From as early as I can remember, the arts have been a strong presence in my life. My parents were always very supportive of my many interests, and the arts were certainly something that the entire family valued.
Growing up I was fortunate enough to take theatre, piano, guitar, painting and dance lessons. Its hard to imagine what my life would have been like without these experiences. Its even harder to understand the effect the arts had on me since I see art everywhere around me.
It’s a bit hard to explain, but here is an example: I took AP Music Theory in my high school thinking it would be piece of cake given my years of piano lessons and choirs. Boy, was I wrong. That class was definitely one of the most challenging I’ve ever taken in my life. But it made me look at the art of music and composition in a way I had never seen before. Not only did it feel like my brain was running a marathon, but I realized how much math was in this art, and from there, was even more stunned to learn how much art there is within math.
From there on out, I was always aware of the duality of my learning experiences, and I try to always keep that in the forefront of my mind when learning something new that may be challenging. How else will it apply? When I directed a play for my senior project, I realized again how many critical life skills the process had given me: the ability to multi-task, to schedule, time management, the value of punctuality, and much much more.
I guess I see the whole process of learning itself as an interdisciplinary practice, and the creativity, the openness, the ability to imagine are important life skills I received from arts education that have enhanced my overall educational and life experiences.
This revelation was particularly meaningful to me because I learned that no matter what the future holds for me, that I will still be integrating the arts into my everyday work.
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