BBBX – Inhibitory Control

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Learn how music learning helps to develop behaviours focused around helping and sharing with others.

These videos are designed to focus on a single area of learning that music learning can enhance. We want to help parents, students and staff to better understand the impacts of music learning in brain development, so share these short videos through your social media feeds and emails.


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