Dear ECMMA friends,
It is with great pleasure that we present this double issue of Perspectives, honoring the life and work of Dr. Edwin Gordon, who passed away in December of 2015. Music educators from across the globe have written personal narratives about their experiences with Dr. Gordon. Throughout the editorial process, we were careful to preserve both the ideas and styles of each individual contributor. The end result is a beautiful collage of lived experiences that celebrate the life and work of Dr. Gordon, who has made a tremendous contribution to the field of early childhood music learning and development. Although I have been familiar with Dr. Gordon’s work for quite some time, I never had the opportunity to meet him in person. Reading each individual narrative ignited my desire to return to his writings. I am certain that many readers will have the same reaction, particularly those who share an interest in children’s musical development.
Coincidentally, the two articles featured in this number of Perspectives also center on musical development, but with a very different focus. In the first featured article, Rebecca Giles and Jeannette Fresne discuss the connections between music, movement and mathematics. In the second featured article, Alicia Mueller focuses on the enhancement of literacy and musical skills through picture books. On a related note, in Research Review Diana Dansereau discusses a study on the relationships between home musical experiences and child development. Angela Barker reviews three studies on social cognition, movement and musical syntax in the early years, and Christine D’Alexander shares some technological innovations that may help young children develop their musical skills.
I hope that you enjoy this number of Perspectives and look forward to meeting you at the ECMMA convention in June!