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McDonogh Community Arts

McDonogh Community Arts (MCA) is a unique program providing McDonogh families and the greater Baltimore community high-quality extracurricular arts classes right here on our campus! MCA includes classes for children and adults, and each offering is designed to spark creativity, self-expression, and artistic abilities.

The upcoming session features McDonogh faculty as well as teachers from the Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory Institute and The Moving Company Dance Center.

Registration

To register, click on the REGISTER HERE link under the specific course description. Depending on the course, registration may occur within McDonogh's Camp Brain registration system, the Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory registration system, or the Moving Company Dance Center registration system. All courses are conducted on the McDonogh campus. 

Please contact Kara Zimmerman, Director of Arts, at kzimmerman@mcdonogh.org with questions.

 


MCA MUSIC Courses

American Roots Music Ensemble (Ages 9-14)

Ages: 9-14
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Location: Greenebaum Strings Room
Session: January 18 to April 26 (no class March 15)
Instructor: Alex Lacquement
Cost: $335 

Are you ready to jam and create music with your friends? The American Roots Music Ensemble is designed for students who enjoy playing acoustic string instruments and who also might like to sing. Students will explore songs from the bluegrass, string band, and folk music genres while creating arrangements, playing melodies, and taking solos. They will learn to work together to make decisions in the same way a professional band does. Students should possess an ability to play a few simple melodies such as "Twinkle Twinkle," "Hot Cross Buns," or a few chords such as G, C, D, and A. Students will perform a concert at the end of the session showcasing their creativity and collaboration.

The primary string instruments for the American Roots Music Ensemble are: acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin/fiddle, banjo, and upright bass. That being said, all acoustic string instruments such as: cello, viola, dulcimer, and piano are welcome as well! Students must bring their instruments with them to every meeting. The ensemble will be led by Alex Lacquement who has eight years of experience touring and performing across America with a variety of bands that play bluegrass, early jazz, Appalachian string band music, and folk music. 

REGISTER HERE

Harmonica Club (Ages 9-14)

Ages: 9-14
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Session: January 19 to April 27 (no class March 16)
Location: Greenebaum Strings Room
Instructor: Alex Lacquement
Cost: $335

Do you want to be able to play an instrument anywhere you go? The harmonica is truly an instrument ready for any musical moment on the planet! Tiny yet powerful, you can slip a harmonica into your pocket and take music with you. Students will learn how to play melodies and chords on the harmonica. We’ll even learn to play and sing the blues on this instrument. 

No prior musical experience is required. Students will be required to bring their own harmonica with them to every class. To purchase a harmonica visit https://www.alexlacquement.com/harmonica-from-home.html 

REGISTER HERE

Music for Young Children (Ages 2-3)

Presented in partnership with Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory 

Ages: 2-3
Day/Time: Saturdays, 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Session: January 22 to May 7 (no class March 19 and April 16)
Location: Kelly Center
Instructor: Eric Rasmussen
Cost: $337 + registration fee

As young children begin to interact musically in their environment, they seek newness, variety, and repetition, so that’s what we give them. We perform songs and chants in a wide variety of musical contexts so they can learn naturally, by understanding what something is compared to what it is not. Children imitate singing patterns or rhythm patterns as their listening and performing vocabularies expand. Just as thinking develops through vocabulary development in language, they similarly develop their innate skill to “think” and comprehend music in their mind’s ear. Rhythmic coordination skills and singing voices are developed through a wide assortment of fun musical experiences.

Parental or caregiver participation is mandatory for the first class and is encouraged subsequently, but is based on the child’s comfort level. 

All students pay a non-refundable $50 registration fee once per semester and a non-refundable materials fee of $37.50. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 14-week semester. Payment plan available. Minimum of 4 students; maximum of 10 students.

REGISTER HERE

Music for Singers and Movers (Ages 4-6)

Presented in partnership with Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory 

Ages: 4-6
Day/Time: Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Session: January 22 to May 7 (no class March 19 and April 16)
Location: Kelly Center
Instructor: Eric Rasmussen
Cost: $337 plus registration fee

In this class, children will develop the readiness for true music competency—singing in tune and moving rhythmically. Working in sync with the child’s pace, teachers will expand their singing and rhythm vocabularies, the two most fundamental vocabularies of music. A wide variety of fun musical activities prepare your child for successful life-long music making. This class is perfect for developing singers and movers. Parental attendance not required after the first class.

