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ARTS EDUCATION: \ What value does it have for youth? Involvement in the arts is linked Artists, art organizations, and even governmental Musical involvement promotes agencies have long proclaimed the benefits of artistic with better academics enrichment for youth. Numerous studies have sup- better math skills Students with higher participation in the arts have better scores in standardized tests than those with low partici- ported this view, finding consistently higher academic Students with a high involvement in instrumental or cho- ral classes tend to outperform in math subjects those with low involvement"; this is attributed to the inherent spatial and geometric reasoning in sheet music, and has and social ratings from artistically-involved youth. pation34 While most have found correlational results, some re- searchers have even shown causal relationships. 67% 66% the largest effect on low socio-economic status students. 57% 50% 48% 33% 39% 21% Low High Low High Low High Underprivileged youth are more affected by involvement in all forms of the arts Grade 8 Grade 10 16% 11% Low High Low High Grade 8 Grade 12 The arts provide new challenges for students already considered successful® Theater participation helps social tolerance Involvement in theater or drama makes a student more likely to be friendly toward other racial groups". Arts organizations encourage personal growth 27% 16% Youth involved in arts organizations were more likely to spend leisure time in community service or youth groups and had better ratings for self-worth than those who were not involved in an arts organization. 20% 11% 64% All Students High Theater All Students High Theater Arts education enacts several cognitive changes? 31% Lopenness . An interest in a performing art leads to a higher 16% state of motivation; this helps sustain attention. All Involved in Arts • Training in theater leads to memory improve- Students Participates in youth groups Performs community service attention ment, mostly by learning skills to remember lines. • High levels of music training is linked with both 89% memory 76% short- and long-term memory improvements. 76% . Music training is also associated with an en- hanced ability to read-specifically phonological awareness, which is a predictor of early literacy. literacy In children, the practice of music is connected to mental skills central to geometry. Students . Interest in the arts is related to openness in a In Arts In Arts Feels good about him/herself geometry Able to do things as child's temperament. well as others The Indiana Youth Institute 1. Catterall, J.S., Chapleau, R. & Iwanaga, J. (1999). Involve- 6. Fiske, E. (Ed.). (1999). Champions of Change: The impact of the arts on learning. Washington, DC: The Arts Education Partnership and the President's Committee on Arts and Hu- ment in the Arts and Success in Secondary School. Included in Champions of Change (see below) 2. Asbury, C. & Rich, B. (Eds.) (2008). Learning, Arts and the Brain: The Dana Consortium report on arts and cognition. New York: Dana Press Serving those who impact youth manities. The Indiana Youth Institute promotes 603 E. Washington St., Suite 800 the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions, and communities that impact their well-being. 7. For more on arts affecting the public good, see McCarthy, K.F. et al. (2004). Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the debate about the benefits of the arts. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 396-2700 3. Deasy, R.J. (Ed.). (2002). Critical Links: Learning in the arts and student achievement and social development. Washing- ton, DC: The Arts Education Partnership 4. For more on arts and academics, see Winner, E. & Hetland, L. (2000). The Arts and Academic Achievement: What the evi- dence shows. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 34 Library Materials Customized Data For more on the current state of arts education in the US, policy recommendations, and best practices, see Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's future through creative schools. Washington, DC: President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (2011). Help Line Indiana Databook Trainings, Webinars Consulting Services services 5. Catterall, J.S., & Waldorf, L. (1999). Chicago Arts Partner- ships in Education: Summary evaluation. Included in Champi- ons of Change (see below) AUGUST 2011 Low SES Students with High Math Scores

Arts Education

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With the focus on standardized testing and the increasingly slim budgets, it seems like schools are throwing out art, music, and theater classes left and right. However, many studies have shown that t...


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