Welcome to the summer issue of Perspectives.
This issue celebrates the joy of summer and the joy of making music with young children. In one of the articles, Clint Randles invites us to reflect on the role of popular music in children’s musical experiences. This article is the first of a series of invited works on musical fathering of young children that will appear in forthcoming issues of Perspectives. In this provocative piece, Randles (a music educator, popular musician and father of four) shares his opinions about popular music in young children’s lives experiences. Even if some may disagree with his controversial ideas, his article is likely to get readers thinking about their own experiences and perspectives on popular music and child development.
In the other article featured in this issue, Wolfgang Mastnak brings forward a fresh discussion on prenatal music learning, which is grounded on current neuroscientific research and on epigenetics. The latter has stirred heated debates in science circles and is now beginning to gain attention from music educators. Diana Dansereau discusses another issue that has gained much attention in educational circles: the lives of transgendered children. Here, she discusses an intriguing study on transgender children and early childhood music education. Angela Barker, in turn, reviews three recent studies, including one on the so-called “Goldilocks effect” that is very relevant for those working with young listeners. This issue also features Diana Greene’s Notable Notes, which appeared solely in the online version of volume 10 (2). Finally, we are announcing our first graduate student essay competition. Please help us spread the word!
I hope that you enjoy this issue of Perspectives. It is full or provocative and unsettling ideas, which, I hope, will stir some debate.
Enjoy the rest of your summer.