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Quality control.

As we all know, daily life is changing rapidly and in countless ways. I'd like to focus for a moment on technology, and on the astonishingly easy and quick availability of information online--on virtually any subject the curious Web surfer can think of. My reason for dwelling on this is that the Editorial Committee of American Music Teacher was asked at our recent meeting in Austin, Texas, to consider the implications of life in a "Google world" for a journal such as ours.

Traditionally, MTNA has seen one of its main missions as providing good professional information to its members, on a wide spectrum of artistic and pedagogical topics. The hope was that members would rely on MTNA for this service and would thus turn regularly to AMT. But if one of us 21st-century teachers should find that a question has suddenly popped up about pedaling in Beethoven--or income-tax deductions--or teaching a dyslexic student, our need for a quick answer might very likely lead us to an Internet search. And why not? Searches are fun, fascinating, instantaneous and very often bring us exactly the results we need. Don't you wonder sometimes how we ever muddled through without Google, e-mail and (much as we complain about them) cell phones?

It's always good to remember, though, that there is no quality control of online information. It may be inaccurate, outdated, unascribed to any author. And this is where a particular value of AMT emerges in our information age. All AMT articles have undergone a considered, anonymous, painstaking process of peer review by selected members of the Editorial Committee. And the standards are high: fewer than 50 percent of last year's submissions were accepted. Professional staff members then edit and double-check the work before it goes to print. Thus, we provide what the Internet, amazing as it is, never can: a trustworthy filter of the information "out there."

As always, we welcome article submissions by our readers. Guidelines for inquiries and submissions can be found on the MTNA website. We've made one significant policy change though: instead of feature articles being defined as "approximately 3,000 words," we now invite articles of any length, up to a "maximum of 3,000 words." We hope this will encourage the talented writers among us to send in their best work, whatever length suits it best, and that future issues of AMT will have a more varied "rhythm" as a result.

My best wishes to all for a wonderful summer.

--William Westney

2005-2007 AMT Editorial

Committee Chair
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Title Annotation:American Music Teacher provides quality unlike online information
Author:Westney, William
Publication:American Music Teacher
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2006
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