Welcome to the Summer issue of Perspectives.
Summer is a time for play. This issue celebrates musical play, which is known to be a staple of childhood (and I would add, adulthood!). H. Ellie Falter, a doctoral student in music education at University of Colorado, Boulder has won the Perspectives Graduate Student Essay Competition. Falter’s winning essay, which is also our first featured article, is an invitation for educators to go enjoy music with children outdoors. Falter urges us to afford children with opportunities to engage with music while appreciating the outdoors. This is particularly important, given that many children in today’s world spend much (or almost all!) of their time indoors. In the second article, J. Christopher Roberts, describes spontaneous “musicking” in a first grade classroom. While each article tackles musical play in a slightly different fashion, they also share some commonalities, including the importance of musical play for children’s expression, imagination, and development.
Summer is also a perfect time to reenergize and re-conceptualize our ways of being in the world. For this reason, this issue also includes a longer than usual “Notable Notes”, in which Heather Waters, the Interim Managing Director for ECMMA, puts forth the idea of educators as researchers. Her words remind me of a talk I heard back in graduate school, of teachers as “natural researchers”, who collect case studies in informal ways as they navigate different classrooms and learning environments. Reviews in this issue include discussions of recent research by Angela Barker and Judith Sullivan, and books by Christine D’Alexander.
Before ending my letter, I would like to take a moment to thank Joanne Rutkowski, Angela Barker, Diana Greene, and Diana Dansereau for their assistance with the Graduate Student Essay Competition. I am also grateful to our editorial board members, to Sally Guerrero and our team of proofreaders, who work diligently to capture the many subtleties that often escape me as I go through the myriad of texts and images.
I sincerely hope that you are having a good, playful summer.