Music at the Heart
of the dragon
Music enriches, inspires and nurtures.
A body of research demonstrates that
music also positively impacts on spatial
ability, phonetic awareness and language
skills and demonstrably develops mental
focus, listening skills, team work and
Along with sport, drama, art and
academic studies, the music and the Music
Department need to be placed firmly at the
heart of the school.
In the 1960s, when the original music
school was built, music teaching was
intended for a musically talented elite.
Today, an extraordinary 87% of Dragon
pupils actively participate in music by
playing an instrument or singing in a choir.
527 or 83% of Dragon pupils have one or
more instrumental lessons a week.
The Dragon has created a virtuous circle
of teaching and learning and is reputedly
one of the best non-specialist prep school
for music in the country attracting many of
the most talented, dedicated and inspiring
Children have responded by taking
up music with passion and enthusiasm.
The Dragon has an exceptional record of
inclusion and differentiation. Pupils have
access to one of over 40 different groups
and ensembles: 30 are open to all pupils and
11 pre-select groups challenge our most
able musicians. Performance opportunities
through ensemble performances, concerts,
assemblies and outreach projects further
challenge and engage.
All this is achieved in spite of limited
facilities which require staff and pupils to
solve complex organisational issues and
travel long distances to rehearsal.
We look forward to building the music
school that our staff and children deserve.
Music school Planning news
Ensuring that the new Music School meets teaching and
learning needs, satisfies the highest environmental standards
and reflects Oxford’s architectural heritage is a tricky
balancing act. We are keen to satisfy planning requirements
without compromising on the size and scope of the building.
Once planning permission is granted, we will publish
timescales for tendering and build, and launch the public
phase of the campaign. Meanwhile, we thank all our lead
donors, who have contributed over £4m to date, for their
commitment and faith in this project.
Plans may be subject to change.
, Director of Music
If you are interested
in discussing plans,
or supporting the
campaign, our Head
of Development, Jane
Pendry, would be
delighted to hear from
you. Please contact
01865 315 415.