Sophie Bell is passionate about making music fun and accessible for all. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Sophie plays the guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo, mandolin, and piano. Hailing from Boston, where she performed and taught guitar and electric bass, she is now a professional musician and music educator in San Diego. She inspires youth to foster community and connection with one another through the powerful language of music.
Sophie has taught students as young as three and as old as fifty across San Diego, in group classes and individually. As a teaching artist for the CWM’s World Music in the Schools program, Sophie shares her love for the ukulele and the diverse cultures in which it is honored and played. Her students strum and sing along with happy enthusiasm while learning the significance and history behind each song.
In addition to her work with the Center for World Music, Sophie teaches after-school music and movement enrichment classes at All Friends Nature School. There, she designed and built mountain dulcimers made from palm tree leaves that students used in their final performance. She has also taught through Guitars and Ukes in the Classroom, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to expanding the role of music in education and elevating student engagement.
In the realm of rock music, Sophie taught at Gxrls Rock Summer Camp, a San Diego program empowering girls and non-binary youth through music. She also helped organize and led a rock band of six-year-olds at Kalabash School of Music and the Arts in La Jolla.
Sophie participates in a wide range of musical ensembles, including the Mesa College guitar and jazz ensembles, The Bearded Ladies, a four piece theatrical folk band, and the California pop group The Sleepy Pearls, for whom she plays bass.
Sophie’s thoughtful and compassionate temperament, as well as her lively and dedicated musicianship, transmit a love of music and personal expression to her students from the moment they set foot in her classroom. She believes deeply in cultivating the musicality inherent in every human being. Establishing that joyful connection is her heart’s work.