Mrs Sophia B. Moody GLCM (Hons) LLCM (TD) ALCM PGCE (Pri Mus) MISM
I am a string teacher with over 25 years teaching experience.
I studied at the London College of Music gaining my degree in Music (GLCM (HONS), LLCM(TD) ALCM). I subsequently gained my PGCE in primary classroom music teaching at the University of Reading. Over the past 25 years I have worked for three authorities (Hampshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire).
I have worked in Wiltshire schools for the past 8 years teaching Violin, Viola and beginner Cello on behalf of the Wiltshire Music Service, to individuals, small groups , ensembles and large classes (Wider Opportunities – now known as First Access). I also offer beginner piano tuition. Whilst working in Berkshire I had the pleasure of running the Junior Strings Ensemble at the Saturday Morning Music Centre. I toured with the East Berkshire Youth Orchestra to Holland.
I try to develop a good rapport with my schools as I believe it is essential that pupils should take part on their instruments in school events, be that an assembly or production.
I work with schools to ensure that the pupil’s music lessons are, where possible, complementary to their schools work being topic work, productions or Christmas concerts. If necessary I use rotating timetables to fit in with the school ethos.
I have played in the Henley Symphony Orchestra and The Windsor and Maidenhead Orchestra as well as playing in a pit orchestra at the Hexagon in Reading.
What I / we help young people achieve
I believe learning an instrument is about developing the enjoyment of both playing and listening to music. That may be accomplished through working towards examinations, playing for fun or being able to join an appropriate ensemble group or school band. My teaching is based on developing a love of music. I like to use a broad range of musical styles from traditional to rock.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To learn to sing
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To work with and support other young musicians
- To develop their wellbeing
- Term Time
- After School
Working with special needs
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with numerous students who require extra support due to either Autism, a physical difficulty, low self-esteem or other issues to achieve successes in their development.
- Piano / Keyboard
- Music Theory
- 4 and under
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
Musical Clusters Covered
- Salisbury / Wilton
“Both of my sons are being taught by Mrs Moody and under her guidance, have improved both in terms of their knowledge of the violin and their performance. ” L.Thomas (parent at a Salisbury primary school.)
My Training & Development
00/09/2016 SAMC/AGM +A. Allman A.J.Security
09/12/2016 Prevent Training and Assessment. Certificate number 24682
08/05/2017 Teach meet String tutors
00/05/2017 Paul Whitelegg SWOT analysis + Matthew Hanson. Music and Mindfulness
01/09/2017 Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect – Core V7.3
04/09/2017 SAMC AGM
04/01/2018 Exam Boards = Trinity/ABRSM
15/05/2018 Wiltshire Connect: GDPR/ Inclusive Music Awareness
05/09/2018 SAMC/ AGM + Andy Allman = GDPR
27/11/2018 Mental Health and Wellbeing. Wiltshire Music Centre
18/12/2018 SAMC: Francoise Wynn teaching children with SEND
11/02/2019 Amesbury Cluster Meeting
08/04/2019 Emergency 1st Aid at work St Johns Ambulance
09/05/2019 Amesbury Cluster Meeting. Conducting session Matt Norman
16/05/2019 SAMC Charlotte Tomlinson Performance anxiety for pupils and ourselves
19/08/2019 Salisbury Church of England: Online Safeguarding Basic awareness C0
04/09/2019 Salisbury Area Music Coop CPD
15/10/2019 Amesbury Cluster Meeting /Charanga
22/10/2019 Furthering Talent Salisbury