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Steady beat, or pulse, is essential to successful music performance and appreciation. It underpins everything in music and without it we cannot develop our musical skills.

However that’s not all. Researchers have found a link between the ability to feel a steady beat and success in reading and speech development.

In a Kodály-inspired classroom we are developing and practising steady beat from the very start using songs, rhymes and most importantly movement.

One of my favourites is Cobbler Cobbler. A simple and fun song with a solid game to help all children develop this essential skill.