The earliest explicit statement in Scripture about music is
Genesis 4:21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
The next explicit one is Genesis 31:27,
Genesis 31:27 Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?
To interpret Genesis 31:27 properly, we must not only study the verse itself, but we must compare and contrast it with Genesis 4:21. What does Genesis 31:27 teach us about music?