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...


DYLAN'S ROCK

9 year old Dylan's mum named him after Bob Dylan after seeing him in concert 32 times. She says music runs in their family and Dylan loves it too. Dylan is autistic. His mum Leanne wanted to share the difference that PMZ had made to her and her son's life...

HOW DID DYLAN COME TO BE INVOLVED IN PMZ?

"Dylan was part of an autistic group that was doing some music sessions in the summer at PMZ but he didn't fit into that group very well. So PMZ made sure they found a session that would suit him better. So he joined Jam Band which is one of their most popular after school clubs."

WHAT HAD DYLAN BEEN LIKE WITH MUSIC BEFORE HE CAME TO PMZ? 

"He absolutely loves music but he couldn't do music at school. They gave him a ukelele but he was 1 of 31 other children and the attention he needed just wasn't there. They thought he couldn't do music and I just refused to believe that was the case so I took it upon myself to find something else for him and that's how I found this place. I work with the National Autistic Society and they were coming here to do some sessions."

HAS THERE BEEN ANY CHANGE IN DYLAN SINCE COMING TO PMZ?

"At PMZ it's just been nothing but positive. There's a lot of ignorance about autism but PMZ knew Dylan was autistic and just understood. The change in him was huge. Autistic children need more stuff to do, they need to be active, not hyperactive. When he came home from PMZ he would be calm and back down to earth. He was a lot more confident in himself, happier and content. Before he would have come home and been miserable and there was only so much I could do for him."

THAT MUST HAVE HAD A KNOCK ON EFFECT ON YOU? 

"Definitely! It gave me more time to myself and meant I wasn't reaching for the wine so quickly any more! I could just sit outside with my book and I felt happier too."

I HEAR YOU WERE ALSO AFFECTED A LOT BY HIS PERFORMANCE IN PMZ's XMAS CONCERT.

"I couldn't believe how brilliantly he was doing. When he was in PMZ's Festive Jam (Christmas Concert) my mum came all the way over from Crete to see it because it was such a big thing. His dad and girlfriend and his godparents also came and we took up all the front row. He was due to be at the Nativity play at school that night and we rang the school and cancelled it saying Dylan had a gig!"

WHY DID THAT MEAN SO MUCH TO YOU ALL?

"It meant so much because when he was first diagnosed the doctor said we don't really know what his future will be like and I was devastated. Fast forward 5 years and if that doctor had been there that night at the concert it just blows that out of the water. We've been through so much with the school too and the whole statementing tug of war and when you go through all those years of fighting...It just felt huge that Tues night. I'll remember it forever." 


The power of music is in your hands too...so thank you.

  


 

 

 

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