Music Curriculum

The music curriculum covers a broad range of topics and has a skills focus so that every child leaves the Dragon being able to make music in lots of different ways. Uniquely, there is one overriding scheme of work for all pupils in the school, from Reception to Year 8, meaning that learning progresses in a coherent and continuous way from start to finish. In the pre-prep, pupils are taught to read and write music using both Kodaly and traditional Western notation. They are also taught kinaesthetically through Dalcroze and learn to sing and play percussion accurately, as well as explore the orchestra, periods of music, and the BBC Ten Pieces. They receive two 35-minute academic music lessons and one year group singing session per week, and perform in a variety of high quality shows and assemblies throughout the year. At the prep, where fortnightly lessons are an hour long, topics change termly and culminate in a Music Technology course for A and B block where pupils learn to use Sibelius and Ableton programs. Every lesson at the prep aims to introduce pupils to something new and provide an opportunity for performance and composition. Click here for schemes of work.