Young children gain a great sense of pleasure bashing the colourful keys on a glockenspiel, learning simple cause and effect concepts as well as making fun sounds. But music isn’t only about making great noises. The musical processing system shares much with that of speech and language. Musical experiences which enhance that processing therefore enhance the processing of language, which in turn impacts on learning to read. Children who engage with music and sound come to reading and language-learning far better equipped. Higher quality instruments, made of natural materials such as wood, are always easier to play and give off more beautiful sounds that keep children engaged and allow them to fully appreciate the tones.