No matter whether you’re a child or an adult, when you listen to music, your brain becomes more engaged and active. However, when you play an instrument, your brain gets more of a “full body workout,” according to studies. In the video below, Anita Collins (TED ED) explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play. The video also examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout. These benefits can have a huge impact on a child’s life as they learn to play from an early age.
The Genius of Play, the research-backed initiative to bring more play into kids’ lives, offers an easy access website that provides professional advice, play ideas, quick parenting tips and more. Parents can discover a community section and a “play ideas” section with hundreds of practical suggestions, sortable by a child’s age and benefit of play.
Parents have heard about the specific benefits of classical music for developing minds and calming babies for decades — imagine a mother playing Mozart through headphones stretched over her pregnant belly — but the scientific debate has continued to rage.
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.
Art has permeated human culture for centuries, outlining significant events, movements, revolutions and thoughts throughout time. Today’s entrepreneurs who identify the significance of making art more accessible have developed brilliant websites, apps and more to bring the experience of looking at, say, the Mona Lisa to any device, anywhere and anytime.
Dance is a primal part of human experience across all cultures and time periods that unites us all no matter our age. The benefits it has on early childhood development is definitely worth understanding.
This video is to promote the idea that we need art education and includes various interviews from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) national convention and also a variety of images and music.
Here’s a short film about the effect education has on the history of students and faculty and how the arts as a whole effects our education system overall.
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A fine arts education — including music, theater, drawing, painting, or sculpture — whether in practice or theory, has been a part of any well-rounded curriculum for decades — but that may be changing. Many schools today are cutting back or eliminating their art programs due to budget constraints. Numerous studies done over the past decade have demonstrated the amazing benefits of such an integral education facet. Students who don’t have access to art classes may not only miss out on a key creative outlet, but might also face greater difficulty mastering core subjects, higher dropout rates and more disciplinary problems.