When compared with English, Maths and Science, your child’s drama lessons might not seem that important. However, there are many benefits to drama lessons, including improving soft skills and boosting emotional intelligence. In turn, children are better equipped to deal with other aspects of their education, as well as their personal endeavours. I have teamed up with an independent school in London to explore the benefits of drama in greater detail.
First and foremost, drama improves a child’s confidence. They must perform in front of crowds, both small and large, express ideas and opinions and interact with their peers. A confident child is one who finds it easier to deal with certain challenges thrown their way. They might also feel more comfortable participating in class discussions and raising their hands in other lessons, contributing to improved overall academic performance. What’s more, drama can help a child with their communication skills, as their vocabulary and ability to use body language to express themselves develops.
Taking on the role of a character, who has different life experiences to that of your child’s, will help them to explore different hardships and mindsets. This will help them develop empathy, while also allowing them to draw comparisons with their own experiences and therefore make sense of particular issues. As a result, they might be able to learn about themselves and how to cope with certain things.
Teamwork is an important element of drama lessons, and an ability that can be transferred across all areas of a child’s life, even as they enter the world of work as an adult. Unless drama students support their peers, the performance may fall flat. As such, children are encouraged to put any differences they may have to one side and work with their fellow performers. They also often have to listen to one another’s ideas and take turns, teaching them to respect one another.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.