, not 345-9 or 345-49. If an automatic referencing system has been used in the preparation of the paper, the references must not be left embedded in the final text file submitted. In accordance with APA 6th edition, the citation of journals, books, multi-author books, and articles published online should conform to the following examples:

• Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title. Periodical, xx, pp-pp. doi:xx.xxxxxx
• Author, A. A. (year). Title of book. (Vol. xx). Location: Publisher.
• Presenter, A. A. (Year, Month). Title of paper or poster. Paper or poster session presented at the meeting of Organization Name, Location.
• Blackwell, E., & Conrad, P. J. (2003). A five-dimensional measure of drinking motives. Unpublished manuscript, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
• Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year). Title of chapter. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book. Location: Publisher.

Figures and Illustrations

Please be aware that the requirements for online submission and for reproduction in the journal are different: (i) for online submission and peer review, please upload your figures either embedded in the word processing file or separately as low-resolution images (.jpg, .tif, .gif, or .eps); (ii) for reproduction in the journal, you will be required after acceptance to supply high-resolution .tif files. Minimum resolutions are 300 dpi for color or tone images, and 600 dpi for line drawings. We advise that you create your high-resolution images (of at least 600 dpi) first, as these can be easily converted into low-resolution images for online submission.

If you are submitting photograph negatives by post, please indicate which way these should be reproduced in order to avoid them being laterally reversed during typesetting.

Figures will not be relettered by the publisher. The journal reserves the right to reduce the size of illustrative material. Any photomicrographs, electron micrographs, or radiographs must be of high quality. Wherever possible, photographs should fit within the print area or within a column width. Photomicrographs should provide details of staining technique and a scale bar. Patients shown in photographs should have their identity concealed or should have given their written consent to publication. When creating figures, please make sure any embedded text is large enough to read. Many figures contain miniscule characters such as numbers on a chart or graph. If these characters are not easily readable, they will most likely be illegible in the final version. Certain image formats such as .jpg and .gif do not have high resolutions, so you may elect to save your figures and insert them as .tif instead.

For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go to

Color Illustrations

Authors are required to pay the full cost of reproduction of color figures. Inclusion of color figures is subject to a special charge (£350/US$600/€525 per figure). Music Therapy Perspectives also offers free reproduction of color figures in the online version (figures in the print version will appear in black and white). If you require color reproduction of figures in the print journal you will be asked to approve the cost. You will be issued an invoice at the time of publication. Figure captions must be suitably worded to apply to both the print and online versions of the article.


All tables should be on separate pages and accompanied by a title, and footnotes where necessary. The tables should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Units in which results are expressed should be given in parentheses at the top of each column and not repeated in each line of the table. Ditto signs are not used. Avoid overcrowding the tables and the excessive use of words. The format of tables should be in keeping with that normally used by the journal; in particular, vertical lines, colored text, and shading should not be used. Please be certain that the data given in tables are correct.

Supplementary Data

We welcome, and encourage, the use of video and audio materials that support the content of the submitted manuscript. This can include, but is not limited to, audio and video of music therapy sessions, performances, examples of compositions, and client and/or therapist improvisations. Supplementary data must be submitted in file forms specific to OUP data storage and all materials must have met consent and usage requirements consistent with the setting(s) of the authors. For specific questions, and submission requirements, please speak with the Editor.

Information Sharing

Information Sharing is a distinct component of Music Therapy Perspectives and affords clinicians, researchers, and educators an opportunity to share expert knowledge pertinent to the music therapy profession. This can include, for example, knowledge of and developments in clinical practice, trends in service delivery, technological advances, and commentaries.

Submissions are generally less than 10 pages, typed, and double-spaced with 1.5-inch margins on all four perimeters. Right margins are not to be justified. Manuscripts must use standard 11-point font (Times New Roman or Arial).

Submission Process

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically using AMTA's online submission program at the URL/link below.

AMTA's online submission system is Editorial Manager, located at:

Should you have any difficulties with your online submission, please contact the Editor via email:
Anthony Meadows, PhD, MT-BC
Editor, Music Therapy Perspectives
Director of Graduate Music Therapy Studies
Shenandoah University
(215) 206-6920

Review Process

Documents will only be accepted in Microsoft Word format, with tables and figures included. The online submission software (ScholarOne) instructs authors on uploading the abstract and manuscript.

Once submitted, manuscripts are subject to double blind review and are returned to the primary author in 60 days. Four levels of review are possible: 1) accept for publication, 2) accept with minor revisions (editorial), 3) undertake major revisions and resubmit, and 4) not accept. When revisions are requested, a clear indication of these will be provided by the Editor, in written form. This will include an overall evaluation by the Editor, along with specific comments from Editorial Board members, presented anonymously. The primary author may, at any time, contact the Editor to discuss the editorial review within the 60-day revision time allowed.


Authors are sent page proofs by email. These should be checked immediately and corrections, as well as answers to any queries, returned to the publisher as an annotated PDF via email or fax within 2 working days (further details are supplied with the proof). It is the author's responsibility to check proofs thoroughly.


Authors will receive electronic access to their paper free of charge. Printed offprints may be purchased in multiples of 100. Rates are indicated on the order form, which must be returned with the proofs. Please see the following link for more information:


Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE). Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author's own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.


All authors listed on the manuscript should have contributed significantly to the research design, its implementation, or analysis and interpretation of the data. All authors should have been involved in the writing of the manuscript at draft and any revision stages and should have read and approved the final version. Anyone who made major contributions to the writing of the manuscript should be listed as an author (e.g., “ghost writing” is prohibited by the Journal). Any other individuals who made less substantive contributions to the experiment or the writing of the manuscript should be listed in the acknowledgment section. Any change in authorship (including author order) after the initial manuscript submission must be approved in writing by all authors.


By submitting your manuscript to the Journal it is understood that it is an original manuscript and is unpublished work that is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author’s own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated by the Journal. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal may be checked for originality using antiplagiarism software.

Conflicts of Interest

During the submission process, each author should reveal any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated – including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition. When considering whether you should declare a conflicting interest or connection please consider the conflict of interest test: Is there any arrangement that would embarrass you or any of your co-authors if it were to emerge after publication and you had not declared it?

As part of the online submission process, corresponding authors are required to confirm whether they or their co-authors have any conflicts of interest to declare, and to provide details of these. If the Corresponding author is unable to confirm this information on behalf of all co-authors, the authors in question will then be required to submit a completed form to the Editorial Office. It is the Corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure that all authors adhere to this policy.

If the manuscript is published, Conflict of Interest information, including if none was declared, will be communicated in a statement in the published paper.