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What Children Gain from Learning Performing Arts

10 Apr 15

The performing arts, be singing, dancing, acting or playing a musical instrument, generally attract two different types of character.


One type includes the natural performers who were simply born to entertain. The other type of child wants to follow a voyage of discovery that leads them to develop imagination, gain expressive qualities and grow in confidence.

What will my child gain from pursuing a performing art?


Children benefit in a huge number of ways. In fact the list is so long, I’ve mentioned only
a few pointers here:
 

Self-belief:


For a child to grow any talent, success can be achieved through self-belief. An
invaluable lesson for a child to learn is to recognise any natural ability they may have.
Likewise, to acknowledge – without sinking into a negative thought process–
weaknesses that they need to work extra hard at to eradicate. Yes, this may seem a very
grown up trait. But it’s one that, identified early in life, will help so much later. And just by
the nature of the performing arts, children are faced with this emotional challenge in a
cushioned sort of way. As children grow, they will learn the best way to overcome fear is
to face it.



Perseverance:

Acting, music and dance all command high levels of self-discipline. Yes, the performance
may be fun, but it isn’t always easy. When the going gets tough, children are challenged
to learn ways of coping. By being in the company of so many positive people, such as
teachers, coaches and peers, youngsters often learn the priceless ability to pick
themselves up and keep going. Yet another invaluable life skill. Plus, it’s fun:
Many children want to take part in a performing art simply because they enjoy it. Even if
the life plan doesn’t include stepping onto the red carpet at a future Oscar ceremony or
being the next X factor winner!! they can gain enormous confidence and invaluable
social skills to carry them through life.

Which performing art is right for your child?


The three main disciplines of a performing art certainly complement each other, but are
very different.

Drama:


Children can really flourish in drama class. The extrovert child will have the chance to
show off his or her exuberance, whilst a more introverted youngster will have the
opportunity to open up under the pretence of playing a different character. Drama allows
the student to think in a creative way, to solve problems, and to use the type of effective
communication skills that get the point across. Also, as most acting performances
involve working in a group, pupils are taught the value of teamwork and empathy. They
can now see life from another character’s viewpoint. Children will enjoy trying out
different roles and pretending to be someone else.
What Children Gain from Learning Performing Arts

Dance:


Dance is so diverse and with so many disciplines to choose from a child never has the
excuse of boredom! Through dance, children learn about movement, expression, coordination,
flexibilty and self-control. And their levels of concentration and memory skills
will build as they progress. There is a huge variety of dance styles. Most notable is
ballet, often described as the foundation to other types of dance. Other popular dance
styles include contemporary, jazz, tap-dancing, funk, rap, hip-hop and Breakdancing.



Music:


Music is a superb tool for controlling mood and lifting spirits, and learning the skill to play
a musical instrument or sing will eventually bring much enjoyment and satisfaction. Most
children are introduced to a musical instrument and choirs at primary school age.
Children will gain valuable training by playing in a school band or orchestra, or by joining
the choir.

Children are very responsive to music. Singing can "boost child development". Research
shows that music and rhyme increase's a child's ability in spatial reasoning, which can
enhance a child's mathematical and scientific abilities.

"Music assists in the development of a child's speech, Singing nursery rhymes and
simple songs teaches children how language is constructed and assists with the
acquisition of language. Singing songs will also teach them about tone, beat and rhythm.

"Even better than just singing, though, is to teach songs with actions and encourage
children to dance along to the music, they will learn balance, co-ordination, body
awareness and rhythm,"

When considering all the options, do remember that, whatever your ultimate
choice, children will acquire a solid foundation of skills that will help them on the
wider stage of life.

Written by Sallyann Currie of Stage Creations - click here for information on classes

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