Performing Arts and Kids

Performing Arts is a necessary part of the curriculum
Performing Arts is a necessary part of the curriculum

Many studies have shown that involvement in performing arts boosts performance in all areas of life. The benefits, however, are sometimes hard to pinpoint when looking at a child’s growth.  Unfortunately, today’s schools put more emphasis on paper and pencil academic tests, rather than performance skill sets. 

In many schools today, performing arts has become an extra, rather than a part of our classrooms. Involvement in performing arts encourages student engagement and learning.  It has a positive impact on a child’s social, emotional, and emotional growth. 

Teachers need to find more ways to include performance art into classroom lessons.  Student performances DO take more classroom time. However, it’s important to remember that learning occurs throughout the journey and not just at the destination.

6 Life Skills Learned Through Performing Arts

  • Teamwork – Success is dependent on all members of the production to work together.
  • Confidence – Taking the responsibility to be part of a group ensemble helps to build confidence.
  • Reading and memory – Learning lines, a piece of music or the skills of stage production requires students to learn relevant information.
  • Ability to accept criticism – The success of a production depends on a team. Kids learn to accept constructive criticism to help the group be successful.
  • Creativity – Body language, staging and voice control allows students to interpret a play or piece of music.
  • Have fun – An organized activity that allows kids to learn skills and share a common interest is fun.  Wouldn’t that be great if learning and fun happened all the time?

As educators, I believe it is our role to share the many benefits of performance arts for kids. Please go out and share the news!

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