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maynard school performing arts brochure

  1. 1. the PERFORMING ARTS 2013-2014
  2. 2. The Performing Arts - Vision Statement In line with its school vision statement, The Maynard School is fully committed to providing opportunities for students to perform drama, music and dance, developing creativity, firing imagination, developing confidence and providing a myriad of creative possibilities beyond the confines of the classroom. Performance of the arts enhances the human creative impulse, challenging students’ responses to the arts and encouraging risk taking. The school has a bold vision for Performing Arts and seeks to enhance the creative experience of all students through collaborative working across several departments. IMAGINE ASPIRE ACHIEVE
  3. 3. MUSIC AT THE MAYNARD MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS Music is a fundamental part of the curriculum at The Maynard, and we aim to foster an appreciation and enjoyment of music in all girls. Music is an area which challenges all students to perform, compose and explore their creative talent, in turn enhancing their intellectual, personal and social development. The school offers two Music Scholarships and two Music Exhibitions annually to students who display a musical talent and show a lively interest in the subject. Scholars will take a leading part in the musical life of The Maynard throughout their time at the school. The Maynard Music Department is housed in Tregear, the historic home of the school’s founder, John Maynard. The building was a boarding house until 1964 when it was converted into classrooms, with the Music Department moving there in 1995. Today the Department is home to specialist classrooms and practice rooms, and offers Sibelius software, MP3 recording equipment, an extensive music library and three grand pianos as well as a range of other instruments, including keyboards, computers, glockenspiels and percussion. All students study music from Year 3 to Year 9 (Upper 4), with many going on to study the subject at GCSE and A-Level. Students have regular opportunities to perform, with concerts held throughout the year, both at school and in the local community; we regularly perform at Exeter Cathedral and a number of local churches. The Department runs a wide range of ensembles for musicians of all abilities. The school is also a venue for Associated Board exams. Individual Music Tuition The Music Department offers individual tuition on a range of instruments via our dedicated team of peripatetic music teachers. We can arrange lessons for Piano, Strings (Violin, Viola, ’Cello, Double Bass, Guitar), Woodwind (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone), Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone), Percussion (Orchestral and Drum kit) and Singing. Scholarships are each worth 10% of school tuition fees, while Exhibitions meet the cost of ten music lessons (35 minutes duration) per term. Students entering Upper 3 (Year 7), Lower 4 (Year 8), or Upper 4 (Year 9) may apply, with auditions usually taking place each January. It is expected that the awards will last until the end of the Upper 5 (Year 11), but they are conditional upon the recipient’s active and full participation in the musical life of the school. In addition to the above awards there are also two Walter Daw Sixth Form Music Scholarships, also worth 10% of school tuition fees, awarded annually by audition, to talented musicians on entry to the Sixth Form. Preference is given to those intending to take A-level Music. Auditions take place early in the spring term. Please contact our Registrar on or 01392 355998 for more information about Music Scholarships and Exhibitions or to request an application form.
