The Newburyport High School Band provides a place for students to learn and perform excellent music for themselves, their school, their families, and the community. We have an eye and ear on the many traditions of NHS and the needs of the city, through full band, small ensembles, and solo performances.
The Newburyport High School Orchestra is the musical home for students who play traditional string instruments (i.e., violin, viola, cello, and bass), with room for any motivated students who are willing to perform on guitar, mandolin, or perhaps ukulele, with like-minded students. Our goal is making and enjoying music for ourselves, each other, and the audiences who assemble to hear us perform. Can you see yourself as a life-long musician? This is the place for you! With enough participation we will figure out how to combine with band instruments to play the music of the masters in orchestra!
Chorus offers a variety of learning experiences for people who enjoy singing. We will work on music of various genres and time periods, including modern popular music. Some ensemble work will be included as well as solo opportunities. Open to singers of all abilities. Qualified students may also participate in Varsity Chorus, school musicals, dals, and All-State. Students in Chorus are graded on attendance/effort, vocal skill/improvement, and teamwork. We’ll have singing assessments in small groups and short written reflections. Our class time will focus on preparation for concerts and improving necessary skills such as breathing, posture, diction, tone quality, blending, and pitch.
It is our mission to provide every student the opportunity to engage in the appreciation, creation and analysis of multiple performing arts modalities. We will provide a 21st century education through embedding technology in each performing arts course, while focusing on the connection with the physical body, voice or instrument. Through culturally sensitive instructional practices, students will experience the performing arts as relevant to their multiple intelligences. Whether students pursue the performing arts at a post-secondary or professional level or engage in it socially, we aim to instill a lifelong advocacy for the impact and power of creativity.
Students will learn and employ the techniques and style of the major dance forms while learning combinations in the following genres: Swing, Latin, Tap and Hip Hop. Students will explore the elements of dance and learn to develop their "critical eye" and appreciation for dance art. Students will be given the opportunity to choreograph their own pieces for class and for performance. Dance I fosters self-expression, creativity, dance technique, and performance skill. No dance experience is necessary, but trained dancers will be challenged and are encouraged to take the course.
Find your voice and use it! Poetry Soup, a required part of the English elective Creative Writing At Night, is open to all students throughout the school year. Each monthly session features an open mike, as well as a visiting adult poet, who gives a short reading followed by a question and answer period. Visiting poets come from diverse backgrounds and range in age from twenty-somethings to octogenarians. Students learn about the craft of poetry and the wide range of approaches poets take to their work in a safe, informal atmosphere. Sometimes included are impromptu “haiku battles,” writing activities, or acoustic music. One session each year hosts the Poetry Out Loud competition and another the creation of the NHS Poetry Slam Team, which performs at community functions and participates in Boston’s Louder Than A Bomb state-wide youth poetry slam. The Soup Group meets at Jabberwocky Bookstore (with a few exceptions) from 7 to 8:45 pm. Students who attend nine sessions receive one credit; however, students who cannot come that often are welcome to attend whenever they can, simply for the fun of it. Everyone is encouraged to share if and when ready; nobody is forced to read out loud – or even to write! So come to speak your truth…or just to listen and get inspired.