Mr Jefferson - Director of Music
Mrs Richardson 

Music education at Dowdales is built around developing musical knowledge and understanding through practical activities.

Within music lessons, students learn to sing and play music from a variety of genres, developing traditional music literacy skills through practical work. Singing is an important part of the musical life of the school and students develop their vocal skills throughout Key Stage Three. 

Musical activity is not restricted to the classroom, with an extensive programme of extra-curricular opportunities being available at lunch times and after school.  A large number of students also receive instrumental lessons with visiting teachers for which there is a termly charge; the school shows its commitment to music education by heavily subsidising this provision.  

Students take part in a diverse range of performances throughout the Year, with audiences from the local community and beyond supporting the work which we do.  We also work very closely with Furness Music Centre (whose community orchestras, choirs and chamber ensembles rehearse at Dowdales every Saturday during term time) to create further opportunities for performance.

The work of the Dowdales music department was recently cited as an example of good practice in the Government’s National Plan for Music Education Government's National Plan for Music Education.