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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 visual and performing 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 fall session features classes taught by 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

The Music Explorers (Ages 5-9)

Ages: 5-9
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Session: September 13-November 15 (10 weeks)
Location: Elderkin 103
Instructor: Alex Lacquement
Cost: $250

Does your child love music and the outdoors? If so, The Music Explorers is the perfect way to spend afternoons this fall. During this program, students will explore parts of McDonogh’s beautiful 800-acre campus while making music on the most transportable instrument, the harmonica. Students will learn how to play melodies and chords on the harmonica. They will hike to different locations on campus to play, sing, and dance outside. No prior musical experience required. Students will be required to bring their own harmonica to every class.

REGISTER HERE

 

Music Lessons (Ages 5+)

Ages: 5 and up
Day/Time: Lesson times to be determined by teacher
Session: 10-, 12-, or 14-week sessinos available
Location: Keelty Building
Instructor: Music Lessons Faculty
Cost: $55 per weekly lesson

Students enrolled in individual music lessons will develop skills in creating and performing music with a specific instrument. Teachers cater their lessons to the prior experience of each student - all skill levels and abilities are welcome. Private music instructors will conduct lessons on campus. 30-minute lessons will be scheduled based on the availability of both teacher and student. Lessons will be offered in piano, voice, and violin; students will be required to provide their own instruments. 

Lessons will be offered on the following instruments:

  • Drums and Percussion:  Grades 2-12
  • Brass (trumpet, trombone and tuba): Grades 4-12
  • Woodwinds (flute, clarinet, saxophone, and oboe):  Grades 4-12
  • Guitar:  Grades 1-12
  • Piano:  Grades K-12
  • Strings (violin, viola, and cello):  Grades 1-12
  • Ukulele: Grades K-12
  • Voice:  Grades 5-12

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American Roots Music Ensemble (Ages 9-14)

Ages: 9-14
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Location: Greenebaum Strings Room
Session: September 13-November 15 (10 weeks)
Instructor: Alex Lacquement
Cost: $250 

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. 

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Rock Shop High School (Ages 13-19)

Ages: 13-19
Day/Time: Sundays, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Session: September 11-December 18 (14 weeks, no class November 27)
Location: Keelty Building
Instructor: Steve Martel
Cost: $350

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. The fall 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 a performance in December. 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.

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Rock Shop Community (Ages 19+)

Ages: 19 and up
Day/Time: Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Session: September 8 to December 15 (14 weeks, no class November 24)
Location: Keelty Building
Instructor: Steve Martel
Cost: $350

Rock Shop Community is a music program designed for adults ranging from age 19 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. 

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MCA Dance Courses

Creative Dance 1  (Age 3)

Presented in partnership with Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory

Age: 3
Day/Time: Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m. 
Session September 10-December 17 (14 weeks, no class on November 26) 
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett
Cost: $400 plus registration fee

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The Young Children’s Program for ages 2-6 is designed to spark innate creativity and joy in moving and to begin to build a foundation for more in-depth technical training. Students are grouped by age and by readiness for structured classroom instruction. Creative Dance 1 sets a strong foundation for more formal dance study by introducing basic movement/locomotive skills, increasing flexibility and by stimulating rhythmic awareness and expressiveness. The curriculum is designed to capitalize on the increasing strength coordination and cognitive abilities of 3-year-old students; therefore students must be at least 3 by the first day of the fall semester. For a detailed description of the Young Children's Program class offerings and levels visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance. The first class of the session will be used as placement to ascertain readiness for group dance instruction. 

Students provide their own dress code dance attire; visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance or contact Preparatory Dance for details: prepdance@jhu.edu, 667-208-6648. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 14-week semester. Payment plan available. Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 12 students.

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Creative Dance 2 (Age 4) 

Presented in partnership with Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory

Age: 4
Time: Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 
Session: 9/10 - 12/17 (14 weeks, no class 11/26)
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett
Cost: $400 plus registration fee

Creative Dance 2 sets a strong foundation for more formal dance study by strengthening movement/locomotive skills, increasing flexibility, developing awareness of the body, and by stimulating rhythmic awareness and expressiveness. The curriculum is designed to capitalize on the increasing strength coordination and cognitive abilities of 4-year-old students; therefore all students must be at least 4 by the first day of the fall semester. For a detailed description of the Young Children's Program class offerings and levels visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance. No previous experience or placement class required. 

Students provide their own dress code dance attire; visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance or contact Preparatory Dance for details: prepdance@jhu.edu, 667-208-6648. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 14-week semester. Payment plan available. Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 12 students.

