Music

A number of instrumental and vocal ensembles are available at Morris.  Please see below for a list of these ensembles, eligibility criteria, and rehearsal times.

  • To join a band or string ensemble, talk to the relevant staff member.
  • To join a choir or marimba group, students may simply just turn up!

Year 5 Band

This beginner concert band is for Year 5 students who are interested in playing a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument.  Students commence band sessions in small instrumental groups as they start learning to play their instrument, forming a balanced concert band in Term 2.

Morris Band

This concert band is for students who play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument and have at least a year’s experience playing their instrument.

Morris Minors Choir

This is a fun singing group comprising of all students in Year 2, who will rehearse and perform a mini-musical.

Morris Majors Choir

This is an unauditioned choir comprising of students from Years 3 and 4.  The choir sings both unison and part-songs in a range of styles. All students are welcome.

Morris Maestros Choir

This is an unauditioned choir comprising of students from Years 5 and 6.  The choir sings both unison and part-songs in a range of styles. All students are welcome.  Every second year, the Morris Maestros join the Year 7/8 Choir and choirs from around Tasmania to participate in the Festival of Voices’ “Tasmania Sings” event.

Year 3 Marimba Ensemble

This group plays energetic and fun music on tuned percussion instruments.  No experience is necessary as music and playing technique are taught from the first rehearsal.

Year 4 Marimba Ensemble

This group plays energetic and fun music on tuned percussion instruments.  No experience is necessary as music and playing technique are taught from the first rehearsal.

Year 5/6 Marimba Ensemble

This group plays energetic and fun music on tuned percussion instruments.  No experience is necessary as music and playing technique are taught from the first rehearsal.  The Year 5/6 Marimba Ensemble joins the Year 7/8 Marimba Group and schools from around the Hobart area to participate in the annual “Marimba Mania” event.

Year 2 Strings

This group is for Year 2 students who are interested in beginning to play violin or cello.  Students receive group tuition from specialist teachers as they start learning to play their instrument, with group performance becoming a focus as skills and techniques are learnt.

Year 3 Strings

This group is for students who took part in the Year 2 string program and would like to continue their playing through group lessons.

Morris String Ensemble

This ensemble is for students learning violin, viola, cello or double bass, who already have some skill on their instrument.  Students who can proficiently read and play a D major scale on their instrument and recognise simple rhythms are encouraged to join.

Morris Chamber Groups

These groups extend string players who are ready for an extra challenge.  Memberships of these groups are small and may rotate throughout the year at the discretion of staff.

Morris Classical Guitar Group

This group is for students interested in learning how to play classical guitar.  Experience is not necessary, as our tutor runs lessons during group time.

 

Performances

These ensembles perform at various school functions, along with performances in the wider community.  Participation in music ensembles is a fun, social activity. Once students have committed to an ensemble it is expected that they honour that commitment throughout the year by attending rehearsals and performances regularly and on time.  Students should be present at rehearsal and ready to start at the listed time.

Performance uniforms for Morris ensembles are as follows:

Years 3 and 4
  • Striped top (long sleeved preferred), navy track pants, white socks and black shoes. Girls should wear blue or red hair accessories.
Years 5 and 6
  • Boys – grey trousers, blue shirt, navy jacket, grey socks and black shoes
  • Girls – white blouse with the school skirt and navy tights or grey trousers and navy jacket with blue or red hair accessories

Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

As part of the School’s co-curricular music program students may also learn to play an instrument or sing. We employ over 30 highly experienced tutors, providing weekly one-to-one lessons on an instrument and/or voice.

If you have any questions regarding music in Morris

Please don’t hesitate to contact Kerry Bennett or Suzi Gillespie.