The performing arts in education provides students with the opportunity to engage the mind, the body and emotions into a collaborative expression of all that it means to be human. Through study and performance, students explore and present great themes and ideas. They discover their own voice, grow in confidence and develop empathy. Performing arts students grow in understanding of what it means to not only be human, but to be good, noble, honourable, kind and compassionate.
Performing arts like dance and theatre show some of the most profound impacts, as students who learn to perform learn valuable skills that help in classrooms and beyond. Public speaking, verbal skills, memorization, emotional intelligence, and literacy, are all developed by reading and rehearsing a play.
We find that a substantial increase in arts educational experiences has remarkable impacts on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes.
Kids use more of their brain when learning through art. Long-term retention increases, and children develop a greater understanding of concepts—not to mention, they’re more likely to pay attention.
“When students are allowed academic expression through artistic means, like drawing a picture or writing a song, the information is embedded in their minds. Long-term learning and practical application of knowledge are both supported when the arts are integrated.”
Because schools play a pivotal role in cultivating the next generation of citizens and leaders, it is imperative that we reflect on the fundamental purpose of a well-rounded education. "The value of arts in education goes beyond higher test scores and encourages youth to be creative, engaged adults. Your understanding of art and the world, and how you can think and express yourself, are enhanced.”