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Hearing the words clap, clap, clap at the beginning of the song sung on the beat reinforces how the steady beat and movements fit together. The more the Cuddly Koalas experience a steady beat, the more likely they will be to learn to keep a steady beat independently. “Moving to a steady beat is a fundamental skill-not only for music performance, but one that has been linked to language skills”-Nina Kraus. Kraus’s research showed that people who performed better on rhythmic tests also demonstrated superior neural responses to speech sounds.