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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PERFORMING ARTS TRAINING IN YOUNG PEOPLE?

BENEFITS 2

“Sustained training in music, dance or other arts strengthens the brain’s attention system.” (Neuro-Education Summit at John Hopkins University May 2009)

 

“Performing arts encourages young people to stretch beyond their comfort zone to developing their understanding of the world and their place within it. Academic research is providing us with a growing evidence base about the positive role of arts and culture in the lives of young people. “ (Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships)

 

“It teaches children to connect, to project, to empathise. It helps them speak, shout and belong. It can make them who they are. It is an essential part of any core curriculum.” (Playwright,Fin Kennedy)

 

“Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour.” (Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London)

 

“In this country an increasing number of people lead sedentary lifestyles and rates of obesity are rising. The need to improve levels of physical activity and develop healthier lifestyles has never been more pressing.

 

Dancing can bring a wide range of physical and mental benefits:

>> healthier heart and lungs

>> stronger muscles

>> stronger bones

>> better coordination, agility and flexibility

>> improved balance and enhanced spatial awareness

>> increased physical confidence

>> improved mental functioning

>> improved general and psychological well-being

>> greater self-confidence and self-esteem

>> increased trust

>> better social skills

>> reduced social isolation and exclusion” (Arts Council England)