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Plymouth Music Education Hub

 We offer a range of musical services, projects and opportunities throughout Plymouth schools and within the community.

Contacts details

Address:Ballard House
26 West Hoe Road
Telephone number: 01752 307090
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We inspire children and young people to develop a life-long enjoyment of music.  We promote the positive and enjoyable aspects of musical and cultural engagement.  We work with a partnership of local, regional and national organisations -  working together to build an inspiring and inclusive programme of music making.

 Our mission is to create opportunities for all children to engage with a diverse musical culture, enabling lasting participation in and enjoyment of music. Through music we will make a positive impact on children's lives and the communities in which they live. 

Plymouth Music Education Hub (PMEH) comprises a wide range of music organisations working in partnership to provide high quality music education for the children and young people of Plymouth. Our hub, led by Plymouth Youth Music Service (PYMS), currently engages over 4000 children and young people in weekly musical activities across the city.

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Introduction to the music offer in Plymouth

Plymouth Music Education Hub (PMEH) is one of 120 hubs covering all Local Authorities in England. It is the amorphous gathering of all those in Plymouth who wish to provide children and young people access to musical expertise and inspiration which reflects the world in which we live.

Plymouth Youth Music Service (PYMS) is the hub lead organisation. PYMS is accountable to Department for Education (DfE), through Arts Council England, for what music education takes place in Plymouth Local Authority.


All schools are, by default, partners within the hub. They are one subset of the many organisations within the hub and they take responsibility for delivering the music curriculum specifically.

They may choose to deliver this in-house, via class teachers or music specialists. They may choose to provide some of the curriculum through buying in expert partners.

They also lead on extra-curricular musical activities within their school and, again, may choose to provide, or buy in provision of, music by delivery partners.

There is a range of delivery partners within Plymouth. PYMS is one of these partners but there are many more. PYMS helps by signposting and connecting partners as appropriate for all children and young people, whether within formal or informal settings, in school time or outside of it.


PMEH is obliged to create opportunities by ensuring all partners, schools individuals and organisations, are working collaboratively for the benefit of children and young people in Plymouth. These opportunities range from individual, small group lessons (through school or privately), to targeted projects, performances, choirs, ensembles and First Access.


PMEH is accountable to the DfE and has to report music activities quarterly and return data annually. Although a school may be wholly responsible for a musical activity, as a partner within the hub, that information still needs to be collected, collated and reported by the lead partner, PYMS.

Contact details for the Plymouth Music Education Hub

  • Simon Mower (Virtual School Head Teacher), 01752 307090
  • Zoe Masters (Education Consultant), 01752 306750
  • Rebecca Pengelly (Education Consultant), 01752 307114
  • Jenna Stephens (Education Caseworker for Post 16 Looked after Children), 01752 307088
  • Alexandra Wallace (Education Caseworker for Post 16 Looked after Children), 01752 307941
  • Kirsty Brian (Virtual School Administrative Support Officer), 01752 307009
  • Judith Brettell (Learning Mentor - Early Years/Adopted), 01752 304630
  • Helen Seager (Learning Mentor), 01752 304714
  • Rachael Cameron (Learning Mentor), 01752 304643
  • Dr Barry Sullivan (attached Education Psychologist), 01752 398035
  • Ruth Peck (attached Education Psychologist), 01752 307069
Based: Plymouth
  • 5 to 11 years old
  • 12 to 16 years old
  • 17 to 25 years old

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