About Us

We have now been established for eight 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.

Bryan Crook - Piano / Keyboard / Song Writing

Bryan is an award winning pianist and graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with First Class Honours, where he formally studied Classical and Jazz piano, as well as electronic music. He has also completed his ARSM diploma, scoring a high 96% for his recital performance.

For several years has enjoyed many successes in piano festivals in the South of England, including winning the PACA piano prize for solo recitalist, sponsored by 2CRFM and adjudicated by Phillip Fowke, and the MINNS Young Musician of the Year award. He has appeared live as a solo Jazz pianist on BBC Radio Solent and performed in a variety of venues across the UK as both soloist and ensemble player including the Barbican Cinema, and with the Southbank Sinfonia.

Bryan has a broad repertoire covering music from Classical through to Contemporary, traditional Jazz through to free improvisation, and also live electronics. His multi faceted interests have also led to collaborative projects such as the Curious Festival, run by the Creative Learning of Guildhall and the Barbican and also with the Barbican Cinema in collaboration with electronic music students at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, providing electronic sound and solo piano to the silent film ‘The Lodger’ by Hitchcock.

Based in Dorset, Bryans future plans include taking his LRSM diploma in piano and full length recitals in mind for 2020.

Natalie Dolton - Piano/Viola/Violin/Cello Teacher

Rob Taylor - Trombone/Trumpet/Drum Teacher

Kathryn Price - Vocal/Singing Coach/Guitar Teacher

Chris Masters-Bond - Drum Teacher

Jamie Craig - Drum Teacher

Penny Malcolm - Piano/Violin Teacher

Rob Gough - Guitar/Bass/Ukulele Teacher

Over 16 years' experience providing


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