**This post has been sponsored by North Texas Performing Arts.**
The performing arts may seem like something for middle and high school children, but they have great benefits for children of all ages, even preschoolers. In fact, children learn to sing before they even learn to speak. The coos that babies make are more closely related to melody than to words. Infants and toddlers learn about the world through all of their senses, especially through sound and physical movements.
Performing arts classes for preschoolers, like the new STARters classes at North Texas Performing Arts, are focused on developing skills for young children through artistic mediums. Children build a foundation of cognitive, social, emotional, sensory and motor movement skills that they will continue to use and develop throughout their life. North Texas Performing Arts offers STARters art, drama, music and dance classes for students age newborn-5 at their new headquarters location inside The Shops at Willow Bend.
There are tons of great benefits for young children involved in the performing arts. Here are just 5 of the reasons why you should consider one of these classes for your little one.
1. Improving Social Skills
Young children are often shy and have difficulty interacting with other children or adults. Performing arts classes are a great way for preschoolers to build interactions with others through play and creativity. Children gain confidence when they learn to share and play together. When children learn to make friends at a young age, they are more likely to succeed socially in school.
2. Learning Physical Skills
The physicality of performing arts helps develop young muscles and brains for more difficult tasks later in life. In art and music classes children learn fine motor skills. Developing the use of muscles and movement in the hands helps children gain independence as they can begin doing tasks like opening doors, brushing their teeth, and holding a pencil. In drama and dance classes, children learn to walk on a steady beat and develop hand-eye coordination which translates into activities such as running, biking and sports.
3. Increasing Vocabulary
Learning a new skill is a great way to increase vocabulary. Children learn new words and phrases as they listen to stories, learn lines for a play, or learn about new instruments or art supplies. Building a large vocabulary as a young child helps students communicate with confidence and fosters their excitement to learn to read and write.
4. Growing the Parent-Child Bond
Young children learn a lot through observing and interacting with their mom and dad. In mommy and me classes, parents can be involved in the learning process by providing an example for their child during class. For older preschoolers, parents can practice at home by going over lines from a play or practicing dance steps. Participating in a new activity together can increase the bond between parents and children building trust, happiness and love.
5. You can try your first class for free!
The performing arts are a fun and creative way for children to learn and grow! They laugh, smile, stomp, play, kick, clap, jump, sing and dance. But don’t take our word for it. You can try out your first class for free at North Texas Performing Arts. Their STARters classes are a perfect way to try out an art, drama, music or dance class with no commitment.