All students pay a non-refundable $50 registration fee once per semester and a non-refundable materials fee of $37.50. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 14-week semester. Payment plan available. Minimum of 4 students; maximum of 10 students.

REGISTER HERE

Music for Developing Musicians (Ages 6-9)

Presented in partnership with Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory

Ages: 6-9
Day/Time: Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Session: January 22 to May 7 (no class March 19 and April 16)
Location: Kelly Center
Instructor: Eric Rasmussen
Cost: $337 + registration fee

This class is designed for children who consistently sing in tune and move rhythmically. Having cracked the code of the adult musical world, children will begin to label its elements and prepare for music literacy. Instead of learning the names of notes, children in this advanced class will take steps to actually “hear what they see,” much as a child who reads and comprehends the words to a story without sounding out letters. This class is strongly recommended for those interested in subsequent instrumental lessons. Joining Music for Developing Musicians classes mid-year is rarely recommended.

Note: If your child just turned 6 years old and has not had previous classes at Peabody, we recommend attending Music for Singers and Movers first.

All students pay a non-refundable $50 registration fee once per semester and a non-refundable materials fee of $37.50. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 14-week semester. Payment plan available. Minimum of 4 students; maximum of 10 students.

REGISTER HERE


 

Rock Shop High School (Ages 13-19)

Ages: 13-19
Day/Time: Sundays, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Session: January 23 to May 8 (no class March 20 and April 17)
Location: Keelty Hall
Instructor: Steve Martel
Cost: $400

In the grand old days of Rock and Roll, there was the garage band --- an incubator for teen bands and musical dreams. At Rock Shop High School, we endeavor to provide just such a setting for teenagers interested in musical exploration and collaboration. Students will be given guidance on learning  instruments, rehearsing songs, and writing original compositions. This Winter/Spring Rock Shop session will be for current McDonogh upper schoolers as well as for middle and high school students from other area schools. Rock Shop High will meet once a week, and the program will culminate with an outdoor performance in May or June. Bands will be given coaching and instrument instruction based on their level of experience. Electric and acoustic instruments, drums, pianos, and audio systems will be made available for all.

REGISTER HERE

Rock Shop Community (Ages 20 and up)

Ages: 20+
Day/Time: Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Session: January 28 to May 5 (no class March 17)
Location: Keelty Hall
Instructor: Steve Martel
Cost: $350

Rock Shop Community is a music program designed for adults ranging in age from 20 to infinity! 

The goal of this program is to provide a collaborative, creative music space for adults who would love to play music with others. We are mindful of the reality that finding band members, musical equipment, and a regular rehearsal space can be a real challenge for busy adults who are balancing career and family commitments. This program provides that space and community with the hope that participants will be inspired to continue their musical journey through relationships made in this program. We will also be offering other future programs and music events for a growing community of folks who are interested in developing their musical talents and aspirations. Band coaches and instructors will be on hand to help with instrument instruction and songwriting guidance. We will meet once a week for this session which will culminate with a digital recording and an optional live performance. Beginners and experienced musicians are welcome. 

REGISTER HERE

MCA Dance Courses

Introduction to Jazz (Ages 7-10)

Presented in partnership with The Moving Company Dance Center

Ages: 7-10
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Session January 19 to April 27 (no class March 16)
Location: Greenebaum Dance Studio
Instructor: Bree Jackson

Come dance with us! This introduction to jazz class will keep your child entertained and engaged. Age appropriate popular music will keep the atmosphere upbeat while students learn everything from a jazz square to a pivot turn, as well as those iconic jazz hands! This class is offered by the Moving Company Dance Center in collaboration with the McDonogh School. For more information about the Moving Company as well as the teacher for this class, Bree Jackson, please visit: tmcdance.com.

