Over the past 3 years SoCo has delivered several music-making courses for Solent Mind service users. These have including songwriting, band performance and poetry/lyric writing, as well as a film-making course in partnership with Broken Physics. Within these courses, participants have learnt basic musical skills on a number of instruments and collaborated to create original compositions.
A strong element throughout each of these courses were the sharing opportunities that enabled each participant to contribute towards a musical discussion. These then dictated the session plan going forward, allowing all participants to play an active role in the development of sessions and the outcomes of the course. This freedom strengthened the bond between participants and lead to peer-support learning between sessions and the formation of several bands.