to distribute knowledge and information about early childhood music therapy

in clinical terms


music therapists, early childhood educators, service providers, early childhood music educators, daycare professionals, administrators, university educators, and parents


music therapists and invited writers from related fields around the world

release date

annual publication with a fall release date


Petra Kern, Ph.D., MT-DMtG, MT-BC, MTA

editorial team

Marcia Humpal, M.Ed., MT-BC

Lisa Jacobs, MM, MA, MT-BC

Gretchen Chardos Benner, LSW, MT-BC

Rose Fienman, MT-BC

dana bolton, M.Ed., MMT, MT-BC


imagine: Early Childhood Music Therapy Online Magazine  |  ISSN 2153-7879

for authors

share your info and knowledge

next submission deadline

May 15, 2017





what you should consider

imagine publishes articles that are directly related to early childhood music therapy (ages: zero to five), grounded in evidence-based practice. Topics may include professional wisdom, reflections, research snapshots and reports, innovative clinical practice, suggestions for the “parents can” series and children's corner, descriptions of established early childhood music programs, intervention ideas, contributions to the colors of us series, useful online resources, and book reviews with audio bookmarks. imagine is published annually by de la vista publisher.

form. Manuscripts need to be prepared in accordance with the publication manual of the American Psychological Association guidelines (2010, 6th edition – note, no “I” statements in manuscripts), and should range between 250-2000 words (including references, tables and figures). All submissions must include a title, author(s)’ name(s), professional credentials, one institutional affiliation, a two-sentence bio with a photo of the author(s), an email address, and a short list of references, or recommended resources. Please save the manuscript as a Microsoft word file and attach it to the online submission. Please note, authors are expected to indicate that the manuscript is an original submission and not under review by another journal or published elsewhere.

style. The writing style should be reader friendly (see http://centerforplainlanguage.org/) and written for practitioners in music therapy and related fields. Descriptions of individuals with disabilities need to reflect contemporary terminology and people-first language. Please note, we do not accept “first person” written manuscripts as text-based articles (see APA writing style), but consider authors’ voice and opinions in podcast format.

international submissions. All manuscripts need to be prepared in English language. Authors whose first language is not English are strongly advised to have a native English speaker proofread the manuscript before submitting it, or to consider using professional editing services.

multimedia. Inclusion of images, audio, and video recordings of clients and authors that are in compliance with professional Code of Ethics and relevant to the topic of the manuscript are strongly encouraged. Examples, at all times, should portray the individuals therein in a respectful way. However, authors are solely responsible for the content and release of any media included in the published article and are asked to sign the imagine multimedia license agreement. Clear images (jpg file, maximum of 1 MB), audio (mp3 file; maximum of 10 MB), and videos (landscape; mp4; maximum of 100 MB) must be submitted online. Please indicate where the multimedia should be placed in your manuscript by saying [INSERT XX ABOUT HERE]. Note: Audio podcasts should be no longer than 10-15 minutes.

review process. Receipt of the submission will be acknowledged electronically. After the May 15th submission deadline, the editorial team will review the manuscripts and come back to the author(s) with editorial suggestions or a notice of rejection. Manuscripts are edited for accuracy, clarity, length, and style. After the revisions, the author(s) will have the chance to a) revise the manuscript, and b) proofread a preliminary print layout (pdf file) of the article. Author(s) are expected to respond to the editorial team within the given timeline in order to meet the publication deadline. The editorial team maintains the right to reject manuscripts that are not in compliance with the above (including revisions) or do not meet the goals of imagine. Please note, authors are not financially compensated. The online magazine does, however, provide authors with international exposure and a wide range of readership.

copyrights. After an article is published, authors retain ownership of the article. The author has the right to distribute the article and have it reprinted elsewhere. All reprinted articles must include the following statement: Reprinted from [fill in blank] issue of imagine, the early childhood online magazine published by de la vista publisher.

disclaimer. The opinions and information contained in this publication are those of the authors of the respective articles and not necessarily those of the publisher, editor, or editorial team. Consequently, we assume no liability or risk that may be incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this publication.

subscription. Practitioners in music therapy and others interested in early childhood music therapy have free access to the online magazine on the imagine website. Due to the open access, no subscription is necessary at this point. However, we appreciate donations and accept advertisements to cover the production costs of imagine.