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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 annual Christmas Assembly drew a record crowd of parents and families who gathered on Wednesday December 11 in the PAC to celebrate the end of the year with the R-7 students.
With nearly thirty items on the programme, the afternoon was packed with singing, dancing (well done Miss Norman!), jokes, plays, student-videos, music performances, the 5/6 Band and the Festival Choir.
Father Christmas made an appearance, courtesy of the local police and helped us present the Classroom Christmas Door competition.
Thank you to all the families who attended and supported their children, thanks to the PA crew for coping with a technically difficult programme and thanks to Debbie Schwartz for her support and help throughout the day.
- The Year 5/6 girls performing an entertaining and creative dance to Timomatic's 'Can You Feel It'. Your lunchtime practice certainly paid off!
- The R-3s dressing as cows for 'Rawhide'.
- The giant dancing shoes in 'Blue Suede Shoes'
- 'Hercules' singing 'Go the Distance' while sitting on Miss Atkins lap.
- The story accompanied by amazing playing and sound effects from the keyboard player.
- Everyone up and doing the conga to 'Real In Rio'.
- The guitar solo in 'Kick Back'
- The musicians all singing an amazing unaccompanied vocal harmony piece.
- Olivia, our soloist, singing 'Best Friends'.
- The bathroom antics of the 'Splish Splash' gang.
The 'Ghana: Beat My Drum' production visited school on Friday, March 15 with a performance by Ghana musician Jonas.
Jonas introduced a variety of African instruments to the students including the Talking Drum, Djembe, the Marimba (xylophone) and traditional gourd shakers.
Jonas's infectious laugh, wide smile and obvious love - and skill - for his music was a winning combination as students joined him on stage to perform songs, learned Ghana words for 'please' 'thank you' and 'welcome' and danced to drum rhythms and songs.
Jonas is obviously a skilled entertainer but demonstrated he's also a compassionate teacher and more than capable drummer. He's also very generous, with our 45 minute time slot stretching out to more than an hour.
A big thank you to school Performance Tours and to Jonas for bringing the beat of Ghana to our school.
The Concert Band recently performed at the Curramulka Lights for the sixth time, continuing an annual tradition that started in 2007.
The show has certainly expanded in that time, and this year we were played in a colourful marquee, set alongside trading tables, stalls, amusements and even the big man himself, Santa.
Being held at the busy time of the year means we don't always have our full group, so it was wonderful that so many students and staff were able to join us, including ex-scholar Brittany Honner, who donned the MAS colours and lent her flute playing skills to the ensemble.
The band played a selection of Christmas tunes and concert items, with 'Holiday Cheer' and 'Pirates of the Carribean' being strong crowd favourites.
The band joined in the local festivities too, following the parade around the oval (probably in the hope of a lolly or two!) and competing in some of the many children's activities that had been organised.
A big thank you to the Cury Lights Committeee; we really appreciated our spacious tent (and lack of gales!) and the students enjoyed their chocolate treat and thank-you card after.
Thanks also go to the parents who transported students and (as always) support the band and to the staff who gave their time to carry equipment and perform.
Here's looking forward to Lighting Up in 2013!