Handling paintbrushes, drawing with a pencil, cutting safely with scissors, correct placement of fingers on piano keys, and learning to play a scale, all require precision.
Children learn a whole new vocabulary when they enter the world of the arts. They learn names of famous painters, color and shape words, they learn to describe the items in their drawing and identify various musical processes such as dynamics, tempo, and concepts such as rhythm.
In the arts, children will learn about the vast diversity found in artistic expression around the world. They’ll build cultural awareness as they compare African masks with those created by Alaskan natives. Students also learn about diversity through finding out the cultural genesis and background of various musical styles and various artists.
Children develop innovation skills when they’re encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art and playing music. Those skills can open doors later in life; 72% of employers say that creativity is the #1 skill they look for when hiring.
Children who might tend to be shy or fearful develop confidence when taking part in the arts. Playing in front of a group or taking a chance on the bright purple paint all work together to build confidence in the decisions they make.
Because there is not just one way to create, children in the arts learn to realize there is not just one way to see things. If ten children draw the same apple, there will be ten different apples. And that’s okay. The same is true for interpreting and playing different styles of music.
These critical thinking skills will be necessary for academic subjects such as math, science, and writing. Instead of viewing music as an extracurricular activity, consider it an overall part of your child’s education.
When kids reflect on an art project or a piece of music they see ways to improve or change. They will envision how they might play a song and alter it to “play it better” next time. They’ll brainstorm ways to sculpt the clay so it looks more like a giraffe as they work.
Working on a duet, in an ensemble, or on a class mural are all projects that require communication, shared goals, and working side by side to achieve those goals.
Children who participate regularly in the arts have been found to achieve better grades. Art inspires kids to excel in and out of the classroom.
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