The study of art enhances our perception and helps us express ourselves to others. Extra-curricular activities in the domains of drama, music, dance, and other performing arts provide students with a recreational avenue and facilitate their educational, emotional, social, and creative development. Moreover, these confidence-building activities also instill in young learners crucial communication skills, that they may leverage in a wide range of occupational areas—management, hospitality, customer service, broadcast media, marketing, sales, advertising, leisure, sport, and tourism, just to name a few.
What students learn from studying art, drama, and music?
- Improved learning skills
- Enhanced social skills
- Attention to detail
Studying the arts can hone one’s emotional intelligence; Educational theorists are increasingly emphasizing the importance of high emotional intelligence in the development of a creative mind and a nimble flexible thought process.
Not only do the performing arts engage the creative side of the brain, but they also regulate one’s study patterns and aid academic learning. Furthermore, students come to appreciate constructive feedback, thereby nurturing a growth mindset. Drama, for example, equips theatrics with the ability to perceive real-life situations with a broad range of perspectives. Thus, students can use such creative techniques to excel in their coursework as well. The confidence that one gain through such experiences permeates other areas of their life as well.
Group activities foster eloquent communication and allow students to exhibit and strengthen their cultural leadership as they explore new cultures and viewpoints. Apart from sharpening their focus, memory, and critical thinking abilities, students also become more accepting and liberal citizens.
Such programs encourage students to be creative and use their imagination, which in turn helps them contextualize their environment and their role in society. Students are often asked to “think outside the box” in terms of problem-solving. Art programs promote novelty and nonlinear thinking, skills that can be useful in both academic and professional settings.
Colleges offering undergraduate/postgraduate courses in Performing Arts, Drama, and Music:
- Juilliard School, United States
- University of Music and Performing Arts, Australia
- Royal College of Music, United Kingdom
- Christ University, Bengaluru
- Krea University, Andhra Pradesh
- Jain University, Bengaluru
- Flame University, Pune
- Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh
- Amity University, Uttar Pradesh
- University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
- B.A. Music (Vocal)
- B.A. Music (Instrumental)
- B.A. Performing Arts
- Diploma in theatre
Colleges seek students who have achievements beyond their academics. A lot of liberal arts colleges in India, inspired by renowned universities in the West, are now adopting profile-based admissions. Some examples are Flame University, Ashoka University, Krea University, and Azim Premji University. The applications to such sought after universities entail comprehensive records of the applicant’s academics, extra-curricular, research endeavors, and leadership activities. Therefore, it is imperative to build a holistic profile in order to obtain admission to such institutions. Please visit our liberal arts blog on our website to gain more information about the admission process.
Beyond academics and personality development, these activities arm students with a sense of independence that helps them combat anxiety, unhappiness, and other negative emotions. Indeed, a study of the arts is a nourishing and enjoyable journey.