Blogs – Listening and Learning

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

Trustee Blog – Nourishment, Music and ‘The Singing Dietitian’

What nourishes us? A conversation between Dr Clare Pettinger (Associate Professor in Public Health Dietetics, Plymouth University and PMZ Trustee) and PMZ Creativity and Learning Director, Anna Batson.  What do…

Window into a Workshop – Musical Misfits get Spooky 👻

  This little video (click on the picture for the YouTube link) was filmed by our amazing volunteer, Mike Canning who shared his view of the room from the perspective…

A Beautiful Energy – Highbury Trust at Plymouth Music Zone

Photo: Participants from Highbury Trust music group give the sessions their thumbs-up in the sunshine outside the Plymouth Music Zone building. The walls are bright blue, the PMZ sign displayed…

What Have Baton Beats Been Up To Lately?

Baton Beats is a percussion group for adults led by PMZ Music Leader Rob Tilsley. At the time of writing, the group is having a summer break, so Rob thought…

Devonport Views – “Not a sleepy living room”

Rob Tilsley (Music Leader / Intergenerational Coordinator) talks to Anna about our music workshops in this extra care residential setting Question: What have you noticed (perhaps themes or moments) that…

‘Lorke Lorke’ – Music and Cheese!

The ‘International Music Group’ at Plymouth Music Zone is a collaborative project run in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support. It’s a welcoming place for individuals from various backgrounds…

Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 – Reflections with ‘Moving Sounds’

During Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 (15th – 21st May) in various workshops and groups we reflected on music and our mental health. One of our groups, “Moving Sounds” group…

PMZ back to working with the wonderful residents at Devonport Views

For the first time after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have finally managed to get back to working with the wonderful residents at Devonport Views, just down the…

Staff Blog – Connecting with PMZ: Jane Acton, Fundraising Manager

“Music pre-dates all of the modern world – as old as our bones, skin and eyeballs and lugholes – it’s what’s we’re made of!”  What pulled you towards PMZ? “I’ve…

Participant story: Just any old drumsticks?

Well, for anyone who has watched BBC’s The Repair Shop will know, objects can often mean so much more to us than we can often realise. Stories can surround them…

Guest Blog – Ray: My Music Journey

I believe music is so good for everyone, whether listening or playing, and when life has put you through all kinds of difficulties, music has such an amazing healing effect.…

How are we PMZ team?

A blog by Anna Batson (Creativity & Learning Director) taking a look behind the scenes at how the team who deliver the work at PMZ are doing. We feel it’s…

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…

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
 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…
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…
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.
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.
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…