The Arts at Creekside

 

The Creekside Performing & Visual Arts programs have a proud tradition of excellence that provides a supportive, nurturing environment where students can cultivate interests and talents.

Band in Dress Attire

Music

Band

The Creekside Band program is known nationally as one of the top middle school band programs in the country.  The band performed at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2013 and has received numerous other awards and honors over the years. The band program serves approximately 350 students in grades 6-8 ranging in skill level from beginning to advanced.  In addition to concerts presented to the public at school, students in the band program have the opportunity to participate in the Wildcat Pep Band, honor ensembles and Solo and Ensemble festival. Students seeking leadership opportunities may also participate in the Tri-M Music Honor Society along with their peers in the orchestra and choir programs.

The Creekside Band is a place where students of all skill and interest levels are welcome.  We take pride in providing a culture that is both nurturing and appropriately challenging for all.     

Orchestra

There are over 200 students in the Creekside Orchestra program. The sixth grade Cadet Orchestra focuses on the basic skills of learning how to play a string instrument and reading music. The seventh grade Philharmonic Orchestra continues to develop and refine basic individual and ensemble skills. The eighth grade Symphony Orchestra students strengthen and refine advanced musical concepts and are exposed to advanced musical literature.

The orchestras at Creekside have received top ratings at the Indiana State School Music Association, the Indiana Music Education Association, and contests throughout the Midwest. They have also been honored to perform at The Center for the Performing Arts.

Students have the opportunity to perform in many other events such as Solo & Ensemble Contest, the Cultural Fair, and the Orchestra Ensemble.

Choir

The Creekside Choral Department is a thriving component of the performing arts program. The membership has doubled in size over the past five years and over 250 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students are involved. Although the entire choir program is non-audition and open to all students they regularly receive high praise from guest clinicians and judges. The eighth grade ensembles consistently perform high school level literature including Group 1 selections.

Numerous students perform at Solo and Ensemble annually with consistent Gold rating performances. Leaders can also be involved in the Creekside Tri-M Music Honor Society along with peers from the orchestra and band programs.

 

The choral program prides itself on its excellent comprehensive musicianship focus by daily striving to improve choral tone, developing independent music literacy skills, performing a variety of high quality literature, and connecting with the expressive and creative elements of music.

Concerts for the public are performed quarterly on top of extra outside experiences like the annual charity basketball game and recruitment events.

Musical Theatre

Each year the Musical Theatre Department produces a  musical treat for the Creekside Community. Three performances are presented. Past productions include Annie, Jr., Dr. Seuss: The Seussical, & Fame, Jr.. In 2018 Mary Poppins, Jr. was featured to sold out crowds.

Read about Mary Poppins at Creekside.

Incoming Fifth Graders

Awards & Accolades

2016-17
ISSMA Gold Award with Distinction (Wind Symphony)
NAMM Best Community for Music Education (Carmel Clay Schools)

2015-16
ISSMA Gold Award with Distinction (Wind Symphony)
NAMM Best Community for Music Education (Carmel Clay Schools)

2014-15
ISSMA Gold Award with Distinction (Wind Symphony)
ISSMA Gold Award (Symphonic Band)
ISSMA Gold Award (Concert Band)
Rehearsal Lab Clinic at the Indiana Music Education Association Conference
NAMM Best Community for Music Education (Carmel Clay Schools)

 

2013-14
Performance at The Midwest Clinic
Rehearsal Lab Clinic with Linda Gammon at The Midwest Clinic
ISSMA Gold Award with Distinction (Wind Symphony)
ISSMA Gold Award with Distinction (Symphonic Band)

 

2012-13
NAMM Best Community for Music Education (Carmel Clay Schools)
Featured Performance at Indiana Music Education Association Conference
ISSMA Gold Award with Distinction (Wind Symphony)
ISSMA Gold Award (Symphonic Band)
ISSMA Gold Award (Concert Band)

 

2011-12
Overall Grand Champion, First Place Concert Band, Music In The Parks, Chicago, IL
ISSMA Gold Award (Wind Symphony)
ISSMA Gold Award (Symphonic Band)

