Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Music Program

The Maitland Area School community is extremely proud of our Music and Arts program.

Our music students (including choir) perform in public to a wide variety of audiences, and participate successfully in competitions.  

Music concerts are high lights of the year. Our school Concert Band consistently receives high recognition at music eisteddfods, including the annual Balaklava Eisteddfod.

Classroom Music

Classroom music is an integral part of the R–9 curriculum and is taught by specialist music teachers. Along with singing, playing, composing and performing activities, students are also involved in the school Dance-a-thon, the Music is Fun Band visit and touring musical group performances.

Music is offered as a choice subject from Years 10–12. Students have a minimum of three lessons each week, learn a musical instrument with an instrumental music teacher and play in Year level bands and the school Concert Band.


MAS has two choirs. Students are invited to join the junior choir from Year 2. The senior choir includes students from Year 5 and higher. In 2012 the choir will be performing at the Adelaide Choir Festival  of Music.

Instrumental Music

MAS students are able to access a variety of instruments from Year 5 and upwards. Instruments include drums, guitar, trumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone and clarinet. Lessons are taught by Education Department IMS teachers (face–to– face at the school or through Distance Education technologies) or by MAS staff. Students may hire instruments through the school, which subsidises the cost.

Concert Band

Instrumental students are invited to join the school’s Concert Band once they have reached sufficient proficiency on their instrument. The Concert Band rehearses each Wednesday afternoon after school and performs at school assemblies, local functions, the Kernewek Lowender, in Adelaide at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and shopping centres and in tours around the Yorke Peninsula.

Little Groovers

Little Groovers is a pre–school children and parents music group that meets each Monday in the school’s activity room. Please contact the school for more information.

Music Performances

Performing is an integral part of the MAS music curriculum and students are given a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their skills to a wider audience.

  • •A formal music concert is held each year in the Performing Arts Centre showcasing the choir, concert band and soloists. This is usually held in late term 3 or early term 4.
  • •Year level bands perform at school assemblies and to younger classes.
  • •The Concert Band performs at a variety of venues, including Presentation Night, the Maitland ANZAC Dawn Service and in Adelaide at the end of the year.
  • •The School Choir and Concert Band both perform each year at the opening of the Maitland Show.

Other Events

Other regular musical events include:

  • The School Musical : Held every other year, the school musical involves all R–6 students, a range of 7–12 students and many staff, both on and off–stage.
  • Dance-a-thon: The Dance-a-thon is an R–6 fund raiser for the Junior SRC held in term 3.
  • Music Is Fun Band: The Music IS Fun Band is a regular visitor to MAS, usually in term 2.
  • Christmas Concert: Biennial event showcasing R–6 students’ music and drama skills.
  • Maitland Music & Arts Club Productions: The school maintains close ties with the club ,with many staff and students performing in their biennial musicals.

Our instrumental, band and choir programme at CYS is off to a flying start with record numbers of students enrolling for 2017.

Vocal Ensemble

 Over 30 students from years 4 to 10 have joined our choral program this year. We have many new and excited year four students and are also delighted to have the support of secondary vocalists. Students in years 5 to 7 will have the fabulous opportunity to be selected to perform at the Entertainment Centre in September. All choir students have homework set each week as our repertoire is all performed from memory. Please encourage your child to practice regularly with their book and CD. 

Instrumental Music 

There are currently over 50 students enrolled in the instrumental music program at Central Yorke School. The beginner year 5 students have set new records with home practice and we are looking forward to great progress from all our music students.

Read more: Instrumental Music News

MAS Music &Music & Drama is compulsory at MAS from Reception through Year 8 and a choice subject at Year 9/10. We’ve got lots planned for 2016, with a brand new recorder programme for the 2-3 class (Black-Belt Recorder!), a new classroom singing resource for R-6 (Jam Music), a new Performing Arts course at Year 9/10, the Music Is Fun band visit in Term 2 and lots more!

Instrumental Music

We have our biggest group of instrumental students in many years – nearly forty – starting this year. 

This includes  all our year 5 students who will be part of our new primary programme. Students will borrow instruments for a semester, have instrumental lessons with Mrs Schwartz and be part of band lessons with Mr Tuck. Students may choose to continue with their instrument in Semester 2  at the usual hire fee.

Read more: Music & Drama in 2016

Our combined Halloween dress-up-day and Danceathon was a huge success on Friday October 29.

