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5 Reasons Why Performing Arts Is Important In Children’s Development

By Lottie Wright

September 16, 2019
5 Reasons Why Performing Arts Is Important In Children’s Development
In recent years, the lack of funding in education has seen creative subjects across the country being cut for more emphasis on core academic subjects. However, studies have shown that children who take part in performing arts are not only more confident, but they often perform better in core subjects such as Science and English.
 
Performing Arts allows children to be themselves, to be confident in who they are. The skills they learn at Stagecoach are not only fun and engaging but provide children with experience and the key life skills such as confidence and discipline to help them succeed in life. Having an extracurricular interest such as the performing arts provide children with a platform to grow into confident, resilient well-rounded individuals.
 
1. Creating well rounded confident individuals
It is quickly becoming more common that young people can’t or won’t speak on the phone, because it is an unprepared conversation that takes them way out of their comfort zones. With the boom in online services, you can order food, book taxis or have medical consultations without uttering a word. With the addition of reduced arts classes in schools, children are not exposed to the vital skills they will need in later life. Performing arts help encourage children’s confidence which has real-life uses such as for presentations in meetings, in job interviews or even just to be able to talk to someone in person. Stagecoach's Educational Framework focuses on teaching students team-working skills, empathy and most importantly how to develop strong relationships.
 
2. How to cope with constructive criticism
No one is perfect, a fact that some children find hard to understand. Being overlooked or told they are wrong can have a huge impact on a child's confidence, but in performance arts, receiving constructive criticism can be a regular occurance. At Stagecoach we offer a safe environment where children are taught how to give and receive feedback, developing resilience in children which they will benefit from through all stages of their lives. Whether it be missing a note or forgetting their steps in a dance routine, they learn that it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them. Furthermore, it teaches them to never give up, even when they fail or feel like they aren’t improving. Children are encouraged to flourish and grow.
 
3. Discipline and determination
The majority of performers have become who they are through hours and hours of practice and dedication – after all, practice makes perfect. Often practice is overlooked and success is put down to natural talent you are born with, but learning perseverance and self-worth teaches children to be confident walking through life.
Through performing arts children learn discipline as they must set aside time to practice their skills, at Stagecoach students learn to constantly develop new skills and abilities to improve their skills further. Auditions, job interviews or and presentations at work can be a scary and daunting process, but Stagecoach teaches students to never give up and to believe in themselves.
 
4. There are no wrong answers.
In core subjects such as maths, science or languages there are clear right and wrong answers. The pressure of tests and grades can be very stressful and have a negative impact on a child’s mental health. Performing arts is subjective, relieving the pressure of right and wrong, giving children the confidence and freedom to be themselves without the pressure or fear of doing it wrong. Students develop their ability to overcome anxiety in these situations and build the bravery their parents want them to have.
 
5. Getting fitter and letting off steam.
Dancing is bound to get your child fit and active in no time at all, but acting and singing can burn off a lot of energy too. This increased activity can make a momentous difference to some children. All forms of performing arts allow kids to express any pent up emotions they might be feeling. Perhaps they’re getting bullied at school or maybe they’ve fallen out with a friend. No matter what they’re going through, they can demonstrate their anger and frustration through their performance, in a safe, non-critical environment. Letting off steam in this fashion is good for their mental health, as they won’t be bottling up emotions.
 
Stagecoach believes that the performing arts should be available to all children so they learn, grow and thrive in a creative environment.
At Stagecoach Performing Arts we teach those life skills through the powerful medium of the performing arts. We call this brilliant education Creative Courage For Life.