Department Head & Instrumental Director:
Mr. Steve Zimmerman
Mr. James Lesieur
Mr. Dylan Pedersen
Through three articulated areas – Choral, Instrumental, and General – the High School Music Department emphasizes musicianship and the development of critical thinking skills.
The High School Music Department is dedicated to being a vital part of the school’s mission. We are committed to providing a quality learning environment dedicated to fostering intellectual achievement, civic responsibility, and personal growth. Our program develops students’ cognitive and motor skills, promotes knowledge of current and historically significant literature, and encourages meaningful participation in society through strong intra and interpersonal skills, cultural awareness and participation, and community service.
The Choral and Instrumental areas focus on performance while the General music classes concentrate on songwriting, technology, history and theory. Nearly 25% of the student body participates in the performing ensembles, and more than 40 of those students yearly earn inclusion in All-County, Regional, State, New England, All-Eastern, and National festival ensembles.
Northwestern's students and faculty have earned a number of prestigious awards in recent years. The 2015 Wind Symphony was named a CT Honor Ensemble and performed at the CT Music Educators State Convention on May 1, 2015, receiving a standing ovation at the end of the performance. Emma Klimkosky was one of 7 CT musicians to earn placement in the 2017 All-Eastern Honor Band. Sarah Allyn and Maggie Dahill were named principal trumpet and bassoon in the All-New England Orchestra and Talia Michaud participated in the NAfME All-National Honor Band. She is the 3rd student in the past 10 years to earn placement in a national ensemble.
Steve Zimmerman was one of 50 teachers in the United States to receive the 2013 Yale Distinguished Music Educators Award and was the 2012 CT Music Educators Association Educator of the Year.
Introduction to Guitar
Advanced Concert and/Concert Choir Split
Concert Choir/Advanced Concert Band Split
Honors Concert Choir
Independent Study – Vocal
Honors Independent Study Vocal
Advanced Concert Band
Honors Wind Symphony
Independent Study – Instrumental
Honors Independent Study – Instrumental
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Honors Music Theory I
Honors Music Theory II