In addition to standard academic courses, Northfield aims to introduce our students to the arts. Following introductory classes in art and music during junior high, students are then given opportunities to grow in those areas through their high school career.
Band at Northfield starts in 6th Grade at Sharp Creek. A few common questions that always come up often about our program:
Does Band require outside rehearsals?
No. Rehearsals are all done during school. The students eventually have opportunities to play in some after school ensembles like Jazz Band and enter Solo & Ensemble contests, but our regular rehearsals are all done during school.
Can I do Band and still be in sports and clubs?
YES! At any given time there are many Band students who are also in all manner of sports and other clubs. Just to name a few of those- Football, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Track, Softball, Cheerleading, Club Soccer, Dance, Theater, Choir, Key Club, Student Council and many more.
What performances are involved?
The Concert Bands do 2 concerts each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The Pep Band plays at all home football games and about 10 home varsity basketball games. The Jazz Band usually plays at a couple festivals in the spring. Students can also enter a Solo & Ensemble contest that goes on in the winter. And there is an annual County Honors Band at the Honeywell Center every year.
Why join Band?
There is a long list of reasons to join Band, but we'll keep it short. Basically, it's a lot of fun and it's very good for you. Studies continue to show an undeniable link between participation in music programs and improved learning. Student focus and brain function are enhanced with the music making process. We also have fun with our performances, including trips around the midwest- Cedar Point, Chicago, Indianapolis, King's Island, and more.
Choir is a great experience for all levels of education. Not only is it an opportunity to learn about a new subject that helps you achieve in all aspects of education but it helps students develop themselves as an individual in an ensemble. Music students learn leadership skills, how to properly communicate with others, leadership techniques, and so much more. Choir is not just about singing, it's about growing as a person.
All choir ensembles meet every day during class time to rehearse for any upcoming performances throughout the school year. The choir department has two major concerts at Northfield High School - a winter concert in December and a spring concert in May. All members from each ensemble will participate in these two events.
After school rehearsals occur for students that are participating in extra-curricular ensembles such as Indiana All-State Honor Choir, Wabash County Honors Choir, etc.
The A Cappella and Treble Choir ensembles have additional performances, such as singing the "National Anthem" at homecoming games, Christmas caroling at retirement homes, and the Indiana State Solo & Ensemble contest in January/February.
Lessons in the arts introduce students to problem-solving techniques, which help them to see the world in new ways, and provide access to creative ways of knowing.
Northfield offers many art courses including:
- Intro 2D Art
- Advanced 2D Art
- Drawing I and II
- Painting I and II
- Photography I and II
- Ceramics I through V
- Sculpture I and II
- 2D Studio Art
- 3D Studio Art
- Advanced Placement Art
Northfield art students are offered the opportunity to compete in several competitions throughout the year including Scholastics, Wabash County Art Show, Huntington University Art Show, St. Francis Art Show and IUK Art Show.