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General Music Today

General Music Today

Published in Association with National Association for Music Education

eISSN: 19313756 | ISSN: 10483713 | Current volume: 34 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 3 Times/Year
General Music Today, a peer-reviewed online journal, offers articles that describe successful practices, share teaching strategies and/or materials, suggest new ideas, or analyze issues of concern to general music education professionals teaching at levels from early childhood through high school.

Among the topics covered in recent issues are:

  • Composing and Arranging
  • Dealing with Voice Changes
  • Developing Singing Accuracy
  • Early Childhood Music Education
  • Enhancing Language Skills through Music
  • Integrating Technology into the Music Classroom
  • Music and Children’s Literature
  • Music and Special Education
  • Pediatric Voice Development and Voice Science
  • Symbolic and Iconic Modes of Understanding
  • Teaching Improvisation
  • The Importance of Music in Schools
  • Working with Young Students
  • World Music

Each issue also features Multicultural Resources and Media Reviews.

General Music Today is a publication of the National Association for Music Education on behalf of the Council for General Music Education.

Other NAfME journals:


... a peer-reviewed online journal offers articles that describe successful practices, share teaching strategies and/or materials, suggest new ideas, or analyze issues of concern to general music education professionals teaching at levels from early childhood through high school.

Rekha S. Rajan Concordia University, USA
Editorial Committee
Robert A. Amchin University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA
Vanessa Bond The Hartt School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, USA
Virginia W. Davis University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, TX, USA
Kendra Friar Consultant, Portland, OR
Richard Lawton Roscomare Road School, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Carol McDowell City of St. Charles School District in St. Charles, MO, USA
Rekha S. Rajan Concordia University, USA
Megan Sheridan University of Florida, FL, USA
Ella Wilcox National Association for Music Education, USA
Christopher Woodside Interim Executive Director, National Association for Music Education, USA
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  • General Music Today, a peer-reviewed journal, welcomes manuscripts of interest to general music professionals at all levels. We are specifically interested in manuscripts that describe successful practices, share teaching strategies and/or materials, and suggest new ideas or issues of concern in general music.

    Unless specifically noted, articles in GMT do not necessarily represent the official policy of the National Association for Music Education.

    Manuscripts should be written in a style that is clear and concise, avoiding technical jargon. A consistent style should be used for both format and references. Preferred manuscript style should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition; 2019); however, a manuscript that has been consistently formatted with any of the generally accepted styles will be considered. All manuscripts should include an abstract of approximately 150 words, be about 6 to 12 double-spaced pages in length, and be submitted electronically as MS Word files. Authors should also submit 4 to 6 key words relating to their article's content. To avoid delays in typesetting, please convert any music-specific symbols and notation (using MusiSync or MS Reference font, for instance) to images. Place any lesson plans, sample lessons, or resource lists in an appendix section at the end of the article.

    Please note that this journal does not allow submissions from papers that are already available as a preprint.

    Images, graphics, and tables: Images should be easily readable, clear, and neat; color images are preferred. Except for notation files created with Finale* software, all images should be submitted in the original program in which they were created (JPG, TIFF, or EPS; Microsoft Application Files are acceptable for line art). Any scanned images should be set at 1200 dpi for line art and 300 dpi for color or grayscale. *Finale files should be saved and submitted as images (JPG, TIFF files).

    All diagrams, images, photographs, and tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript file and numbered in the order they appear in text. Insert callouts for figures and tables on a separate line just after the paragraph where each image or table should appear (example: “[Figure 1 here]”).

    Permission to reprint: Material taken directly from a copyrighted source must be clearly identified in a source line, and the copyright holder’s written permission to reproduce it must be submitted in a separate file along with the manuscript. Obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material is the author’s responsibility, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may request. Because obtaining reprint permission can be time consuming, it is recommended that authors begin this process as soon as possible. *Note that material created by children (for example, artwork and song lyrics) is considered copyrightable and will require permission from the parent or guardian to reproduce. Music examples, figures, photographs, and other illustrations must be checked for accuracy before submission. If any copyrighted materials are used, documentation verifying that the author has permission to use the material must be included. Please complete a Request for Permission to Reprint Material form.

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish any author-submitted photographs or illustrations, and written permission to SAGE of a parent or guardian of any minor pictured is needed before such images are published. Please complete an Audio/Visual Likeness Release form.

    Audio and video files: Authors are encouraged to submit audio/video clips to further illustrate their work. Acceptable video file types are QuickTime (.mov), MPEG Movie (.mpg), and Microsoft AVI Video (.avi); acceptable audio files include Windows Media Player (.wma) and MP3 (.mp3). Signed release from all participants in audio and video clips is needed; please download the audio/visual likeness release form below.

    Strategic Plan: Authors should briefly review the NAfME Strategic Plan at to include information in their submissions on one or more of the following topics: Advocacy, Serving the Profession and the Music Educator, Research, and NAfME Organizational Vitality.

    General Music Today is a refereed journal; manuscripts are reviewed by a panel of nationally recognized leaders in general music. The review process typically takes one to two months. If accepted, a manuscript will be edited to conform to style policies and the edited copy e-mailed to the author for approval prior to publication.

    General Music Today is copyrighted as an entity by the National Association for Music Education. Authors must transfer copyrights to GMT, and NAfME controls the rights to each article. Written permission must be received from the NAfME office if an author wants to reprint the article, but this generally poses no problem.

    For consideration, all manuscripts must be submitted online, via the link found at


    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    For more information, please refer to the SAGE Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

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