Blog Submission Guidelines

**Topic list updated 1/18**

Thanks for your interest in helping out with the TakeLessons Blog! Our goal is to publish meaningful articles, guides, and resources that will really make an impact on readers — and we need your help and expertise to make them awesome!

Why write for us?

By helping us out with the blog, you’ll be sharing your expertise with potential students and families (more than 200,000 visits per month) browsing the website, plus you’ll earn extra exposure as a TakeLessons instructor! Posts are also shared on our social media channels, and select articles will be used in email marketing campaigns.

On top of that, if your article is published, you’ll earn $50!

How Does it Work?

Our Editorial Team plans out the guides and articles we’ll be creating on a monthly basis. We have specific topics that we need help with, which are listed here. This might mean helping us with research or copy for an infographic, or writing full articles. Priority will go to teachers who can help with those topics.

You’re also welcome to pitch your own ideas, which we look at as we’re doing our planning. Please keep in mind that we’re looking for strong ideas that present something relevant to students, but hasn’t been overdone. (For example, an article about the “benefits of taking music lessons” wouldn’t be accepted, as we’ve already covered that several times!)

Blog Guidelines

  • Currently, we’re accepting blog articles about the following subjects: guitar, singing, piano, violin, Spanish, and French, as well as general (non-specific) language-learning and music-learning topics.
  • Aim for a length of 500-800 words. Some topics may call for longer articles or dividing the article into parts (we’ll work with you on this).
  • Priority will be given to articles about topics we’ve listed here. If you’d like to write one of these, please submit a pitch form to claim the specific topic, so we can remove it from the list to avoid duplicate submissions.
  • Articles must be your original work and not published elsewhere on the web.
  • We ask that you send us a pitch of your idea before you begin writing. If we like your idea, we’ll send you any additional instructions along with a link to our submission form.
  • Our Editorial Team reserves the right to edit your article for stylistic purposes, including grammar, spelling, and formatting.
  • Personal information, such as last names, email addresses, and personal websites are not permitted.
  • Not a TakeLessons teacher? We do accept outside guest posts; in exchange, we’re happy to provide a link back to your website/blog, but we cannot provide payment. Please email with your topic idea to discuss.
  • Writing Your Article

  • Before submitting your article, please review the style and formatting guidelines
  • Write to an audience of prospective students, families, or parents. Use your article to share your knowledge, but also feel free to showcase your teaching style and your personality! Example: Try tackling a common question you get from students: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Violin Strings.
  • Keep your paragraphs short and break the article into easily-digestible sections (with clear subheadings) or bullet points, so it’s easy to scan and identify your main points or tips. Example: 3 Simple Steps to Choose the Perfect Key to Sing In
  • Share concrete tips. Typically we do not accept articles that are stories or anecdotes. Instead, keep the beginner in mind and provide actionable, easy-to-understand instructions, guidelines, or tips. Example: 5 Basic Rules of Italian Pronunciation.
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative or take a controversial stance. Example: 10 Extremely Influential Guitarists Who Were Not Technically Great.
  • When in doubt, keep it simple. Can your advice be condensed into 3-5 tips? That’s all you need! Add an introduction, and you’re all set. Example: 3 Tips for Vocal Projection.
  • Include “extras” when applicable. If you are able to provide additional learning tools such as audio files, YouTube links, or images/charts to enhance the post, we encourage you to do so. If you have ideas for additional media, but aren’t sure how to execute them, please let us know so we can work with you! (Examples: 3 Fun Rhythm Guitar Patterns So You Can Learn to Sing and Play, Top Eight French Phrases You’ll Need to Know Before Traveling in France)
  • Stay positive! Readers should feel inspired to book lessons and learn more.
  • Published posts will appear on the TakeLessons Teacher Blog, tagged with the category you teach. We promote all articles on our social media accounts, and our top articles are also featured in email campaigns and additional promotions.

    When we’ve published your article, we’ll give you the link for where to find it. We encourage you to promote your post on your social channels, and add it to your TakeLessons profile so potential students can see it!

    **Please keep in mind that pitching and submitting an article does not guarantee payment. Acceptance is determined by the subject covered in the article and the overall quality of the article. You must have a live profile on to be eligible for payment. Priority will be given to those who cover the topics listed here. You must teach the subject you’re writing about to be eligible for payment. 

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