As we move to the post-Covid phase of education it is concerning to see that the arts, and music in particular, have been relegated to what appears to be the ‘non-essential’ component of the curriculum.

But what if the decision makers have it all wrong? What if the focus on ‘the basics’, the ‘Three Rs’, or 'Literacy and Numeracy' in contemporary education-speak, is actually putting the cart before the horse?

Pat Devery looks at the research of leading Australian music educator, Dr Anita Collins, who is a world leader in researching the impact that learning music has on brain development, especially in school-aged children.

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