Changing Lives

Music MAKING a DIFFERENCE?

Plymouth Music Zone's youngest ever participant was 9 days old - the oldest is 94 and counting. So many stories to tell. Stories of change. Stories of courage. Stories that inspire...

When a person first comes through the door at Plymouth Music Zone it means the world to us that they finally leave having had an experience that has had a truly positive impact. Whether it's feeling more confident, listened to, more self-expressed, less isolated and lonely, having made new friends, having a sense of achievement from creating something or performing in front of a crowd, feeling more valued and accepted for who they are, excited about their new found talent, or having a new found firm belief in themselves as a musician - some kind of difference that's meant the world to them...

Here are just a few of the PMZ stories where your support really does help music to make a difference...


LANDMARK STUDY SHOWS MUSIC SESSIONS CAN HELP MILLIONS WHO STRUGGLE TO SPEAK LEAD RICHER LIVES

19th June 2017

Tailored music sessions could be crucial in transforming the lives of millions of people whose speech is impacted by learning difficulties, strokes, dementia, brain damage and autism. Music could also enable individuals and their families to feel less isolated or neglected within society, while enhancing their ability to communicate, both with each other and the wider world. But consistent funding and provision needs to be increased, while health and community providers need to implement a more integrated approach to using music in supporting those impacted by strokes and dementia.

Those are among the key findings of Beyond Words, the project led by the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Music Zone (PMZ) and funded by the Arts Council England Research Grants programme.

It focused on those who have problems communicating with words – who the researchers now term as being ‘post-verbal’ – and how music might be used to help them.

The landmark study is the first to focus on post-verbal people and music and one of the first to explore how music can have a positive effect on a wide range of health-related issues and how future provision might take them all into account rather than focussing on only specific groups within society.

Click here to read the full research report on Issuu. 

To read Plymouth University's full media release, 15.6.2017 click here

To watch the Beyond Words film on PMZ's Youtube channel, click here

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LANDMARK STUDY SHOWS MUSIC SESSIONS CAN HELP MILLIONS WHO STRUGGLE TO SPEAK LEAD RICHER LIVES
 
LANDMARK STUDY SHOWS MUSIC SESSIONS CAN HELP MILLIONS WHO STRUGGLE TO SPEAK LEAD RICHER LIVES
 
LANDMARK STUDY SHOWS MUSIC SESSIONS CAN HELP MILLIONS WHO STRUGGLE TO SPEAK LEAD RICHER LIVES