In a world filled with devices and apps, recognizing their meaningful use for young children’s learning and development can be challenging. How can music therapists inform themselves to become effective media mentors for young children and their families? An interview conducted by Nicole Rivera, Ed.D., MT-BC with Chip Donohue, Ph.D., Director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at the Erikson Institute and a senior fellow of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media provides insights.
Digital devices and apps are now commonplace household tools, accessible anywhere at any time. However, how are these digital tools being used intentionally and in an engaging way, encouraging learning and development in young children of all abilities? Seven imagine podcasts presented by technology-savvy music therapists address this question. Hear from Beth McLaughlin, Katie Myers, Rachel Rambach, Dr. Carol Ann Blank, Hannah Watson, Dawn Sandel, and Ralf Niedenthal.
The “Favorites” section represents a selection of videos, music, books, movies, apps, instruments, and props, which imagine authors and dedicated music therapists use with their clients. Browse through the favorite apps section and find an engaging and interactive app. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the app before using it with a child. Active, hands-on engagement and empowerment of the child as well as adjusting the level of difficulty to the child’s ability are vital to successful goal achievement.
As a clinician and educator, I am excited at each year’s release of imagine! Every page is filled with rich, evidence-based information that is relevant, easy to read, and quickly applicable. The diversity of content on how music therapy is being used with all children also keeps me engaged with current practice outside of my primary clinical population.
As the Education Coordinator for a large Head Start Program in North Carolina, I am always looking for evidence-based resources to share with my teams. Early childhood educators understand how important music is in making and strengthening connections in young children's brains, but the imagine.magazine gives them so much more practical advice and suggestions.
I just spent the whole morning exploring the imagine website...and I am inspired! Not just by the beautiful layout and design, but also by the amazing multimedia and quality of the content. I have forwarded it on to all my music therapy colleagues in South Africa and I am sure they will enjoy it just as much. Thank you for this wonderful resource.