Association. These professional colleagues acknowledge the value of disseminating information and knowledge to improve the lives of young children and their families, and are pleased about the ways in which imagine will contribute to these efforts. Other features in this issue include a multimedia article by Dr. Darcy Walworth, exploring how families incorporate music into daily routines of children with autism, as well as articles addressing latest research done at the NordoffRobbins Center for Music Therapy in New York, Dr. Dena Register’s research on identifying letters, a summary of NICU outcomes by Amy Robertson and an example of a clinical application by Tim Ringgold.
The website includes podcasts, photo stories, and teaching episodes, all of which are open for new submissions throughout the year. The website also hosts an archive (providing access to previous early childhood newsletters from 1996 — 2009), a we go international feature (highlighting early childhood music therapy in other countries), the our favorites section (featuring favorite CDs of our imagine authors), an event calendar for sharing early childhood event announcements, and our network which describes the purpose of the Early Childhood Network and how to become a member of our Facebook Group.
The practice section provides insight into the work of talented music therapy colleagues. Topics include serving teens and their babies, a music listing program for pediatric patients, ArtStories with indigenous Australian communities, the Friendship Club for preschoolers working on social skills, augmentative communication and assistive technology, Storybook Dance℠, and music therapy with multicultural and bilingual children. The idea section offers music therapy intervention ideas by Elizabeth Schwartz, Ruthlee Adler, Laurel Rose-Weatherford, and Beth McLaughlin. Our color of us series provides a global perspective on early childhood music therapy spotlighting Canada, Italy, Argentina, China, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and Japan. In the resources section, colleagues recommend new literature, websites, and blogs.
By now I suspect you are anxious to dive right into the pages of imagine. Before letting you go, however, I would like to thank our authors for their contributions and enthusiasm in being part of our new endeavor. None of this would have been possible without each of them. My special gratitude goes to Marcia Humpal and Lisa Jacobs who tirelessly revised the manuscripts and discussed upcoming challenges with me. My thanks also is extended to the national AMTA office staff and all colleagues who have provided feedback and support in getting imagine off the ground.
In addition to this exciting first issue, I also invite you to discover the imagine website, which went live in February, 2010. Our rationale for having a website accompanying the online magazine is as follows: • to ensure a permanent presence during the year, • to provide information such as goals, guidelines, and contact information for authors, • to include more multimedia content to accompany imagine articles, for enhanced illustration, and • to allow access for a broad readership and hyperlinks to affiliated organizations and publications.
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It is my hope that you will find the work of our imagine contributors both educational and inspiring. Please, take that inspiration and join us in sculpting an exciting and expanding future for Early Childhood Music Therapy, supported by a strong, creative community of professionals who are dedicated to providing effective interventions that enhance the lives of young children and their families. imagine is proud to be a voice of that community! Yours,
Dr. Petra Kern, MT-DMtG, MT-BC, MTA, NICU-MT Editor, imagine
Additional early childhood music therapy resources available at www.imagine.musictherapy.biz.