Listening and Learning: PMZ Voices

As part of our Extraordinary Times Programme, we are taking some time to listen and learn, from you the community and also by tapping into all the exciting resources that are springing up during this time of renewal. Here you can read some reflections from our PMZ music leaders.

Flexibility Finds a Way for Music Sessions at Residential Homes

PMZ music leader Simon Hackworthy runs a residential home music session in a local park It felt like a long, long Summer as we were unable…

Landscape (of My Youth)

If you’ve ever moved from your hometown, which landmarks bring memories? This is a question posed by local songwriter, Alan Hyett, who has kindly offered to share some of this…

Hope and a Piano (2020)

In this beautiful and heart-warming story we share how one of our musicians has been finding hope and continuing their music with PMZ despite being in isolation.

There is something about music, of course…

In addition to being PMZ’s ‘Integenerational Coordinator’ Rob Tilsley led PMZ’s weekly Open Zone percussion workshop ‘Baton Beats’ before Covid. It was a very diverse group that had a broad…

Music, Laughter and Effortless Connection

Before Covid – as Plymouth Music Zone’s ‘Intergenerational Coordinator’ Rob Tilsley used to arrange an ambitious project called ‘Rhythm and Respect’. The project brought people together from different circumstances and…

Breaking Down Barriers, Engaging Learners with Music

It is easy to assume that everyone in the room feels comfortable making music together. It is a big ask for many people to be outside their comfort zones. Music…

I’m a musician, and music doesn’t sound good to me any more.

Rob Tilsley is a PMZ Music Leader and our ‘Intergenerational Coordinator’. In this honest and frank blog he talks through his experience of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. Tinnitus is…

Guest Blog: “A completely different outlook on how music can change peoples’ lives…”

During PMZ’s ‘Extraordinary Times programme’, we’re setting out to listen and learn during this lockdown. As part of that we’ll be inviting a series of guest bloggers, people who who’ve…

Interwoven – developing as a music leader

In my role as Creativity and Learning Director, I have felt it was really important as part of Plymouth Music Zone’s 20th anniversary year to explore different pathways that our team have…

PMZ Alumni Journeys – from participant to music leader and beyond!

I have definitely matured, I’m more caring about my friends and family, more careful about what I do and say. I think a lot more now. It’s helped me become…

PMZ Booster Training – sharing learning with SEN/D school staff

Part of Plymouth Music Zone’s ‘Breakthrough Music’ and Tuning into Transitions funding supported the delivery of twilight training sessions for teachers and support staff across special schools in Plymouth over…

Soundpainting at Plymouth Music Zone – drawing on an idea!

Hi and welcome to my first ever blog post! To be honest this is probably something that I’d thought I’d never do being of an age where ’blogging’ seems like a…