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.[1][citation needed] The performing arts, which include, but are not limited to dance, music and theatre, are key elements of culture and engage participants at a number of levels.[2][citation needed]

The endpoint for performing arts education varies: some educators integrate arts into school classrooms to support other curricula while simultaneously building students' art skills, and some focus on performing arts as an academic discipline in itself.[3]

Performing arts integration[edit]

Performing arts integration in schools

Integrating performing arts into educational experiences can help students learn other subjects, such as science, as well as help them develop various non-arts-based skills.[4] As children grow, engaging them in performance arts can help them meet developmental milestones, including those for motor skills and psychosocial skills.[5] For example, teachers can integrate performing arts and the discussion thereof into their classrooms to honor student self-expression.[3] Bilingual youth can benefit from this type of arts integration because it offers them modes of communication that can respond more easily to their culture and language than text-based or test-based learning.[6] Regardless of the language used, teachers have found that using performing arts in the classroom, such as improvisational drama, can help students process and prepare for non-arts-based life situations, including bullying.[7]

Performing arts integration out of schools

Performing arts integration that empowers students in these ways does not only happen in schools; community organizations, such as the Beat Nation Collective in Canada, use hip hop performance to help students deepen their understanding of and broaden their experience with indigenous identity and language.[8]

Issues of access and equity

Despite the benefits of engaging students in performing arts, many students, particularly minority students such as African American and Latino students, do not have equitable access to performing arts in their school classrooms.[6]

Discipline-based 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.

For students pursuing elite professional careers in performing arts like classical ballet and circus arts, the physical demands are such that early entry into training can be essential.[citation needed]

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

Prominent providers of performing arts education[edit]




  • Higher Institute of Musical Arts
  • Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Art Education Association|
  2. ^ American Alliance for Theater & Art Education |
  3. ^ a b "Curriculum Frameworks - Visual & Performing Arts (CA Dept of Education)". Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Merryl (2011-04-11). Arts Integration: Teaching Subject Matter through the Arts in Multicultural Settings (4 ed.). Boston: Pearson. ISBN 9780132565561.
  5. ^ "Children's Developmental Benchmarks and Stages". Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  6. ^ a b Chappell, Sharon Verner; Faltis, Christian J. (2013-04-10). The Arts and Emergent Bilingual Youth: Building Culturally Responsive, Critical and Creative Education in School and Community Contexts. Routledge. ISBN 9780415509749.
  7. ^ Donahue, David M. (2010-06-02). Stuart, Jennifer (ed.). Artful Teaching: Integrating the Arts for Understanding Across the Curriculum, K-8. New York; Reston, VA: Teachers College Press. ISBN 9780807750803.
  8. ^ Gorliewski, Julie; Porfilio, Brad (2012). "Revolutionizing Environmental Education through Indigenous Hip Hop Culture". Canadian Journal of Environmental Education. 17: 46–61.

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