Isn’t it amazing how time flies regardless of one’s level of amusement? Fall is already upon us (at least it is in northeast Wisconsin!) and it’s time for another issue of Perspectives.
I’m excited about this particular issue for a couple of reasons: 1) this is a special double-issue of Perspectives, and 2) in addition to articles written by two top-notch researchers in early childhood music and movement education, we are honored to include the keynote address given by Dr. Edwin Gordon at the ECMMA 2012 International Convention this past August.
Dr. Edwin E. Gordon, a preeminent researcher, teacher, author, editor, and lecturer in the field of music education, is widely known for his research in music aptitude assessment and development of the Music Learning Theory. In his keynote address, “Newborn, Preschool Children, and Music: Undesirable Consequences of Thoughtless Neglect,” Dr. Gordon emphasizes the pressing need for early childhood music educators to be diligent in guiding the very youngest children to musical literacy.
In her article, “Creating Music Play Zones for Children,” Lisa Koops, PhD, introduces her research-based concept of providing children with music making opportunities—whether a specific time during the day or a particular location at home—to express musical ideas through musical play.
Dena Register, PhD, MT-BC, reports on her recent research study with young children in "Examining the Relationship Between Family-Reported Literacy Behaviors, Early Literacy Skill Measures and Engagement in Early Childhood Music Groups." She focuses on the idea that music can support children’s acquisition and mastery of literacy skills, especially if “children receive help and practice to utilize these skills in a way that is meaningful and engaging.”
Linnea Hillesland is the contributing author of this issue’s Notable Notes. She offers a unique look at how the formation of a children’s choir successfully met (and is still meeting) the cultural artistic needs of a northwest community and provided a rich musical experience for the choristers.
In her review of Carla Hannaford’s book, Playing in the Unified Field: Raising and Becoming Conscious, Creative Human Beings, Susan McGuire discusses the insightful ways that Hannaford makes the case for the important role that educators have in helping children become aware of the connectedness of their everyday experiences (including the arts) with their environment.
Angela Barker, PhD