Drama & Acting Classes That Provide Your Child With Transferable Skills For Life
Many people see drama as an ‘easy subject’ that doesn’t really teach you anything valuable unless you want to become an actor or director. This is far from the truth. Although drama is not necessarily an academic subject full of facts, it does teach students a massive range of skills which are transferable to other areas of life and, therefore, it is a very valuable and worthwhile subject to study. Whatever career path we choose in life; drama can teach the skills you will need to be successful. Here are some of those skills.
1. Group work – through working with a wide range of people on a regular basis, students learn to be patient. They also learn the very important skill of working with people you may not necessarily want to work with. In the real world, we do not always have the benefit of choice in terms of our colleagues!
2. Improvisation – thinking on their feet encourages students to be creative and more pro-active. This will be of enormous benefit in both their personal and professional lives later on.
3. Creativity – most bosses want their staff to be independently creative and drama can give you this skill. Drama forces students to constantly come up with new and creative ideas and to work to a deadline. This skill will stay with them.
4. Empathy – so many people find it difficult to understand others and to empathise with their situations. Playing characters that are outside the students’ experience and knowledge gives them an insight into how other people feel about and respond to different situations. This is an invaluable skill especially for anyone considering a career in professions such as nursing, caring or teaching.
5. Discipline – actors have to discipline themselves to perform a character in a given setting. If a student can master the art of keeping a straight face when the audience is in hysterics, then they have mastered discipline. Just think how effective this skill could be when going for a job interview, for example. Students, through drama, will learn to consider their body language and how to adapt it in different situations and this is a great skill to have.
6. Confidence – this is self-explanatory really. Through group work, discussion and performance, students cannot fail to gain in confidence and we all need confidence to be successful in life.
I could go on for longer and I am sure you can think of many more skills but here is a more basic list!
7. Oral communication skills
8. Problem solving ability
9. Motivation and commitment
10. Independent thinking
11. Respect for deadlines
13. Accepting the rules
14. Respect for authority and for colleagues
15. Adaptability and flexibility
16. A healthy self-image
18. Leadership skills
20. The ability to have fun!