Music Education for Social Change Presents “Here We Are: The Zoomsical”

Schmucker Art Gallery (File photo).

Schmucker Art Gallery (File photo).

By Jane Fitzpatrick, Assistant News Editor

The Music Education for Social Change class taught by Professor Brent Talbot put together a nine minute musical (which can be viewed on Youtube) as part of students’ final grades for the spring semester.  The original project was to create a forty minute musical production which discussed social justice issues within the topic of climate change.  This plan was changed not only because of the lack of resources and gathering opportunities during the remote learning transition, but also because the class saw an opportunity to memorialize the current social experience during a global pandemic.

Students in the class were grateful for Professor Talbot’s flexibility and encouragement during the remote learning process.  Students Eva Sheldon ‘21 and Allie Charney ‘22 reflected on the project:

“We were able to use our creativity to talk about the issues consuming our minds every day at home,” said Sheldon. “It was therapeutic and fun and the conversations it provoked after our premiere made us all feel a great sense of accomplishment.”

“I didn’t realize how much I was learning during the process until we finally reflected and presented on the final product,” added Charney. “It was really powerful to see how many people we reached simply by using music as our medium.”

The class roster and cast of Here We Are: The Zoomsical 

  • Eva Sheldon ‘21
  • Abel Rose ‘21
  • Pat Peters ‘21
  • Allie Charney ‘22
  • Hera Molina ‘22
  • Bridget Haines ‘21

Watch Here We Are: The Zoomsicalhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9HpdDhTGy8

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Author: Jane Fitzpatrick

Jane Fitzpatrick '21 serves as Features Editor of The Gettysburgian. She is a Religious Studies major and Middle East & Islamic Studies minor.

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