Welcome to the 2011 fall issue of ECMMA’s Perspectives. We are pleased to feature articles by Julie D. Kastner, a Doctoral candidate at Michigan State University, and Claudia Gluschankof, professor at the Levinsky College of Education, Tel-Aviv, Israel. In her article, “Providing an Inclusive Environment and Appropriate Instruction for Early Childhood Music,” Julie Kastner discusses three specific ways that early childhood music teachers can adapt their instruction to provide positive and successful music experiences for all their young students. In the following article, “Musical Behaviors of Young Children: Perceptions and Constructions of Undergraduate and Graduate Early Childhood Practitioners,” Claudia Gluschankof investigates children’s predominant musical behaviors based on data she collected from observations made by students in her early childhood music education courses. Dr. Gluschankof also offers an insightful analysis regarding the relationship between the early childhood students’ recollected and recorded observations with their own values and beliefs concerning music and the young child.
Also in this issue, Lianne Brewer reviews John Flohr’s book entitledThe Musical Lives of Young Children (2004), a worthwhile “read” for early childhood educators and parents. In the Notable Notes column, Susan Kirton shares her experiences and insights concerning the importance of helping young children realize their musical potential in “their own time.” Diana Dansereau reviews an interesting study by Reigado, Rocha, and Rodrigues (2011) that aimed to understand the nature of infants’ vocal responses to musical and spoken stimuli. And, in the section Research Within Reach, be sure to check out the summaries of current research studies relevant to early childhood education.
In summer 2011, five ECMMA Regional Conferences were held around the U.S. and in Canada: South Central Regional Conference (Houston, TX), Southeast Regional Conference (Cookeville, TN), Northwest Regional Conference (Edmonton, AB, Canada), North Central (Dayton, OH), and Northeast Regional Conference (Providence, RI). The presenters and speakers featured at the regional conferences came from varied educational and professional backgrounds and provided conference attendees with a wealth of information relevant to early childhood music and movement education. Summaries of some of the conference sessions are included in this issue.
Angela Barker, PhD