Research and Evaluation

Plymouth Music Zone works with academic research partners and Independent Evaluators to explore the deep impact of its work. Please click the corresponding buttons to download our evaluations and films.




August 2017.  New research to study the benefits of singing for those with Aphasia.

Researchers from Exeter University are about to start a new research programme with Plymouth Music Zone and are looking for volunteers to take part in the study.  The work will explore the benefits of singing for people with a communication disorder associated with strokes called Aphasia.

Aphasia is a speech and language disorder caused by damage to the brain and it is thought that around one in three people who have had a stroke experience it to some degree.

People with aphasia can struggle to speak and often make mistakes with the words they use, sometimes using the wrong sounds or putting words together incorrectly. They can also experience difficulty reading and writing. Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School are now seeking volunteers in Devon and Cornwall to take part in a research trial called Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA) to determine whether group singing sessions can help reduce the impact the disorder has on people’s lives.

This research is funded by The Stroke Association and supported by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (NIHR PenCLAHRC).

To read the full media release on University of Exeter's website, click here

For more information and to volunteer click here

To contact Raff Calitri, Trial Manager, click here

To contact Mary Carter, Trial Researcher, click here




'Beyond Words' is a 2 year research project between Plymouth Music Zone and Plymouth University Institute of Education, with Professor Jocey Quinn as Principal Investigator and Claudia Blandon as Research Assistant.

The project is one of only eight national projects funded by the Arts Council England Research Grants programme in 2015 and an international conference took place on 14th and 15th March 2017.  

Beyond Words focuses on how the arts use the unspoken and how those who face problems communicating with words (such as those with dementia, stroke, autism and learning difficulties) are valued and included across communities. 

  • Click here to read University of Plymouth media release launching the final research report, 15 June 2017
  • Click here for further information about the conference held 14/15 March 2017.
  • Click here for University of Plymouth news article after the conference.
  • Click here to view Beyond Words film, giving a gentle insight into the work.














  • PMZ Independent Evaluation MAY 2016 - "Reaching Out: the impact of music-making on individual and community development in Plymouth". An evaluation of Plymouth Music Zone's work by international firm BOP Consulting. Authors: Dr Douglas Lonie, Rossella Traverso, Richard Naylor.  Click button to download or view below.




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  • PMZ Independent Evaluation 2014 - "Feeling their way - Women and children using music to navigate transitions from domestic violence".  An evaluation of PMZ's work with residents of a Domestic Abuse Refuge in Plymouth by Professor Jocey Quinn and Claudia Blandon from Plymouth University. Click button below to download or view below.




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  • PMZ Independent Evaluation 2014 - "The Power of Songs - An Evaluation of Plymouth Music Zone's 'Keep Singing, Keepsake Project."  An Independent Evaluation of PMZ's work with older people in residential homes by Professor Jocey Quinn and Claudia Blandon from Plymouth University. Click button below to download:




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  • PMZ Independent Evaluation 2006 - An independent evaluation by The Cornwall Learning Forum of Youth Music Funded activities delivered by Plymouth Music Zone. Click button to download:




  • PMZ Independent Evaluation 2009 - By Annabel Jackson Associates. Extensive evaluation of PMZ's work mapped against Every Child Matters Outcomes. Click button to download:





  • PMZ Independent Evaluation 2010 - By Christina Dixon Associates. Evaluating the success of the 'Devonport Legacy', a 2 year programme using music in a regeneration area funded by Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership. Click button to download: