Parents joined their children for music class Thursday at Clarke Elementary School, where they used creative activities and dance in learning together.

Todd Martin | Special to the Herald

FORT HOOD — Parents enjoyed a taste of elementary school music during a showcase earlier this month at Clarke Elementary School.

Music teacher Whitney Mayo invited parents of kindergarten, first-, second- and third-grade students to join their children during music class in the cafeteria to get a sense of what their children do each day.

In four separate groups, parents took part with children in a folk dance and learned through a hands-on activity about melody, rhythm and other music topics.

“I wanted parents to have a chance to experience music and to know about this part of their child’s day,” Mayo said. “It has changed a lot even since I was in school.”

“It was awesome,” said parent Georgione Gaither of the April 6 event. “We learned something and we got some exercise,” she said in reference to a Swedish folk dance she learned with the third-graders.

“The teacher is really knowledgeable,” said Jayner Kersey, a father who took part with his third-grader and first-grader. “It was very creative.”

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