Suzanne Burton, Ph.D.
The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little
violet of its scent, nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower
wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.—Therese of Lisieux
What a joy and responsibility we have in fostering the musicality of each young child in our care. They blossom as individuals, creating a unique garden for us to tend to and help them grow musically as human beings. We foster the musical development of each flower in our musical garden when we are aware of how each flower grows. This is the essence of assessment in early childhood music and a common theme among the feature articles in this issue of Perspectives. Joy Galliford, Herbert Marshall and Jennifer Bailey, and Diana Dansereau have contributed fine articles on how to use assessment to inform your teaching practice, including helpful resources for you to monitor the musical growth of the flowers in your garden.
Angela Barker has provided an interesting research review on the relationship of developmental tonal aptitude to singing achievement and you will find a review of the book, BRIDGING – Assessment for Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms, PreK-3 by Lisa Gruenhagen. Notable Notes, intended to be duplicated and distributed to parents, caregivers, and administrators, was penned by Rebekka Cleland. And don’t forget about our latest department—This Business of Music—by Christopher Wolfe! Here you will find practical advice pertaining to your business matters. Do you have a business-oriented question for Christopher? Send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in the next issue.
Look for the formal announcement of the first ECMMA Perspectives Peer Review Board in this issue. We are fortunate to have a range of expertise on the board and are grateful for the board’s willingness to serve ECMMA in this capacity. I urge you to submit an article for consideration—whether it aligns with the theme of an issue or not. As ECMMA continues to expand, so does the scope of Perspectives .
Welcome to the Spring issue of Perspectives!
Editor, ECMMA Perspectives