 

2010-11
Overall Grand Champion, First Place Concert Band, Music In The Parks, Chicago, IL
ISSMA Gold Award (Wind Symphony)
ISSMA Gold Award (Symphonic Band)

 

2009-10
Overall Grand Champion, 1st Place Concert Band, Music In The Parks, Cincinnati, OH
ISSMA Gold Award with Distinction (Wind Symphony)
ISSMA Gold Award (Symphonic Band)

 

2008-09
1st Place Concert Band, Music In The Parks, Cincinnati, OH
ISSMA Gold Award (Symphonic Band)

 

2007-08
NAMM Best Communities for Music Education (Carmel Clay Schools)
Overall Grand Champion, 1st Place Concert Band, Music In The Parks, Cincinnati, OH
ISSMA Gold Award (Symphonic Band)

 

2006-07
1st Place Concert Band, Music Showcase Festivals, Cincinnati, OH
ISSMA Gold Award (Symphonic Band)

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts at Creekside

6th Grade

Exploratory:
In exploratory art class, students use a variety of tools and techniques to create two and three dimensional works of art. Topics of study include drawing, design, painting and sculpture. Students study the historical background of art and its impact on ancient and modern civilizations. Art criticism, aesthetic judgment, and art careers are emphasized.

Mixed Media:
Mixed Media is a three-dimensional art course that will explore various combinations of media, such as found object assemblage, jewelry, fibers, printmaking, bookmaking, and ceramics. Students will explore a variety of techniques to communicate themes and ideas in their work. Students will study historical and contemporary artists who work in mixed media.

 

 

7th Grade

Drawing and Painting 7 is a two-dimensional art course that will explore a variety of dry and wet media, including graphite, colored pencils, pastels, charcoal, markers, watercolors, tempera, and acrylic paints. Students will develop their drawing skills by working from both flat imagery and real life objects. Students will study the historical background of drawing and painting; they will compare and contrast styles and genres of various artists. The scientific aspects of color theory and chemical composition of pigments, binders, and solvents will be explored.

Ceramics and Sculpture is a three-dimensional art course that will explore media such as clay, plaster, wire, metal, and wood. Ceramic projects will involve modeling clay with pinching, coiling, and slab construction techniques. Surface decoration, glazing, and firing techniques will be explored in this course. Students will study historical and contemporary examples of sculptures from various cultures. The compositions of clay and glaze compounds and the chemical reaction during the firing process will be investigated.

Mixed Media is a three-dimensional art course that will explore various combinations of media, such as found object assemblage, jewelry, fibers, printmaking, bookmaking, and ceramics. Students will explore a variety of techniques to communicate themes and ideas in their work. Students will study historical and contemporary artists who work in mixed media.

 

8th Grade

Drawing and Painting 8 is a two-dimensional art course that emphasizes modern and contemporary art styles and themes. This course will explore a variety of dry and wet media, including graphite, colored pencils, pastels, charcoal, markers, watercolors, tempera, and acrylic paints. Students will develop their drawing skills by working from both flat imagery and real life objects. Students will study the historical background of drawing and painting; they will compare and contrast styles and genres of various artists. The scientific aspects of color theory and chemical composition of pigments, binders, and solvents will be explored.

 

Ceramics and Sculpture is a three-dimensional art course that will explore media such as clay, plaster, wire, metal, and wood. Ceramic projects will involve modeling clay with pinching, coiling, and slab construction techniques. Surface decoration, glazing, and firing techniques will be explored in this course. Students will study historical and contemporary examples of sculptures from various cultures. The compositions of clay and glaze compounds and the chemical reaction during the firing process will be investigated.

Mixed Media is a three-dimensional art course that will explore various combinations of media, such as found object assemblage, jewelry, fibers, printmaking, bookmaking, and ceramics. Students will explore a variety of techniques to communicate themes and ideas in their work. Students will study historical and contemporary artists who work in mixed media.

 

Fine arts