We are all aware of the pandemic that struck us like lightning and has left our world burning (metaphorically). Due to this, many industries have suffered but one not many people have paid notice to is that of the creative arts.
After schools were reopened on October 7th, many were disappointed to find out that classes such as art and music were being cancelled in order to stick to the bubbles. Students have also been encouraged to stay at home instead of attending extra-curricular classes such as drama. Of course this is all in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but it still has other repercussions.
So why exactly are the creative arts important in the education of both children and grown-ups alike?
Beneficial for one’s mindframe: Creativity is crucial to help stimulate the minds of children and to allow them to express themselves. It allows them the creative space for their minds to expand. Many adults, as well as some young people, believe that music classes are nowhere near as beneficial for children as other classes such as mathematics. What they don’t know is that children and adults who study and practice music have demonstrated improved verbal memory, literacy, and a higher IQ when compared to people who don’t practice such.
Therapeutic: The positive effects that the creative arts can have upon an individual are endless. This includes: Art, Drama and Music. It is extremely beneficial for those diagnosed with Autism. Art in this form allows people to build stronger relationships as well. Many people diagnosed with Autism are amazing artists or musicians, and one cannot help but see the great amount of improvement and development these already incredibly bright people show when introduced to the arts.
Stress Relief: It is also undeniable that practicing a form of creative arts such as drawing, playing an instrument, and acting, is not only fun, but also freeing and calming. Everybody needs a creative outlet once in a while. (I’m talking to all of you people suffering from scholastic stress).
Sadly, in our country, not only have these classes been temporarily cancelled from primary schools, but faculties such as that of the Performing Arts have seen a lack in number of students applying for their courses. (I for one remember many people looking at me like I have grown two heads when I told them that I am studying for a B.A. Honours in Theatre Studies.)
Do you practice some form of creative art? Did you know how important they are for mental development? Are you in agreement with music and art no longer being taught in primary schools?