Performing arts education

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Education in the performing arts is a key part of many primary and secondary education curricula and is also available as a specialisation at the tertiary level. The performing arts, broadly dance, music and theatre are key elements of culture and engage participants at a number of levels. This engagement through participation and formal and informal education is often lifelong.

The end point for performing arts education varies, for some people it is part of their engagement in their own and others culture, such as that of indigenous peoples and folklore, for others it leads to professional careers up to an elite level.

For this latter group, depending on the discipline, the physical demands are such that early entry into training can be essential. This is seen particularly with classical ballet and circus arts.

Performing arts are often a core curriculum area in education and seeks to expose students to ways to "express ideas and emotions that they cannot express in language alone". The curriculum needs to be sequential, from preschool to high school, to develop "student" skills and understanding of creating, performing, and responding", to "promotes knowledge and understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the arts" and provide opportunities for students to make connections among the arts, with other disciplines within the core curriculum, and with arts resources in the community,and so on

The performing arts[edit]

The performing arts differ from the plastic arts insofar as the former uses the artist's own body, face and/or presence as a medium Performers often adapt their appearance by special clothing, stage makeup, etc.

The breadth of areas covered by the performing arts is wide, including:

Prominent providers of performing arts education[edit]





  • The School of American Ballet, Lincoln Center is located in New York City, United States is the official academy of the New York City Ballet
  • Un-Cabaret Laboratories teaches alternative comedy writing & performance
  • The Juilliard School in New York City provides an arts education for people around the world since 1905, and has trained hundreds of famous actors that have performed on Broadway and in American films for the past century.
  • New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)
  • Leland Powers School in Boston provided training in theatre, public speaking, opera, and more for more than 50 years.
  • The Los Angeles Academy of Performing Arts (LAAPA)
  • The National Conservatory of Arts (NCA) in Washington, DC National Conservatory of Arts is a performing and fine arts conservatory that offers classes and private lessons in Music, dance, art, theater, and foreign language. NCA also hosts a performing arts after school program, and summer camp, where students major in specific art forms, or participate in all of the programs throughout the week. NCA, also houses the National Girls Choir, which is dedicated to presenting the finest in choral performance and education for girls and young women. NCA also offers music teacher mentorship programs, which allows music teachers with inexperience or credentials to shadow accomplished music teachers until they embody the same skill sets and standards.


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