With the transition to virtual instruction, East Carolina University students may have experienced issues while adapting to the new educational setting. We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, appreciate the efforts put forth by faculty to assist performing and visual art students while they take their courses online, however, we believe these students may face a larger disadvantage than most.
Though the transition to online classes is necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, visual and performing arts students may not receive full details of the courses they were taking before the switch. Meeting face to face with their instructors, especially while dancing or working on a visual project, has the possibility to provide better critique on technique so students can enhance their skills.
Additionally, students who were a part of upcoming performances, such as the ECU School of Dance Spring Mainstage performance or the senior choreography show, now have to work around rescheduling for the fall. This may cause issues with blocking or technique with the lack of rehearsal time.
Fewer exhibitions held for visual art students may also impact their work due to lack of exposure. Music students who take advantage of the lessons offered through their tuition payments may also not receive the full benefits of their course offerings.
However, though these students may face hardships with this transition we believe they have the ability to focus on their studies and thrive in their performance skill. We hope the ECU community recognizes these students for their hard work and hope faculty continues to properly assist students during this time.