When you mention performing arts, most boys might think of musicals and plays, but performing arts actually covers a vast range of disciplines from music and drama to dance and public speaking. While many boys might also consider these activities enjoyable, they may not realise the academic advantages gained by those who actively participate in them.
It might also come as a surprise to parents that the overall benefits of participating in the performing arts are well accepted within the academic community. A study undertaken by the University of Sydney states that “… students who participate in dance, drama, music, and visual arts showed more positive academic and personal wellbeing outcomes than students who were not as involved.”
Studies show that performing arts relate to high achievement in reading and writing, while music can enhance learning a second language through improvement in fluency and competency. Mathematic ability is improved in students that study and perform music or dance.
Here are five ways performing arts can benefit your son.
The above mentioned areas of the performing arts share an important aspect, performance. Performing in any situation with an audience can make your son nervous or scared. It will likely put him out of his comfort zone, but will provide opportunities for growth in experience, knowledge, ability and confidence. Drama and debating, in particular, help develop public speaking skills and confidence in large groups.
Creativity has long been associated with the performing arts and whilst it is difficult to teach creativity, the performing arts are one of the best areas in which your son could develop his creativity. Writing music, plays, musicals, poems or any other form of expression uses creativity, and develops your son’s creative abilities. Your son doesn’t have to create art from nothing to be creative either – arranging music, interpreting dance choreography or performing a cover of a song in a band all encourage creativity. Your son has his own experience that will affect his interpretation.
Performing arts require discipline, almost always shown in the process of practise. Having to work towards a performance creates a goal for that practise, and assists to develop self-discipline in order to reach the goal. It is important that he can link practise and hard work to success – the performing arts are easily one of the best ways to achieve this.
4. Team work
Many areas of the performing arts require multiple aspects working together to provide a successful end product. Musical ensembles often have many different instruments that need to perform their exact roles correctly, actors in a play all need to know their lines and two ballroom dancers need complete harmony to perform together. Just like in a team sport, many disciplines of the performing arts are very effective at team building because they require compete trust and team work to be successful.
5. Developing relationships
One of the most evident things your son will have gained from the performing arts will be the relationships he has made and developed through his time in school orchestras, drama class or choir for example. Working and striving together towards a common goal is one of the best ways to develop trust, respect and loyalty, which are all the makings of great friendships.
Trinity Grammar School has long supported and encouraged the performing arts and has an impressive range of facilities to provide many opportunities for our boys to learn and experience the wonder of music and drama.
For over a century, we have guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit and we inspire boys to realise their potential, passions and purpose in life. To learn more about the Trinity difference and the co-curricular activities on offer, download our co-curricular ebook.