Performing arts are not always a priority in schools. In fact, this is true for children in elementary school all the way through high school.
With overcrowded schools, teacher shortages, and budget cuts, all forms of creative outlets are typically the first to go, regardless of the negative impact this has on children of all ages.
While there may not be anything you can do to prevent your child’s public elementary, middle, or high school from getting rid of art classes, including the performing arts, there is a chance that you can enroll your child in a performing arts boarding school once they are of age.
Not sure that’s a good idea?
Well, today we are going to look at 4 ways performing arts can benefit your child so that you are able to make an informed decision when it comes to placing your pre-teen child in the right high school.
It has long been suggested that students that engage in the performing arts – drama, music, and dance – master reading, writing, and math more efficiently than those who simply focus on academics.
In fact, some countries such as Japan, Hungary, and the Netherlands have mandatory arts and music education programs. To add to that, these same countries consistently rank highest in math and science testing among students. To many people there is no denying the correlation.
In a performing arts program, your child learns lifelong skills such as how to improvise in situations, think outside the box, and work with others. In addition, they improve memory skills, improve their coordination, and get actively involved in a project they are working on, all of which encourages creative thinking and problem solving.
One of the best things your child can gain from participating in performing arts throughout their high school years is an increase in confidence. This is especially true during those trying teen years when students are seeking to define themselves, fit in, and identify with their developing personalities.
Performing can help children overcome anxiety, stress, and the inability to work in large groups. Again, these are all valuable skills that will carry over into adulthood and likely stay with your child forever.
Learning a new skill takes time and effort. Especially when it comes to the performing arts. Learning to dance, play a musical instrument, or paint using a variety of mediums is not going to come right away to the average student interested in the arts.
That’s why encouraging your student to develop a new skill, without giving up once the urge hits (and it will) is going to teach your child how to persevere and follow through with something they set their mind to.
If you want your child to participate in the performing arts during high school, you are on the right track. With benefits like increased confidence, exposure to new cultures, and the ability to persevere, your child will grow as a person once involved in the performing arts. And, it may just be a boarding school that gives your child the perfect opportunity.
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