American Music

Editor: Todd Decker


Current Volume: 40 (2022)
Issued quarterly (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter)
ISSN: 0734-4392
eISSN: 1945-2349


A quarterly journal devoted to all aspects of American music and music in America

American Music is an independent, peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the University of Illinois Press. Its articles, reviews, and special issues are devoted to American music in the broadest sense, including musical practices of North, South, and Central America as well as American musics performed anywhere in the world.

We have covered American Music as part of our podcast series, The UPside. Please check out our conversation with UIP director Laurie Matheson and American Music editor Todd Decker: Click Here


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American Music

Todd Decker
Washington University
Department of Music
206 Blewitt Hall
1 Brookings Dr
St. Louis, MO 63130

Jacqueline Avila
Book Review Editor
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Editorial Board


Melvin L. Butler, University of Miami

Glenda Goodman, University of Pennsylvania

Eduardo Herrera, Indiana University

Nathan Platte, University of Iowa

Howard Pollack, University of Houston

Amanda Sewell, Interlochen Public Radio

Nathaniel Sloan, University of Southern California

Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Rutgers University


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American Music

Information for Authors and Publishers

Articles should be submitted electronically to the American Music online manuscript submission system. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the review and acceptance process. To begin, click here to set up your personal account and upload your submission. Your transmitted material will be reviewed as soon as possible.  

Article files should be uploaded in Microsoft Word or rich text format. Please use endnotes instead of footnotes or parenthetical citations. Submitted articles should normally be between 8,000 and 11,000 words in length. 

The author's full name, mailing address, and e-mail address should appear only in the cover letter, as submissions are reviewed anonymously. Please ensure that your identity does not appear in running heads, references, or notes. Page numbers should appear at the top right of all pages after page 1. All parts of the article, including endnotes, quotations, song texts, bibliographies and discographies, appendices, and captions for illustrations, must be double spaced, with 1" margins. (Bibliographies are generally only included if they are historical; they should not duplicate bibliographical information in the notes.) Music examples, figures, tables, and illustrations should be combined with the text in a single document. Illustrations and music examples need not be camera-ready. Once an article is accepted, the editor will request that figures and illustrations be sent as separate TIFF image files with image quality of at least 300 dpi.   

Submissions not conforming with these instructions may be returned to the author for correction prior to consideration. American Music follows the guidelines in the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style

Featured Articles

Chicago, the “City We Love to Call Home!”: Intersectionality, Narrativity, and Locale in the Music of Florence Beatrice Price and Theodora Sturkow Ryder
Samantha Ege

Not Yet “Bridging the Gender Gap”: Women’s Experiences in Composing for the Twenty-First-Century Wind Ensemble
Kate Storhoff

“We Provide a Place to Not Be Okay”: Emotional Labor in Performance and Queer Amateur Music Spaces
Ryan J. Lambe

John Sullivan Dwight, Blindness, and Music Education
Michael Accinno