There are countless benefits to the performing arts in school.

One of the things that stands out to me is the role of the arts in building maker mindsets, which stands out because — through powerful experiences — students learn that they can take initiative and create something special.

Alexandra Eaton of NAfME writes that music education is what students want and what the workforce needs. Tom Vander Ark, who has personally experienced the rewards of participating in choral groups, asserts that every student ought to have a powerful performing arts experience.

What steps can you take?

  • Administrators and Board members: Fund music and performing arts and ensure powerful performing arts experiences to all.
  • Parents: Advocate for the arts and expose your kids to early experiences – whether through lessons, Kindermusik, church, or community.
  • Teachers: Most importantly, draw connections for students regarding their ability to take initiative. Further explore opportunities like this.
  • Students: Get involved in a variety of activities, including the performing arts!
  • Community: Be active partners in sharing your artistic talents with the learning community where you reside. Be proactive in approaching schools to brainstorm how your talents could enhance learning.

Read the full article about the power of performing arts in education by Mary Ryerse at Getting Smart.