Drama is a dynamic practice that introduces students to a world of wonder and play. It encourages them to continue questioning, exploring and teasing out new ideas and ways of living and thinking. It isn’t about your child being the best performer or the next Hollywood star, it is about creating and making, exploring and responding in the search of our true selves and meaningful connections with others and the world around us.
Discover why drama is the best subject to study ever. Below are some reasons why children need study drama:
- It will increase your self-esteem and confidence.
- You will learn the skills of listening, negotiating and communicating.
- It will expand your cultural awareness. You will tour through a rich history of traditions and cultures. You will begin to know and appreciate that which is culturally and historically valuable.
- You will learn empathy and identification. Drama opens up new dimensions of emotional experiences. By observing other people’s creative processes and products, it can assist you in accessing emotions, along with understanding different ways of interpreting and understanding information. In drama we express ideas, observations and feelings by making choices about roles and/or characters
- It will increase your ability to think; creatively, imaginatively and divergently. You will learn how to think outside the square. Drama teaches students how to become critical consumers, rather than just passive viewers. Students are expected to question and critique their own and others’ processes and products.
- You will develop higher order thinking skills. We can often be limited by our own attitudes and beliefs. Drama requires us to view things from multiple perspectives, inviting us to share control of a narrative between different players. This automatically widens our perspectives, allowing us to synthesize and evaluate information at a much higher level.
- You will express your creativity in a variety of ways. In drama there is no right or wrong, creative play is encouraged and mistakes are often happy accidents. “Creative people do things. They make. They assemble. They put together. They make connections where connections were not previously apparent”.
- You will learn how to work in a team effectively. Drama is full of games, or rather complex group dynamics and team building exercises (games sound more fun). Learning how to work collaboratively is a precious and important skill. Drama helps you learn how to let go of what you want to say and respond to others’ viewpoints or actions in a safe and fun environment.
- You will learn how to speak in a more articulate manner, at the same time you will get to put on funny accents, or even sing or talk in jibberish.
- You will become better writers and therefore increase your literacy and numeracy skills, through script writing, performance analysis and creative writing exercises.
- You will expand your vocabulary and begin to use words like “hybrid” and “embody”.
- You will learn how to give feedback and take on board feedback. Drama teaches us how to ask questions that help make sense of learning. The two simple questions; ‘what worked’ and ‘what could be improved next time’ encourage students to offer constructive feedback and think critically and positively about their own and others’ performances.
These are but a few examples of how beneficial the study of drama, or the dramatic arts, will be to your child’s life.
If you are interested in letting your child study drama then you need to get in touch with one of the best drama schools on the East Rand, Keyboard Magic. From learning how to play the piano to learning how to become a music teacher, Keyboard Magic can help you every step of the way. To find out more about the courses on offer through Keyboard Magic, visit their website www.keyboardmagic.co.za