• About Us

                We have now been established for five years, and we are a dynamic and exciting Music School in Bournemouth; looking to teach everybody from complete beginners to accomplished musicians in any instrument that you require - covering ALL ages and everything from Theory, Tab, Chord, Improvising, Reading and General enjoyment.

                We also have a fantastic pass rate for students exams!!!

                Exam Boards we use: - ABRSM, RSL (Rock School), Trinity, RGT


                Bournemouth School of Music

                Rachel Thomas-Leo (Director) Teacher

                Rachel is a very enthusiastic musician and music teacher, she is always interested in meeting new people and thrives on working hard and working with others. Rachel has been playing since she was 9 years old and knew it was something she always wanted to do.

                Rachel now teaches Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano and Violin, and has been for the last 15 years. She has been involved in running and playing of big bands and currently plays Alto Sax in the Regular Joes, which is a 40’s 50’s Jump Jive band (www.theregularjoes.com) and teaches at a school as Head of woodwind and ran a Community Big Band. Rachel even played at Buckingham Palace for the Queen!

                She has attained an A in Music and Music Technology at Bournemouth College, has a Grade 8 in Saxophone and Flute and Grade 7 in Clarinet, Grade 5 Theory.

                "My inspiration and drive was always to have my own music school so here I am. I want to pass on, and get people involved in music in whatever way possible. I feel it is an important thing to do and have, even if you just want to learn for fun or to take exams, get involved and most of all enjoy it."

                We will be running ensemble work, workshops and big band courses in the near future.

                Fully DBS checked.




                Justin Thomas-Leo - Director/Teacher

                Justin is a Singer/Songwriter and established Guitarist, who has been playing for over twenty years both in bands and solo worldwide. He has performed both on Television and Radio, worked as a Session Vocalist and has been teaching pupils on a one to one basis, and in Summer Schools for over ten years with great results and is fully DBS checked.

                He is very passionate about all styles of music, is approachable, fun and a great Guitar Teacher in Bournemouth.


                Samantha Laurilla  - Vocal Coach/Singing Teacher

                After being awarded the esteemed John Owen Jones scholarship, Samantha studied with Vocalist International Distance Learning Academy (VIDLA) and achieved a High Distinction in her Diploma in Contemporary Vocal Teaching. Equipped with a wealth of experience and boundless enthusiasm, she now aims to help others to master the craftsmanship of being an amazing singer by not only teaching the theory and technique behind the voice, but by establishing the self-confidence and self-belief needed to be an original and individual artist. Eager to share her knowledge and passion for performing, Samantha is delighted to join the team at Bournemouth School of Music.

                When she's not teaching, Samantha can be found performing at various venues across the South. A confident and versatile performer, Samantha captivates audiences with her soulful vocals, warm demeanour and stylish command of the stage. With a passion for music, Samantha offers a diverse and dynamic repertoire incorporating several genres, from pop and R&B to musical theatre. An accomplished solo performer, she delivers a highly professional and sophisticated performance, guaranteed to entertain and leave audiences wanting more.

                Youtube: www.youtube.com/SamanthaLaurilla


                Kyle Shenton - Saxophone/Woodwind/Guitar/Ukulele Teacher

                Kyle started playing music at the age of seven on the flute.

                After progressing through grades, he looked to the saxophone as his main instrument.

                Over the years Kyle has played in many big bands, orchestras, sax quartets, and various other jazz ensembles.

                Kyle spent his late teens and early twenties studying Jazz Saxophone at London College of Music. During his time there, he gained experience as a session musician, performing in the studio for various up-and-coming artists.

                After finishing music college he soon fell into work teaching woodwind, both classical and Jazz styles, also working on stage with bands. Today Kyle plays in some of the best bands around the South of England.


                Natalie Dolton - Piano/Viola/Violin/Cello Teacher


                Jasmine Morgan - Violin/Piano/Woodwind Teacher


                Rob Taylor - Trombone/Trumpet/Drum Teacher


                Alistair Frew - Guitar/Ukulele/Bass Teacher


                Kathryn Price - Vocal/Singing Coach/Guitar Teacher


                Chris Masters-Bond - Drum Teacher


                Jamie Craig - Drum Teacher



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