When we brought our son from the hospital, we put him to listen to music right away because of our pediatrician's advise. He listens to music every day since then. We started Tommy's first collection of Musical CDs, which includes: American Indian, Celtic, English and Spanish nursery rhymes, contemporary English and Spanish music, Instrumental music, Christmas music, Opera and all the music that daddy's likes, too. Jazz is the next music gender we will try. To afford an extensive musical collection, we don't spend money. The dollar store close to my house has a good selections of CDs. We also listen the online radio www.pandora.com because we can chose the music gender we like.
Musical instruments are good for helping kids to improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Because of Tommy's Hypotonia (decrease muscle tone), we have a selection of musical instruments to help him to strength the little muscles of his hands. My mom gave the toy piano to Tommy for his first Christmas because her dream is that Tommy learns to play the piano. What I like of this piano is that it is is a real piano adapted for babies. Learning to play the piano, and the study of music in general, engages both hemispheres of the brain. The benefits of this learned skill carry on through adulthood. Music education involves both art and math. The piano is an ideal first musical instrument for kids to learn because the keyboard is easier to master than other instruments.
The article "Music and Movement - Instrumental in Language Development" by Maryann Harman, M. A. is the best explanation I have found about how the music affects or stimulates the brain. According to this article "