Music

Music is a key component of life for musicians and non-musicians, therefore it is embedded in every child’s education at the Dragon. The collective aim of the Music Department is to fire enthusiasm of the musically talented and offer opportunities for all through music. We help every child to achieve their musical potential and there are a number of performance opportunities at every level. In a department of fifty staff, the aim is to support, inspire and manage a varied team with one common goal.

The QCA states: “One of the three aims of music in the National Curriculum is to develop the skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other subjects and are needed for employment and life. The use of music can both enrich learning in other subjects and consolidate musical skills, knowledge and understanding”. This is testament to the importance of music in every child’s education.

We believe that all children are musical and can achieve a basic musical competence. The music curriculum encompasses all the target points from the QCA schemes of work whilst enriching the course with a heavy emphasis on live music both by the children and for the children. These target points are interwoven with cross-curricular lesson plans and lessons which take into consideration religious festivals and current affairs, where appropriate. Music is best taught aurally and we try to limit the amount of writing involved – active participation is encouraged in this subject.

Almost three-quarters of pupils learn a musical instrument and take part in ensembles or musical groups, some of which perform to an extremely high standard. Pupils achieve consistently high marks in music examinations, many at high grades for their ages and regularly gain music awards to their senior schools.

ISI Integrated Inspection, November 2014

We believe that all children are musical and can achieve a basic musical competence. The music curriculum encompasses all the target points from the National Curriculum with an equal emphasis on performance, composition and general musicianship. These target points are interwoven with cross-curricular lesson plans and supplemented by a range of workshops provided by professional musicians. All pupils are taught basic skills on musical instruments and develop their understanding of music theory so that, by the end of their journey at the Dragon, they are confident and inquisitive young musicians.

The Dragon Music Department provides exciting opportunities to get involved in the creative use of Music Technology. The music pods house a state-of-the-art sound proof recording studio that is used to make high quality recordings of the many excellent bands and ensembles throughout the school. Pupils can also take part in Dragon Hit Factory, a weekly creative workshop in which students collaborate to write their own music in a wide variety of genres. The resulting songs are then recorded by students in Recording Club, who learn from experienced professionals to use the latest software along with traditional techniques to cut their teeth as budding producers.