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. Rehearsals: Monday afternoons – 3.00pm – 4.00pm Venue: Sheila Given Music Centre, High School Campus (students will be escorted from Morris) Staff: Marg Reid, Tracey Patten, Esther Colbourn and Jed Adams, with additional tutors in Term 1.

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.

Rehearsals: Friday mornings – 7.45am – 8.30am (students will be escorted to Morris after rehearsal) Venue: Sheila Given Music Centre, High School Campus Staff: Marg Reid, Esther Colbourn and Tracey Patten

Year 2 Musical (Semester 2 only)

This is a fun singing group comprising of all students in Year 2, who will rehearse and perform a mini-musical in to be performed in Term 4.

Rehearsals: Friday afternoons – 2.10pm – 3.00pm (Terms 3 and 4 only) Venue: The Farrall Centre Auditorium Staff: Frances White and Kathy Fazackerley

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 (Years 3 and 4) & Morris Maestros Choir (Years 5 and 6)

These are non-auditioned choirs comprising of any students who wish to be involved. The choirs sing both unison and part-songs in a range of styles. The choirs perform regularly at events including assemblies, eisteddfods and other School and community events. They often collaborate with groups visiting Tasmania from the mainland or overseas.

Morris Majors Rehearsals: Tuesday mornings – 8.00am – 8.45am Venue: The Farrall Centre Green Room Staff: Kerry Bennett and Paul Kershna

Morris Maestros Rehearsals: Thursday mornings – 8.00am – 8.45am Venue: Morris Music Room Staff: Kerry Bennett and Paul Kershna

Year 3 - 6 Marimba Ensembles

These groups play 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 and 6 Marimba Ensembles join the Year 7 Marimba Ensemble and schools from around the Hobart area each year to participate in the spectacular “Marimba Mania” event.

Year 3 Rehearsals: Mondays – 1.50pm – 2.10pm
Venue: Morris Music Room Staff: Kerry Bennett

Year 4 Rehearsals: Friday morning – 8.00am – 8.45am
Venue: Morris Music Room
Staff: Frances White

Year 5 Rehearsals: Monday mornings – 8.00am – 8.45am
Venue: Morris Music Room
Staff: Kerry Bennett

Year 6 Rehearsals: Tuesday morning – 8.00am – 8.45am
Venue: Morris Music Room
Staff: Frances White

Year 2 Strings

This group is for Year 2 students who are interested in beginning to play violin or cello. Students will 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.

Rehearsals: Tuesday afternoons – 2.10pm – 3.00pm
Venue: The Farrall Centre Auditorium
Staff: Christine Akerman, Stephanie Perry and Stephanie Skinner

Year 3 Strings

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

Rehearsals: Tuesday afternoons – 3.00pm – 3.45pm
Venue: The Farrall Centre Auditorium
Staff: Christine Akerman, Stephanie Perry and Stephanie Skinner

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 and recognise simple rhythms are encouraged to join.

Rehearsals: Wednesday morning – 7.45am – 8.45am
Venue: Morris Music Room
Staff: Christine Akerman, Stephanie Perry and Kerry Bennett

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.

Rehearsals: Tuesday or Thursday lunchtimes – 11.00am – 11.40am
Venue: The Farrall Centre Auditorium and Morris Music Room
Staff: Christine Akerman

Morris Guitar Ensemble

This group is for students interested in learning guitar skills. Experience is not necessary, as our tutor will run lessons during the group time. Students who have their own guitars are encouraged to use them, however school instruments are available for students to use at no cost.

Rehearsals: Thursday lunchtimes – 11.00am – 11.30am
Venue: Morris Music Room
Staff: Devon Robson

 

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.

Information about upcoming events and photos of the students’ performances can be found throughout the year on Morris Families Website.

Performance Uniforms Years 3 and 4:

  • Striped top (long sleeved preferred)
  • navy track pants
  • white socks and black shoes
  • Hair accessories should be blue or red

Years 5 and 6:

  • School skirt with navy tights or
  • grey trousers with grey socks
  • school shirt
  • navy jacket
  • black shoes
  • blue or red hair accessories

Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

Optional individual instrumental and vocal tuition is offered from Year 3 onwards to support student participation in ensembles. These are provided on a user-pay basis by experienced, specialist tutors in the areas of woodwind, brass, string or percussion instruments as well as piano and voice. Applications for individual lessons are reviewed by the Head of Morris, classroom teachers and the Head of Instrumental and Vocal Tuition as students are placed with tutors and lesson times scheduled. For further information, go to http://bit.ly/2WnjYaW

Friendsmusic

FriendsMusic is a committee of parents, staff and the High School/Clemes student Music Representatives. It meets regularly to support the musical activities of the School and to conduct fundraising events. All parents whose children are involved in the School’s music program are warmly encouraged to join. Meetings take place approximately four times per year in The Farrall Centre Green Room, commencing at 6.00pm and lasting approximately one hour. Meeting notices will be placed in What’s On.

If you have any questions regarding music in Morris

Please don’t hesitate to contact Kerry Bennett.