There are many valuable benefits for kids who participate in performing arts programs. It helps develop their emotional, social, physical, and even academic skills. David Murphey, Research Fellow, and Director of The Child Trends Databank say that participating in various performing arts programs correlates to various positive personal and academic results. It improves child development as a whole, attributing to enhanced cognitive, motor, and social skills.
Different art programs help kids to build self-confidence while performing arts classes, build self-assurance through improvisation and stage performance. Kids will learn to explore the world outside their comfort zones, learn through new situations, think outside the box, express themselves in a safe environment, solve problems, cope with their fears, gain trust and self-reliance. All of these benefits can help them in school, social activities and their future careers. These things will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Memory, concentration, and communication skills are usually improved through drama and performing classes. Acting lessons will help enhance their vocal projection, tone of speech, presentation skills, and articulation. Refined listening skills will also be achieved by taking stage directions, by collaborating with peers and colleagues while working together to achieve a common goal. Learning lines, remembering their acting cues and timing and rehearsing, will improve the children’s concentration, focus, memory and quick-learning skills.
Children can also improve their social skills by being part of a team and learning how to be a team player. Kids will get to listen to peers expressing themselves, share thoughts and ideas and most importantly, be able to make new friends.
They will learn to lessen their errors and bounce back, solve various problems or issues and improvise. This gives them confidence in performing in new situations that come with daily life.
Participation in these programs will also enhance their interpersonal skills. They need to understand the characters they are playing and their roles. This allows our kids to be better in relating to different life situations, people and feelings. It teaches them to think and act ‘someone else’s shoes.’ In general, performing arts programs teaches kids about how to empathize. They learn to be compassionate and how to understand others and express their feelings.
Studies show that this also helps children to attain higher academic achievements. Their creative and problem-solving, critical thinking and reasoning increase and improve when they are exposed to these kinds of programs. The Arts Education Partnership states that arts learning in music, drama, and dance result in high academic achievements in school. Learning to play musical instruments and also improves mathematical skills and proficiency.
These programs are a fun way for your children to express themselves and their emotions. This helps them explore their unique inner talents and improve them. So do not hesitate to consider enrolling your child in arts performing classes. It’s always worth it. Think of all these benefits that come with these programs. Sit back and enjoy as you watch your children as they boost their self-confidence and improve their communication, social, and emotional skills.