Harmonia was founded in 1999 by Kirsty Body BEd, with the aim of bringing a wide variety of musical activities to people of all ages.
Born into a very musical vicarage family in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Kirsty has always been a keen musician. Her first love has always been the bassoon which she started at the tender age of just 8. Her singing was a later development which she now wishes she'd discovered earlier!
Kirsty trained as a teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge (1992-96), where she specialised in music. After three years as a class teacher (year 5/6), she left to pursue a career as a music specialist. It was then that Harmonia was born, with the founding of the Harmonia Youth Singers and Belleplates in 1999.
She has continued to work in primary schools as a music specialist covering whole school curriculum music, singing assemblies and wider opportunities programmes. Kirsty has devised her own units of work, assessment schemes and musical shows throughout that time. She is particularly experienced with the use of ICT in classroom music (video/music projects, composition, audio book projects, and techno music).
Kirsty led Spaldwick School through the Sing Up programme to achieve one of the first Platinum awards in the country, has been Leading Teacher for Music within Cambridgeshire, and worked as a mentor on the Trinity Guildhall/OU KS2 Wider Opportunities programme. She leads primary and adult choirs, and has directed many primary school Music Festivals including the Hinchingbrooke and A1 clusters.
Ocarina - mostly taught to year 2, 3 and 4. Smartboard scheme devised and implemented. 2008 group were selected as one of ten KS1groups to appear at Symphony hall, Birmingham, as finalists in the Music for Youth festival.
Tin Whistle - taught to year 4 to 6, using a numbered method. Own schemes used throughout.
Samba - all years from 3-6. Own scheme devised and implemented. Regular appearances at summer village festivals, including leading parades.
Djembe drumming - taught to all ages from reception to adults. Regular community drumming circle, plus workshops.
Glockenspiels/tuned percussion - taught in 10 week workshop programmes to year 3/4.
Boomwhackers - whole schools, heads conference and music service staff inset.
Poetry/music workshops - KS1 at Linton School as part of a music/literacy festival.
Class Ensemble - combining orchestral instruments with classroom percussion and singing to produce whole class performances.
INSET - experienced in supervising instrumental staff, training teachers and TAs through class and wider opps sessions, also in role as Leading Teacher (Cambridgeshire).
Sing Up - Led Spaldwick Primary School through Sing Up programme to achieve first Gold Award in the scheme, plus becoming one of the first Platinum Ambassador Schools. Part of the 3 person team to design and produce the Cambridgeshire Song Pack which was issued to all County schools.
CHOA - Kirsty is a regular workshop leader at Cambridge Holiday Orchestra Association courses where she has led Music Games, Djembe Drumming and Belleplates sessions, as well as supporting orchestral rehearsals.