What Do Students Learn From Arts Education?
In 1997, a longitudinal study was initiated to determine the impact of the arts on the lives of the participants. In this study, more than 25,000 students were evaluated over a course of ten years through high school. Those students with consistent participation in theatre arts consistently showed improved academic performance and significant increases in standardized test scores. In a 2013 article in the Washington Post by Lisa Phillips, the top skills children learn from the arts was discussed. They included the following:
Creativity – lean to approach tasks from different perspectives and to “think outside the box”
Confidence – build the confidence to perform in front of large audiences
Problem Solving – develop skills in reasoning and understanding
Perseverance – learning skills and techniques through practice; developing new skills
Focus – maintaining a balance between listening and contributing; improve concentration
Collaboration – practice working together for a common goal
Dedication – associate hard work and dedication with a sense of accomplishment
Accountability – learn that their actions affect other people; Gain a sense of responsibility
Receiving Constructive Feedback – learn that critique is a valuable experience and contributes to the success of the final piece
An arts educator with over 16 years’ experience, Lisa’s comments were driven by a concern over an obsession with science, math, technology and engineering in our school systems at the risk of losing art education and the skills that come from it. I think she makes a valid point. Our community theaters are more than just an entertainment venue; they offer a tremendous benefit for personal growth. Perhaps you know of someone who has or may benefit from active participation in the theatre. Reach out and get involved!
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Posted on November 23, 2016, in Academy at Civic Theatre, Waukesha Civic Theatre and tagged 2016-2017, 60th season, Academy At Civic Theatre, Accountability, Collaboration, Confidence, creativity, Dedication, Diane Sommers, focus, James S Catterall, John Iwanaga, Lisa Phillips, Perseverance, problem solving, Receiving Constructive Feedback, Richard Chapleau, Washington Post. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on What Do Students Learn From Arts Education?.