Specialised music therapy sessions have hit it off on the right note at Verwood House, thanks to the UK’s largest music therapy charity.

Thanks to the amazing workshops, Verwood House resident Audrey even got to play the piano again!

The busy home is running a music therapy trial with Nordoff Robbins to give residents a chance to explore the magic of music, no matter what their age or ability.

Verwood House Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coach Emilia Turner is very excited about the sessions and feels music can help people challenge themselves as well as relax both physically and mentally.

Resident Audrey has always enjoyed playing the piano so seeing the keyboard inspired her once again.

The regular weekly sessions are run in the home and designed to enrich the lives of residents. Music therapist Kathryn has been brought into the home, especially for the sessions.

Emilia said: “Music is good for us in so many ways.  And although we do have a lot of music here at Verwood House, it’s wonderful to get the experts in and tell us how it can be used as a therapy.”

Nordoff Robbins uses therapists who understand that music evokes different reactions and responses in people. It delivers thousands of music sessions every year.

Emilia said: “The big focus is on finding out what people can do, rather than what they cannot do.

“Kathryn from Nordoff Robbins was here working with all our residents and then worked with our lovely resident Audrey. It brought back lovely memories for Audrey and encouraged her to play the piano again.”

The charity was launched 50 years ago by pianist Paul Nordoff and special education teacher Clive Robbins, designed to bring music therapy to as many people as possible.