Music and The Arts
Research shows that the arts help children build both basic and advanced thinking skills, and instruct children in diverse modes of thinking and learning.
The knowledge and skills that students develop in learning to respond to, perform and create works of arts constitute a fundamental form of literacy students must have if they are to communicate successfully and function in today’s new media and information society.
A quality arts education can help students develop the four C's:
• Cognition: Expanding our knowledge and contributing to critical thinking, problem solving analyzing information, and decision-making.
• Culture: Helping us to understand people and the traditions and symbols that have meaning for them. The arts are international and transcend the limits of different languages, and help to bridge the gaps in a diverse and complicated world.
• Communication: Sending and receiving information via various forms of media that are their own form of literacy. Using sights, sounds, and movement to convey meaning beyond the power of words, arts education develops the ability to interpret and understand complex symbols in the same manner as language and mathematics.
• Creativity: Encouraging and Cultivating imagination, invention and innovation skills, the arts is linked to scientific discovery, business planning and negotiation.
Hands 4 Hope LA helps our community provide every student with the opportunity to learn about music, art, music, and drama. We employ proven practices endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and their 21st Century Learning Center objectives:
• Providing after-school opportunity in dance, music, theater and the visual arts;
• Integrating the arts into math, science, history and other after-school subjects;
• Supporting artist-teacher collaborations in and outside the school with cultural groups such as museums, libraries, poetry, and visual arts community groups and in-school residencies of artists, musicians, theater performers, writers and museum curators; and
• Encouraging parental involvement in the production and planning of student dance, musical and theatrical performances, as well as field trips to local museums.