Welcome to the Fall 2010 issue of Perspectives, journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association. Perspectives has undergone a number of changes over the past year and, as often happens, the transformation has been rife with challenges accompanied with valuable opportunities for growth and improvement.
Some of the changes effective in this and following issues include: the establishment and refinement of our new online, searchable format of Perspectives; the activation of a peer-review board, through which all material submitted to Perspectives for publication is carefully reviewed by experts in the field of early childhood music and movement education; the posting of new submission guidelines for articles and book reviews; and non-thematic issues, allowing Perspectives to offer to a wide range of topics pertinent to early childhood educators.
You might be surprised to know that “it takes a village” to move an issue of Perspectives from conception to print. Everyone in the Perspectives “village” is vital to what you see here, in print and online: some are passing (but important!) visitors who contribute feature articles, book reviews, and items of special interest; others drop in on a regular basis to supply research reviews, quarterly updates, or news from affiliate organizations.
Still, there are those whose work, though primarily behind the scenes and largely unnoticed, provides the foundation and essential structure for every Perspectives issue. Their contributions and commitment to ECMMA and Perspectives cannot be understated: Dr. Diana Dansereau, ECMMA Editorial Committee chair and the Editorial Committee; the ECMMA Perspectives Peer-Review Board; Jeremiah Calvino, ECMMA Webmaster; Karen Greer, ECMMA Perspectives Design and Layout Artist; and our loyal team of Perspectivesproof-readers. As always, we are grateful for the support and leadership of ECMMA President Judy Panning and the ECMMA Board and Dr. Rick Townsend, ECMMA Managing Director.
For this issue, we are featuring articles by Dr. Jana Fallin and three of her students, Dr. Sheila Feay-Shaw, and Dr. Jane Healy. The breadth of our topics is wide, spanning from suggestions for fun and appropriate music and movement activities with young children, to recommendations for choosing recorded materials that are suitable for the young child’s voice, to research-based advice from a prominent educational psychologist concerning the impact of music and movement on children’s learning differences. We appreciate the valuable contributions these educator-authors have made to our Fall 2010 issue.
If you have a research-based topic or idea that you want to share with other early childhood music and movement educators, classroom teachers, parents, or studio teachers, be sure to click on the Submission Guidelines link on the Online Perspectiveswebpage for detailed information. For questions about submitting an article, book review, or research review to Perspectives, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela Barker, PhD