The performing and fine arts provide an important means of communication where thoughts, creativity, and expression can be directed to ennoble, uplift, inspire, and build. As educators, we strive to help students develop aesthetically, academically, and culturally.
As the saying goes, talent is good...but preparation is essential. The arts make a contribution to education that reaches beyond their intrinsic value as direct forms of thinking.
Because each arts discipline appeals to different senses and expresses itself through different media, each adds a special richness to the learning environment. As students imagine, create, and reflect, they are developing both verbal and nonverbal abilities necessary to school progress. At the same time, they are developing problem-solving abilities and higher-order thinking skills.
Research points toward a consistent and positive correlation between a substantive education in the arts and student achievement in other subjects and on standardized tests. A comprehensive, articulated arts education program also engages students in a process that helps them develop the self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation necessary for self-esteem and success for life.