Meet Ari. Ari is growing up in an environment where music can be found in many places. Ari’s parents sing lullabies and his neighbors play the piano. Ari will even hear songs on the radio in the car and in the background at the grocery store.

Music exists in every culture, and has been crucial for societal gatherings for thousands of years. Think about the rich musical styles and traditions in the United States alone. A quick flip through radio stations will bring you everything from blues and country to hip-hop and punk. Music is present almost everywhere we go. In fact, musical sounds may be as prominent as the sounds of language in our daily lives. In this module, we will examine some characteristics of music and explore how infants and children learn about music in their environment. We will also discuss how musical experiences in early development can have a wide range of benefits for children.