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 Festival Choir was assessed today in a two-hour long workshop session. Comments from the assessor included 'excellent self-managed behaviour','effective dynamics', 'accurate rhythms and steady beat' and 'balanced sound'. Overall the students received a 'B' rating and the comment 'what a great little choir!

Congratulations to Mrs Schwartz and all the students for their fine efforts. Congratulations to the Ardrossan Area School Festival Choir for their well deserved 'B' as well.

 

The Kindy children visited again on Tuesday for a music lesson. We played with lots of different shakers and 'clackers' and learned their proper names: maracas and castanets. We danced to music with a strong beat and found that some music has no beat - and it's very hard to move to!

The children also programmed a drum machine to play a beat and saw how a metronome can be used to set a speed (or tempo) for music. We had a great time that finished too quickly; see you all again for your next visit in Term 2.

We had brilliant weather for our Maitland Show parade. 
Teachers and students dressed in their finest blues (Sharks) and reds (Eagles) and walked (or rather meandered!) from Pioneer Park to the Showgrounds. 
We stopped several times along the way to allow our shorter-legged students the chance to catch up and eventually lost sight of the front of the parade!
Fortunately we made the correct turn at the oval crossroad!
The Concert Band performed for the opening of the show, as did the Festival Choir. Congratulations to Deb Schwartz for the quality of both groups, especially this early in the year.
Well done to all students for their (mostly) uncomplaining walking and their enthusiasm promoting their house teams.

 

 

 

 

A huge thank you to Scott Wilson who has just donated this amazing Roland Electronic Drumkit to the school. A number of students have already had the opportunity to try out the kit and comments included 'brilliant', 'amazing' 'cool' and 'can I please, please, please have another go?'
I'd also like to thank Scott for the time he took to set up the kit and ensure I knew how to operate it. Our school has extensive facilities for making music but Scott has ensured our students can practice, perform and compose on a truly remarkable instrument.
Deb Schwartz with her Australia Day award.

Instrumental teacher Deb Schwartz was named 'Maitland Citizen of the Year' at a special Australia Day ceremony at the 'Heart of Maitland' on Januray 26.

Over her twenty year career at MAS Deb has been choir trainer, isntrumental music teacher and band director as well as community roles with the Uniting Church and the Msuic & Arts Club. Her noimination, by the Polkinghorne family, was in recognistion of the personal time, talent, and dedication that Deb has shared with Maitland and indeed Yorke Peninsula over that time.

Thank you to the Maitland Progress Committee for their organisation of the Australia Day breakfast and for the opportunity to recognise community workers such as Deb.

With not even a day in between, the Concert Band was back on the road again on Saturday December 9, performing at the 2013 Curramulka Lights community gala celebration. The teachers met at the PAC at 4.30pm and transported the equipment to Curramulka for an early setup, leaving everyone time to enjoy a leisurely dinner and wander amongst the many stalls and attractions.
 
At 6pm we assembled to tune. A sizeable audience also appeared and settled down on the grass to listen to the items. This time the emphasis was on Christmas items, with both contemporary and traditional tunes. The band was well received by the Curramulka crowd and our 45 minute set passed quickly, Thank you to the Curramulka Committee for erecting our tent and to the parents for transportation.
 
 
 
The MAS Concert Band and Choir were out and about on Friday December 8, playing concerts at Yorketown Area School, Minlaton District School and Ardrossan Area School as part of their annual Yorke Music Tour. 
Despite the tight time schedule, we played a full programme at each school, with both the band and choir performing well in the varied conditions. 
The Concert Band performed selections from its 2013 programme as well as some Christmas favourites. Our vocal version of 'Little Talks' proved popular with all the schools.
The Choir dressed up to perform 'Socks and Jocks' and 'Stand Together', both from the 2013 Festival of Music programme. At AAS the choir was joined by the Ardrossan Festival Choir and the two groups sang together, in perfect harmony!
A big thank you to Nixon's buses for our transport, to Community members Malcolm Kinch, Di Morgan and Helen Stocking for your support, to the band members from the school's we visited and to the schools for helping us set the tour up. Thanks also to our roadie and DJ Jesse Lawler for organising the PA system.
Well done Mrs Schwartz for organising another opportunity for our students to demonstrate their musical skills to a wide and diverse audience.
 
 
Presentation Night 2013 on Tuesday December 10 was standing room only with the Performing Arts Centre filled to capacity and beyond. The audience was entertained in the lead up to the opening by the MAS Concert Band performing a selection of songs from their 2013 repertoire.
 
At 7pm Year 11 student Brooke Smith made the Acknowledgement of Country and the Festival Choir and Concert Band gave stirring performances. Principal Andrew Gravestocks spoke of the past year and highlighted some of the many events, opportunities and achievements of our school, from interstate and international travel, to growth in test results, reduction in behaviour management and the growing sense of community and desire to excel. He farewelled a number of staff, highlighting the extensive careers of primary teachers Kaye McCauley and Jackie Norman, both of whom retire this year.
 
 

Read more: Presentation Night 2013

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