Music for Wellbeing

In recent years Coda has been developing an innovative programme of music for health and well being alongside our long-standing music therapy service, from drumming circles and choirs to music technology and one to one instrumental tuition for children and adults.

We specialise in working with people with disability or illness and our broad programme of music activities exists to support the health and well being of participants, their families and carers.

Alongside regular opportunities to take instrumental lessons at Coda with experienced and specialist tutors, we run a touring programme of music workshops for older people in residential care homes and adults with disabilities in day care centres plus a number of other specific projects.

Beautiful Sounds

Beautiful Sounds is a weekly music workshops for adults with learning difficulties on a Monday 11.00am – 12.30pm (at Coda Music Centre), Tuesday 11am – 12.30pm (at Coda Music Centre) and Thursday at 10.30am – 12pm (at Hordle Pavilion).

These sessions, run by music leader Stuart Jebbitt, are a fun and sociable opportunity to play a range of instruments, sing, write and record songs. Each session incorporates simple musical games and songs to encourage participation and includes plenty of opportunity to play and sing along with your favourite pop and rock songs, from Abba and Adele to Queen and Elvis. We have a range of instruments on hand and often set up a mini recording studio to capture the songs we write.

Beautiful Sounds music group is currently unable to meet at Coda Music Centre or Hordle owing to the current restrictions. However, it is now running as a weekly Zoom session instead. These are recorded and made available on the Beautiful Sounds resources page click here 

Please find a link below to the guide for Support Staff bringing clients to our Beautiful Sounds sessions.


We can also come to you as we regularly work in day centres and residential homes!

For more information on any of this work please contact Coda.


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In Summer 2016, Coda ran a week of Creative Workshops for adults with moderate learning difficulties. It was a fantastic week of workshops – ranging from music, drama and art through to planting and growing and cooking. Among many other activities, participants created music, an opera, beautiful pieces of artwork and delicious pizza – to see the full details click here

The Elderly, Care Home Work, The Coda Sunshine Band and Dementia Notes 

Coda Ukulele Band at Queensmount, Bournemouth ... 05.10.2014 ... photograph by Hattie Miles  

Coda’s award winning work with older people with dementia and in residential care continues to make a profound impact on the lives of local people. Over the course of the project, we worked in 18 care homes across Bournemouth and East Dorset, tackling isolation, anxiety and loss of identity through music.

The Coda Sunshine Band

Until recently this work was part-funded by local authorities but funding has decreased dramatically and across the country people are working together to fill the gaps in statutory provision. Coda’s new volunteer programme The Coda Ambassador Players seeks to bring more music into the lives of older people in need.

This volunteer programme will compliment our work with professional workshop leaders and music therapists, but reflects the growing need for Coda to work with talented local people to bring music into the lives of older people in care at no cost.

Listen to the lovely, very moving song ‘Biscuits & Tea’ by Andy Martin here which so accurately depicts one person’s experience of life in a nursing home. Andy was a regular volunteer with Coda after being made redundant and was so inspired by our work with older people, he has since established himself as a care home performer.

Care Home Staff Training

Care Home Staff Training

In addition to our regular work in care homes, Coda supports Care Home Staff by offering training in basic Music Therapy techniques, which they can use with residents on a day-to-day basis.

These training sessions take place every 6 months, with the latest taking place in Southbourne in October, delivering help, advice and training to staff from eight local care homes from across the region.

Phil & Award Print

Dementia Notes 

Coda devised and delivered an inspirational programme of activities across Bournemouth and Poole using music to address the health and well-being of older people in care, including many with dementia.  This work went on to win an Arts Health South West Award in March of 2015.

The Dementia Notes programme provided a rich breadth of participatory music offers to residential care homes and lunch clubs across the town,
from participatory workshops and community linked projects to a more individually tailored music therapy service. Alongside this work Coda offered a series of training sessions for carers and created a unique box of resources, The Music Box, to support carers to deliver basic music activities with the people for whom they care, and to promote the benefits of music with older people.

The programme was developed in partnership with commissioners from Bournemouth Borough Council and reached over 1500 older people in the town through 150 music sessions. Coda also engaged external consultants Willis Newson to help evaluate the programme, devising a thorough evaluation framework, training the Coda team, and ultimately using evidence from the evaluation to refine their continuing work and to contribute to the growing body of research to support the benefit of the arts in health care. Coda’s programme of work with older people continues, with further projects commissioned by Bournemouth Borough Council and the award of an Inspire 2012 Health and Well Being Legacy grant by Dorset County Council to extend the charities work into East Dorset.

Find out more about Dementia Notes here

Learn an Instrument

At Coda Music Centre near Christchurch, on the Dorset/Hampshire border. We offer music tuition for all ages and abilities in piano, strings, woodwind, guitars, drums and vocals. Lessons can be one-to-one, in pairs or groups – depending on preference and budget. Classes are offered at a variety of times – just get in touch for current availability.

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