The arts can be a great vehicle for children who have ADHD. Engaging in creative activities such as art, music and dance have been shown to help children with ADHD calm down because it utilizes the part of the brain that controls emotions. When the emotions are under control, the focusing can be much easier. Most of us have experienced this; when we are upset about a personal issue….isn’t hard to concentrate at work? So, therefore reaching the emotional brains through the arts can infact increase focus.
Researchers have found the first evidence that young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year compared to children who do not receive musical training, according to research published in the journal Brain.
Lisa Phillips, an author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner, has compiled the top ten skills children learn from the arts. The following are the reasons why the world needs skilled instructors in all various art forms.
A video by Rich Gordon (Instrumental Music Director at Sycamore J.H.S. in Anaheim, CA) about teaching musical instruments to young children. This video will provide helpful strategies for starting “from scratch” with a young child’s music education.
While many studies suggest that listening to classical music, such as Mozart, increases IQs and helps students to do better on tests and in class, other research suggests that learning to play an actual instrument can having more benefits.
Jackie Harris, Executive Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp and a life-long advocate and supporter of music education for children, talks about the importance and benefits of music education for kids.
She looks like a princess, but sings like a heavy metal warrior! Brother and sister duo Aaralyn & Izzy sing their original song, “Zombie Skin” on America’s Got Talent.
The arts have typically played a relatively unimportant role in American schools. Arts educators have tried to strengthen the position of the arts in our schools by arguing that the arts can be used to buttress the 3Rs. The arts, they said, could help children learn to read and write and calculate and understand scientific concepts.
Five year old child piano prodigy, Tsung Tsung, appears on Asian’s Next Star King. She has turned heads as she’s never taken formal lessons and began playing at age three.
The 2014-15 Louisville Leopard Percussionists rehearsing “Kashmir,” “The Ocean” and “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin. The video has gone viral and has received over 1 million views. Led Zeppelin founder and guitarist Jimmy Page even praises the young ensemble. “Too good not to share,” he writes on Facebook.
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