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N.B. music teacher creating online student concerts for isolated seniors

N.B. music teacher creates student concert for isolated seniors
WATCH: A New Brunswick music teachers has found a creative way to entertain seniors who have been isolated away from their families during the COVID-19 outbreak. Global’s Shelley Steeves reports.

A New Brunswick music teacher has found a creative way to entertain seniors who have been isolated away from their families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We really don’t want the seniors to feel like they have been forgotten,” said Samantha Robchaud of Riverview.

Unable to connect with her fiddle students in person, Robichaud has been working from home and giving her lessons online.

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This past week she assigned her students some important homework.

“It’s hard to get them motivated to practice and this kind gives them a fun project during the week and they know that they are bringing joy and happiness to somebody else,” she said.

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Robichaud said she asked her students, who often perform at seniors home, to each record a video of a solo act. She then compiled the videos together into a special concert for the seniors at Forest Dale Home in Riverside Albert, NB.

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Robichaud said, with senior homes across the province closed to visitors and any kind of live music or entertainment amid the pandemic, it’s been a lonely and scary time.

“I am really hoping that by doing these videos for them, they know that they are so special and so loved.”

Kimberly McKinley is activity director at the special care home and she played the concert to the delight of residents on Wednesday.

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She said music is therapeutic for the residents.

“Having a personal performance sent to use by our local youth is very extra special for our residents,” McKinley said.

The students played some old-time favorites like Tennessee Waltz and Amazing Grace.

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