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.

Congratulations to all students who performed at our recent School Music Concert, you should all be very proud of your effort and success.

I would like to thank the staff and parents of Maitland Area School for their continuous support of the Concert Band and choir programs. We are so fortunate to have the assistance of talented, passionate staff, community members and most of all wonderful parent support.

Read more: 2011 Music Concert

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Maitland Area School Music Concert in our new performing arts centre. The evening was a credit to the staff and students involved. It was a real reminder of the depth of the music programme at our school, especially when we reflect on the number of students, across both the secondary and primary component of the school involved in music.

A special thanks goes to Tim Tuck, Deb Schwartz, Vanessa Secomb and Belinda Wundersitz for the tireless work that continues all year with the students allowing them to perform at such a high level. A big thankyou also to the staff and community members who give up their time weekly to support our students in our music programmes. The sound and ability to show video in the performing arts centre certainly cemented the decision to hold our end of year presentation night in the new centre (we think we will all fit!).

The audience arrived mid-Friday afternoon in the Performing Arts Centre, a little unsure of what they were about to see.

There they were lucky enough to view the only live performance of the brand new song 'Autumn Leaves' by the band 'Stage of Lights' and see their amazing video clip.

Video Clip


Muso Magic

Who are 'Stage of Lights'? They're over sixty Year 7 students from Maitland, Ardrossan, Moonta, Curramulka, Minlaton and Yorketown) who had spent two days in the PAC, working with the brilliant team from Muso Magic.

And who are Muso Magic? They're Adam and Glenn, two professional musicians with an extensive pedigree in Australian rock music who guided, cajoled and inspired us to write, sing, dance and perform this original song that reflects the challenges that young teens face in the transition from Primary to Secondary School.

Thanks to all the junior mentors from AMS, to all the senior mentors from across the Peninsula, to the school staff and the volunteer parents who made this amazing two days possible.


Here are the winning designs for the CD cover and T-shirt.

Autumn Leaves CD Cover Stage of Lights T-Shirt

Students at the Mgaic MillionsOn the 23rd of August the Maitland Area School Festival choir travelled by bus with Ardrossan choir students to Magic Millions to rehearse with over 300 students for the Primary Music Festival .

Maitland choir members will be performing fourteen songs at the Festival theatre on Wednesday September 21st .

Congratulations to Ionah Warrior who has been selected as a soloist. Ionah will be featured speaking the Wongatha  language  in the finale number ‘Gundulla – We dance’.

The Music Is Fun Band visited our school this week and performed in the PAC.

We were joined for the concert by students from Maitland Lutheran School, Point Pearce Primary School and Ardrossan Area School.

The band presented 90 minutes of live high quality music, with the energetci and responsive audience enjoying old children's classics such as 'The Hippopotamus Song' and contemporary pop songs such as 'Fireflies' and 'Dynamite'.

Many members of 400 strong audience also helped the band with costumes, singing and dancing.

A great performance with lots of fun and learning.

The end of term 1 Whole School Assembly was held in the PAC today.

Run by the Junior SRC, it featured musical items, awards and lots of certificates.

The Festival Choir performed an amusing from this year's program that described the annoyance felt by Fairy Tale characters at the way their lives were lived.

The Year 10/11 band performed with the Junior Choir and had the audience singing along with versions of 'Surfing USA' and 'Dynamite'.

Special guest Megan Byssenschutt presented a number of certificates to FLO students. The Mini-Chefs group also received recognition.

Miss McPharlin announced Ron Edwards as the winner of the SRC photography competiton. He recieved a $20 gift certifcate.

The SA Primary Schools String Orchestra played today in the Performing Arts Centre.

The concert lasted for forty minutes and included classical, contemporay and fun pieces.

Highlights were the metronome composition and the horror movie piece which featured screams and some very odd sounds from the string instruments.

MAS Year 6/7 students Corey and Wade helped by running the PA and lights.

The orchestra had over forty musicians and included violins, violas, cellos and a double bass.

The PSSO was on a tour of Yorke Peninsula and camped each night before performing at local schools.

The Rotary Flood Relief Fundraising dinner was held on Sunday April 3 and the MAS Concert Band was invited to perform.

Although down in numbers due to weekend commitments the band played a selection of Broadway Show tunes to an appreciative and attentive crowd.

Thank you to all the staff, students and parents who gave their time to support such a worthwhile cause.


The Concert band will be performing at the Rotary fundraiser on April 3.
Please meet staff at the back of the Maitland Town Hall at 2pm to set up for 2:30pm. If you are free at 1:30pm please meet at the Performing Arts Centre to pack vehicles with equipment. The band will perform in the performance uniform – red polo, black pants and shoes.
Please note details for Anzac Day Performance April 25th.  Meet at 6.15 am at the Maitland War memorial. Please bring your own stand, music and instrument. Wear black pants/ shoes and school jumpers. A cooked breakfast is served at the Town Hall after the service.

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