Studies show that children who are exposed to drama learn better. A 1999 by UCLA professor Dr. James Catterall, following 25,000 children over a ten-year period, found that children who were involved in drama and music had higher reading and math skills than children who did not. In 2004 the Dana Foundation released the results of a three year study headed by Dr. Michael S. Gazzaniga called "Learning, Arts and the Brain" that suggested fine arts instruction could help to focus children's attention and improve their thinking skills.

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