  4. 4. DRAMA AT THE MAYNARD We strive to create an exciting and challenging range of opportunities to develop and nurture enthusiasm for theatre and performing arts, with chances to get involved both on stage and behind the scenes. The Drama Department is based in our black box studio which, alongside the main school hall, is where the majority of lessons take place. Drama is studied as part of our curriculum until Upper 4 (Year 9) at which point it proves a popular option for further study at GCSE and on to A-level. Drama at all levels within the school provides excellent potential for creative thinking, independent learning and team work. Extra curricular opportunities range from drama groups at Upper 3 (Year 7) and Lower 4 (Year 8) and the Middle School Play, to involvement in the whole school Senior Production, as well as seasonal projects and competition work. We offer students the opportunity to experience a diverse range of modern professional work, giving them a taste of different performance styles and techniques. We also arrange workshops both in school and beyond with exciting companies which challenge particularly our exam students, most recently Dance Theatre Company, Frantic Assembly, National Touring Company, Pilot Theatre and the well renowned Theatre De Complicite. Individual Speech and Drama Lessons We run LAMDA classes taught in small groups, either at lunch time or after school. The results for these examinations in recent years have been exceptional with girls regularly achieving Distinction for their grade work. These students also get the opportunity to take part in the Devon and Exeter Performing Arts Festival in March. To arrange lessons please email
  5. 5. BEYOND THE CLASSROOM The Performing Arts Department offers a varied programme of extra-curricular activities, giving all students the opportunity to find something to suit them. Our main musical activities are Orchestra, Philharmaynardia (a second orchestra aimed at lower grade string and wind players), Chamber Orchestra, Wind Band, Senior Choir, Middle School Choir, Chamber Choir, Flute Choir, Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Band and Junior Orchestra. These groups rehearse on a weekly basis either in the lunch time or after school and perform in our regular series of school concerts and charity events. All students are encouraged to take part in our many drama productions both on stage and in technical roles from sound and lights to designing and making costume and set, to directing and producing. Our Key Stage 3 drama groups run weekly during lunch breaks with some rehearsals after school on the run up to productions. The yearly whole school play is open to students from years 9-13 and is not only an event which showcases the talent and ability of our students but is also a chance for girls across the year groups to work collaboratively as a school – an exciting and memorable challenge. Often musicians from the school form the band. Recent productions include ‘Honk!’ The Musical, ‘My Very Own Story’ and ‘Great Expectations’.
  6. 6. ACTIVITIES EVENTS Mondays Autumn term 8.40am Brass Ensemble Mr Nuthall M3 1.10pm Chamber Orchestra Miss Blackwell M1 1.15pm Saxophone Group Mr Nuthall M3 1.15pm West Wind Quartet Mrs Higgins M4 4.00pm Jazz Band Mr Nuthall M1 8.40pm Maynard Wind Quintet Mrs Higgins M3 8.40am Murdin Ensemble Ruth Tresidder M4 12.35pm Middle School Choir Mrs Hill Hall 1.20pm Theory Club Mr Woodford M3 4.00pm Chamber Choir Mr Woodford M1 8.40am Maynard Quartet Miss Blackwell M4 1.10pm Senior Choir Mr Woodford Hall 4.05pm Flute Choir Mrs Hannah M1 8.40am Bradley Trio Mrs Tillson-Hawke M4 12.50pm Philharmaynardia Mrs Tillson-Hawke & Mrs Austin Hall 1.10pm Tregear Trio Miss Blackwell M4 Various Bel Canto Students M2 12.35 & 4.00pm Musical production Miss Blackwell & Ms Bellamy Hall 8.40pm Hele Quartet Miss Blackwell M4 1.10pm Wind Band Mrs Higgins M1 4.00 pm Orchestra Miss Blackwell & Mrs Tillson-Hawke Hall Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays • • • • • • • • Wednesday 18 September, 2.30pm – West Side Story, Sadler’s Wells Thursday 3 October, 6pm – Open Evening Friday 18 October, 1pm – Scholars Recital, Cardiff Millennium Centre Wednesday 13 November, 7.30pm – Concert for Singing for the Brain, Mint Methodist Church Thursday 28 November, 7.30pm – Autumn Concert 2-3 December – Associated Board exams Thursday 12 December, 7.30pm – Carol Service Tuesday 17 December, 7pm – Prizegiving, Belmont Chapel Spring term • • • • • • • • • • • Thursday 16 January, 2.30pm – The Woman in Black, The Fortune Theatre Thursday 16 January, 7.30pm – One Man Two Guvnors, The Royal Haymarket Wednesday 22 January – Scholarship Auditions Tuesday 28 January – Walter Daw Auditions Thursday 30 January, 5pm – Showcase Concert Wednesday 5 February – Choral Evensong, Exeter Cathedral Thursday 6 & Friday 7 February – Middle School Production, Main School Hall Thursday 13 March, 7.30pm – School Musical – Evita, Barnfield Theatre Friday 14 March, 7.30pm (schools’ matinee) – School Musical – Evita, Barnfield Theatre Tuesday 17 March, 7.30pm – Spring Performing Arts Concert 24-25 March – Associated Board Exams Summer term • • • • • • • • 5 – 9 May – Drama Exam Showcase Week Wednesday 7 May, 7.30pm – Summer Concert, Mint Methodist Church Thursday 22 May, 7.30pm – Middle School Concert, Southernhay URC Wednesday 18 June, 5.00pm – Showcase Concert 23-24 June – Associated Board Exams Thursday 3 July, 7.30pm – Summer Recital Monday 14 July, 12.00pm – Budleigh Music Festival
