Music at Maritzburg College

Although music has always been well-loved and supported at Maritzburg College, since the establishment of a formal Music Department in 2014, the programme has served to further the boys’ opportunity to learn, practice and participate in the creative musical process.

Under the leadership of Ms Mary-Ann Hartley, the Music Department was established and has since grown from strength to strength. Following the retirement of Ms Hartley, the department is now under the leadership of Mr Simon Stickells.

A wide range of musical instruments and teaching is on offer within the department. Mr Jacques Heyns is the resident subject music teacher, who boasts a broad range of musical knowledge and is a pianist and organist ‘par excellence’ and Bernard Kisbey- Green is our resident Woodwind and Drum teacher.

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.

Our Music Department has a strong tradition of choral music and boasts two choirs. The Choirs perform regularly across the Pietermaritzburg, Midlands and Durban areas. All interested students are encouraged to sing in the school choirs to develop their voices and musical understanding.

In 2016, the Music Department formed the Jazz Band. Filled with a keen group of music students, this ensemble allows them an outlet for their musical talents and offers the opportunity to develop their ensemble and performance skills. From the first 6 Boys that started the band in 2016 we now Boast a band of almost 30 boys. In 2018 sees the formation of the Drum Corps at College. With drums sponsored by the College Club the boys are now afforded the opportunity to belong to this ensemble as a new venture in the Music Centre.

From the success of 2017 with the choir attending the world choir games in Tshwane there has been interest in expanding the horizons of the boys. Therefore, the Music Centre will be pursuing music exchanges, Linked to the sports exchanges, with AFFIES and PBHS in 2018.

Instruments offered at Maritzburg College:

  • Piano
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium/Baritone
  • Tuba
  • Clarinet
  • Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
  • Drums
  • Bass Guitar
  • Popular Voice (Rock school)

Instruments offered by external teachers at Maritzburg College:

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Saxophone