Performing Arts is an avenue to release your kids’ seemingly-unlimited energies and robustness, help them outgrow their shyness, and make friends. The performing arts can also aid the child in their physical/motor, cognitive, and social growth. But performing arts give more than that. It can enrich the child’s life in more ways than parents would typically expect.
It Helps Kids Become Quick Thinkers
With a forgotten dialogue or wrong sequence, kids learn to improvise. The real skill learned is how to minimize errors and get back on track. Keeping calm in facing slip-ups and carrying on despite the mistakes keeps the minor setback controlled and to not escalate. Mistakes happen, and this is an important lesson that kids can take with them through their lives.
What is important is not letting the audience see or realize the errors. These skills can be useful in their school life, like when being called to answer a question, or to present a report in front of their classmates. These skills will come in handy in their adult years when giving a business proposal to clients, talking to important people, or contributing to their teams or partners’ crisis-management plans.
Performing arts prepares your child in forecasting the possibility of problems, expecting the unexpected, and rolling with it. They will earn the confidence needed when faced with new experiences. That confidence will help them accept new things with open arms, appreciate the knowledge it will bring, and that the idea of failing is not that intimidating.
They Experience Anxiety and Learn How to Deal With It
By being able to cope with performance jitters at an early age, kids have the advantage of facing life-changing moments. Normalize the feeling of anxiety in a real-life setting by reminding the child of the other moments he is anxious, like before a performance or a presentation. Making the child recall previous anxious experiences that yielded positive positive results will give the child a much-needed confidence boost.
With frequent preparations and performances, the child will be able to adapt calming routines to do before showtime, such as calming the nerves by taking deep breaths or counting backward and focusing the mind in someplace serene and peaceful.
After each show or performance, allow the child to enjoy his accomplishment, congratulate them on how things went well. By letting the child enjoy those positive results, they will be more likely to be optimistic in diving into a new task and perform successfully under pressure.
They Experience and are Able to Express Brand-New Emotions
It is an enlightening experience for a child to “disappear” behind a character and use it as a channel to act on some feelings of the characters that are brand new to the child.
Role-playing teaches a child to empathize with how other people think. Theatre performances provide parents and children with the opportunity to open a dialogue to talk about sensitive issues that are not commonly talked about at home ground. Use the experience of the character to reach out to your child and to educate them of the ways of the world.
Dancing teaches kids how to think differently. A physical interpretation of the song’s emotions through choreography shows the child another way of expressing their feelings and thoughts in a non-verbal way. It can be an essential tool for kids who have trouble expressing themselves.
Their Self-Esteem Can Soar
Audience appreciation in the form of claps and congratulations after each show is a joyful experience – a positive, rewarding experience, and an ego boost. But more than that, performances teach the child that teamwork is required to succeed. It makes the child realize that their small part or role is vital to the group.
They are accountable for delivering their position, like giving their lines or hitting the right cords, and their responsibility knowing that their role contributes to the overall result. Preparing for performances and weeks of practice, the child learns to become part of a bigger group with a common goal. They become a part of something of importance. On top of the earned self-esteem, the child learns the importance of effort more than the results.
They See the World in a Whole New Way
Being able to perform, the child becomes aware of themselves, their skills, and the limitless possibilities they have ahead. By partaking in the performing process, the child learns to think differently, feel differently and act differently. They can see the world differently from where they grew up in the confines of their home and family circle.
How Can the Different Performing Arts Benefit Your Child?
There are numerous and valuable benefits of different performing arts to your child. Different type of performing arts offers various benefits.
Confidence and Self-Assurance
Art classes will teach the child to build their confidence and self-assurance. They will be able to explore outside of their comfort zones, evaluate new scenarios, think way out of their norms, express thoughts and ideas in a safe environment, build self-reliance, and overcome presentation fears. They will find joy in expressing themselves and not shy away. These skills will help them in their school life, social life, and career life.
Drama class can help the child improve their communication skills. Acting lessons will improve their voice modulation, helping them recognize when to use their voices for different scenarios, as well as different tones for different emotions. Drama class can also enhance the listening skills of the child. Taking instructions from teachers, teaming up with co-actors and crew towards their common goal, all of these work together to put on a successful show.
The child will learn to focus by rehearsing lines repeatedly, improving memory and concentration by remembering sequences, cues, and timing, as well as quick-learning by adlibs onstage.
Drama class also polishes the presentation skills of the child, like how to act in different scenarios. Through practice and repetition, they acquire poise, and be more focused, present, communicative, and trained to lead in the future.
Children develop their social skills when working as a team in drama classes. They listen to others and also express themselves. They make new friends and learn to share. They will learn to avoid errors, improvise, solve problems and recover after bloopers.
Because they are required to understand their play characters, the child will be able to enrich their interpersonal skills by enabling them to relate better to different situations and act better when in “other people’s shoes”. That’s compassion learned and expressed.
Unlock Other Areas of Proficiency
Playing instruments and reading music increases math aptitude. The performing arts utilize reading and verbal skills, problem-solving, as well as creative and critical thinking. Reason and logic are also employed and improved. With these skills, children are more positive towards studying, more engaged, and excited for school.
Songs, dances, and plays expose the child to different cultures, eras, communities, and traditions. It makes them appreciate history and diversity. It equips them to be global citizens.
Provide Recreational Avenue
Arts gives the child a fun way to express themselves, explore and hone their talents, may it be singing, dancing, acting, or working behind the scene. It is also a fun workout during the activities. Physical activities improve their coordination, balance, and flexibility. It will be fun and exciting to work with their friends to prepare the performance and regularly meet with them during weeks of practice.
They form bonds and sometimes lifetime friendships over their shared love of performing arts. They build a network of connections in the fields that they may soon venture into in the future. Of course, one must not forget the after-practice milkshake-fries meet-up and post-show celebration party.
Since 1984, the San Antonio School for the Performing Arts (SASPA) has been providing a comprehensive educational foundation for students who desire a career in the performing arts, and those dedicated to honing performing arts talents as a form of creative expression.
We offer Dance, Acting, Musical and Theatre Classes, and Music Lessons for kids ages 2 and older. If you are looking for ways to develop your child’s natural creativity, contact SASPA today at (210) 495-2787! For more information about the classes we offer, please feel free to browse our website.