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.


Choir

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 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.

 

 

We held our annual Music Concert in the performing Arts Centre on Thursday, October 24 with a wonderful crowd and a full programme.
The evening slipped quickly by, with items from the school Concert Band (inc. Les Miserables, Wicked, Skyfall), the Festival Choir (inc. Stand Together, Take a Bow), the Junior Choir (inc. Old Time Rock 'n' Roll), the 5/6 Band (Bunyip Blues) and items from small ensembles and soloists.
We paid tribute to our three Year 12 students (Maddie Briggs, Amy Nankivell and Anneliese Moloney) and our retiring Festival Choir accompanist, Diane Wheare.
The evening was warmly received and truly showcased our talented students conductor Debbie Schwartz and the whole of the music staff.
 
We also received this letter from visitors to the area:
 
On Tuesday this week we made an unplanned stop in Maitland to shelter from the wild windy weather. Yesterday afternoon we were enjoying a walk around the town & noticed a sign at your school advertising the 2013 Music Concert.  We decided it might be nice to attend, which we subsequently did.
We want you to know that last night's performance has been one of the highlights of our holiday - we thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was wonderful to see the young people displaying their musical talents, no doubt largely due to the encouragement, training and leadership given them by yourself and the other school staff and helpers involved in the school's musical program.  We were impressed with the way the evening program was so well organised and conducted - despite the minor inevitable "hiccups" which may have occurred.  It was great to see such a variety of talent on display, including that of some quite young children.
The printed program (handout) was very impressive - we have never before seen a similar document of such a high standard. 
Debbie, we would like to especially commend you on your involvement with last night's programme, and for the wonderful work you are obviously doing within the school's music program.  Keep up the good work. Thanks again to you, your colleagues and the students for a wonderful evening.
Regards, Len & Sue Fittell
 
The Festival Choir is reaching the business end of their rehearsals.  Conductor Debbie Schwartz and accompanist Di Wheare are impressed with their progress and it's been a delight to overhear the choir rehearsing on Monday afternoons in the PAC. The photo on the cover of the newsletter was one of many we took last week to send to Adelaide for display during the concert. 
Tickets for the performance will be available soon. If you've attended before you know what a treat it is. And if you haven't, this might be a good year to experience the talent, enthusiasm and delightful singing of our primary students.
 
The 'Music Is Fun' band returned for their annual visit to perform for over 350 R-9 students in the school Recreation Centre on Thursday, May 30.
The band's concert, which has been a regular feature of our school's musical calendar since 2002, featured 16 songs with students participating in singing, dancing and dressing up.
The band of eight musicians (including leader Andre Osterbaan) were highly professional, capable and entertaining musicians. 
Highlights included:
  • 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.
 

Thank yous...

We were joined for the concert by the Maitland Lutheran School, the Ardrossan Area School and the Maitland Kindy and it was wonderful to see the students singing, applauding and dancing together.
A big thank you to Andre and the musicians for providing such a positive, inspiring and uplifting musical event.
Thanks also to the awesome Year 7 class who carried the chairs down from the PAC, set them (and the mats) up then helped carry them all back again. 

 

The MAS Concert Band opened for the Tea Tree Gully Concert Band on Sunday at the Anglican Church's fund-raiser held at the Maitland Town Hall. Many thanks to students, staff and parents for supporting the performance and to the Tea Tree Gully band and their conductor Jim Dempsey for their support and encouragement.
 

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.  

 

Our Concert Band visited Ardrossan Area School and Curramulka Area School on Friday November 30 as part of our annual YP Band tour. 
The students played well despite the variable weather conditions - it got very sultry! -  so we appreciated the responsive audiences in both schools . 
We finished the day playing for the Primary SRC assembly back in Maitland. 
Thanks go to Debbie Schwartz for organising the tour, to community members Di Morgan, Malcolm Kinch and Linda Kinch for joining us and to our bus driver Rod Nixon.

 

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!

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