Many people encounter music from a very young age, be it thanks to music-making parents, relatives who take them to concerts and play them their old record collections, or preschool and school teachers who lead them in singing and making music as a group. Some people, however, aren’t so lucky, with all this remaining inaccessible to them—sometimes an entire life long. But in no case should having the opportunity to take a playful (and above all joyful!) approach to music be left to chance or depend on the musical interest of parents and teachers.

And in this spirit, we’ve devoted the following pages to the significance of music education in its infinitely many facets—from initial contact at an early age to music class in school and on to music-making as a social factor all the way up to an advanced age. After all, music plays an important role in one’s personal development. You can also read about how it’s not always about actually learning to play an instrument, as well as about steps that are essential if one seeks to awaken an individual’s enthusiasm for music during the earliest stages of childhood.

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