Music at Maritzburg College
Although Music has always been well-loved and supported at Maritzburg College, a formal Music Department was established, under the leadership of Ms Mary-Ann Hartley in 2014. The department has grown from strength to strength and since the retirement of Ms Hartley, the department is under the leadership of Mr Simon Stickells.
A wider range of musical instruments and teaching is on offer with Mr Jacques Heyns being the resident subject music teacher. He himself boasts a broad range of musical knowledge and is a pianist and organist ‘par excellence’.
Music is offered as a subject in Form 4 to Form 6, however we encourage students to begin their musical studies from Form 2, as to be able to achieve a pass in Form 6 requires at least a grade 5 by the time they are in 6th form.
The music school has a strong tradition of Choral music and boasts two choirs. The Gospel and School choirs perform regularly across the Pietermaritzburg, Midlands and Durban area. The music school also encourages students to form their own vocal groups and to perform. All interested students that do want to do this are encouraged to sing in the school choirs to develop their voice and musical understanding.
The music school has in 2016 also formed their own Jazz band. Filled with a keen group of music students, this ensemble allows them an outlet for their musical talents and is a nice opportunity to develop their ensemble skills.
Instruments offered at Maritzburg College:
Instruments offered by external teachers at Maritzburg College:
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Mr Simon Stickells