Inspiring a lifelong love of music and the arts

Partners Post, March 2015

Student paintingArts and music are a vibrant, vital, and necessary part of the curriculum for Pennsylvania's students, schools, and communities. The lessons learned in the classroom, the theater, the art museum, the concert hall, and the world beyond are helping to produce the next generation of critical and creative thinkers.

Teachers and parents can partner to inspire a lifelong love of music and the arts. We asked art, music, and theater teachers from across Pennsylvania to offer their tips for parents and other caring adults who want to encourage the children in their lives to think creatively and to appreciate music and the creative arts. Here is a sampling of what they said:

Drawing is the precursor to reading: When children make a connection between visual images and marks on a page, they are laying the foundation for lifelong learning. Encourage your kids to draw.

Keep art supplies on hand: A box of crayons and some blank paper can unlock a lot of creative potential in children. Send your child outside in old clothes to get down and dirty with paints or sidewalk chalk.

Take in a show: Encourage storytelling and creative imagination. Visit your local theater and take in a show.

Listen to music: There is no better way to nurture a love for music than by listening to music with your kids. Bring lawn chairs and the children to hear bands and orchestras playing summer concerts at the park.

Encourage your children to be musical:  Talk to your kids about joining the band, orchestra, or chorus at school. These experiences give students an opportunity to learn and grow musically, creatively, emotionally, and socially.

To get more tips from art and music educators, read our latest installment of "Partnering to Help Our Students." 



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