Music

The Northfield High School Music Department thrives on creating and instilling a passion for music.  Our goal is to invoke an interest in music performance while exploring musical expression and achieving high quality musicianship in all performance ensembles. We strive to create and foster memorable experiences that encourage students to take risks, gain confidence, and feel accepted in our school and community.

VOCAL DEPARTMENT-

Bella Voce- Beginning Women’s Choir is in its early stages of growing. No audition is required, and the class is focused on basic music reading skill and vocal technique. All freshmen sopranos and altos are required to begin in Bella Voce. We will sing a wide variety of music, including classical, jazz, pop, and songs in different languages.  $40 Music Fee

*Mandatory performances outside of class are required

Meistersingers- Beginning men’s Choir- No audition is required, and the class is focused on basic music reading skill and vocal technique. All freshmen Tenors and Bass’ are required to begin in Meistersingers. We will sing a wide variety of music, including classical, jazz, pop, and songs in different languages.  $40 Music Fee

*Mandatory performances outside of class are required

Nighthawk Honor Choir- Honor Choir is a year-long class and is open to any student in grades 10-12 who has previous musical experience and has successfully completed an audition with the Choir Director. This advanced ensemble works on challenging repertoire in multiple parts in order to continue improving their vocal tone and musicianship. Honor Choir performs regularly at school concerts and outside of school hours in the community, frequently collaborates with other vocal groups and may also take overnight trips to music festivals.  $40 Music Fee

Musical Theatre Ensemble- No audition is required, and the year long class is focused on basic music reading skill and vocal technique. We will also learn historical and current trends and practices in musical theater. Students will work on solos, duets, and trios.  $40 Music Fee

*Mandatory performances outside of class are required

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INSTRUMENTAL DEPARTMENT

Beginning Band- Is a year long class and provides the opportunity to develop and improve music literacy skills (music reading and comprehension) as well as instrumental skills without having any prior musical experience. This is a beginner level band which includes the basic elements of music playing skills, and introduction to band literature. Most beginning band students are Freshman or learning to play their first musical instrument. $50 Rental Fee

 

Concert Band -Concert Band is a year long class and provides the opportunity to develop and improve music literacy skills (music reading and comprehension) as well as instrumental skills. This band is designed to offer students intermediate/advanced level instruction in band performance skills in preparation for concerts and competitions with emphasis on music theory, interpretation, and improved technical proficiency.  Students will rehearse and perform concert band literature. Mandatory 1-2 years of music experience on a wind instrument and by Director approval.  $50 Rental/Music Fee

 

String Orchestra- Orchestra is a year-long class that gives students the opportunity to perform challenging music from various genres at several concerts and competitions throughout the year. Students will explore repertoire by classical and contemporary composers. Must have middle or high school experience on a string instrument, or proficient piano experience. $50 Rental/Music Fee

Teacher:

Matthew Steele matthew_steele@dpsk12.org