Thank you for checking out my About Page! This is where I tell you a little about myself and my musical journey!
I’m a singer-songwriter, guitarist and music tutor from Plymouth, UK, and have been writing, performing and recording for over a decade now. I released my debut EP Colour Me In in 2010, wrote songs for primary school children for the national Sing Up Website, I trained as a music leader with Plymouth Music Zone, leading musical sessions with a diverse range of participants, I graduated from BIMM Bristol with a BA (Hons) degree in Professional Musicianship in Songwriting at BIMM Bristol (played on the same stage as many of my biggest inspirations) and started music tutoring in 2016.
I have always loved sharing music with others, whether that’s performing my own songs, facilitating music sessions to help others develop their own skills or making music together. I have experience of working with young people in Early Years, Primary and Secondary, with people with disabilities/ additional needs, adults and retired adults.
I was officially diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (a chronic pain and fatigue condition) in 2013 which changed my path with music, so I’m incredibly grateful that I am still able to work musically. This has also inspired my teaching methods, putting my focus on accessibility, individual goals and most importantly, fun!
Most recently, whilst tutoring, I have been writing, recording and producing my own EP from home! You can check out Freedom In Writing here: https://josienewton.bandcamp.com/
Here’s an acoustic recording of the track ‘Moral Compass’ (which features on Freedom In Writing) via Soundcloud. Many other tracks can be listened to here:
And here’s ‘The PMZer Close Up’, an interview discussing the journey that I went on with Plymouth Music Zone; from participant of the Songwriting Club, to member of TEMPO, the youth forum group, to the music leader apprenticeship and finally a fully trained music leader.