Part of the Performing Arts Department

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 run by a top-spec iMac 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. In the summer of 2022, 91% of GCSE Music candidates achieved grades 7 to 9 and 100% of A Level Music candidates were awarded either an A or A*.


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

Music Department Staff

Mr M Whiteside, Director of Music and Performing Arts

Mrs E O’Connell, Teacher of Music

Mr D Kay, Performing Arts Technician

Mrs W Salimi, Music Tuition Administrator

Extra-curricular Music

We are proud to offer a full range of extra-curricular choirs and ensembles. Our current rehearsal schedule is detailed below:

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Instrumental & Voice Lessons

Tuition is available on voice and most instruments:

Piano (including jazz)Flute
Guitar (classical, acoustic & electric)
Bass guitar
Drum kit
Orchestral percussion
Voice (popular & classical)Violin
Double bass

Online applications for the 2023/24 academic year are now open!

  • If you are a parent of a student joining us in Year 7 in September 2023, please fill in this form.
  • If you are a parent of an existing BSG student, please fill in this form.

The deadline for requesting instrumental or vocal tuition is Friday 23 June 2023.

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

  • Maria Balhetchet [Violin & Viola] 
  • Vicky Barents [Woodwind] 
  • Stuart Darling [Piano & Voice] 
  • Sandie Elkins [Voice] 
  • Fran Foan [Piano & Voice] 
  • Christina Leigh [Piano & ’cello] 
  • Sean O’Connell [Flute] 
  • Tim Rea [Guitar & Ukulele]
  • Kevin Smith [Brass]
  • David Waller [Drum Kit & Percussion]
  • Joshua Weller [Piano]