Art and Students – Dr. Jerry Hankins’ Blog

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When it comes to reforming schools, you do not hear much focus on the need for arts in children’s lives. However, young people learn numerous skills while studying the arts.

Creativity-

Being able to think outside of the box will distinguish one child from another. If children are forced to think creatively, it will come naturally to them in their future career.

Confidence-

The skills developed through theatre now only train you how to deliver a message, but also teaches confidence and command. Theatre trains children to step out of their comfort zone and teaches them making mistakes are okay.

Problem Solving-

All the practice children who participate in arts will learn problem solving and skills in reasoning and understanding. This will help develop important skills necessary to any career.

Perseverance-

In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being continually asked to develop new talents and skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success. Children learn this by playing instruments and practicing and practicing and not giving up.

Focus-

The ability to maintain focus is a developed through art. Research has shown that participation in the arts improves children’s ability to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their life.

Non-Verbal Communication-

Through experiences in theatre and dance, children learn to portray mechanics of body language. They learn different ways of moving and how those movements communicate different emotions.

Receiving Constructive Criticism-

Positively handling constructive feedback is an important part of learning and is not supposed to be taken personally or offensively. Each arts discipline has a goal of the improvement of skills.

Collaboration-

Through the arts, children learn how to work together, share responsibility, and compromise with others in order to accomplish a common goal.

Dedication-

Kids are able to develop healthy work habits such as being on time, respecting others’ contributions and putting effort into the success of the final piece.

For more information read on at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/22/top-10-skills-children-learn-from-the-arts/