Meet our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Specialist

Rosie Hood is freelance musician and experienced inclusive music facilitator working in school and community settings across South Yorkshire. Rosie works with people of all ages and ability levels with varying needs, including those with complex access requirements and autistic spectrum condition.

Having recently completed a PGCert in “Music and Children with Special Needs & Abilities: Sounds of Intent” Rosie is an enthusiastic advocate of the use of the Sounds of Intent framework to create and adapt musical activities to make them accessible to all, as well as to celebrate progress. She creates bespoke workshops for each setting in which she works tailored specifically to the learners, focusing on music being accessible and enjoyable for everyone. These sessions are fun and educational with a range of musical achievements; from discovering musical preferences and beginning to create sounds and learners finding their musical voice to songwriting, recording music and live performances, as well as social ones; increased focus, confidence and communication skills. Musical activities have helped improve dexterity in some students and a greater ability to manage emotions in others.

Since 2015 Rosie has performed interactive concerts and delivered engaging progressive workshops at dozens of diverse specialist schools across the country through the charity Live Music Now. More recently Rosie has worked with darts in Doncaster and the Royal Opera House to create accessible resources based on The Magic Flute and the Sounds of Intent framework, as well as delivering training and CPD for school staff and musicians. Beyond her work with Sheffield Music Hub Rosie continues to work with organisations including darts, Live Music Now, Grimm & Co, the Royal Opera House and The Amber Trust.