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The effect of Covid-19 on student experience and learning has been in the news a lot recently. Questions are rightly being asked about whether the sector will be able to adapt and continue delivering a high standard of education. At Nexus ICA, we are committed to delivering our courses in a creative, engaging and supportive way. Our institution is built on a strong person-centred educational ethos. That means our students are at the core of everything we do. It is our commitment that this, along with our students’ safety, remains uncompromised.

It is our commitment that this, along with our students’ safety, remains uncompromised. 

What has Nexus ICA done so far?

Right from day one, we have spent a lot of time creating opportunities to not only maintain the excellent educational experience our students are used to, but to improve upon it. 

This past semester we hosted a masterclass with Grammy award winning musician Bill Laurance, who unpacked his compositional methods from his dad’s house. Drum students on our BA (Hons) Popular Music & Worship enjoyed their regular curriculum delivered by the world-renowned drummer, clinician, and Nexus ICA Guest Faculty, Anika Nilles, who ‘Zoomed in’ from her studio in Germany. Our whole school also had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with US-based ethnomusicologist and worship scholar Monique Ingalls, exploring her studies in Contemporary Christian Worship.   

Online delivery has facilitated sessions that would have otherwise not been possible, and we are excited to continue exploring this further to bring our students a rich tapestry of visiting speakers, expert musicians and guest faculty in addition to our own amazing faculty. 

What will studying at Nexus ICA look like in September?

We cannot wait to welcome a new cohort this September and are confident that there is no better time to study at Nexus ICA. Even with the current restrictions in place, we are excited to be able to guarantee a minimum of 70% of curriculum delivered on site. This includes students being able to rehearse and perform together, whilst also adhering to social distancing and staying safe.

This September we are also adopting a blended learning approach to course delivery. 

This means that some content will be delivered on site, and some delivered remotely via various online methods. You can expect smaller groups, more flexible timetabling, and strategic use of Nexus ICA’s excellent facilities. 
The resulting mix is described as ‘synchronous’ and ‘asynchronous’ delivery—the former allowing students to access teaching at the same time whilst ‘in class’, the latter allowing a more self-guided approach alongside significant tutor support.    

By actively blending these methods, our students’ educational experience will benefit from different teaching and learning styles and methodologies that are often under-utilised. This will open up the opportunity for deeper discussion and wider participation, whilst also facilitating alternative methods of assessments, keeping us up to date with the trends in our global and ever-changing industry. 

It is certainly a challenging time to be a professional musician, technician or creative. However, whilst the future contains a lot of unknowns, one thing that remains certain is the importance of education and investing in your future. The industry may be on pause, but your musical, technical, spiritual and creative development does not need to be. Rather, this is a time to flourish.  

There really is no better time to study and be a part of the Nexus ICA community.

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