On December 17, students of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
performed “All The World” for family and friends in the Weiss Family Pavilion. The Winter Concert gave the youngest Chargers a great opportunity to perform in front of an audience.View a video of the show here
It’s easy to understand that the arts have major payoffs in school. There is plenty of research showing that children who dance, sing, act or play instruments are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement compared with their non-performing friends — and they tend to have enhanced cognitive, motor, and social development to boot!
Kids who perform are quick thinkers.
When something goes wrong during a performance, you have one option: improvise.
Having the ability to expect the unexpected and deal with it is key to success in every field, at every level.
Children learn how to master anxious feelings.
Those jitters are real. We have all felt them at a certain point of our lives. Feeling nervous is ok and life will have plenty of big moments that will make us feel that way. Once the performance is over, that feeling of accomplishment is priceless!
Performers are given countless opportunities to express new emotions and their self-esteem can soar.
The moment children hear a crowd laugh at a joke or applaud after they sing the song they have been rehearsing for weeks, they feel like stars! This feedback is extremely rewarding!
Children understand that they are part of a team because every performance requires teamwork to be successful. It is not about “you on stage”, but the understanding of having a role, and being responsible for the success of a group. It’s a larger and more complex system, working towards a common goal.
My son, Nicholas, had a theater director who often reminded the students, “It’s not about you in the art, it is about the art in you.”
The experience of performing is in essence more important than the skills one learns to be able to perform. Students who perform have an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of other creative human beings, by singing, dancing, having a role in a play, or playing an instrument.