REGISTER HERE

Creative Dance 1 and 2  (Ages 3-4)

Presented in partnership with Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory

Ages: 3-4
Day/Time: Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m. 
Session January 22 to May 7 (no class March 19 and April 16)
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett
Cost: $385 + registration fee

Creative Dance 1 and 2 is open to children who are at least 3 years of age by September 1, as well as those in prekindergarten. This class introduces children to the group class format and sparks innate creativity and joy in moving. Students are guided through exercises and activities designed to introduce basic movement/locomotive skills, improve flexibility, and stimulate rhythmic awareness and expressiveness. The curriculum is designed to capitalize on the increasing strength, coordination, and cognitive abilities of 3- and 4-year-old students; therefore, all students must be at least 3 years old by September 1. Additionally, students should be comfortable separating from their caregivers and participating constructively in a group class setting. The faculty member will use the first few classes to assess each child's readiness for group dance instruction and will let caregivers know if any changes should be made. No previous dance experience required.

Students provide their own dance attire; visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance or contact Preparatory Dance for details: prepdance@jhu.eduor 667-208-6648. All students pay a $50 registration fee once per semester in addition to tuition. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 14-week semester. Payment plan available. Minimum of 8 students; maximum of 12 students.

Class begins on Saturday, January 22 and concludes on Saturday, May 7. There are no classes on March 19 or April 16 due to McDonogh School breaks. NOTE: there will be class on March 12.

REGISTER HERE

Introduction to Ballet 1 (Ages 5-6)

Presented in partnership with Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory

Ages: 5-6
Day/Time: Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Session January 22 to May 7 (no class March 19 and April 16)
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett
Cost: $385 + registration fee

Introduction to Ballet 1 prepares students for more formal ballet study through essential repetition of movement vocabulary to build strength, improve coordination, and increase confidence. Students begin to focus on ballet vocabulary and terminology, ballet barre exercises, and developing a basic awareness of technique. Activities foster attunement to rhythm, tempo, emotion, and expression in music and movement, along with the ability to focus, carry out directions, be leaders and followers, and collaborate with classmates. Introduction to Ballet 1 is designed to capitalize on the increasing strength, coordination, and cognitive abilities of students in kindergarten, and new material is carefully introduced to extend their capacity for movement, attention, self-reflection, and social engagement. Although no previous dance experience is required, the class accommodates those who have previously taken creative dance or introductory ballet classes at Peabody, the McDonogh School, or other dance schools. Students must be 5 years old by September 1 to register for this class.

Students provide their own dance attire; visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance or contact Preparatory Dance for details: prepdance@jhu.edu or 667-208-6648. All students pay a $50 registration fee once per semester in addition to tuition. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 14-week semester. Payment plan available. Minimum of 8 students; maximum of 12 students. 

Class begins on Saturday, January 22 and concludes on Saturday, May 7. There are no classes on March 19 or April 16 due to McDonogh School breaks. NOTE: there will be class on March 12.

REGISTER HERE

Introduction to Ballet 2 (Ages 6-8)

Presented in partnership with Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory

Ages: 6-8
Day/Time: Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Session: January 22 to May 7 (no class March 19 and April 16)
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett
Cost: $385 + registration fee

Introduction to Ballet 2 prepares students for formal ballet study through essential repetition of movement vocabulary to build strength, improve coordination, and increase confidence. There is an increasing emphasis on ballet vocabulary and terminology, ballet barre exercises, and developing a basic awareness of technique. Activities foster attunement to rhythm, tempo, emotion, and expression in music and movement, along with the ability to focus, carry out directions, be leaders and followers, and collaborate with classmates. Introduction to Ballet 2 is designed to capitalize on the increasing strength, coordination, and cognitive abilities of students in first and second grade, and new material is carefully introduced to extend their capacity for movement, attention, self-reflection, and social engagement. Recent previous dance training is recommended for this class, but not required. New students will be assessed by the instructor for the few weeks to ensure they are placed in the class that meets their needs.

Students provide their own dance attire; visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance or contact Preparatory Dance for details: prepdance@jhu.edu or 667-208-6648. All students pay a $50 registration fee once per semester in addition to tuition. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 14-week semester. Payment plan available. Minimum of 8 students; maximum of 12 students.

Class begins on Saturday, January 22 and concludes on Saturday, May 7. There are no classes on March 19 or April 16 due to McDonogh School breaks. NOTE: there will be class on March 12.

REGISTER HERE