7 Crucial Skills Learned from the Arts

Yvonne AK JohnsonArts education in schools have been facing a tough time lately with the push for science, technology, and engineering in schools. However, there are many benefits to be learned from studying and practicing the arts in grade school. The skills learned as a child from arts have been proven to be helpful in academic and life success. Here is a list of the top ten skills attained from the arts:

1. Confidence. Theater can help train kids to efficiently delivery a message and take command of a stage. Stepping out of comfort zones is a big part of success in life and theater allows children to make mistakes and realize it’s okay to do that – and learn from it.

2. Creativity. Improvisational skills in social settings is a serious skill to learn that many adults try to attain later in life. Teaching kids to think outside of the box and from different perspectives sets them apart from others who do not have the same skills. It is important to set a basis of creativity for children to grow from and practice later in life.

3. Focus. This is a big issue for most kids, and it involves the left side of the brain. The creative brain is constantly looking for expressive outlets. Studying the arts helps offer those outlets for creativity to flow, therefore allowing a child to hyper focus on a project or a performance and apply the same techniques to other areas.

4. Perseverance. Most children start playing an instrument or a sport early on in life, but without constant motivation or push from parents, many kids drop out of their activities. There have been many studies made about kids who practice an instrument or activity early on in life and keep it through their adolescence, and the amazing impact it has on their professional life. Perseverance is something many young adults today lack, which causes problems. The other important skill that relates to this is the understanding that one is contributing to the beauty of the whole – say in an orchestra – and requires the participant to understand their role and appreciate it.

5. Collaboration. If someone is great with working with others – that’s a huge plus in many of today’s work environments. Studying the arts from an early age can help with this as children practice working on projects together.

6. Accountability. Collaboration and putting together multiple people together to create a common, beautiful, thing is important because it helps show people tat their actions affects others. Every piece of the puzzle is required to make it complete, and learning one’s role and responsibility in a given project or performance can help children learn a strong sense of responsibility.

7. Problem solving. All projects run into problems. The important thing is to work together to solve an issue and learning this mediation skill early in life will help smooth over and prevent devastating altercations in one’s future. Kids studying the arts are constantly being challenged to solve problems and practicing working together.

Instead of pouring so much attention into Science and Math-oriented studies, which is of utmost important these days – we do need to focus more on the arts as well. Social, creative, and collaborative skills build great adults who enjoy working with others because they know it creates more success in the longhaul.

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