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
MUSIC AT THE MAYNARD
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
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
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
email@example.com or 01392 355998 for more
information about Music Scholarships and Exhibitions or to
request an application form.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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’.
West Wind Quartet
Maynard Wind Quintet
Middle School Choir
Mrs Tillson-Hawke & Mrs Austin
12.35 & 4.00pm
Miss Blackwell & Ms Bellamy
Miss Blackwell & Mrs Tillson-Hawke
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
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
• 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
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
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.