Blogs – Listening and Learning

We place great importance on listening and learning from the PMZ community who have different experiences with us across our programme.

Knowledge Exchange experience with Domhnall Lacey

Blog with Domhnall Lacey (Knowledge Exchange student, Plymouth University – placement with the Musical Misfits group @ PMZ) Spring/Summer 2022  Background: Domhnall is from Ireland and has come to Plymouth…

Reconnection – PMZ’s CEO, Debbie Geraghty

She’s back! PMZ is delighted to announce that its CEO, Debbie Geraghty, has returned to the fold after a long-term absence of 15 months.  Debbie contracted Covid at a work…

Mike Canning – Volunteer Blog: Reconnecting Series (March 2022) 

Tell us a bit about yourself and your relationship with PMZ –  I’m Mike. I initially started as a participant in a group, then I did one:one sessions to develop…

Early Years Music Leading during Covid-19 Pandemic with Josie Newton

Plymouth Music Zone – Early Years Making – a conversation with music leader, Josie Newton about navigating challenges of Covid-19 working What did you put in place to be able…

The Difference Between a Classical Musical Rehearsal and Moving Sounds

Hi, I’m Sophie, I’m a student studying music at Plymouth University. Through the Knowledge Exchange I have had the chance to join in ‘Moving Sounds’, a Plymouth Music Zone music…

How technology going wrong taught me resilience

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

The Value of Musical Experiences

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

Challenges of Connecting With Others Through Zoom

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…

Music for Grief: The Colour of Her Words

Here PMZ participant Rachel explains how she was introduced to Plymouth Music Zone and then later became a participant, benefiting from making music first to help her through her experience…

Finding Joy Making Music in a Pandemic

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

NSPCC – ‘Young Voices’ Project 2020

 Catch you Through it All by the PL5 ~ Together for Childhood Plymouth Music Zone began working on this NSPCC-funded project just under a year ago in early spring…

Flexibility Finds a Way for Music Sessions at Residential Homes

It felt like a long, long Summer as we were unable to continue with our usual musical sessions in residential homes that mean so much to us. We really missed…

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 original work with us.

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…

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
“Time after time, Plymouth Music Zone have supported me, built me back up and played a big role in making me the musician and music leader I was yesterday, I…
Between September 2018 and the current term (Summer 2019), Plymouth Music Zone has been delivering weekly sessions in three Early Years settings across the city as part of its Youth…
So excited to hear in Creativity and Wellbeing Week that the leading international journal for Arts and Health research has accepted a paper for publication that’s derived from our 2…