Some view art education in schools as just an additional activity, unaware or overlooking that the benefits of arts in education are vast and varied. Studies indicate that arts education enhances learning, brain function, cultural awareness, mental well-being, and personal growth. Research by the Arts Education Partnership reveals that students who study music have an increased aptitude for and receive better math grades, reading ability, and overall cognitive development. These reasons and more are why Long Island Hebrew Academy values and incorporates art and music into our core curriculum.

Arts and Education: Two Parts of a Well-Rounded Education

91% of Americans believe that the arts play a significant role in providing a well-rounded education. Learning about the arts can support the emotional well-being of students, enhance their academic performance, and encourage parental participation in education.  Not only do arts and music allow students to express themselves creatively, but they also provide them with tools to excel academically and when they enter the workforce. Here are six benefits of arts in education.

1.     Improves Academic Performance

Numerous studies have shown that students involved in the arts tend to perform better in other academic subjects. Arts education enhances critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, making students more engaged and excited about school thanks to the added enjoyment these classes provide.

2.     Enhances Creativity

Engaging in artistic activities allows students to think outside the box and develop innovative solutions to problems or formulate new ideas. Creativity is essential for success and is nurtured and encouraged through arts education.

young girl in a classroom holding a a flower pot art project she painted

3.     Builds Self-Confidence

Participating in arts and music classes can help students develop a sense of accomplishment and self-worth. Whether performing in a play or painting a picture for everyone to see, students gain a sense of pride in their ability to risk trying new things.

4.     Encourages Collaboration

Many arts and music programs require students to work together as a team to achieve a common goal. From playing an instrument in a musical number to designing and building a sculpture with others, students benefit from real-life applications of communication, cooperation, and compromise.

5.     Provides Emotional Outlets

Expressing emotions can be a difficult task for some kids. However, allowing students to channel their feelings into artistic creations is one of the great benefits of arts in education. Whether they’re happy, sad, frustrated, or excited, they can use a creative outlet to express these emotions better.

rabbi sitting in class with young students playing a guitar

6.     Promotes Cultural Awareness

Exposure to different forms of art and music from around the world can help students develop a greater appreciation for diversity and cultural understanding of others and themselves. This can lead to more tolerant and empathetic individuals.

The Benefits of Arts in Education: Expanding the Mind and Joy of Children

Arts and music education offer students various benefits, from an improved sense of confidence to go after a particular career or profession to tapping into a skill or ability that otherwise would have possibly stayed dormant. By incorporating these subjects into the curriculum, schools can help students develop the skills they need to succeed and enjoy all life will put in front of them.

Not to mention, arts education is also just a lot of fun! Where academics are paramount, our teachers value the importance of the children doing so in an environment that values and ensures their happiness through a balanced and engaging curriculum, too.