The Benefits of the Arts in Education

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We place a lot of value on the “core” school subjects to indicate a child’s success. Subjects like drama, music, and art are often left on the side-lines, which is a shame because they actually provide many benefits. This has become even more apparent with the rise of digital technology. However, the arts are great for many reasons. I have teamed up with an international music school to explore the benefits of the arts in further detail below.

The arts can help children de-stress because they provide a welcome break from traditional classroom lessons and allow students to explore their creative sides. In schools, there are rules and regulations, and children are often told they are either right or wrong, but when it comes to the arts there’s more flexibility.

Furthermore, the arts are important for helping children become more confident and develop a sense of individual identity. This is because it’s a chance for them to express themselves in a free and creative way. When our children perform a piece of music or take centre stage in the school play, we applaud them and express our pride. When they paint a beautiful piece of art, we stick it up on the fridge. This contributes to improved self-esteem, which can benefit young people in other areas of their life.

Children are able to develop various skills through the arts that they might not be able to learn in other subjects, such as problem solving, persistence, teamwork, observation, and attention to detail.  For younger children in particular, the arts encourage the development of their fine motor skills. What’s more, the arts are taught in such a way that allow students to interact with their peers and teachers in a different way than what they are able to do in traditional classroom environments. This allows them to form strong bonds with their classmates and also bounce ideas around and learn from one another’s thoughts and opinions.

Thanks to the various benefits provided by the arts, children are able to perform well in other areas of their education, including those subjects considered more important. The confidence they gain encourages them to engage in classroom discussions and raise their hands to answer questions. The persistence they learn can be transferred to other areas of study. They are faced with challenges that they might not experience in other lessons, which can benefit them long-term.

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