I think music is an important part of every child's education. I am about to start Dilara out on some basic stuff. The only instrument I have ever learned to play a little is the piano (I don't have one...our piano ended up at my ex-husband's house and I have a cheap little keyboard which is better than nothing) but I love all kinds of instruments. I have 2 violins (my mother and brother took Suzuki violins together and I ended up with the violins...Dilara is too young yet for the smaller one), a mandolin, many rhythm instruments, tambourines, a child's drum set, recorders, and somewhere I have a set of finger cymbals which are so much fun!
My daughter plays the guitar and my son played (rented) cello for a year, and I wish he'd get back into it. I can't afford formal lessons for my kids, but my brother and ex-husband can both help with piano and guitar and bass guitar. We all love to sing. I had an extremely difficult time trying to play guitar--curving my hand around the neck and pressing down one string without touching the others was challenging, but playing a lap guitar always looked easier. I LOVE the sound of the Kanun and it is especially appealing to me because of it's "Turkishness".
I live in "Music City, USA" (AKA, Nashville, Tennessee) and music is everywhere. At my church, we don't have instumental music, but we sing in 4-part harmony.
Take lessons, or take advantage of free online resources to practice music or learn to play a new instrument, or just work on your voice and ear. Play good music daily. It is SO good for the brain, for children and adults. I don't know about you, but my brain needs all the help it can get!
What musical instruments and experiences are important to your family or
what would you like to get started with, if you don't play an instrument yet?