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The Benefits of an Adolescent Arts Education

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Discipline, creative collaboration, patience, problem-solving skills, diligence, inventiveness, decision making, failing and trying again, learning to ride the waves of the creative process….

These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the skills and values an early arts education instills in students. Whatever field they decide to pursue post graduation, it’s an invaluable education that will serve students well throughout their lives.

The Sooner the Better

Does your child already know the avenue they want to explore in the arts? They’re lucky. Getting started early is optimal. Developing raw talent takes well-trained, committed instructors plus a TON of dedication and practice.

In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell introduced the “10,000 hour rule” which presents the theory that to “become really good” at a skill (especially an art discipline) it requires around 10,000 hours of diligent practice. So, according to Gladwell, the sooner you begin, the sooner you and society will benefit from the fruits of your labor.

The Additional Perks

And it gets better. Beyond the intrinsic value of making and studying art, research from Americans for the Arts shows a sustained arts education (roughly nine hours a week for at least one academic school year) leads to impressive benefits in student motivation, attendance, achievement in academics, and higher SAT scores (we’re talking nearly 100 points higher after four academic school years. Perfect timing!).

BBR Education interviewed some North American boarding schools with notable arts programs that will get your child’s creative juices flowing:

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