Music for Wellbeing

In recent years Coda has been developing an innovative programme of music for health and wellbeing alongside our long-standing music therapy service, from 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 wellbeing of participants, their families and carers.

Alongside regular opportunities to take instrumental lessons at Coda with experienced and specialist tutors, we provide music 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 music group is returning with ‘in-person’ sessions in September 2021. 

Beautiful Sounds is a weekly music workshops for adults with learning difficulties on a
Monday 10.30am – 12.00pm (at Coda Music Centre),
Tuesday 10.30am – 12.00pm (at Coda Music Centre) and
Thursday 10.30am – 12.00pm (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.

The timetable for Autumn Term 2021 is below.

Beautiful Sounds music group dates 6th Sept – 18th Dec 2021

Places must be booked – please let us know in advance if you won’t be attending a session.

  Sessions on these dates NO SESSIONS


Held at Coda Music Centre

10.30 – 12.00



Sept: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Oct: 4th, 11th, 18th

Nov: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Dec: 6th



Oct: 25th


Dec: 13th



Held at Coda Music Centre

10.30 – 12.00



Sept: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Oct: 5th, 12th, 19th

Nov: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Dec: 7th, 14th



Oct: 26th





Held at The Pavilion, Vaggs Lane, Horde, SO41 0FP

10.30 – 12.00



Sept: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Oct: 7th, 14th, 21st

Nov: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Dec: 2nd, 9th, 16th



Oct: 28th




Whilst restrictions were in place and up to September 2021, Beautiful Sounds was run as a weekly Zoom session instead. Sessions are recorded (with the permission of the participants) and made available on Coda’s website and YouTube channels to watch at leisure.

You can watch and enjoy all of the previous sessions – either on Coda’s YouTube Channel or website (links below).

YouTube: click here

Website: click here

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



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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: Gramophone Time, Care Home Work 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.

Gramophone Time

Music is a great way of helping to care for older people and support those with dementia. It can soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long-forgotten memories … and reach parts of the brain that other forms of communication cannot.

With this in mind, we have produced a series of ‘Gramophone Time‘ short clips introduced by community musician Stuart Jebbitt, in which Stuart plays some original 78s, introducing the music of the era, alongside images and facts relating to the songs, artists and time period, designed to bring back memories and start conversations.

You can see the full series on the page link below:

We hope you enjoy the Gramophone Time series and that it might be a useful tool for communication, engagement or just pure entertainment!

Care Home Staff Training

Care Homes & Staff Training

Over the course of the Dementia Notes project, Coda worked in 18 care homes across Bournemouth and East Dorset, tackling isolation, anxiety and loss of identity through music.

In addition to 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 deliver help, advice and training to staff at 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 wellbeing 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.

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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