It is no secret there is a causal link between learning music at an early age and the brain development of a child. If you look back over the years, many of the young musical prodigies in the past have excelled in other areas.
The type of brain development curated by learning a musical instrument are those that are functional also to language and reasoning, this is why it is also much easier for young children to learn a second language.
It is said a preschool age is the best time for your children to get to grips with a new language and this is the same case for musical instruments. Music in itself is a language, the notes are the auditory side and the sheet music its scripture.
Students of the arts from an early age are also more likely to be creative thinkers and are able to analyse a situation with a far more inquisitive disposition, not to mention the early exposure to performance relieving the stress later in life.
Even ideologies such as team work come much quicker to a child that has had the experience in working with others such as in bands and in recreating musical scores with others.
One of the greatest gifts you can give a child though is that of self-expression. Using a musical instrument to express yourself is a healthy outlet of emotion meaning a child who has learned this practice will later in life depend more on positive outlets than negative ones.