7+ Ways a Performing Arts School Can Benefit Your Child

Performing arts education is often seen in more of an extracurricular nature, taking a back seat to core subjects such as math, science, and language arts. However, numerous research studies have shown that it plays an integral role in a well-rounded education and can help improve proficiency in academic performance overall. The benefits of attending a performing arts school extend beyond the academic realm. Lets take a look.

  1. Self-Expression – With all the influences pulling at our children each day, its essential they find their voice. Self-expression is empowered in performing arts through an environment thats supportive and encourages children to be their authentic selves. Your child will also have the opportunity to explore feelings and their impact, creating emotional intelligence well beyond their years.
  2. Communication Skills – Fear of public speaking is all too common among adults. Gaining tools to overcome this early on in a safe, creative space, in which your child feels comfortable, can open so many doors. Whats more, performing arts can help them hone listening skills and learning to read non-verbal cues, which are also crucial to effective communication.
  3. Creative Thinking – Just as theres not only one side to a story, theres not always one way to solve a problem, and being able to think outside the boxcan serve you well in life. Theres no better way to practice those skills than in the performing arts where your child had numerous creative outlets, and their imagination can thrive.
  4. Increased Confidence – Weve all been wowed by singers, dancers, and actors who effortlessly perform to huge crowds. That itfactor they have has a lot to do with confidence, yet many talk about being shy growing up. Its their experience performing in front of an audience that helped them! Whether your child has a future or stage, or not, confidence is key to career success.
  5. Discipline – Whatever the craft, the performing arts require a considerable commitment. It takes time, hard work, and motivation to perform at your best and then continue pushing your limits to do even better the next time. Learning to tap into that drive and understanding how satisfying it is to achieve those hard-fought goals is invaluable, both personally and professionally.
  6. Teamwork – In schoolwork, and in many sports, youre focused on individual goals. Many children dont truly understand how to work as a team until theyre thrown into it as working adults – often unsuccessfully. Collaboration requires a unique set of skills that are continuously fine-tuned in performing arts as no production comes to fruition without working together with your peers.
  7. Life Skills – There are some things you cant learn from a book; they must be experienced. Performing arts can teach children resiliency in dealing with criticism and failure. It teaches introspection so they can better understand themselves and can help them think beyond themselves to see the big picture.

What’s more, we all know how competitive the college application process can be. Students need any edge they can get, even with stellar academics. Experience in performing arts can help them stand out. It shows their character, drive, and capabilities often better than any GPA can do.

Is a Performing Arts School Right for You?

If your child has struggled in traditional school and/or has a particular interest in the arts, a performing arts school could be a great fit. This type of struggle was a big driver for our founder and Executive Director, Allison Barberi, to create our homeschool-based performing arts school. She faced similar challenges with her kids, who are now professional actors, dancers, and performing artists.

We serve students ages 10-18 with one- to four-year programs in four uniquely focused conservatories – acting, dance, music, and comparative arts – and strive to help your children succeed in what they love to do, even if its multiple art forms. 

Download the Academy Guide to learn more.