According to a recent National Endowment for the Arts survey, Americans who attend performing arts events or visit museums as children are three to four times more likely to attend as adults. It stands to reason, then, that early exposure to the arts can help keep these passions alive throughout the years. But that’s far from the only reason to involve your children in the performing arts from a young age. In fact, your child will stand to benefit in countless ways from the experiences they gain in acting classes. Let’s take a closer look at some of these advantages.
- They’ll improve their communication skills: Children’s theatre classes can help students improve their verbal and non-verbal communication skills, which can assist them in virtually every period of their lives. Your child or teenager will really learn how to listen to others, express their feelings clearly, articulate their speech, healthily project their voices, and learn how to be convincing, clear, and eloquent overall. The give and take that’s so essential in scene work and subsequent performances can translate into other areas, both personal and professional, and help them to be more effective in all their communications.
- They’ll increase their self-confidence: As your child learns more and more about the world of theatre and improves upon their own unique skill set, their confidence will undoubtedly increase. But performing in front of an audience, no matter how small, can help even the most introverted children yearn for the spotlight and that thunderous applause. Overcoming stage fright, memorizing a lengthy monologue, or singing an intricate melody while their friends and families cheer them on will allow participants to know they can do just about anything. That sense of confidence will carry over into other aspects of their lives and allow them to have courage and self-assurance in any situation.
- They’ll learn to cooperate with others: Learning how to work alongside others with whom you might not agree or naturally get along with can be a tough lesson for young people. But involvement in the theatre can help kids set aside their differences to work towards a common goal. The concept of teamwork is not restricted to experience in sports; kids can learn to work together just as well on stage and behind the scenes. They’ll also forge bonds with other children who share their same interests, allowing them to make long-term friends and make memories they’ll treasure for a lifetime.
- They’ll develop emotional empathy: Empathy — the ability to innately understand the feelings of someone else by putting yourself in their place — is at the very essence of acting. Through exercises in emotional recall, character development, and cultural and historical understanding, your children will develop a deeper appreciation for the experiences of others (both fictional and real). This is a skill that can help your child in the classroom, in the workforce, and in all of their relationships in the future.
- They’ll learn how to think creatively: Getting involved in acting classes can provide a valuable emotional outlet for kids and teens. In many ways, these classes can feel like a form of therapy, allowing participants to work through their feelings in a safe and healthy way. These acting classes also encourage students to think outside the box and let their imaginations run wild. From problem-solving to self-expression, creativity is made a priority here. This can help kids be even more successful in other academic, professional, or personal endeavors later on.
As an entity, the arts are often undervalued. But the truth is that everything your child will learn to do in acting classes, music classes, and other performing arts ventures can help them in the “real world.” Not only will enrolling your child in youth acting classes allow them to gain a deeper appreciation for the arts, but the skills and knowledge they acquire can further their emotional, social, and intellectual development and help them become more creative, confident, and well-rounded. To find out more about our performing arts programs, please get in touch with us today.