Sometimes it appears as if music education for young children is only a means to promote the development of general areas like language and mathematics. As a result music education for young children is often advertised as being good for almost everything except musical development itself. Teachers are trying to emphasise the general benefits of music and often I find myself doing precisely that in fear of not providing enough motivational information for parents to participate in a course. So having coffee with a few parents after a lesson was very revealing. They emphasised the musical benefits of the course. Especially the emotional impact of music was important for them: music education as a means for personal musical expression. And they are right. Possible emotional and social benefits will then pave the way for other developmental areas.