Sans la musique, la vie serai une erreur.” (Without music, life would be a mistake.)

Friedrich Nietzsche

Music is a unique means of expression and communication that can inspire and motivate.  It plays an important part in the personal development of children, reflecting the culture and society we live in, and enabling them to better understand the world and feel part of a community.


All children need the opportunity to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgments about the quality of music.


At Dolphin, the music curriculum is delivered in a creative and enjoyable way, making music accessible, relevant and stimulating. We aim to provide a curriculum which makes learning fun and practical, and caters for all learning styles. Children have the opportunity to participate in active music making, both through playing and singing, in groups and individually. They are encouraged to communicate and talk about their learning and to develop independence.


Music concerts are put on throughout the year from Nursery to Year 8 and in addition, ensemble groups, bands and choirs form part of the music-making. Individual music tuition is offered in a number of instruments such as violin, cello, piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone. If there is a demand for an instrument that we don’t currently offer, we would look to add this to department. Children also takes part in external music festivals and concerts performances during the year such as the Woodley Festival and charities galas at the Royal Albert Hall.


Anne Light, Director of Music

The range  of subjects offered ensures that pupils at all stages are given learning experiences which fulfil their academic potential and successfully nuture their personal development.

ISI Report 2016

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