editorial New Beginnings Welcome to the inaugural issue of imagine, the first annual online magazine dedicated to early childhood music therapy, sponsored by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). I am delighted to present you with this informative, colorful, and cutting-edge online magazine that includes over 50 contributions from colleagues living and working in ten different countries!
imagine, Editor Dr. Petra Kern, MT-DMtG, MT-BC, MTA, NICU-MT
Last year, members of the AMTA Early Childhood Network were exploring opportunities to further develop the previous early childhood newsletter to better serve our readers and the demands of a growing field. In particular, it was clear that dissemination of the latest research, trends, practice standards, and policies affecting music therapists was critical. In order to enact authentic, evidence-based, client-centered practice, early childhood music therapists need a professional, reliable and engaging source of both information and inspiration. Having this in mind, we set the following goals for imagine: â€˘ to offer a clinical publication forum for practicing music therapists working with young children, ages zero to five, â€˘ to distribute current knowledge and information about early childhood music therapy inside and outside the profession in clinical terms, and â€˘ to improve access to knowledge and information about early childhood music therapy worldwide. Recognizing the innovative and creative nature of early childhood music therapy, and also desiring to make worldwide connections, we felt that the best way to accomplish these goals was to offer an online multimedia publication including text, images, hyperlinks, audio and video clips. All articles have an interactive digital viewing mode allowing readers to turn pages like a hard copy magazine, adjust the size of the document, search for content, email the text to colleagues, link the text to websites and social network pages, and look for related articles. All of these features allow readers to access and view the work of colleagues not only in a more comprehensive and lively way, but also across borders! This inaugural issue of imagine begins with letters of welcome, support, and reflection from leaders in the field of music therapy, early childhood education, occupational science, and from representatives of the Early Childhood Music and Movement
imagine l Vol.1, No.1
Additional early childhood music therapy resources available at www.imagine.musictherapy.biz.