We all know that being involved in music and performing arts is very beneficial for students. Recent studies show that students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT. They also achieve higher grades in school. But there are so many other amazing benefits of an arts education. These benefits are not only for kids in school but for people of all ages. Music and theatre can improve your well being, and your brain no matter how old you are.
1. Music improves your spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). This kind of intelligence, by which one can visualize various elements that should go together, is critical.
2. People involved in the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer. Thinking creatively can help you solve problems in everyday life and at work.
3. Musicians and actors push themselves to high standards. This carries over to other aspects of their lives and they set higher standards and work harder at other things. Always striving to get better.
4. Whether you are acting in a play or playing in an orchestra you will end up with improving your teamwork skills and discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good or for a play to be successful, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance, and must commit to learning music/lines, attending rehearsals, and practicing. Being able to work together in a team is an essential life skill.
5. The arts provide people with a means of self-expression. Everyone needs to be in touch at some time in their life with their core, with what they are and what they feel. The result is higher confidence and self-esteem.
6. Music and theatre performance teaches people to conquer fear and to take risks. Learning to handle the anxiety of performances and taking risks is important. Risk-taking is essential if a person is to fully develop his or her potential.
7. Music can improve your own well being and help others. Music is one of the universal languages of humanity. It supercharges your senses and is both gratifying and soothing.
8. Music has immediate measurable physical effects on the body. Music influences heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, stomach contractions, and levels of stress hormones in your bloodstream. It can even help strengthen your immune response.
9. Playing music and acting can improve your memory.
10. It’s fun! It is crucial to take time out of your life to do something you enjoy.