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.

The Primary students were entertained at the Friday assembly on September 14 by the MAS Concert Band.The band set up on the music side of the PAC and we opened up the doors so students could sit and enjoy their program of musical items.The mini-concert was videoed for Year 12 students Amy Nankivell and Hadyn Lodge (Ardrossan) who will use the footage as part of their Year 12 moderation process.

Parents accompanied MAS Year 5 students to a Band Workshop at Fremont Elizabeth High School.Students had Year 10 mentors and performed a short concert to parents and friends at the end of the day.Senior high school students from Fremont also performed to encourage and inspire the beginner students.

Tuesday September 11 was show night at the Adelaide Festival Centre for our Festival Choir.

Over a magic two hours, the choir, along with 300 students from 24 different schools, entertained an appreciative audience with music, dance and drama, demonstrating once again the talents of our students and their teachers.

Read more: Festival Choir 2012


Magic Millions

On Tuesday the 21st of August 24 students from years 5-7 attended the Festival of Music Choir rehearsal at Magic Millions, Adelaide. It was an early start to the day with students meeting in the bus bay at 6:15am but this didn’t stop our MAS students from shining on the day! 

Read more: Festival of Music: Magic Millions Rehearsal

Music Camp

On Sunday May the 27th Ron Edwards, Amelia Honner, Brianna Schwartz, Maddie Greenslade, Jordyn Ingham, Hayley Willson, Connor Briggs, Ben Smart, Henry Honner and Olivia Dyett all attended the Port Hughes Music Camp. The Camp hosted about 67 people. The camp was for country kids only. We came from areas like the Yorke Peninsula, Mid North, Port Pire regions, Riverland, Barossa Valley, Kimba and many more places.When we got there on Sunday we arranged where we would be sleeping and who with. There was a girl dorm and a boy’s dorm.  

When everyone had arrived we had our first practice for about an hour. Some of the songs Sharon picked for us to play included Hey Jude by the Beatles, The Simpsons Main Theme, Great Movie Adventures which included the main themes from Star wars, Jurassic Park and E.T. One Hit Wonders was another favourite one which included some familiar tunes such as Hang on Sloopy, Whip It, Rock and Roll [The Hey song] and Mickey and many more.That night we voted to watch a movie. The movie we watched was Jack and Jill. Everyone enjoyed it and had lots of laughs. We returned to our dorms and got ready for bed and then at 10:30 it was lights out!

The Music Is Fun Band made their annual visit on Thursday, May 24. Click below for lots of photos from the great concert.

It was a chilly but fine morning for the annual ANZAC Dawn Service. Twenty five MAS students represented the school in the Concert Band, along with teachers, community members and the odd spouse or two!The service was well attended with a moving rendition of the Last Post being accompanied by the cockatoos screeching in the gum trees.Thank you to all the students who played, to their parents who drove them to the service, to Governing Council Chairperson Tim Schwartz for his playing and to our community members Di Morgan and Lynn Morris.Special thanks go to Hadyn Lodge who travelled from Ardrossan to a play with us and to Debbie Schwartz for her conducting and organisation.

Though it was a warm and windy day which ended with stormy rains our primary students joined in the Maitland Show parade, riding on the back of Tim & Naomi Davey’s truck. 

Year of the Farmer

Students had made masks of farm animals to acknowledge that it is the year of the Australian farmer. Miss Townsend organised senior secondary Ag students to join in the parade with some school sheep, highlighting our school’s strong Agricultural programme. This programme and many others were part of our fantastic display in the school shed at the showgrounds and I hope many community members were able to view this prior to the weather impacting on show attendance.

Musical Items

Both the Junior and Festival choirs sang at the opening ceremony and the band entertained patrons – a real day of community involvement ! 

Thank You

Special thanks to the Davey family and Alan McCauley for their support of our parade involvement and the transport and erection of our display boards.


The R-7 students 'bingled all the way' on Wednesday, December 14 afternoon when a full house came to watch them perform 'Bingle Jells', our 2011 Christmas Show.

With elves, goblins, snowflakes, pine trees, a grumpy snowman, Jack Frost, the Ice Queen and Santa, there were character parts galore, and the terrific tech team (on lighting, sound and visuals) kept the show moving along at great speed.

Well done to all the young actors and a big thank you to Deb Schwartz and Belinda Wundersizt for their help backstage, Letitia Linke for her chore­ography and, as always, to Vanessa Secomb for teaching the classes the songs and other dances.

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