Performing arts training, especially when started in early childhood, lays the foundation for a happier, healthier, and more successful life. It engages the full range of our intellectual capacity, fostering growth of our interpersonal, intrapersonal, bodily-kinesthetic, linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, naturalist, and spatial intelligences. While participating in performing arts activities, children acquire a number of skills and qualities that are crucial for their emotional, physical, and cognitive development. According to arts educator Lisa Phillips, these include:
Developing these key skills gives children what Phillips calls "the artistic edge" in life. Indeed, over more than three decades of teaching students of all ages, we at YOUniversity of Music and Arts have been fortunate to witness first-hand the transformative effects that performing arts training can have on students' lives. To enjoy the maximum range of benefits associated with performing arts education, students should begin as early in life as possible. Starting early is what will give your child a head start.
Though ActinGarten and Musikgarten each offer young children age-appropriate training in the performing arts, both programs differ significantly in their main focus:
Musikgarten (newborns through age 7), focusing on music training, presents a progressive sequence of classes that leads from group music activities to specialized instruction on the keyboard (and other instruments). Along the way, children systematically, yet playfully, advance on Musikgarten's "Path to Music Literacy."
ActinGarten's (ages 3 to 6) main focus is acting and theatre appreciation. Designed as a progressive sequence of age-appropriate classes, ActinGarten delivers many significant benefits closely associated specifically with drama classes, including improved social skills, communication skills, and character development.