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Welcome to the Music Department at Bournemouth School for Girls

The Music Department is based in our modern and spacious Performing Arts Centre. Facilities here include two specialist music classrooms, an IT room equipped with Sibelius and Cubase software and keyboards, 5 practice rooms where peripatetic music lessons take place, two drama studios and a large theatre space which seats 200. We also have a well equipped recording studio and benefit from an excellent range of musical instruments for pupils' use.

Music is taught to all pupils to the end of Year 9, with an exciting range of topics explored. Edexcel GCSE and A Level Music courses are offered in Years 10 to 13, with healthy uptake and strong outcomes at both levels.

Our vibrant extra-curricular programme and comprehensive peripatetic tuition offer is outlined below.


Music Department Staff

Mr M Whiteside, Head of Music and Performing Arts
Mrs E O'Connell, Teacher of Music
Mr S Carroll, Performing Arts Technician


Extra-curricular Music

We are proud to offer a full range of extra-curricular choirs and ensembles, including:

  • Year 7 Singers
  • Year 8 & 9 Singers
  • Big Heart & Soul Choir (Y10+)
  • Chamber Choir (entry by audition)
  • Staff Choir

  • Camerata (Training Orchestra, beginner – Grade 4)
  • Sinfonia (Senior Orchestra, Grade 5+)
  • Swing Band (woodwind & brass players, Grade 4+)
  • School of Rock (guitarists & drum kit players of all abilities)
  • Percussion Ensemble

  • Theory, Aural & GCSE Clinic

Our weekly rehearsal schedule can be found in the Performing Arts Centre.


Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons are available for most instruments. Application forms may be obtained from Reception.

We are very fortunate to have a large number of experienced and highly-skilled peripatetic teachers:

Maria Balhetchet Violin & Viola
Vicky Barents Flute, Clarinet, Oboe & Saxophone
Sandie Elkins Voice
Stuart Darling Voice & Piano
Fran Foan Piano
James Gale Guitar
Steve Hayes Brass
Christina Leigh Piano & Cello
Sean O'Connell Flute
David Waller Drum Kit & Percussion

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