Play ON provides an inclusive space, led by Paragon’s professional music practitioners, for young people from across Glasgow and the surrounding areas, to develop their musical learning in groups , and one-to-one, as well as performing on stage. Participants of the project report significant gains, including increased confidence and self-esteem, and enhanced learning and personal development, across other areas of their lives, including schoolwork and family relationships.

There is also an emphasis on the programme for young people to increase their social network and communication skills, hence the reason for us running the programme on a Saturday morning, enabling siblings and parents to join in with the lesson if they wish.

Throughout the duration of the project, an important discussion forum has evolved for parents to exchange experiences and information about supporting a young disabled son or daughter. Ella Chambers (12 years old) said: “I love coming to Play ON, it makes me really happy to be creating my own music and I always feel incredible after performing on stage!”

As part of Exploration on the 1st of October 2016, we are inviting you to call in to see Play On in action! See how Play On gives young people with additional support needs a unique opportunity to learn, create and perform their own music. Meet Paragon’s team of expert professional tutors who teach a range of instruments and family members can join in too!

Information on how to book this event can be found on the Explorathon website or Facebook event.

Paragon will also be hosting a Play ON demonstration and presentation at a local primary and secondary school on Friday the 30th September.

Visit the Explorathon website for more information about how you can get involved in events in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and St. Andrews visit our or follow us on social media (@ernscot #explorathon16). Booking for events may be required.

Look-out for more Glasgow City of Science blog posts as we count down to Explorathon 2016.

*EXPLORATHON (European Researchers’ Night Scotland) is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions programme. Grant agreement No 722967