Fort Bragg youth and their parents were able to tap into their musical “genius” at a Music Together class, held Aug. 17, at Throckmorton Library.
The class teaches youth basic music competencies such as singing on key and keeping a beat, said Melissa Hanna, instructor.
It is offered through the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited program, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of military-connected youth.
Additionally, youth are introduced to different types of instruments, including the ukulele, tambourine, drums and the cymbal.
The class, open to youth ages birth to pre-school, serves as an introduction to literacy, said Natasha Dass-Ford, supervisory librarian.
“Music slows down words so children can grasp the phonetics, the pronunciation of each word quickly,” she said. “Also, it’s fun.”
The class was “good,” said Sophia Barros Glovaski, 4, a Fort Bragg Family member.
So, what did she like most?
“Singing,” she said.
Sgt. Brent Schmidt, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, and wife, Nicole, attended with their daughter, Teagan, 4.
“We wanted to build social skills for her as a young girl and get her ready for the upcoming school year, that way she doesn’t go into a new environment and be scared around other people,” Brent said.
“I really enjoyed it (class). It was a lot of fun. I liked it being interactive,” added Amanda Sellers, also a Fort Bragg Family member who took her 11-month-old son, Gabriel to Music Together.
The class is one of several ongoing activities at the library, including the Chess Club, which meets every second and fourth Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m. and “Want to Learn a Foreign Language?”, offered 1 to 2 p.m., Sept. 26. For more information about Throckmorton Library, located in Building 1-3346 Randolph Street, visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/programs/throckmorton-library or call 396-2665.