Fine Arts

At NDHS, we believe that the fine and performing arts are important parts of the curriculum. Even if our students don’t go on to become professional artists, musicians, or actors, we’re confident that their exposure to the arts under our care opens their minds to the beauty our world has to offer—something that will stay with them for a lifetime.


Our Music Department encompasses both our instrumental and choral programs. 

Letter from the Director:

On behalf of the North Decatur Instrumental Music Program, welcome to the 2021–2022 school year. Pursuing an interest in musical performance is truly a life-changing experience. I can attest to this myself. Students in the North Decatur bands will have the opportunity to work alongside their peers toward a common goal of musical performance and character development. Our musicians, in addition to training to play their instrument in large and small ensemble settings, will also develop an understanding of the musical learning process and what it means to be a comprehensive musician.

Over the course of your student’s progression in the music program, they will have the opportunity to be a part of many different ensembles. The core of the North Decatur music program is in its concert bands. In addition, students will be able to participate in basketball band, jazz band, the Decatur County Marching Band (DCMB), and Decatur County Indoor Percussion (DCIP).

Please email Mr. Ulery if you ever need to reach him.

North Decatur Music Department believes that participation in music exposes children to a universal language and a fundamental means of expression and performance, that students who participate in musical activities are offered opportunities to develop leadership and countless important life skills, and that a creative and supportive outlet is crucial to student success in their academic and personal lives.

Mission Statement:
North Decatur Music Department’s mission is to serve the North Decatur community, instill character development, responsibility, respect for the learning process, a meticulous drive toward excellence in music and life, and teamwork toward a common objective through comprehensive musical study and performance.

Courses Offered:
We adapted the descriptions for these courses from the Indiana State Approved Course Titles and Descriptions provided by the Indiana Department of Education. All are two-semester courses that meet for the full year, and all require participation in performance opportunities, such as concerts and festivals, both solo and as an ensemble, outside of school hours.

Fifth-Grade Charger Band
Sixth-Grade Charger Band
Jr. High Bands (Grades 7–8)
High School Symphonic Band (Grades: 9–12)
AP Music Theory (Grades: 11–12)

Extra-Curricular Ensembles:

The following ensembles are of voluntary participation and are not required to be in a band class. All extra-curricular ensembles practice and perform outside of school hours. The addition of a jazz band is in the works for the spring semester but we will determine this at a later date.

Decatur County Marching Band and Color Guard (Grades: 7–12)
Decatur County Indoor Percussion Ensemble (Grades: 7–12)
North Decatur Charger Basketball Bands (Grades: 7–12)

Paige's Music
Paige’s Music is the official school music provider of Decatur County Bands. Paige’s services include instrument rental, purchase, rent-to-own, as well as getting upgraded instruments when appropriate using their “step-up” program.

Mike Weimer is our school’s Paige’s representative. He visits the school every Wednesday before school. If you have an instrument in need of repair or need to buy accessories such as replacement parts, reeds, sticks/mallets, valve oil, cleaning materials, mutes, mouthpieces, etc. please let Mr. Ulery know no later than the end of school on Tuesday.

Our choirs, directed by Carrie Stier, showcase the great talent at North Decatur. During choir, students refine their technical singing ability, improve sight reading, and learn appropriate performance etiquette. 

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Department at North Decatur Jr/Sr High School offers a variety of classes for students to specialize in classical media or venture into digital media. Studio classes push for growth both in skills and creativity. Teaching Artistic Behaviors or “TAB” pedagogy is used in all studio classes to some extent, becoming more prominent as the student grows. Allowing for their artistic style and media preferences to emerge while nurturing their creativity. 

Our visual arts program is top-notch and takes our budding artist to the next level. The following are examples of the classes we offer for all interests and levels:

  • 2D Art
  • 3D Art
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Jewelry Making
  • Visual Communication
  • Art History