Trends in Student Arts Participation
|March 17, 2013||Posted by M. P. under Research, Youth Development||
The recently released brief Participation of Children in School Music or Other Performing Arts from the Child Trends Data Bank takes a look at trends in the level of student arts activity over the past two decades. Some of the highlights:
- The percentage of 10th and 12th grade student participating in performing arts at school between 1991 and 2011 varied little, while the participation rates of 8th graders increased in 2011 after a decline since 1991.
- Participation in arts activities by boys drops off in the higher grades (grades 10, 12).
- Students of parents with a higher level of education are more likely to be active in arts activities, although the gap in participation is larger in the 8th grade data than the higher grades.
Student participation in school arts activities may be a telling child indicator due to its correlation with future academic accomplishments. A report from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) found that high-school youth with a high level of involvement in the arts (though classroom instruction or lessons, event attendance, and/or participation) were three time more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than peers without such involvement. Their grades in college were also more likely to be higher. Other NEA research indicates a strong relationship between arts education and involvement as a student and participation in the arts as an adult – specifically attendance at arts events.
What impact, if any, do you think arts involvement has on future success?