Can Neuroscience Help Us Do a Better Job of Teaching Music?

  title={Can Neuroscience Help Us Do a Better Job of Teaching Music?},
  author={Donald Hodges},
  journal={General Music Today},
  pages={12 - 3}
  • D. Hodges
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • Psychology
  • General Music Today
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