Why are the dramatic arts considered an important component of the Waldorf curriculum? All Waldorf students are expected to carry a role, which includes memorizing lines and learning music and blocking. In addition, most students will participate in the visual aspect of these productions by creating props, sets and costumes. In this way, students engage the practical work of their hands toward a communal artistic enterprise. By the time the students have reached middle school age, they have become used to performing in front of an audience and have internalized many of the aspects of stagecraft.