I firmly believe that the best way for young children to learn music is through free, hands-on self-directed play. Formal music lessons can be wonderful for older children but for young children nothing beats exploration and free play.
I made this poster about music play and I think it explains my beliefs about young children and music very well. It got quite a few shares on Facebook and it seems to have struck a chord with people.
Let me expand a little on what I mean by “Music play is play!”:
Play is the fundamental way that children learn and make sense of their world, and music play is simply one of the many forms of play. But what is “play”?