Welcome to the Fall 2014 issue of Perspectives!
This issue features two very interesting articles. The first one, signed by Dr. Joyce Jordan-DeCarbo, is based on her keynote address delivered at the ECMMA convention this past summer. Here, Dr. Jordan-DeCarbo takes us on a journey through the landscape of early childhood music education – from past to present. The journey is enhanced as she reflects on her own experiences in early childhood music education. As we embark on this “narrative journey,” we learn much about the historical facts that have influenced research and practice in the field, and also reflect on its future directions.
In the second article, opera singer and music educator Katie Martin makes a compelling case for the inclusion (or re-inclusion) of lullabies in the daily lives of infants and their companions. Martin revisits some classic studies in the field, discusses how lullaby singing may promote emotional regulation in infants, and provides some interesting suggestions for music educators, including those who are working in private studios and school settings.
In Research Review, Dr. Judith Sullivan discusses a fascinating study on young children’s musical engagement in the car, an area that has received surprisingly little attention from the scholarly community. In the study, the researcher presents evidence of the types of musical engagement that take place in the family car and provides some interesting suggestions that educators may incorporate into their practice.
It was interesting that the contents of this issue centered on the overarching topic of music in the everyday lives of young children - past and present. For this reason, I took the liberty of reviewing Jonathan Tudge’s “The everyday lives of young children.” Although this is not a book that speaks directly about musical engagement, in it Tudge shares some interesting insights concerning the everyday lives of 3-year-olds that he observed in different parts of the world. Readers may find the book useful, particularly if working in multicultural settings.
I truly hope that you enjoy reading this issue of Perspectives. As you know, in the past few months we have had a change of editors. I would like to take a moment to thank Angela Barker for her incredible support (and patience) during this transition period, and, above all, for her service to Perspectives, to ECMMA, and to the profession at large. I know that I have big shoes to fill!
Before I end this letter, I should probably introduce myself. I am Beatriz Ilari, an early childhood educator and researcher from Los Angeles, California. I am honored to serve as the new editor of Perspectives and look forward to receiving your articles, book reviews, comments and suggestions in the near future.