Welcome to the Summer 2011 issue of Perspectives. In this issue, we are proud to feature articles from three notable researchers in music education: John Flohr, Diane Persellin, and Wendy Sims.
Wendy Sims’ article, “Individual Music Listening as an Option for Free-Choice Time in Early Childhood Classroom,” describes a study with a group of preschool children who were given the opportunity to listen to music via listening centers during a “free-choice” period offered in their classroom, four mornings each week. The outcomes of the study together with the practical implications that Dr. Sims offers for the early childhood classroom make this article a valuable resource.
Authors John Flohr and Diane Persellin offer a stimulating overview of research in their article, “Brain-Based Instructional Strategies in Early Childhood.” Their focus is music, movement, and brain research while stressing the importance of applying research to instructional practice in early childhood music education.
Many thanks to Susan Seale for her book review of The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning (2nd ed.), by Sally Goddard Blythe; to Kaja Weekes for her resource review of Lynn Kleiner’s Farm Songs and the Sounds of Moo-sic; and to Sally Guerrero’s insightful Notable Notes column, “Beneath the Surface: A Child’s Potential for Musical Sensitivity.”
Just a note: If you’re interested in writing a Notable Notes column, submitting a book review, or crafting a research-based article on a topic relevant to early childhood music and movement education, I want to hear from you. The submission guidelines for book reviews and articles are published in each issue of Perspectives and available on the Perspectives website at http://www.ecmma.org/perspectives. If you’d like more information or just want some encouragement about writing for Perspectives, you are always welcome to email me at email@example.com.
Angela Barker, PhD