Performing arts in school is incredibly beneficial because it supports many academic and personal skills. For example, drama classes and school productions can help to improve literacy skills as well as build confidence.
I have teamed up with an independent school in Taunton to explore more of the benefits that performing arts has to offer…
Improves literacy skills
Through performing arts children learn how to follow a script when acting. Not only will this help to improve a child’s reading skills, but it will also introduce them to different ways of using language, extend their vocabulary and improve their pronunciation. Script reading and writing exercises will also help to enhance spelling and punctuation.
Helps to build confidence
Performing arts helps children to build confidence. Speaking clearly and confidently doesn’t come naturally to all children. However, these skills can be learnt and practiced through acting. Drama lessons often require children to perform in front of their classmates; which is a really great way to build confidence. These opportunities help children to step out of their comfort zone in a safe and structured environment.
Performing arts encourages teamwork, which is an important skill for children to learn because it helps them to form friendships and work together to achieve a shared goal. Furthermore, through performing arts children will experience different opinions and perspectives. This will teach children how to respect, support and encourage each other.
Introduces new skills
Performing arts gives children an opportunity to experience ‘behind the scenes’ activities. For example, children can help to make costumes or get involved in set design. School shows also allow students to help with lighting and sound. Furthermore, through performing arts children will learn about famous plays and movies, which could give them a passion for scriptwriting.