What do you think of when you hear the word "music"? Fun: celebration, singing, dancing. If you think about it more, you will think of moments when music evoked happiness or sadness and the times when music served as a companion in the car or at home. Many great writers and musicians wrote about the ability of music to express "the inexpressible" and I have found this invaluable in teaching my 3- and 4-year-old students. Just like adults, young children that haven't learned to communicate their thoughts and emotions use music as a form self-expression...and, possibly, as their best tool for self-expression - in our time of learning, they respond best when we are singing, moving and/or clapping to different songs. For us, adults, this may be just "fun" but for children, this has insurmountable benefits that relate to their language and listening skills, self-esteem, analytical skills, and the list goes on and on... Jackie Silberg, an Early Childhood Education Specialist, discusses this very topic in her article, The Importance of Music in Children.