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Music and Arts Training Important for Young Children

Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds.

There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). This kind of intelligence, by which one can visualize various elements that should go together, is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for everything from solving advanced mathematics problems to being able to pack a book-bag with everything that will be needed for the day.

Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer. Recent studies show that students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT. They also achieve higher grades in high school.

A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures. This development of compassion and empathy, as opposed to development of greed and a “me first” attitude, provides a bridge across cultural chasms that leads to respect of other races at an early age.

Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work. These standards, when applied to a student’s own work, demand a new level of excellence and require students to stretch their inner resources.

December 28, 2010 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

Supporting arts eductation at the preschool age

Supporting arts education in preschool children is important for a wide variety of reasons:

  • Preschool care and education, except for certain low-income programs, is considered a private service and receives little or no federal funding.
  • While the importance of early childhood arts education has received greater attention in recent years, the majority of funding and programming is directed to grades K–12, with preschools being largely underserved.
  • Arts education should not be considered a frill, but a necessity. Since preschools are not part of the public school system, funding sources vary greatly. When budgets are tight, arts programs, teachers, and supplies are often cut first.
  • More than four million children attend preschool programs nationwide.
  • Preschool-age children are primed for learning and greatly accepting of most art forms.
  • Compelling evidence exists that early arts experience has an impact on all aspects of a child’s learning and development and that, in many ways, “earlier is better.”
  • Early childhood thus presents both a unique opportunity and a unique challenge; a part of that challenge is to engage and support all who care for and educate young children in making the arts an integrated and vital part of their earliest experiences.
  • We know that “art,” understood as spontaneous creative play, is what young children naturally do—singing, dancing, drawing, and role-playing. We also know that the arts engage all the senses and involve a variety of modalities including the kinesthetic, auditory, and visual. When caregivers engage and encourage children in arts activities on a regular basis from early in life, they are laying the foundation for—and even helping wire children’s brains for—successful learning.

Source: Arts Education Partnership, Children’s Learning & the Arts: Birth to Age Eight

December 16, 2010 at 11:23 am 2 comments

Academic benefits of arts education for children

Pre-literacy skills such as reading and writing are greatly improved when students are exposed to a quality, integrated arts education. Research shows us that studying dance, for example, substantively helps preschoolers with reading readiness skills, while the discussion of music helps with language skills. The report “Critical Evidence:  How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement,” commissioned by the National Assembly of States Arts Agencies (2006), also found research demonstrating that dramatic play helps children’s comprehension skills and improves reading and pre-reading skills among all groups, especially those first graders whose reading was below grade level.

According to “Looking at Art with Toddlers,” by Katherina Danko-McGhee, Ph.D., exploring and discussing art with even very young children pays off by helping children organize their thoughts and develop logical, yet creative thinking. Children learn that “visual symbols can communicate ideas” and story telling can help improve descriptive language. Taking care to allow children the opportunity to talk, dramatize, sing, dance and otherwise creatively communicate allows them to sharpen their ability to use symbolic thought.

Math and logic and their relationships to the arts also hold a fascination for the researcher.

The highly publicized “Mozart Effect” revolutionized our society’s thinking about the value of music to the young child’s mind, and although specific results have been debated, it has generated new research and has come to symbolize a new way of thinking about the importance of the arts.

The 2006 National Assembly of State Arts Agencies report entitled “Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement,” analyzed studies that demonstrate measurable improvement in performance in math, especially among economically disadvantaged students. Music instruction is proven to help develop spatial temporal reasoning, which may lead to more sophisticated thinking about math concepts.

Beyond Academics

Perhaps more importantly than test scores and grades are the less tangible, but powerful effects that critical study of the arts can give us. These include cognitive skills such as reasoning ability, problem solving skills, creativity and inventiveness, all of which are improved when children discuss, create and participate in the arts. They learn to draw inferences and strengthen their abstract thinking. Research in “Critical Evidence” found increases in fluency, originality and improvisation among children with a good integrated arts education. Once again, the largest improvements were found among young children who had critical social and developmental needs and were struggling below their peer groups.

Improved self-esteem, perceptions of school and respect for others are other positive benefits of art exposure.

December 10, 2010 at 9:13 am Leave a comment

Tomorrow! Tomorrow! They’re leaving, tomorrow!

The Academy and Jr. Company students are off to Atlanta this weekend for the Junior Theater Festival produced by iTheatrics!!!

We’re super proud of all our students and thankful for all the help the parents have been, too. Thanks to all of you!

Give ‘em your own “Break a leg!” message in the comments.

Also, catch an encore presentation of their Junior Theater Festival Performance NEXT WEEK! Come for our Open House on Friday the 22nd and see The Academy and Jr. Company students perform the material they had prepared for the festival. It starts at 6pm.

We’ll see you there!

January 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

Kindermusik Open House

Join us for an upcoming Kindermusik® Open House. You’ve got two to choose from.

NORTH Campus – Monday, January 11th at 12:30pm.

SOUTH Campus – Friday, January 15th at 3:30pm.

Kindermusik® is a music and movement program for newborns up to age 7. Kindermusik® is a great opportunity to be a part of a child centered and age appropriate program that creates musical children by letting them explore all the possibilities that surround them.

Kindermusik® is the emerging community of families and teachers passionately committed to bringing music to children’s lives. Guided by a proven methodology combining music and childhood development research, Kindermusik® sparks magical, memorable learning for each and every child.

Classes start on January 18th. Call 253.4000 now to register or find out more information about our Open House.

Join us on Monday, January 12th or Friday, January 15th and find out why Kindermusik® was voted BEST PARENT/CHILD program and BEST MUSIC program in the June issue of WNC Parent.

January 6, 2010 at 9:14 pm Leave a comment

New South Location!

