In the classroom, most of our music comes from songs sung at circle time. We also listen to classical pieces of music. We typically discuss the instruments and the composers. We may also discuss the title and how it fits the music. It is nice for the child to have a means of playing and listening to music. Remember to never use earbuds for a child but rather headphones and low volume to protect their hearing. If you choose music with lyrics, please check the content first. Remember that just because it is in the children's section does not mean it is always appropriate for young children.
One of my favorite songs we use in the classroom is, "On the day that (child's name) was born" by Red Grammer on his Hello World CD. Children LOVE anything about them. They love to hear stories about them and of course songs about them. In the I Love You Rituals book by Becky Bailey, she sings a version of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" with fingerplay and lyrics specific to your child.
Some activities with music at home: Dancing/ moving to music, singing, finding objects in the home that make noise, making higher and lower sounds, making your own concert.
The "Listening Game" is a fun activity in which the child sits with their eyes closed and the parent has a box full of noise making objects. The parent makes a noise with each object and the child tries to identify their sound. For example, scissors, tape, a bell, opening a newspaper, etc.