Students arrived in costumes on-masse int he morning with some cute costumes such as minions and fairy-tale characters among the more horror-themed ideas.

Preparations for the danceathon had started at the beginning of the term, with students learning a dance routine to a Halloween-themed song.

The R/ 1 class learned 'Monster Mash' with Tim Tuck, the Year 2 class danced 'Thriller' with Emma Atkins, Letitia Linke gave the Year 3 (I'm a Monster) and Year 4 (Bad Blood) classes a great grounding for their songs with teachers Andrew Mills and Tim Tuck rehearsing after. Betina Davies choreographed This Is Halloween for the Year 5/6 class and the Year 7/8 class choreographed their own version of Silento - Whip Nae Nae.


The PAC was decorated with giant pumpkins, tiny pumpkins and lots and lots of lights! Year 9 students made creepy plastic tape arms and feet, pumpkin posters and gravestones. The Year 3-4 pumpkin pictures hung across the stage and the pumpkin pinata - a lolly-filled pumpkin for the best dance - took place front and centre.

Over sixty parents joined in the fun as we danced to favourites such as Ghost-busters and Everything Is Awesome and watched each class in turn perform their dance routine.

As extra entertainment the Year 5/6 class performed a special graveyard version of Danse Macabre with giant skeletons that somehow turned into the hokey pokey.

The Festival Choir also performed, singing a brand new song about Japanese ghosts from next year's musical.

The best dance was judged by the class SRC reps with the Year 3's taking first palce just ahead of the Year 7/8's.

Congratulations to all the students, staff and parents who contributed, with special thanks to Emma Atkins, Sarah Atkins and Beth hector for their help with setting up.


The YP Combined Schools Concert Band travelled to Ardrossan on October 27 for the Ardrossan Area School Music Concert.

The band played several numbers as the audience entered then officially opened the concert with the 'Abba On Broadway' medley, 'Hawaii Five-o' and 'How to Train Your Dragon'.

The MAS Festival Choir then joined the Ardrossan Festival Choir to present a combined repertoire. 

Thanks as always to the dedicated staff, community members and concert band students.





A HUGE 'well-done!' to all the students who performed at the Showcase Concert on Thursday September 24, you were magnificent!

We had soloists, duets, trios, choirs and (of course) the band all pumped and ready to play some amazing music.

A big shout out to students Sherida and Phillip for their stunning exam pieces for SACE Solo Performance, well done to the comperes, adult mentors, our special guests Sheree and Megan and of course our conductor Deb Schwartz.

Thank yous also go to our huge and appreciative audience; you really helped push the performers beyond the ordinary!

PS You can download our programme here.

Congratulations to the MAS Festival Choir. They did our school proud in the very long morning rehearsal and performed like seasoned professionals in the evening show. Thank you to all the parents who traveled with their children and supported the choir on this great day. And of course a BIG thank you to choir trainer Deb Schwartz for her instruction, guidance and oversight of the choir programme. Well done everyone!

The Music is Fun Band entertained a full house last Thursday June 4 with over 350 students from MAS, PPAS, AAS and MLS enjoying the professional, fun and educational concert.

With many of our students involved with dances, singing and acting, the show was a rollercoaster of up-tempo dance numbers (such as Sugar Rush or The Lego Movie Song), contemplative showstoppers (Vita Mia and Lanterns) and silly singalongs (Star Trekkin and the Crazy Frog medley).

There were lots of dress up moments too, with the Crazy Frogs, dancing Cupcakes and  Addams Family reunion being favourites.

Congratulations to the Year 5/6 and Year 7 dance groups who choreographed their own dance for 'Live Louder'; your applause was richly deserved!

Thank you to all the school music coordinators for organising the student performances and of course a huge shout out to Andre and the Music Is Fun Band for yet another awesome concert.

The school Concert Band and Festival Choir helped commemorate the 100th ANZAC anniversary with performances at the ANZAC Dawn Service and community breakfast. 

The band has accompanied the community hymns for over 15 years now, and it was gratifying to see the high attendance of staff, students, old scholars and community members for the event.

Principal Andrew Gravestocks and school prefects Nathan Tucker and Lisa Brumfield  laid wreathes and presented ANZAC commemorative books at the memorial during the service.

The Festival Choir then performed at the community breakfast held after the service.


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