Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Our instrumental, band and choir programme at CYS is off to a flying start with record numbers of students enrolling for 2017.

Vocal Ensemble

 Over 30 students from years 4 to 10 have joined our choral program this year. We have many new and excited year four students and are also delighted to have the support of secondary vocalists. Students in years 5 to 7 will have the fabulous opportunity to be selected to perform at the Entertainment Centre in September. All choir students have homework set each week as our repertoire is all performed from memory. Please encourage your child to practice regularly with their book and CD. 

Instrumental Music 

There are currently over 50 students enrolled in the instrumental music program at Central Yorke School. The beginner year 5 students have set new records with home practice and we are looking forward to great progress from all our music students.

Home Practice 

Pease encourage your child to practice for at least 30 minutes each week. Suggestions are 3 x 10 minute session a week or alternatively 2 x 15 min / 1 x 30 minutes depending on your child’s commitments throughout the week.  Band students need to be aiming for two hours of practice per week.

Please encourage your child to stand or sit on a solid chair while practicing. The lounge, bed and beanbag are not appropriate and do not support posture and breathing technique. If possible please invest in a music stand and an instrument stand for your child. These are great birthday presents and promote practice. These can be purchased from music stores advertised in your child’s music diary.

Instrument purchase

Please do not buy cheap instruments online or in supermarkets as these are glorified toys and will not support your child’s learning. Please discuss reputable brands with music staff if you ever consider purchasing and instrument for your child.

Lesson-readiness

Students are issued a lesson timetable at the start of each term. These are also on view in classrooms and the PAC. Encourage your child to bring their instrument, music books and their music diary on their lesson day.

Concert Band

Band rehearsals are in full swing on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30pm to 5pm. This year we are looking at Celtic and Movie music along with an entertaining repertoire with songs from Queen, The Incredibles and The Jungle Book. The band provides ensemble opportunities for all our musicians as well as stage one and two music subjects for our senior students.

The band has nearly 50 members from Central Yorke, Minlaton District, Ardrossan Area, Curramulka Primary, Maitland Lutheran and Yorketown Area School

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