STARTING Monday November 30th:

We are upgrading to a new, larger facility which will be a better home for all of our programs! The studios will be larger and there will be more space for rehearsals, for classes and for parents of Kindermusik students to roll across the floor!

The best part is that the move is JUST ACROSS THE STREET!

Located at 10 Miller Avenue, Long Shoals turns into Miller Ave when you cross Hendersonville Road. It is on the left hand side of the street across from the Skyland Fire Department.

If you were sitting at the traffic light (having come from I-26) at Long Shoals Rd. and Hendersonville Rd, you would take a left onto Hendersonville Rd to get to the CURRENT location at Summit Ave.

Instead of turning left at that light, go STRAIGHT THROUGH the light and the NEW Arts Center- South will be on your left hand side, directly across from the Fire Station. We have a BLUE AWNING, and parking right up against the building!

The NEW facility will bring endless growing potential for all areas of the arts and our students. We can’t wait for you to join us next week in this great new space. Tell all your friends to come and check us out!

November 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

Preschool-Aged Child? Come to our Mommies Tea on Wednesday, October 21st!

Do you have a preschool-aged child?  Come see what all of the excitement is about!

Try one FREE day of The Asheville Arts Center’s Creative Arts Preschool!

“Drop In” day is Wednesday, October 21st from 9:15-1:00.

While your child is enjoying a fun day of learning, music and more, come enjoy a delicious continental breakfast and great conversation with other mom’s of preschoolers at our Mommies Morning Out Tea from 10:00-12:30 at the beautiful Battery Park Champagne Bar

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1 Battle Square – Asheville

We’ll have raffle prizes, give aways and more as well as having staff members on hand to answer any questions you might have regarding either our preschool or Kindermusik programs.

Please call Eliza today at 253-4000 to reserve your space!

Did you see us in Mountain Xpress this week?  In case you missed it…

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October 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

The Children’s Theatre Workshop presents: Cinderella, Kids! & Grease School Version

Wizard of Oz 2009 014Over the next two weekends, come experience the talented casts of two dymanic shows!  The Children’s Theatre Workshop at the Asheville Arts Center has been working  hard over the last few months to bring quality children’s theatre to the Asheville community.

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This Saturday, October 10, the timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured animated film.

cinderellaPoor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love! With a beautiful score including “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and the classic “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” this musical will charm its way into your heart, and remind you that dreams really can come true.

The perfomers are all between the ages of 4 & 7 years old.
Performances are October 10, 2009.
11am, 12pm (South cast), 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:15pm (North cast)

The next show for this age group will be Jungle Book, Kids! which starts November 2, performing February 6, 2010!

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0910_GreaseLogo_WebNext weekend, Friday through Sunday, October 16-18, 2009, come to Rydell High and hand-jive with the Greasers and the Pink Ladies!

It’s 1959 and Rydell high is filled with rebellious, thrill-loving students. In the midst of this scene, Sandy Dumbrowski enters as the new girl in school. It turns out that she and the leader of the Burger Palace Boys gang, Danny Zuko, have had a brief love affair the summer before. While Sandy stresses to her new classmates the emotional attachment she and Danny had, Danny stresses the different aspects of their relationship. In the end, Sandy and Danny resolve their differences and end up happily together. Dancing in the show involves 1950s jazz styles.
Note: This show is toned down for younger performers. From the Samuel French website: “Groups who perform for young audiences or produce musicals with young actors now have an ideal version of GREASE for their needs. Shorter and more suitable in content for teens and subteens, this abridged version retains the fun-loving spirit and immortal songs that make GREASE a favorite among rock and roll fans of all ages.”

Performers in this show are between the ages of 8 & 18 years old.
Performances are October 16-18, 2009. (2 performances per cast.)

Performing at William W. Estes Elementary at 275 Overlook Rd in South Asheville. Friday, 7pm & Saturday, 3pm (South cast), Saturday, 7pm & Sunday, 3pm (North cast.)

Our next show for this age group is Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. Starting November 2, this show will perform January 29-31, 2010!

October 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm 1 comment

Creative Arts Preschool Open Houses and Drop-In Wednesdays!

The Asheville Arts Center offers a fantastic arts-based preschool program designed for fostering creativity in kids.  Open to kids, ages 2-4, the Creative Arts Preschool is a morning preschool program (9:15am-1pm) available for 2, 3 or 5 days a week at both our Asheville & Arden locations.

CAPFlyerThe Creative Arts Preschool program offers hands-on learning so that children can discover the wonderful world around them. Research studies show that exposing children to the Performing Arts helps improve critical thinking and develop self-confidence. Children naturally respond to music, dance, art and drama. At the Asheville Arts Center, our curriculum incorporates all of this, while allowing each child to excel in other areas as well, such as math, science and language.

The Asheville Arts Center Creative Arts Preschool is designed to recognize and encourage each child’s uniqueness by exposing them to the Creative and Performing Arts. We believe that learning is a creative process that should always be fun. Each student is encouraged to discover the joy of learning through exciting daily themes that tap into their creativity and self-expression. At the Asheville Arts Center, we promote self-esteem and respect for others, while being sensitive to children’s varying development and learning styles. By providing enrichment opportunities for our students to grow, we help each child to gain self-control and to achieve a positive self-image in a happy, safe, and stimulating environment.

olivia1Every Wednesday for the rest of 2009 we are allowing drop-ins from interested parents.  Give us a call to let us know you’ll be stopping in with your child to check out our program.

Additionally, we will be hosting two preschool open houses over the next month.  These will be held on:

Friday, September 25 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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Saturday, October 17 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

Both open houses will be held at our main location at 308 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville.  We’d love to see you!

September 18, 2009 at 3:37 pm 3 comments


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