REGISTER HERE

Introduction to Ballet 1 (Ages 5-6)

Presented in partnership with Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory

Ages: 5-6
Day/Time: Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Session September 10-December 17 (14 weeks, no class November 26)
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett
Cost: $400 plus registration fee

Introduction to Ballet 1 for 5- and 6-year-olds accommodates beginning students and those who have previously taken creative dance and/or pre-ballet classes. The curriculum approaches the fundamentals of ballet training (body placement, arm movements, footwork, and simple vocabulary) while continuing to develop students' body awareness and build their locomotive and expressive skills. No previous experience or placement class required for 5-year-old students. Some 6-year-olds may be placed in Introduction to Ballet 1 to build fundamental skills and learn ballet vocabulary before taking Introduction to Ballet 2. Students must be at least 5 by the first day of the fall semester. 

Students provide their own dress code dance attire. Visit peabody.jhu.edu/dance or contact the Preparatory Dance Office for details: prepdance@jhu.edu, 667-208-6648. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 14-week semester. Payment plan available. Minimum of 8 students; maximum of 12 students.

REGISTER HERE

 

Introduction to Ballet 2 (Ages 6-8)

Presented in partnership with Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory

Ages: 6-8
Day/Time: Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Session: September 8-December 15 (14 weeks, no class November 24)
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett
Cost: $400 plus registration fee

Introduction to Ballet 2 prepares students for more formal ballet study with an increased emphasis on ballet vocabulary and terminology, ballet barre exercises, and a basic awareness of technique along with continued work on more complex locomotive skills and expressive skills. For a detailed description of the Young Children's Program class offerings and levels visit http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance.

Introduction to Ballet 2 is designed to capitalize on the increasing strength coordination and cognitive abilities of 6-year-old students; therefore students must be at least 6 by the first day of the fall semester. All new 6-year-olds must take a placement class prior to registration in order to determine whether Introduction to Ballet 1 or Introduction to Ballet 2 is appropriate. Contact Preparatory Dance to schedule a placement class: prepdance@jhu.edu, 667-208-6648. 

Students provide their own dress code dance attire; visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance or contact Preparatory Dance for details: prepdance@jhu.edu, 667-208-6648. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 14-week semester. Payment plan available. Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 12 students.

REGISTER HERE

 

Jazz 1A (Ages 7-10)

Presented in partnership with The Moving Company Dance Center

Ages: 7-10
Day/Time: Fridays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. 
Session September 9-December 16 (14 weeks, no class on November 25)
Location: Greenebaum Dance Studio
Instructor: The Moving Company
Cost: $385

Ready to advance your jazz dance skills? Jazz 1A is not for the beginning-level dancer but rather for the elementary-aged dancer who has some basic knowledge of jazz dance. This class will work with foundational elements, challenge coordination, and timing and also introduce new skills. 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, please visit: tmcdance.com. Come dance with us!

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Jazz 1B (Ages 10-13)

Ages: 10-13
Time: Mondays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Session: September 12-November 14 (10 weeks)
Location: Allan Dance Studio
Instructor: Shalyce Hemby
Cost: $275

Jazz 1B focuses on advancing fundamental jazz technique; this class is best for middle school-aged dancers with at least one year of dance experience. Young dancers will learn basic dance terminology, develop strength and flexibility,  and learn the fundamental skills needed for for jumps, turns, and leaps. Dancers will also execute choreographic phrases by combining these learned skills together to develop rhythm and form.

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Jazz 2 (Ages 13-19)

Ages: 13-19
Time: Mondays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Session: September 12-November 14 (10 weeks)
Location: Allan Dance Studio
Instructor: Shalyce Hemby
Cost: $275

Jazz 2 is catered to dancers with at least two or more years of experience with jazz dance. This class will focus on intermediate jazz concepts and vocabulary and will build upon formerly learned jazz technique and vocabulary. Dancers will explore a variety of jazz choreography including musical theatre repertory, weight changing, complex jumps, turns and leaps, and storytelling through movement.

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Hip-Hop & Commercial 1 (Ages 10-13)

Ages: 10-13
Time: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Session: 9/13 - 11/15 (10 weeks)
Location: Allan Dance Studio
Instructor: Shalyce Hemby
Cost: $275

Do you enjoy watching World of Dance or learning and posting TikTok dances? Then this foundational level is for you. Students will be introduced to different styles and genres of movement that make up hip-hop and commercial dance culture, including popping, locking, breaking, voguing, & housing. These individual styles of dance are used in television commercials, movies and even on Broadway!

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Hip-Hop & Commercial 2 (Ages 13-19)

Ages: 13-19
Time: Tuesdays, 5:15-6:30 p.m. 
Session: September 13-November 15 (10 weeks)
Location: Allan Dance Studio
Instructor: Shalyce Hemby
Cost: $275

Hip-Hop & Commercial 2 is catered to students with two or more years of experience in this style of dance. Dancers will learn intermediate concepts of movement that make up hip hop & commercial dance culture. They will also learn how to execute and perform choreography while incorporating various elements of storytelling.

