American String Teacher

Author Guidelines

The American String Teacher (AST) journal accepts article submissions and query letters. Please send articles and query letters to

Articles submitted to AST should be written on subjects of interest to our membership and should relate to the teaching of stringed instruments and/or the performance of music for strings. Our membership includes K-12 school string and orchestra educators, pre-collegiate and collegiate studio teachers, music education professors, students, conductors, and performers. Member musical interests encompass all types of music composed for stringed instruments.


Articles should be well-written and contain information that is precise, accurate, and thoroughly documented. The topic should be well-defined, supported, and developed with a clear purpose. Authors should provide evidence to support their views. The following should also be taken into consideration:

  • Topic should have national relevance and interest many readers.
  • Article should offer new knowledge or insight.
  • Articles should challenge reader’s thinking and where appropriate present both sides of an issue.
  • Topic should not be too narrow or too broad. For example, “Guidelines for Teaching the Beginning Double Bassist” is overly broad. It would be more desirable to examine one particular aspect of teaching beginning bass students, such as whether students should sit on a stool or stand.
  • Feature articles may not promote one particular person.
  • Material may not previously have been published in a national journal.
  • Articles may not promote products or commercial programs. An author may mention his/her studio, school, or ensemble only in the context of one example among many. Mentioning programs or products should be solely for the sake of example to highlight a point in the article. Articles that single out one person, method, program, event, or ensemble are unlikely to be accepted for publication.


Feature articles should be 1,500 - 3,000 words maximum. This is 6 - 9 typed, double-spaced pages. Musical examples, sidebars, references, and tables may constitute the equivalent of one or two pages in addition to the text.

Copyrights and Fact Checking

  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the material submitted and may be held personally liable for any action resulting from inaccurate information published.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining any copyright or licensing permissions for reprinting musical examples or lengthy quotes.
  • ASTA retains all copyrights to articles published in AST. Permission to reprint the article must be obtained in writing from the AST Editor. Such permission shall not be unreasonably withheld.

Writing Style

We use The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Sources should be referenced using the Chicago author-date system (brief in-text citations with a full reference section at the end of the article).


  • All feature articles are subject to anonymous peer review by members of the editorial committee. This process can take several months.
  • We prefer to have articles submitted via email as Word attachments. Send to If this is not possible, send five copies to the ASTA office at 4155 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 Attn: AST Submission.
  • The title page should only list the title. The author should submit an additional page with name and contact information as well as a brief bio (100 word maximum). This page will not be sent to the review committee.
  • Photos submitted with articles may be used only with completed release forms that are sent after an article is accepted for publication.
  • Authors warrant that the material they submit is their original work and that it does not infringe on the rights of any third party. Authors who violate this warrant will be responsible for all costs resulting from actions taken as a result of their infringement.

Illustration and Layout

Illustration and layout is at the discretion of ASTA.


Like other educational journals, AST does not pay its authors. However, authors receive many professional benefits from publication in AST. These include tenure credit, certification points in a school system, increased credibility as an expert on a particular topic, and professional exposure that often leads to invitations to serve as a workshop clinician or consultant.