I have had the opportunity to talk with a lot of great musicians. And once my daughter came along I liked to ask them... at what age did they know they were destined to be in music. For many, it was early on. And I have always been told that if my daughter shows any kind of love for music at all, to expose her to as much of it as I can. That shouldn't be too hard given my profession.
This weekend we went to a party at a friend's house where my daughter proceeded to play the piano as much as we would let her. And you know what... she kept a pretty good rhythm. Piano lessons may be in her future. But then I came across ths article which solidified that. Music lessons make kids smarter.
From the article on Yahoo: 8 Proven Ways to make kids smarter, check out #4:
Strike up a tune.
This will be music to most parents' ears. A University of Toronto study found that music lessons boost brain power among six to eleven year olds. The researchers gave kids either music or drama lessons, or no lessons at all, and measured their IQ before and after the sessions. Children in the music group had the biggest IQ jump, possibly because music lessons expose kids to experiences that can help them in many different areas, explain the researchers. Any kind of music lessons is good, so if your kid won't touch her trumpet, there's always chorus.