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Modern & Contemporary 1 (Ages 10-13)

Ages: 10-13
Time: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Session: September 14-November 16 (10 weeks)
Location: Allan Dance Studio
Instructor: Shalyce Hemby
Cost: $275

Are you a dancer that enjoys watching Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Pilobolus, and other concert dance styles? If so, Modern & Contemporary 1 is for you! In this class, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Horton, Graham, Dunham, and release modern dance techniques. Additionally, they will begin to establish an understanding of various Contemporary dance styles. The class will consist of movements aimed to stretch and strengthen different areas of the body.

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Modern & Contemporary 2 (Ages 13-19)

Ages: 13-19
Time: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Session: September 14-November 16 (10 weeks)
Location: Allan Dance Studio
Instructor: Shalyce Hemby
Cost: $275

Modern & Contemporary 2 is catered to dancers with at least two or more years of experience with modern & contemporary dance. This class will focus on intermediate concepts and skills within the many genres of modern and contemporary dance. Dancers will continue to build on the fundamental skills and concepts learned in previous years of training and will be exposed to more advanced choreographic themes including repertory from some of the world’s most well-known dance companies. 

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Dance Fitness (Age 19+)

Ages: 19 and up
Time: Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 
Session: September 15-November 17 (10 weeks)
Location: Allan Dance Studio
Instructor: Shalyce Hemby
Cost: $275

Are you looking to have fun, get fit, and learn some dance choreography? Dance Fitness is a class for adults who want to incorporate various elements of a traditional dance class into their workout routine. Participants will be introduced to basic dance terminology that will work all of the major muscle groups. Simple cardio-based choreography will also be incorporated throughout each 60-minute class. Dance Fitness is open to participants of all skill and fitness levels. 

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MCA Visual Art

Discovering Printmaking (Ages 6-8)

Ages: 6-8
Time: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Session: September 14-November 16 (10 weeks)
Location: St. John Lower School Art Room (Room 103)
Instructor: Evelyn Hoffmann
Cost: $275

Printmaking is a medium that brings both excitement and joy to our young artists. By exploring the vast range of printmaking techniques such as monotype, collagraph, stamp making, and etching, students will get an in-depth experience of what it means to be a printmaker while having a lot of fun! Discover how your young artist can explore, play, and create with printmaking.

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Clay for Kids (Ages 6-10)

Ages: 6-10
Time: Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m. 
Session: September 13-November 15 (10 weeks)
Location: Greenebaum 106
Instructor: Holly Thompson
Cost: $325

Are you ready to get dirty? The ceramic process has been around for thousands of years and is one of the oldest art forms known to humankind, but ceramics is more popular today than it has ever been! In this 10-week course, students will learn handbuilding techniques in order to create unique sculptural and functional artwork. From creative animal sculptures to your very own ice cream bowl, students will pinch, pull, press, and squeeze their ideas into existence!

Class includes all materials and firings. No prior experience is required. All functional pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe.

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Exploring Soft Sculpture (Ages 8-12)

Ages: 8-12
Time: Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Session: September 15-November 17 (10 weeks)
Location: Elderkin Lower School Art Room 
Instructor: Allison Yancone
Cost: $275

Young artists will explore the world of soft sculpture and be able to create their own fun and imaginative fabric sculptures. Students can expect to learn and practice a few basic stitches with needle and thread and be inspired by whimsical artists such as Lucy Sparrow, Claes Oldenburg, Nick Cave, and Yayoi Kusama. Using felt and fabric as their main material, artists will design and create up to three soft sculptures during the workshop that are inspired by basic forms, creatures, people, animals, or foods. Students are encouraged to build upon the basic steps and use their personal creativity to add details and special touches to their sculptures. Materials will be provided.

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Ceramics: All About Plants (Ages 16+)

Ages: 16 and up
Time: Option 1: Mondays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Option 2: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Session: Option 1: September 12-November 14; Option 2: September 13-November 15 (10 weeks)
Location: Greenebaum 106 
Instructor: Holly Thompson
Cost: $325

Yes, you definitely need another plant, but you also need the perfect planter! In this 10-week course, students will learn handbuilding techniques in order to create beautiful, unique planters and vases. Students will create their own templates and use soft-slab, hard-slab and coil building techniques to create unique works of functional art. We’ll use various surface techniques to finish our pieces. On the last day of class, we will do some planting and flower arranging!

Class includes all materials and firings. No prior experience is required. All functional pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe.

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