As the weather grows warmer and you start thinking about summer time, I encourage you to consider enrolling your child in our Summer Conservatory Program! Each two week session teaches students performance skills that also translate into valuable life skills, through engaging activities and team building exercises. Curious how the arts can benefit your child? Read below!
Students who learn music, acting, and dance are building memorization skills that can help them in school and beyond. Additionally, students develop pattern recognition skills when singing and dancing that can help them excel in math and other subjects.
Having an appreciation for the arts strengthens and builds imagination. In fact, incorporating music and performing in childhood years can help students foster a positive attitude towards learning and curiosity.
Kids who study the arts can learn to think more creatively! Art education can help students solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.
Students learn to recognize and practice proper diction and enunciation when performing, which can encourage correction of minor speech impediments and teach students to control their volume levels. Reading skills are also often strengthened.
Did you know students who practice music score higher on the SAT? In fact, one report indicates students who study music appreciation score 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math!
While dancing and performing, students are encouraged to be active in ways that build coordination and concentration through exciting step combinations and stage directions.
Students studying performance learn to contort their bodies to mimic different animals, characters, people, and objects. This strengthens observations skills and body awareness while helping students figure out how to use their own individual size and shape to their advantage.
Through dance and creative movement, students develop a greater range of movement while learning the ability to use their bodies effectively in different spaces.
Dance is a fun, engaging way for students to develop strength and endurance from an early age. This creates a solid platform for the child’s physical development and level of fitness and encourages them to be healthy and active in their everyday lives.
Students who study acting practice physical displays of confidence, such as entering a room with poise and presence, and actively listening and maintaining eye contact when conversing with peers and elders.
Studies have shown that students who study music and performance can be more emotionally developed than students who do not. This emotional growth allows them to have higher self-esteem and cope better with anxiety.
Music, dance, and acting have therapeutic qualities that allow students to fight stress and relax. While performing can trigger fear and anxiety in some students, overcoming nerves further builds confidence and offers a sense of accomplishment.
Teamwork is a big part of performance-based activities, and students who participate learn to work together and build camaraderie amongst groups.
Acting is a great way for kids to get in touch with their own feelings, while providing an outlet for a wide-array of emotions.
Kids who learn performance skills learn a valuable lesson in discipline when setting aside practice time that is essential for memorizing lines and rehearsing songs or dance steps. Additionally, an enjoyable subject such as music or dance can teach students to be more interested in class, which may help overall focus in classroom settings and a desire to excel in all subjects.
All of these points are, of course, just a few of the ways kids (and adults!) can benefit from participation in performance related activities, and everyone’s personal growth will be different. In my own experience, one of the greatest things I learned through performing was how to collaborate and build friendships with kids and adults of all ages and from many diverse backgrounds. I am so thankful that Summer Conservatory provides an important outlet for kids during the summer months!
For more information on our Summer Conservatory program or to get your child signed up, click here or call (615) 563-2787.
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