The Music Curriculum And Local Context
Throughout the year various small KS2 groups as well as Year 3 visit The Dragon School for Orchestra, Percussion and Choral days as well as The Year 3 Singing Day. During these days children get to work with professional musicians and singers and all days end with a performance in which parents/careers are invited to.
As a music department we have also made links with Radley College School. As well as supporting us with our enrichment they offer a variety of musical experiences for our children throughout the year.
We also have links to a fantastic organisation called ‘The Oxford Philomusica.’ They offer our schools free 2/3 day projects where we work alongside professional working musicians to create a musical performance from scratch. Previous themes include, opera, space and the different seasons. They provide our children with opportunities to play and perform using strings, percussion, and voice. Again, this is mainly aimed at KS2 particularly years 4/5/6.
Every year we also perform at the ‘The Festival Of Voices.’ This is a local music event at Dorchester Abby. We normally take Year 5 or 6 or a mixed group from both years. They sing a range of different songs including songs from different cultures and a variety of musical contexts. Children sing alongside other schools and they are not only accompanied by a professional band but also led by a professional conductor.