In its submission to the review of the Australian Curriculum, the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) outlined the plethora of existing evidence that affirms the advantages of an arts education.
‘We know the benefits of a comprehensive arts education are felt across all learning areas,’ Ms Bethwyn Serow, AMPAG Executive Director, said today.
‘It is widely documented in the US, Canada, the UK, Europe and Australia, that students whose learning is embedded in the arts achieve better grades and overall test scores, are less likely to leave school early, rarely report boredom, and have a more positive self-concept than students who are deprived of arts experiences.
They are also more likely to become involved in community service.’
In its submission to the Review, AMPAG also cited a US study that found twice as many low socioeconomic students performed at high levels of maths proficiency if they were involved in music education than those who weren’t.
Ms Serow also said experiencing live arts performance was an essential component in arts learning and had a vital role in the education of all young people.
‘Live performance is the core business of MPA companies, and they are in a unique position to partner with education providers,’ she said.
One in every five Australian school children is reached by major performing arts company education programs each year. The companies work closely with schools and communities to develop the content, including creating digital resources.
They also hold specific education-focused workshops and performances for students and teachers, and invest company resources and funds raised through philanthropists to ensure financial barriers to access are minimised.
The major performing arts companies performed to 537 000 children and 6000 school performance in 2012.