A Performing Arts School vs. Specific Discipline Schools…
       …What’s the difference?

The main difference between a performing arts school and one that teaches only dance or music or theatre is in the learning students can experience even if they are not taking cross discipline classes.  The growth and arts appreciation students can gain from being around others who appreciate and are growing through the arts is limitless, not to mention the benefits they can realize if they are interested in becoming a multi-disciplinary performer.  While there is the thought that an individually focussed school can provide better instruction, that is really tied to the hiring standards of the school and their education philosophy, not the fact that they teach more than one discipline.  I am sure there are very few performers who ever say that they wish they had the opportunity for less collaboration in the arts.  This opportunity for collaboration also creates a great environment for the teaching staff to grow as artists and educators themselves.  And inspired teachers inspire students!

M&P has achieved the level of being a performing arts school. We pride ourselves on being able to train dancers who sing, musicians who can dance, and actors who can sing and dance, or any combination of those skills.  This is what’s known in the arts as being a triple-threat performer. You will see the term triple-threat used in many disciplines of the arts but in a performing arts school you can truly achieve this balance of singing, acting and dancing through guidance of an integrated faculty and programming.  Of course, not everyone wants to be a triple-threat.  An integrated school also means the piece you composed in your piano class could be used for a dance created in a tap class, or the improv skills you’ve gained on your instrument could be used to accompany a theatre improv skit. There are so many possibilities!

Because we provide music, dance and theatre arts classes all under one roof, we can help ensure our students are making appropriate decision and progress in each area to help achieve their goals. Our faculty members are accomplished educators, musicians, dancers, and actors who, in addition to being teachers, have a desire to share their craft with the next generation. They all have a strong passion for what they do and it shows!

So assuming everyone hires great staff, is passionate about what they do, has a great facility in a great location, is the best at what they do, and loves teaching…then what?

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