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ECMMA membership includes early childhood studio teachers, classroom teachers, general music teachers, physical therapists, music therapists, material and equipment providers, curriculum developers, researchers, college and university faculty, private piano teachers, early childhood specialists, daycare providers, and a host of other early childhood music specialists.

Perspectives journal may gain that access without having to join ECMMA for a discounted price of USD 25.00 per year.

Recently, the editorial team of imagine and ECMMA have established a professional relationship to benefit our professional colleagues and the children and families we serve. Early childhood music and movement specialists often teach children with varying special needs, and ECMMA has learned that research and practices associated with AMTA often enrich their own members’ classroom teaching strategies. Similarly, many music therapists provide services to the early childhood community, from pre-birth through the 7 to 8-year-old population served regularly by ECMMA members. These music therapists regularly incorporate and develop early childhood music and movement strategies for their therapy settings – and have learned many valuable lessons from colleagues who specialize in early childhood music and movement methodologies.

Conferencing Opportunities. Both organizations provide a wide range of conference opportunities for their respective memberships. Having more, well-focused choices will result in richer opportunities for members of both organizations to take advantage of professional development opportunities. Further, the content of conferences and conventions will benefit from a broader group of presenters from which to draw. Finally, geographical challenges can be reduced by a larger selection of conferencing opportunities for members of both organizations.

Believing that a formal line of communication will enrich both groups, the respective organizations have agreed to pilot possible partnerships over the course of one year.

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How Will AMTA And ECMMA Members Benefit? Communication. Collaboration provides a broader audience for communication. AMTA and ECMMA each have important information to communicate to their respective members. For example, conference and convention information, survey results, resource opportunities, and specialized advocacy information can be made available to members of both organizations. Research and Publications. ECMMA Perspectives, published by ECMMA, is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal for all its members. Perspectives is published in print, as well as online, every three months. While it is a member-only benefit for ECMMA members, over the course of next year, we will offer AMTA members free access to one article per quarter. Additionally, AMTA members desiring full access to the online imagine l Vol.1, No.1

imagine, published by AMTA, addresses specialized topics of interest to those working with early childhood populations. ECMMA members will have ready access to imagine issue content from within their member site.

I am pleased that we are able to offer these opportunities to members of the AMTA and ECMMA communities. We all hope that the benefits of this emerging relationship prove to be a win-win situation for all involved.

Rick Townsend has served as Director of Instrumental Music and Director of Music Teacher Education at Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin since 1996, and as ECMMA Managing Director since 2007. He is also the early childhood chair for the Wisconsin Music Education Association. He has published method books for band, and been published by Lines and Spaces, BandWorld, Wisconsin School Musician, and the Journal of Music Teacher Education. He earned his BA from Alma College, MMus from Central Michigan University, and PhD from Michigan State University, and has taught instrumental and vocal/general music, infancy through adult, for over 35 years. Contact: 17

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