  7. 7. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS How do I arrange for my daughter to learn an instrument at The Maynard? Lessons can be arranged by contacting Miss Blackwell, the Director of Music and Performing Arts. Requests will be forwarded to the appropriate visiting Music Teacher who will timetable the new students as soon as possible. When do lessons take place? Lessons are timetabled on a rota system. All girls studying for public examinations (i.e. the Lower Fifth to Upper Sixth) will have a fixed lesson time in either study periods, lunch time or single games lessons. All other students will be placed on a rota, missing a different academic lesson each week. Every effort is made to ensure that girls do not miss the same subject more than once a half-term. When and how do I pay for the lessons? The visiting Music Teachers, being self-employed, issue their own accounts. These will be sent termly, usually for a term of 10 lessons. This may vary if the term has been significantly longer or shorter. Visiting Music Teachers issue accounts mid-term and they include a ‘payment due by’ date. Please help our staff by paying by this date, otherwise reminders will be sent and a surcharge of 10% will be charged. How do I give notice that I would like my daughter to stop having lessons? It is the responsibility of the pupils to catch up any work that they have missed. Parents should note that HALF A TERM’S NOTICE to visiting Music Teachers in writing is required should they wish to terminate individual instrumental lessons or change teachers within the department. If this is not received, half a term’s fees will be charged in lieu of notice. How much do lessons cost? What happens if my daughter misses a lesson? The fee for individual music lessons for the academic year 2013 – 2014 is £30 per hour (pro rata). If a lesson is missed because the school has organised an educational visit out of school you will not be charged. The school informs staff in advance of educational visits but, as a matter of courtesy, girls are asked to inform staff of such an absence in advance. A term of 10 lessons will therefore cost the following: 20 minutes = £100 30 minutes = £150 40 minutes = £200 In addition, there is a termly administration charge of £1.65 Lessons missed by the student for any other reason will be charged for. If your daughter misses her lesson due to illness please ensure that her instrumental teacher is informed either directly or by contacting the school office. If a lesson is missed because the visiting Music Teacher is absent the lesson will be rearranged as soon as possible. If this cannot be done you will not be charged for the missed lesson. Fees may increase from 1st April each year. Notification will be sent during the term preceding an increase. Does the school have an instrument that my daughter can use? How long are the lessons? The school has a number of instruments for hire at £22 per term. Please include this in your request for lessons if you would like to hire an instrument. Once the instrument is on loan it is the responsibility of the hirer to take care of it and put right any damage that may occur. Extending house contents insurance to cover this is strongly advised. Lessons are generally 30 minutes in length. Lessons can vary in length according to the standard of the pupil with 20 minute lessons available for the beginner and longer lessons for more advanced students. Visiting music teachers are happy to advise on the suitable length of your daughter’s lesson.
  8. 8. CONTACT US Director of Music and Performing Arts Miss A Blackwell, BA, MA, LTCL Email: Tel: 01392 273417 Teacher of Music Mr Tim Woodford, BMus Email: Head of Drama Ms J Bellamy, BA Email: Tel: 01392 273417 Teacher of Drama Mr A Ganley, BA Email: Teacher of Music (Junior Department) Mrs C L Austin GRSM LRAM The Maynard School is a selective, independent day school for girls aged 7–18 years. The Maynard School is a registered charity providing education for girls. Registered Charity No. 1099027 The Maynard School is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales. Company No: 4855372 Copyright © The Maynard School 2013-14 Denmark Road, Exeter EX1 1SJ. T 01392 355998 W