Performing Arts Bring Abstract Concepts to Life

When the teachers integrate music and theater, student learning improves in reading, math, and science as they become better critical thinkers and problem solvers. Arts integration uses singing, dancing, and other elements of the performing arts to engage young children in more active classroom experiences and inspire learning through all of their senses. It has been found that learning improves across subject areas, including reading, math, and science, as they become better critical thinkers and problem solvers. As an educator of young children knows, abstract thinking is one of the most difficult cognitive skills to teach.

We need to use music and drama to bring abstract ideas to life. Music and Drama are the ways in which it helps younger students to focus in learning. It is also a tool that is used often in our collaboration as classroom teacher.

The performing arts offer a powerful way to connect students with many different learning styles, and they can be especially effective in helping children experience the joy of being artists while learning essential skills for the future. When the arts are integrated into instruction, students begin by understanding through an art form. Teachers and artists enrich what students learn and teaching them how to demonstrate what they know through music, drama, singing, and dancing. The beauty of arts integration is how the knowledge and creativity turn into a cycle of their own but the students internalize the content and the content also serves as vehicle for them to become artists.