A study conducted at Concordia University (near Montreal in Canada), led by Professor Virginia Penhune has found that musicians who started before the age of seven showed heightened white matter in the brain (the nerve fibres which link the left and right areas of the brain). Hence the study showed that early music training can

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A greater emphasis upon phonics is proposed. There are now 7 areas of learning – literacy is a separate area.  This is good news for ‘Sounds and Symbols’ – this programme fits perfectly with these proposals.  Not so good news for having to rewrite and reincorporate new proposals in my book!  Deadline for completed manuscript

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