Dear Perspectives Readers,
This issue of Perspectives brings back memories from our wonderful convention in Salt Lake City. I am pleased to present four articles that were presented during the convention. These articles, which are pre which are presented in partnership with the NAfME Early Childhood Music Special Research Interest Group (SRIG), represent a wide variety of themes and theoretical orientations and are also consistent with current developments in our field. In the first article, Michelle McConkey discusses emotional competence in elementary music teaching, a topic that has received little attention from the scholarly community in spite of its importance. In their article, Brittany Nixon May, Emilee Knell, and Miriam Burton tackle the issue of musical literacy in the early childhood class. Tina Huynh explores cultural values through songs in Vietnamese-American homes with young children, and Terri Lenzo shares her experiences with an online music education program for preschool teachers and child care practitioners.
Meanwhile, Diana Dansereau reviews a study on children’s musicking in the subway, and Angela Barker shares two recent studies that have received a considerable amount of attention from the media. Given the length and breadth of the articles and research reviews, Notable Notes and Musical Resources are not included in this issue.
I would like to take this opportunity and thank Diana Greene, Arielle Richter and Brittany Nixon May for sharing and granting permission for us to publish the beautiful images that appear in this issue.
I hope that you can find a moment in your busy lives to sit back, relax and enjoy this number of Perspectives. And please consider submitting your work to Perspectives in the near future.