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Prep Music

From large inclusive choirs to scholarship level individual musicians, all children are encouraged to explore and respond to music. Our hope is that this will lead to a lifelong love of music in all its richness and diversity.

Most of the children between the ages of 7 to 11 receive individual music lessons at school by highly experienced music teachers. Individual music lessons are offered to pupils in Years 2-6 by consultation with the child’s form teacher and the Director of Music.

Instruments currently offered include:

  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Bass Guitar
  • Cello
  • Recorder
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cornet
  • Singing
  • Piano*
  • Drum Kit*
  • Trombone**
  • Trumpet**
  • French Horn**

* Must have the instrument at home
** Year 3 upwards, child will be required to undertake a trial lesson with the teacher to assess aptitude for the instrument prior to starting

Concerts and Performances

The concerts and performances within school and externally provide an enjoyable and integral part of school life. Specific highlights include a Carol Service, the Oxford Music Festival, the Manor Concert, Breakfast Concerts and Tea Concerts. Pupils also regularly perform at Open Days, in assemblies and at other internal school events.

Please visit our Photo Galleries to see photos of many of our performances.

Groups and Ensembles for Years 3 – 6 currently include:

  • Orchestra
  • Training Orchestra
  • Intermediate Strings
  • Junior Strings
  • Guitar Band
  • Clarinet Ensemble
  • Flute Choir
  • Ukulele Club
  • Recorder Ensemble
  • Chamber Choir
  • Middle School Choir (Year 3 and 4)
  • Upper School Choir (Year 5 and 6)
  • Glee Club
  • Music Theory Club

We are delighted that The Manor has joined the prestigious Artsmark Award and has been awarded the silver status. Artsmark is The Arts Council England’s award for schools who champion The Arts. As an Artsmark school we actively celebrate across the curriculum including Art, Design Technology, Music and Drama.

Where Next

School Closed

In line with Government advice and in conjunction with schools up and down the country, we are very sorry that until further notice, The Manor Preparatory School is closed, although we are operating a skeleton staff at this time for children of our Key Worker families. Although our doors may be closed, our lines of communication remain very firmly open and if you have an admissions enquiry or a general school query, please use the following number 07906 848945 which will be manned between 8:00am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, with the facility to leave a message if required. We look forward to welcoming back our children as soon as possible.