End of Term News & Student Survey
End of Term News & Student Survey

We hope that you have all enjoyed learning and playing throughout the Autumn Term and can now relax and enjoy Christmas. The Coda Term ends on Friday 15th December.For those of you who have one-to-one lessons with us, below is a short survey and we would be hugely grateful if you could complete this for us so that we can continue to develop and grow our services at Coda. ONE-TO-ONE STUDENT SURVEYIf you (or your child) learn music with us, please take a few minutes to complete our short survey. Your feedback is really important and helps us to understand what you need from your lessons and what works, as well as things you would change or would like to see us provide in the future.Click here to complete the student surveyThank you.    CODA CHRISTMAS CONCERTHuge thanks to everyone who came along to our Christmas Concert on Sunday at New Milton Memorial Hall – to all of our fantastic groups & ensembles and everybody who came along to enjoy the performances and show support. We hope you left feeling full of festive spirit!Thanks to your generosity over the course of the evening, we raised an amazing £230 from the tombola and raffle and a further £40 in donations. THANK YOU!CHRISTMAS IN THE COMMUNITYOver the festive period, Coda is bringing some Christmas cheer to the local community with performances in a variety of care settings. The ‘Coda Memory Band,’ a performance group brought together from within the Coda community, visited Bournemouth Hospital on Monday to perform a selection of festive music for residents, patients and visitors to enjoy in support of their Dementia and Delirium Fun Day. On the 19th December, Max Elmore, one of Coda’s talented students, will be playing at Bournemouth Hospital in the Dementia ward from 2.30 – 3.30pm. Joining Max will be our Creative Programme Manager (and artist!) Heidi Steller, who will be creating artwork with some of the patients whilst – and in response to – enjoying the music. These Christmas artworks will then be used as decorations for the ward. Thanks to NFU Mutual for their support for our work with older people in our local community.NEW COURSE FOR 2024: BEGINNERS PIANO Wednesdays 2.30 – 3.30pmStarting Wednesday 10th Januaryin The Piano Room, Coda Music CentreCost £100 for 10 week courseWe will be running a new adult (16+) ‘Piano For Beginners’ course after the Christmas break.  These sessions will take place on a Wednesday afternoon from 2.30 – 3.30pm starting Wednesday 10th January and will be led by Vivienne Kirk. Adult Beginners Piano is a 10-week course specifically designed for absolute beginners with no prior knowledge of music. The sessions introduce the basics of playing the piano and the foundations for learning to read music and understanding the theory of music. This course will be a practical programme of learning to play, interspersed with discussion and exercises developing knowledge of how to understand and read music.   The cost of the course is £100 and places are limited to 5 per course. Your place on the course is confirmed once payment is received.  PARKINSON’S SINGING GROUPTHURSDAYS, 3pm – 4.30pm Starting 7th March (with FREE TRIAL session on 22nd February)£5 per session

In the new year, we are re-launching our singing group for people with Parkinson’s Disease.These new sessions are designed to combat typical symptoms and are oriented around improving breathing, vocal control, tongue strength, articulation, rhythm, and movement.

Alongside these therapeutic benefits, we hope participants will enjoy a fun and sociable group singing experience.

This singing group will be led by Fiona Pritchard, who has trained in the ‘Sing To Beat’ Parkinson’s method and who is a partner in our work with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) Music Therapy (MA) placement programme.

We are offering a FREE TRIAL session of this group at Coda on Thursday 22nd February, with regular sessions starting on Thursday 7th March.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by Parkinson’s and would be interested in attending this singing group, please get in touch.       CHRISTMAS AT CREATIVE WELLBEINGThe wonderful participants of our Creative Wellbeing groups have been producing some fantastic festive creations, including clay decorations, baubles, collages and cards.To find out more about our Creative Wellbeing programmes in four locations across the New Forest, click here And don’t forget, you can see an exhibition of the lovely artwork produced by Creative Wellbeing clients on display in the Coda cafe. SPRING TERM INVOICESMost invoices for Spring Term music lessons were sent out by email on 11th December, so if you were expecting an invoice and have not received it, please get in touch and let us know.If you are not planning to return in January, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can offer your space to those on our waiting lists. A reminder that our Spring Term starts on Monday 8th January. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and look forward to welcoming you back in 2024.