By Maya Dally
It’s a well-known fact that music and art go hand in hand, so it’s not surprising that Brooke England’s impromptu guitar playing in art class became a viral sensation. It all started when Tyson Valance left his guitar in art teacher Mrs. Walthall’s classroom. Brooke spotted the stringed instrument and asked if she could play it during class. Recognizing the creative value, of course Walthall had to say yes!
Brooke England first began practicing music when her and her older sister Ryleigh England, senior, started singing with their grandfather’s small band. They also regularly played with their church. Mrs. Walthall only had good things to say about the performance,
I am just so thankful that she was bold enough with her talent and her creativity to share it with the class. I’m really glad she was comfortable enough with us to get up there and really perform. She has a natural gift. Other students were even singing along with her; it was so great to see. – Mrs. Walthall
Brooke played all different types of songs during the R4 art class, including more popular songs and Christian tunes. When asked how it felt to get to share her passion with her peers. Brooke said, “It was a really great opportunity, I really love to perform. I actually have an Instagram for it here!”
Here’s what Mrs. Walthall had to say about how the other students responded: “They absolutely loved it, the feeling I got from it all was just so positive. I had some students coming up to me and asking if Brooke could play again. Music and art really go hand in hand, so it was really awesome to see it in this setting. It really improved creativity.”
Brooke’s performance was recorded and posted to Facebook. The video now has almost 200 shares and 10,000 views! You can watch the video here: