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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 information, c) affiliation, and d) running head.
2. An abstract containing no more than 150 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 25 double-spaced pages, +/- 3 pages for references and appendices. Manuscripts significantly longer that 28 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. 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 and publisher. 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 3-5 pages, typed, 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 'Acknowledgements' section.

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 non-financial support must be included at the end of the text before references and not in footnotes. Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies. Please note that acknowledgement 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 the style of Music Therapy Perspectives [Insert journal-specific style points here]
These should be cited in the text with an author-date citation system, i.e., Author , 2013 and must be listed alphabetically in the reference list. Journal titles and author initials should be properly abbreviated and punctuated. 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. 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

For references with >6 authors, the first author should be listed, followed by et al., not italicized and with a period at al. References of the type Smith et al. (1989) should not be used in the text. References to manuscripts submitted, but not yet accepted, should be cited in the text as (B. Jones and L. Smith, Unpublished Manuscript) and should not be included in the list of references. Citations of submitted manuscripts should include all authors involved. Authors are encouraged to cite web URLs in parentheses at the appropriate mention in the text.

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 d.p.i. for color or tone images, and 600 d.p.i. 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

Supporting material that is not essential for inclusion in the full text of the manuscript, but would nevertheless benefit the reader, can be made available by the publisher as online-only content, linked to the online manuscript. The material should not be essential to understanding the conclusions of the paper, but should contain data that is additional or complementary and directly relevant to the article content. Such information might include more detailed methods, extended data sets/data analysis, or additional figures.
It is standard practice for appendices to be made available online-only as supplementary data. All text and figures must be provided in suitable electronic formats. All material to be considered as supplementary data must be submitted at the same time as the main manuscript for peer review. It cannot be altered or replaced after the paper has been accepted for publication, and will not be edited. Please indicate clearly all material intended as supplementary data upon submission and name the files e.g. 'Supplementary Figure 1', 'Supplementary Data', etc. Also ensure that the supplementary data is referred to in the main manuscript where necessary, for example as '(see Supplementary data)' or '(see Supplementary Figure 1)'.

Page Charges

The journal strongly discourages authors from exceeding the page limits. Manuscripts exceeding the recommended limits may be rejected without review. In the event that a manuscript does exceed the page limits we make the following charges: {insert as applicable}. In the proof email there is a reminder of the page charges on manuscripts that are over length.

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, 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).
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Mentor Program

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
(610) 647 4400 x3159

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

Once submitted, manuscripts are reviewed and 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 150 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 publishers 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. [ADDED TO APPLICABLE JOURNALS - state if gratis offprints are offered and that the order form must be returned to request them]
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