by Linda Huang, Tower PR, University of Texas
When I think about how arts education inspires students to do what they love, I can’t help but reminisce my own experiences and exposure to the arts. My first experience with fine arts was when I enrolled for piano lessons when I was 6 years old. I loved how I had the to make music with my own fingers. Little did I know, learning how to read music and listen to rhythm opened so many doors for me artistically. It became easier to pick up violin, which allowed me to participate in orchestra throughout middle school and high school.
However, I definitely think music opened the doors to my biggest passion yet: dancing. After my first ballet lesson at the age of 9, I knew I had found my passion. Dancing gave me the freedom to express myself through my movements. I also got exposed to different cultures when I learned different styles of dance, such as jazz, tap, Chinese folk, and modern. Through all of my different arts experiences, I learned the importance of dedication, teamwork and practice.
Arts education is a great opportunity find or own creative medium to express our thoughts and help build self-confidence. When we get involved in the arts, we also get the opportunity to meet people with the same interests and it gives us a sense of belonging.