Public speaking or performing on stage can be a challenge for many people. Even the most rational person can become anxious about standing in front of a crowd. The key to overcoming this fear is to practise.
Why is it important for your son to practise and master speaking or performing in front of an audience?
The benefits of performances and presentations are many and will help your son in a number of ways. Here are our top five:
1. Improve academic achievement
It is widely accepted that students exposed to the Arts and the regular delivery of presentations are more proficient in reading, writing and mathematics. In countries with the highest rankings in mathematics and science, such as Japan, Hungary and the Netherlands, arts and music education are a mandatory part of the school curriculum.
2. Develop confidence
Your son learns how to present himself in front of an audience. He will develop the ability to converse with adults in a mature manner. Participation in the arts allows him to grow his self-esteem and confidence, developing poise and learning to overcome anxieties.
3. Mediums for self-expression
Performance and presentations allow for deep self-expression. It can help your son to make sense of his emotions and develop new ideas to express himself.
4. Teach problem solving and perseverance
Performing and public speaking help to teach boys self-reliance, reasoning, and to think creatively on their own and in collaboration with others to reach a common goal. It can help boys to think on their toes and problem-solve on the spot when things don’t go according to plan.
5. Engender empathy and compassion
Performance and presentations help promote interpersonal skills – boys must find ways to engage with their audience to illicit the desired response. The creativity involved in performing arts extends to emotional creativity and can open boys up to new ways of seeing the world.
Performance and presentations are a great way to develop your son’s confidence, improve his academic performance and provide him with a well-rounded education.
For over a hundred years Trinity Grammar School has educated boys in mind, body and spirit. Fuelled by a pastorally aware culture with exceptionally high levels of individual student attention, we aim to know, understand and nurture every student to help them realise their potential, passions and purpose in life.
At Trinity, we take creative and performing arts seriously. We offer many opportunities for boys to speak and perform in public, through both academic and co-curricular activities. To learn more about our co-curricular programme and to discover why we are one of the leading boys schools in Sydney, download our co-curricular ebook.