Plymouth Music Zone: Musical Backbones

'Musical Backbones' is all about enriching the development of children and young people with limited access to diverse music education through providing high quality, progressive music opportunities that act as a vital ‘musical backbone’ in their lives. It involves improving the creative, musical and wider development of SEN/disabled young people in special schools and other SEN support units as well as providing a whole after-school strand at our music centre in Devonport.

Some examples of PMZ's work under this project are shown below.


PMZ's Youth Forum, TEMPO's Podcast. September 2014

Published October 8th  2014

Tempo is a forum made up of young people that engage with music-making at Plymouth Music Zone.  Some have been coming along for several years, and all of them have a lot to say about what we do, why we do it and what else we could do to make PMZ an even better place to be.  Their first podcast was funded by Youth Music, and they spent many many hours learning how to use a range of technical equipment, editing, recording, adding sounds and music beds and a whole range of radio presentation skills.  Dave England, one of our Music Leaders who's past life was a radio presenter helped them to perfect radio-style commentaries, but all of the content has been completely done by the group, who range from 11 to 18 years of age.   In the podcase, Jimmy interviews his musician dad and asks him some very quirty questions, there's some news from the news team, interviews with PMZ staff and a whole lot more fun listening.   You can listen to their first podcast here:





'PMZer' Close Up - Dylan
Published on Mar 28, 2013

Here's an up close and personal chat with Dylan who attends Plymouth Music Zone's after school club, Jam Band, which is a great mix of "random people from random schools" as Dylan says. And "It's a great place to get away from all the madness that happens in the rest of your life". Tune in for other Dylan delights. Jam Band is led by music leader Teri Perkins and Shane Gray. This little film was created by Fiona Evans from Conscious Films. And Jam Band is funded by Youth Music.


'PMZer' Close Up - Josie Newton

Published on Nov 14, 2013

Here's an up close and personal look at the musical journey of Josie Newton - starting as a PMZ participant, she then became a Music Leader Apprentice and then a Music Leader. Take a look at the video to see what she's doing now...

This film was created for Plymouth Music Zone by Steve Becket from Befree Media. Thanks to funding from Youth Music who help young people to progress within PMZ.


'PMZer' Close Up - Mike
Published on May 28, 2013

"I don't think everyone appreciates what music is, do they?" The words of one of PMZ's ex-participants who's progressed to being a volunteer...Everyone says Mike has the voice of an angel - you can easily tell when he's in the PMZ building because staff always abandon their work to go and listen to him... 

This strand of of work is funded by Youth Music and other smaller Trusts and Foundations.



PMZ Projects - OAE at PMZ 2013
Published on May 29, 2013

This wonderful film is about a special music project that happened at Plymouth Music Zone in May 2013 when 'PMZers' worked with visiting musicians from one of the world's leading orchestras - the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Watch for yourself to see the magic unfold...

The project was funded by Youth Music and Arts Council England and filmed for Plymouth Music Zone by Music Leader and filmmaker Steve Becket.


Contact name: 
Jeany Robinson
Lead organisation: 
Project duration: 
Monday, 29 April, 2013 to Tuesday, 31 March, 2015
Are the activities open access?: 
Delivery area: 
At Plymouth Music Zone and other locations across Plymouth.
Plymouth Music Zone
Raglan Road
United Kingdom
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