(P) Arts and studies: an education for the whole child

Creative arts subjects (art, dance, drama and music) are important parts of any school curriculum and of any child’s development, but they are too often dismissed as less important than traditional core academic subjects. While worthy fields of study in their own right, the creative arts also support advancements in math, science, and language. Indeed, no course is complete without these essential subjects.

The creative arts can contribute to the development of many skills and can expand students’ knowledge and skills. Students who study the arts develop their creative problem-solving skills better and have more developed language and social skills. They are risk takers and also exhibit a high level of discipline, perseverance and patience.

Numerous academic research studies have concluded that those who engage in the arts do better in reading, writing, and math. In these studies, reading and cognitive development increased, as well as organization and higher-order thinking such as analysis and problem solving.

Learning a musical instrument, creating a painting, performing a play, learning to dance, or singing in a choir teaches students that taking small steps, practicing to improve, being persistent, and having patience are important for life. growth and improvement. Students gain confidence by trying to accomplish things that don’t come easily. Learning an artistic discipline helps young people develop their character. Students learn habits, behaviors and attitudes that are necessary for success in any field and are linked to success in all forms of employment.

Artistic subjects encourage self-expression and creativity and can build confidence and a sense of individuality and identity. It can also contribute to well-being and improve health and happiness, especially during times of stress, such as during a pandemic or an exam cycle. Many people look to the arts as a form of expression and relaxation, which can ultimately support the whole student.

Engaging with art is central to the human experience. It’s a great way to meet new people and build self-confidence through social interaction and performance. Joining a choir or group is a great way to mingle with people with similar interests or skills. At Cambridge School in Bucharest, there is a British Sign Language (BSL) signature choir with pupils from primary to sixth form, as well as opportunities for individuals and musical ensembles to perform.

Arts education is particularly important for younger learners. “Dance activities allow students to express themselves, their interests and their feelings in a physical way, beyond language barriers. Rhythmic movements and actions allow students to explore new and exciting worlds and create memorable connections to relevant vocabulary, build physical confidence and help them become more balanced and coordinated in their movements,” says Naomi Springer, an EYFS classroom teacher at CSB.

CSB is developing a purpose-built arts complex that will include a theater, art rooms, design and technology workshops, and theater and music studios. This investment shows CSB’s commitment to promoting the importance of the arts.

In 2020, CSB sought to further develop the Art Studies curriculum with the inclusion of the IGCSE Art and Design course in an expanding curriculum. This has proven to be a very popular choice for students with over twenty Year 10 students opting for this qualification in its second year of operation.

Maya P., a 10th grade student, says CSB’s IGCSE Art and Design course “gave me more creative freedom and expression.”

From EYFS through high school, an arts education gives students the skills and confidence to succeed not just in the classroom, but in life as well.

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Helen D. Jessen