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Quarantined music students create virtual symphony in rendition of What the World Needs Now Is Love'

Quarantined music students create virtual symphony in rendition of What the World Needs Now Is Love'
Posted at 8:52 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 20:52:11-04

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools around the world to shift to online classes — including Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Like many college students, Shelbie Rassler missed her friends from school. So, the senior composition major decided to find a way to bring her community together.

According to NPR, Rassler put a call out on her Facebook page for her classmates to record a portion of "What the World Needs Now Is Love."

"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," Rassler posted, according to NPR.

Dozens of students participate in instruments of all types: violins, trombones, drums and flutes. One student simply kept a beat with his hand.

More still sent in recordings of vocals, giving Rassler the task of harmonizing dozens of people from across the country.

The result? A 4-minute masterpiece that's been viewed nearly a million times since Rassler shared the video on her YouTube page.

Watch the video below.

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