Engaging Educational Experiences Continue, Even During a Pandemic
Eastern Kentucky University remains committed to providing students with exceptional academic experiences, despite any challenges. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, professors at EKU have implemented creative and innovative methods to continue instruction in new and engaging ways.
One of many examples is the Eastern Kentucky University School of Music. Pre-pandemic, the School of Music regularly showcased student talent through live on-stage music performances, providing valuable learning experiences for students and contributing to cultural and arts enrichment opportunities for the local community. Confronted with the pandemic and the challenge of restrictions on gatherings, such as performances, the School of Music embarked on a new way to put on performances.
With help from the broadcast and electronic media program and the Eastern Progress student newspaper, the EKU School of Music now live-streams performances. This minimizes the risk of spread while expanding their audience, sometimes even across continents.
“As a team we decided that this was a direction we needed to go in,” said Joseph Carucci, EKU chair/director of music industry studies and associate professor, “We need to fill the void for our students who need to perform for people, and if we can’t have a packed auditorium, we will reach out to people where we can get them.”
Broadcast and electronic media worked with the School of Music to recommend equipment and stream the first performance.
“Collaboration is an extremely important element in education,” said Carucci, “It demonstrates a dedication to growth and creative problem solving to our students.”
Performances range from concert recitals to EKU football post-game shows featuring the marching band.
“It’s created a great outreach for us; alumni, family members and friends that couldn’t normally come in-person now have a way to watch from a distance,” said Carucci.
The School of Music has no plan of doing away with these live-stream performances if and when COVID-19 goes away.
“This will be a part of our brand forever,” he said, “Our common mission right now is safety for our community and finding a way to retain our identity as a community. If we are all dedicated to that, we will come together.”
The School of Music is just one of many EKU programs continually prioritizing student experiences throughout the pandemic. If you choose to attend Eastern Kentucky University, you’ll benefit from engaging, collaborative and quality academics – whether studying on campus or online.
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Published on February 01, 2021