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Arts education is critical to success - The artistic edge

Every parent wants to give their kids an edge over the competition. In a world where grade inflation means that test scores and GPA are no longer enough, and undergraduate degrees have decreased in value almost to the level of a high school diploma, how can parents make sure their kids are not unemployed and living on their couch after school?


Well, Lisa Phillips, author of The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World, knows from experience that the experiences in the arts can help your children stand out above the rest.

The Artistic Edge - 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World

Phillips says, "Competition for jobs is fierce and those who are winning are creative, adaptable, confident, accountable, communication-savvy problem solvers who know how to build relationships and dream big." Lisa's new book explores why leadership skills gained through arts education are critical to the success of the current generation of youth.

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Of course, participation in the arts can increase young peoples' creativity, but Phillips doesn't stop there. Her book, with a Foreword by Raymond Aaron (New York Times bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Parents Soul), explains how critical leadership skills are developed through arts education. For example, through arts education, young people can develop the complex skill of accountability. Lisa explains, "Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn quickly that when they are not prepared or on-time, other people suffer. In the work place being accountable builds trust and a reputation of dependability."

The performing arts are a natural fit for developing communication skills. If your child is used to the stage and all that it takes to prepare a smooth performance, they will be ready for any interview or presentation. Phillips points to a critical element in her book — practice. "Life is complex and always changing. Developing the skills to manage this complexity takes years of practice. We cannot expect young people to be good leaders as soon as they enter the job market any more than we expect them to be proficient piano players the day after they start playing." The arts give young people an excellent environment in which to practice communication skills, creative problem solving, adaptability, dedication and much more. This practice gives them the confidence they need to face the challenges in their lives.

With schools increasingly focused on math and science, and arts educators scrambling to justify the importance of the arts by focusing on how it increases test scores, perhaps we have overlooked something very important — the arts as a means for development of key leadership skills that will give our kids an artistic edge.

With over 15 years of experience in performing arts education and youth leadership development, Phillips has committed to bringing the benefit of arts experience to youth populations of the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. For more information on Lisa's book please visit, www.theartisticedge.ca/thebook. 

—Agnes Stawicki

 

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  • Toronto, Ontario
    Shuter Street/Bond Street
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • $7,500

St. Michael’s Choir School was founded in 1937 and provides sacred music for services at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica. Located in downtown Toronto, SMCS is an all boys school from grades 3 through 12.

  • Day
  • Traditional
St. Michael's Choir School 7500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Brant Avenue/Mount Forest Drive
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,800 to $30,000

Our outstanding faculty fosters learning through small classes, a focus on arts disciplines and introducing unique programs not offered elsewhere (e.g. Animation, Dance, Music, and Film & Video).

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  • Traditional
Burlington Royal Arts Academy 13800 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    W 8th Ave/Laurel Street
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $7,800 to $19,200

We are an arts-based, hands-on, creative high school in Vancouver (grades 08 to 12) that has already established a record of excellence in getting students admitted to some of the best arts universities in North America.

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  • Progressive
Canada Royal Arts High School 7800 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Brock Street South/Dundas Streer West
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,500 to $14,000

The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for his/her uniqueness and is taught accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program.

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  • Montessori
Hatch House Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    12 Ave SW/8 St SW
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $16,400 to $24,415

Established in 1991, Alberta Ballet School is recognized as one of Canada’s leading professional dance schools. with an annual enrollment of approximately 100 local, national and international students.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Alberta Ballet School 16400 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Sheppard Ave W/Faywood Blvd
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $16,295 to $19,355

Heschel provides a progressive, academically innovative, interdisciplinary Jewish education in a warm, nurturing environment. Students develop habits of mind, body, heart and soul that enable them to make a difference.

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  • Liberal Arts
The Toronto Heschel School 16295 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • US $38,000 to US $66,875

Interlochen Arts Academy is the nation’s premier fine arts boarding high school, where emerging artists from around the world transform their passion and potential into purpose.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Interlochen Arts Academy 38000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Feltham/Tyndall
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $1,600 to $6,250

ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We offer comprehensive educational programs for Preschool through Grade 12.

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  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
ArtsCalibre Academy 1600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

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