Appreciation for the Arts
The arts don’t just develop a child’s creativity—the skills they learn are also beneficial for their social, emotional, and academic growth. A report by Americans for the Arts found that young people who participate regularly in the arts have higher overall GPAs, and are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. They are also more likely to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay than children who do not participate. In a study conducted at Columbia University, research evidenced that subjects such as mathematics, science, and language require complex cognitive and creative capacities “typical of arts learning” (Burton, Horowitz, & Abeles, 1999). Participation in the arts such as band, choir, and theatre also build confidence, perseverance, and collaboration skills.
At AACS, our musical, theatre, and visual arts programs are designed to nurture student-artists from kindergarten to graduation and beyond. We believe that students should use their artistic gifts to serve others and offer multiple opportunities for them to do so. Our art is displayed, our bands and choirs travel around the country and globe to perform, and our stage is always alive with performances. While many schools are cutting their arts budget, it continues to be a strong area of focus and achievement for Annapolis Area Christian School.
Being involved in performance arts at AACS gave me unprecedented opportunity to strengthen my talents, grow as a student, and challenge me as a leader. The relationships with my peers and the respect for invested instructors has resulted in lasting friendships. The sense of community that was established through art and music, still makes me regard AACS as home.
The AACS Fine Arts department, specifically performing arts, re-wrote my high school experience. I have always been a slow learner and never enjoyed school because of it. Working under Cindy Bauchspies and finding out I could not only sing, but sing well, was a huge game changer for me and lead to many incredible experiences through concerts and Variety shows. It was nice to finally know where God had blessed me with talents.
I am a former member of the marching band, concert band, Madrigal singers, and concert choir. The fine arts department was an integral piece of shaping who I am today, both as an individual and in my career choice. The faculty were not just teachers, but mentors. They instilled in me a love for my craft and an intense work ethic. To make beautiful music yes, but to keep the central goal of glorifying God through our music. We were taught to desire excellence and to represent our Creator doing what we were created to do! My experience as an AACS fine arts student is a gift for which I will be forever grateful!"