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8 Reasons Why Art and Music Programs Are Important

If you're looking for ways to nurture your child's creative side, or to develop a love of music and fine arts, here are 8 reasons why it's worth investing in arts programs for kids.

1. They Help With Social Skills

Why Art and Music Programs Are Important

When we work on things that require our attention, we focus on the work, as well as our inner sense of wonder.

"The ability to attend to the present moment is necessary for creativity, imagination and higher-order thinking," she adds.

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2. They Stimulate Their Creative Mind

All arts teach children how to express themselves, allowing them to write, dance, draw, sing and play an instrument.

Teaching arts can stimulate the kids' minds and help them develop their imagination.

3. They Prepare Them For Their Future Careers

Why Art and Music Programs Are Important

The years spent honing their talent, honing their skills and honing their skills again, will only improve them in the future.

"Research shows that what is considered "good" in academic fields is learned more by exposure to adults who have attained a certain level of competence or expertise than it is by experience in the field itself," says Loughran.

"By attending many months of weekly arts workshops, this exposure to adults who have spent a long time practicing or practising their craft in their own time will help develop a better understanding of how to make your ideas and the results of your work better and more detailed."

4. They Will Love And Recognise Their Art

From an early age, kids are usually drawn to an environment where they feel comfortable. In school, we may not give much thought to what our kids are drawing or singing or making. We may look at it as their "homework" and nothing more. This is a mistake. By doing so, we have a major impact on the kids' attitudes towards their work.

"Teachers should draw attention to what is being made by the children and praise their efforts. This helps them develop positive attitudes towards art-making," says Loughran.

For instance, if you were a student who learned the piano but never played it, it would be great to see a piano in your school. You might love playing it and feel more confident in yourself.

The same should be done for your child's art, says Loughran. "It is important to encourage children's creative expression in their own artwork. One of the key outcomes of allowing children to express themselves with an artwork they have created should be an understanding that they are now able to handle and manipulate larger amounts of tools and mediums."

5. They Will Learn To Laugh At Themselves

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Everyone needs a little guff to make them smile.

Every artist has been through the phase of having a long, patient silence while she tries to come up with something on the computer. Most of the time, it turns out to be nothing more than a list of exclamation marks and question marks.

Like an artist, you too need to be a little guff to make you smile, says Loughran. "We need to encourage children to laugh at their own works. In doing so, they will be able to improve their work on a continual basis."

6. They Will Understand The Need To Build Their Skills

Children who are not exposed to the process of creating art may feel that the process is meaningless or a waste of time.

In doing so, they will be able to teach the students to make art in the future. This is how they will develop their skills.

In the process, they will become more mature and realise that art-making is not a waste of time, but a tool that can be used to express themselves and, perhaps, be creative in other areas of their lives.

7. They Will Be More Creative

Why Art and Music Programs Are Important

One of the best things a parent can do for their child is to encourage his or her development in all the skills that they are interested in.

For example, if you are a photographer and your child is interested in taking pictures, you can take the time to show him or her how to set up the camera and how to take a picture.

This will help develop a child's interest in photography.

Similarly, if you are an artist, you can show your child what you do and help him or her put together their own pieces of art. This way, your child will be able to discover the joy of creation.

8. Art is a space for creativity to be taught

It allows students to express themselves and have confidence that they can pursue their own artistic paths as they see others doing.

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