Today I’d love to share with you 6 benefits for homeschoolers to participate in musical theater.
Helps kids get out of their shell
The first thing a student has to do to be a musical theater show is audition. This a huge step for a lot of kids. They need to pick a song to sing and practice it every day. Then they have to audition in front of directors, other students, and possibly an audience as well. It’s hard! But kids who conquer this step have made huge leap in their self-confidence.
Helps kids improve in expression
As I’ve been helping to direct a musical these past few weeks, we’ve taught the kids to sing, dance, and learn their lines. But another huge goal for us has been to teach them how to better express themselves. Kids often don’t naturally know how to use their eyes and face to express to an audience. Once they learn it, it will carry over into their everyday conversations and when they are public speaking.
Helps kids gain better body awareness
Students also learn body awareness. Some kids just don’t have natural athletic talent, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn to use their bodies better. In musical theater they are learning to stand in formations on stage and use their arms, hands, and feet for dances.
Kids learn to work together as a team
When some kids audition they are hoping to get a certain part, but they don’t always get what they want. The students have to learn to be happy for those who got the part they wanted and work to be the very best they can at the part they got. If everyone works as a team, that makes the show that much better!
They might find a talent they didn’t know they had
I’ve seen this often. Kids will give musical theater a try and then they find out that they truly have a talent in acting, singing, or dancing that they never knew they had!
They learn to bring joy and delight to an audience
It’s exciting when students realize how wonderful it is to bring joy and delight to an audience. They love to see those in the audience affected by what they do–maybe it’s even to get them to express a different emotion, like sadness or anger. All kids love to do something funny and hear the audience laugh. What an important skill to learn!
If you’d like to learn more, see 10 Tips for Homeschoolers to be Successful in Musical Theater at Music in Our Homeschool.
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