When I sat down to write my message for this edition of Perspectives I realized, with a slight sense of panic, that my mind was rather blank! I reviewed the past few weeks and noted after a summer of relaxation and reflection I had entered a time of implementing my plans and ideas. I had been busy starting up my teaching for the fall, supervising other teachers, rehearsing for a performance, etc. I was not spending my time thinking, I was spending my time doing or as we often say when observing children, I was more in my body and not in my head. This was a time of action.
For the ECMMA board, this second year of the board term is also focused on action. After visioning, projecting, and planning, the actual execution of our plans takes center stage. The spotlight is on our 2018 International Convention "Watch, Listen, Play, Create" in Buffalo, NY June 24-27. The ECMMA International Convention is a unique time where practitioners and researchers working in the many diverse areas of the early childhood music and movement world all come together in one place to learn, grow, and collaborate.
The call for proposals has gone out and our convention co-chairs, Dr. Kerry Renzoni and Dr. Beth Etopio are busy putting together a "don't miss" event. The board is also busy with assigned activities to support and market the event.
After much reflection on our mission and the unique gifts that ECMMA members offer to children and families, the ECMMA board is also taking action with a membership initiative where we have challenged each other to personally invite ten people to join ECMMA and attend the convention. If those of us focused on providing and promoting high quality music and movement experiences for children unite and take action in this common cause, we will be more effective advocates for children and better teachers and practitioners in our work, as well as enriching our own experiences.
So, in this message I invite all ECMMA members in this call to action. How can you, as an ECMMA member participate in this call? First, save the date for the 2018 Convention and start making your plans now to attend and bring a colleague. Your presence and participation is vital, and your contribution is unique. Next, take the member initiative challenge and invite someone to join ECMMA. Share your personal story with a prospective member and explain why the ECMMA mission is important to you and why our collective voice is stronger with their membership. Lastly, consider serving on the 2018-2020 board or volunteering for a committee. As I have said before, each ECMMA member should be asking not if they will serve but when. We value and want to hear the unique voices of all our members.
"Action is the foundational key to all success" - Pablo Picasso
Keep singing and moving,
Diana Greene, President ECMMA