Journal of Music Therapy

The New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy


The New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy (NZJMT) is an annual peer-reviewed publication for music therapists and other professionals interested in music therapy. The purpose of NZJMT is to extend the knowledge and understanding of music therapists and other professionals and to raise awareness of music therapy and related approaches in the wider community of health professionals. The journal publishes only original material, except where reprint rights have been sought for an article of particular relevance to New Zealand practice. The NZJMT Handbook contains guidelines for both contributors and reviewers, to ensure a transparent process - please ensure you refer to the current edition of the handbook. Members of MThNZ receive a hard copy of the journal; the journal is available electronically via the EBSCO, RILM and Informit databases.


Please download the NZJMT Handbook (pdf).

Please complete and enclose this cover sheet with your submission.

The closing date for submissions is 1st April 2019.

Any requests for alternative submission dates should be sent to the editor before 1st April.


Journal submissions (electronic only) and general inquiries should be sent to the Commissioning Editor on

Peer Reviewers

Expressions of interest from potential peer reviewers and book/resource reviewers are also welcome.  Download a Peer Review Form
For further information, contact Alison Talmage
(NZJMT Editor):

Download Index to the (discontinued) Annual Journal of the NZSMT (1987-2002)     Note that this journal is not included in our database contracts.

Abstracts can be viewed and articles purchased from the Informit database.

Articles are also available via the RILM database – requires personal subscription or academic library membership.

Members of Music Therapy New Zealand receive a hard copy of the journal. Back copies may be available from the Administrator.

The Music Therapy New Zealand Morva Croxson Prize for Emergent Writers (“The Morva Croxson Prize”)

Music Therapy NZ invites students and early career music therapists to submit an essay of 3500-5000 words on a topic of relevance to the contemporary NZ music therapy profession.

First prize: A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the winning entry. The winner will work with the Editor of the NZ Journal of Music Therapy to revise their essay for publication in the 2019 issue of the journal.

Second prize: A $250 cash prize

We are honoured to announce a distinguished panel of judges:

Prof. Katrina Skewes McFerran, University of Melbourne, Australia

Claire Molyneux, NZ RMTh, Music Therapy Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Vini Olsen-Reeder, Pukenga/Lecturer, Te Kawa a Māui / School of Māori Studies, Victoria University of Wellingon, New Zealand

Competition rules and entry criteria are available here Info Pack 2018

Entry form (Word Version) available here Entry Form 2018

Please note that entries are accepted in either English or te reo Māori – entrants intending to write in te reo Māori are asked to contact the editor in advance of the closing date, as additional judges my be needed.