The Performing Arts
So, what do you think your child is really learning when they start taking a music, art or drama class?
Many children are natural performers and exposure to music, art and drama can play a fundamental role in helping these children to develop their creativity, as well as many of the other life-skills we have been discussing in this series of blogs… self-confidence and self-esteem, decision making, passion… the list goes on.
Most children love to be playful and can often have incredible imagination; music, art and drama can all be wonderful tools for them to express their unique imagination and really explore their creativity.
Music is also a wonderful precursor to language development. Through music, children can begin to learn language patterns by experiencing rhyme and repetition. Learning how to play an instrument trains the left side of the brain, this side that is also involved with processing language; hence the strong link between practicing music and language development. Music is also very closely linked to maths; when your little ones starts to grasp rhythm, they are actually starting to grasp ratios, fractions and proportions. That has to be a really great benefit for those children who are more artistically inclined and less mathematically inclined!
Drama can be a wonderful tool to help your little one develop social skills and to understand how to communicate, but one of the main benefits, is that it helps to develop a greater understanding of the broader world. Through drama, children are also able to express themselves in different ways, within a safe environment.
Children love to dance… and through this practice they begin to understand the connection between their bodies and they brains. Dance is also gives them a really good dose of gross motor skill development and improves their co-ordination, as well as the obvious of keeping the fit and active.
So whether it’s music, drama or dance… there are so many positives!