Welcome to the fall 2013 edition of Perspectives. It’s a wonderful pleasure to introduce the authors and contributors who are featured in this issue.
In her article, “Where's the Music? Finding Music in the Visual Art World of Reggio-Emilia,” Dr. Susanne Burgess shares her experiences collaborating with a group of early childhood teachers at a Reggio-inspired preschool. In her role as music educator and researcher, Dr. Burgess mentored the teachers in developing appropriate music activities and learning opportunities that would complement the unique learning environment characteristic of the Reggio approach. She offers valuable insights regarding the infusion of music instruction into the philosophy and practice of Reggio-Emilia while nurturing students’ music development.
Dr. John Flohr and Dr. Diane Persellin introduce varied and useful suggestions for incorporating movement into early childhood music experiences. “Move to Learn! More Strategies Based on Recent Brain Research,” is the second in a series of “Move to Learn!” articles by Drs. Flohr and Persellin, in which developmentally appropriate movement activities are supported with science and relevant research.
Collaboration among early childhood music and movement educators for the sake of promoting developmentally appropriate practices and nurturing the development of young children is fundamental to the mission and purpose of ECMMA and several other sister organizations. One such collaborating organization with ECMMA is the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). The content of Perspectives often coincides with the interests of AMTA members; likewise, many research- and practice-based articles featured in music therapy publications have proven helpful and beneficial to the members of ECMMA. Recently, Perspectives has had the privilege of working in cooperation with imagine, an early childhood music therapy online magazine. In her guest editorial column, imagine editor Dr. Petra Kern introduces the unique features and resources available in the magazine online. As you read Dr. Kern’s column, I hope you will follow her suggestions and explore the wealth of information accessible through the imagine website.
For this issue’s Notable Notes, Julie Goodro concludes her reflections on working in a fine arts preschool with her third and final segment of “Lessons From a Dance Studio.” Dr. Rick Townsend provides an insightful review of the recently released book, Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Developing Potential in Young Children and their Families, edited by Petra Kern and Marcia Humpal. And, Dr. Judith Sullivan reviews a research study conducted by Zachopoulou, Tsapakidou, and Vassiliki (2004) that considered the effects of a developmentally appropriate music and movement program on children’s motor performance.
Angela Barker, PhD