Successful contributions to the Resources section of JMTP focus on core music theory topics (from fundamentals through advanced concepts) in college/university and high school settings. Special consideration will be given to materials that address topics likely to be taught by junior faculty, non-theory specialists (e.g., performer/teachers), and graduate assistants. We especially welcome resources submissions that embrace not only Western music, but also popular, jazz and world music, and music by traditionally underrepresented groups.

Resource submissions may fall into any of the following categories:

Course Document: May include syllabi, grading rubrics, course policies, course outlines, etc. that demonstrate exemplary and potentially novel approaches to course design and assessment.

Assessment (Quiz/Test): We request that tests and quizzes include answer keys; please submit assessments that are no longer actively used in your course.

Worksheet/Assignment: Links to editable notation files are welcome (Finale, Sibelius, MuseScore, Noteflight etc.) so that readers may adapt assignments for their own classrooms.

Lesson Plan/ Sample Analysis: Indicate the course in which the lesson is typically taught, and ideal run time for the lesson. (How many sessions, 50- or 75-minute class meeting etc.)

Teaching Video/Demonstration: Please ensure that written consent is obtained from any student who is seen or heard in the video. Because of the nature of this type of submission, anonymity cannot be guaranteed in peer review. Demonstrations that are obviously intended to advertise a product will not be considered.

Website/Blog: Contributors should only submit links to their own content. Because of the nature of this type of submission, anonymity cannot be guaranteed in peer review.

Other: May include bibliographies, essays on general pedagogy, online courses, etc.

Contributors are encouraged to incorporate various multimedia and interactive formats such as color graphics, sound files (real or MIDI), or video/animation. Contributions should be relatively brief, ca. 2000-3000 words. The author is responsible for obtaining permissions, and, if required, paying fees incurred for copyrighted material.

Resource submissions should be in PDF format and accompanied by a 200-word abstract that includes any pertinent background information on the student population for whom the materials have been designed (e.g., high school AP, liberal arts college non-music-majors, conservatory seniors, etc.). Because these materials will appear on the JMTP website you may include links to supplementary information or materials that are integral to your course(s) or are helpful in understanding novel approaches. Please include all linked files with your submission.

Generally, the body text of resource submissions should be single-spaced with separated paragraphs (either by line break or indent), and worksheets, assessments, etc. should be formatted with the student in mind (e.g., number all questions, allow adequate space for written answers, etc.) Examples can be found here:

Because resource submissions are not typeset, and formatting can vary by resource type, we encourage contributors to format documents to be teacher- and student-friendly. The Resources Editor may request reformatting before publication.