Music Sparks welcomes written contributions for our website.
We are most interested in those from the music therapy, senior living, medical, caregiver and early childhood education communities.
*I’m busy and receive many emails daily from all kinds of interesting people. This is my instruction-following respect-for-my-time filter. You’d be surprised how many people fail to follow these simple instructions.
Guidelines to have your article considered for publication:
- Topic: This is a MUSIC USE blog (not a beauty or weight loss blog). My readers are interested in ways to use music with young, old or both together. I ask that your article is evidence-based or experienced-based and includes links to published books, peer-reviewed articles or interviews with researchers (or discussions of your work if you are the researcher). I prefer original articles, but I’m more than happy for you to write about a topic/theme etc that you’ve written about elsewhere.
- Word count: Posts are 300-550 words.
- Tone & Language: Think ‘science-lite’ or ‘PsychologyToday‘. Lighthearted and witty is great, plain English is ESSENTIAL. Stats succulently summarized are super important. Absolutely report absolute risk. But go light on detailed methodology or analyses. My readers want to know why its relevant to them (not just why you find it interesting!).
- Title & hook (that’s the first line or two). People are busy. A good title will grab their attention and make them want to read your piece. If you’re stuck, consider ‘How would I explain this to my Mom?’
- Break it up. Bullet points. Subtitles. Lists. White space. When people read online they scan. Make it easy for them.
- Your Bio: Please pen yourself a byline and a brief bio containing links to your website, Facebook, Twitter accounts etc. But keep your bio to just 2-3 sentences. And make yourself sound interesting (cos you are!).
- Images: If you’ve got an image that can be used, then please let me know. But PLEASE get familiar with creative commons licenses first and make sure the image is ok to use.
- If your article is published, please share with your friends via email, your website, Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media. The more people who view your post, the better is it for you and me!
- I love connecting with people. HOWEVER, I do NOT accepts posts promoting YOUR businesses or products. Please don’t bother contacting me for this type of post. End of story. Book reviews, product reviews by outside people? Those are welcome.
Email your completed submission for consideration to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include [Write for Music Sparks] in the subject line. I will review it and we can discuss further. I completely understand how scary it can be to put your words out there (after all, someone might read them). I’m passionate about mentoring people keen to try their hand at sharing resources for those serving these populations and would love to hear from you.
It is the webmaster who will determine the appropriateness of the material for publication. These decisions are final.