Happy New Year! And welcome to this first issue of Perspectives for 2013.
We begin the year by looking at innovative ways to engage children using music and movement in the classroom and through community building. First, authors Beatriz Ilari and Angelita Broock introduce us to an extraordinary early childhood music program in Brazil that offers families with young children opportunities to enjoy live musical performances in family-friendly settings. The program, called Sambebê, brings music to families and the community at large in a way that makes them—adults and children—equal partners in a shared music experience. Ilari and Broock share valuable insights about the impact of the program so far, and the lessons learned.
Next, John Flohr and Diane Persellin present a wealth of research-based ideas and strategies for using music and movement that wholly engage children in the learning process. As respected music educators and researchers, Flohr and Persellin ably offer broad and motivating music teaching strategies that can help early childhood educators enrich children’s learning and foster musicality.
Also in this issue, Rick Townsend reviews the fifth and newest edition of Rae Pica’s book, “Experiences in Movement and Music: Birth to Age Eight.” Diana Dansereau provides the review of a study by Runfola, Etopio, Hamlen, and Rozendal examining the effect of music instruction on children’s achievement in music and emergent literacy skills.
Angela Barker, PhD