Berklee College of Music Students Perform While in COVID-19 Quarantine

By Jim Shimabukuro

Self-quarantine and social distancing didn’t stop these Berklee College of Music (Boston, Massachusetts) students from putting together a virtual group performance. Watch their performance and learn how they did it in Elizabeth Blair’s NPR story below. This is an example of how asynchronous methods could be used to share performances in college courses.

“What the World Needs Now – for Virtual Orchestra,” by Shelbie Rassler, uploaded to YouTube on 22 March 2020.

Background: Elizabeth Blair, “Virtual ‘Love Sweet Love’ from Quarantined Berklee College of Music Students,” NPR, 3/24/20.

Excerpt: “Rassler had also written a vocal arrangement of the song for a cabaret event at Berklee. Now seemed like a good time to see if she could rally an entire orchestra to record the song. She shared the idea on her Facebook page, explaining to her friends how it would work: ‘…. your job is to just take a video of yourself singing (literally pick any part/the whole song/just 10 seconds/riff to the gods/up to you!!), playing your instrument along to the track, choreograph a dance to the music, anything your heart desires, and I’ll cut everything up create an arrangement from what y’all send me, and share it with you all because WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE SWEET LOVE Y’ALL LETS MAKE IT HAPPEN.'”

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