Dear Dr. Kern, Congratulations on the inaugural issue of imagine, the new online publication of the American Music Therapy Association. The appearance of this publication is a significant marker for the field of music therapy. One way that fields of interest establish themselves as professional disciplines is through documenting and sharing practices that work. Good ideas, scientific information, interpretations of policy, the craft of the disciplineâ€Ś all of these go into building professionalism and, if taken the next step, result in better lives for, in this case, young children. Perhaps you could think of imagine as an accelerando, which will move the field forward in a more rapid, but not unguided, pace.
Samuel Odom Director, FPG Child Development Institute
When I was a preschool special education teacher in the 1970s, a music therapist would come to my class once a week for about a 20-minute session. It would always be in the afternoon, after naptime, and at a period of the day when these four and five year olds were not their most attentive. Normally a rowdy group, the music would for many children create a focused period of engagement that involved movement, rhythm, language through song, smiling and laughter, and as intended, music. I know the music therapist of those now distant sessions would have valued this publication because she was pretty much on her ownâ€”with training but not many colleagues or a professional venue such as imagine from which to draw or to which to contribute ideas. Dr. Kern, your new publications will contribute much to the field of music therapy. I wish you the best in this important endeavor. Best regard, Samuel L. Odom,Ph.D. Director, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
imagine l Vol.1, No.1
Additional early childhood music therapy resources available at www.imagine.musictherapy.biz.