Music & Drama

Oakfield Preparatory School

Music & Drama

We aim to give every child a variety of experiences in music and drama and seek to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to perform in productions, concerts and assemblies.

MUSIC

During curriculum music lessons in the classroom, theory and history of music, composing, performing and listening skills are studied and developed. Throughout the year groups can perform in musical productions and there are informal concerts for individual soloists. As well as formal church services, there is also a summer concert for all the ensembles.

Our ensembles and choirs are suitable for all abilities at Oakfield, developing every child’s potential and ability to the fullest. 

Mr Howes, our Director of Music, inspires the children with his talent for music and musical direction, and gives the opportunity for children to play in an orchestra, jazz band or pop group, as well as perform in school productions.

He is supported by a talented and enthusiastic team of peripatetic music staff who teach children one-to-one on a huge breadth of musical instruments, from piano and French Horn, to drums and flute.

From their early years at the school children at Oakfield are encouraged to engage with music as both class groups and year groups. An understanding and appreciation of music is important to cultural and creative understanding and something we actively push here at Oakfield.

From their early years at the school children at Oakfield are encouraged to engage with music as both class groups and year groups. An understanding and appreciation of music is important to cultural and creative understanding and something we actively push here at Oakfield.

DRAMA

Drama at Oakfield is about building confidence, and improving articulation, listening and communication both as an individual and within a group. We believe this is achieved through the experience of 'doing' and being inspired at what we learn along the way. Whether it's games, freeze frames, speed work, improvisation or other acting exercises we encourage children to think of different ways of leaning. Children should be inspired to use their senses, approach things with great imagination and express pure creativity wherever possible. Drama is a fantastic medium for doing this.

There are multiple productions through the academic year across the age groups which are invariably well-performed and attended. LAMDA classes are run for children that display further interest in the subject and are keen to enhance their artistic skills.

We also have outside organisations come to perform productions and run drama workshops at the school. These provide great opportunities for different subjects to be brought to life and serve to inspire our children about the power of speech and drama.