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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.

Sessions feature classes taught by McDonogh faculty as well as teachers from the Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory Institute. 

 

Registration

Registration for spring 2024 is open! 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Kara Zimmerman at kzimmerman@mcdonogh.org


MCA MUSIC Courses

Individual Music Lessons (Ages 5+)

Ages: 5 and up
Day/Time: Lesson times to be determined by teacher and student availability
Session: 6-, 12-, or 30-week sessions offered, lessons begin the week of September 11
Location: Keelty Building
Instructor: MCA Music Faculty
Cost: $1710 (30 weeks, $57/lesson); $708 (12 weeks, $59/lesson); $354 (6 weeks, $59/lesson)

McDonogh proudly offers individual music lessons for students of all ages, experience levels, and musical interests. MCA Music Lessons emphasize the development of skills in creating and performing music on a specific instrument. Middle and Upper School lessons are 30 minutes and Lower School lessons are 25 minutes. Lessons are offered after school and in the evening. Lessons are also offered to McDonogh students during the school day; lessons scheduled during the day do not interfere with academic programs.

This year, lessons will be offered in 30-, 12-, or 6-week blocks of time. Students who sign up for the full 30-week block will receive a discounted lesson rate and will be given priority for daytime lessons. Daytime lessons cannot be guaranteed for those students who sign up for 12 or 6 weeks of lessons.

Music instruction is offered on the following instruments:

  • Drums and Percussion: Ages 5 and up
  • Brass (trumpet, trombone, and tuba): Ages 8 and up
  • Woodwinds (flute, clarinet, saxophone, and oboe): Ages 8 and up
  • Guitar: Ages 6 and up
  • Piano: Ages 5 and up
  • Strings (violin, viola, and cello): Ages 5 and up
  • Voice: Ages 10 and up
  • Ukulele: Ages 6 and up

If a lesson is missed due to sickness or other school-mandated conflicts, efforts will be made to make up the lesson at a separate time; three make-up lessons are built into the 30-week session to accommodate for these conflicts. One make-up lesson is built into the 6- and 12-week lessons for this same reason. Please note: 24 hours advance notice is required for missed lessons and no credits are given due to unexcused student absence. If you choose to withdraw your child from the program, no credit will be given for any remaining lessons.

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MCA Dance Courses

Introduction to Dance (Ages 4-5)

Ages: 4-5
Day: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Session: 8 weeks, 3/20/24 - 5/8/24
Instructor: Maya Richard 
Cost: $225

Step into the magical world of dance with our Introduction to Dance class designed specifically for energetic and creative minds aged 4-5! In this engaging program, students will embark on a journey of self-expression and movement exploration and will be led through the basics of dance, fostering coordination, rhythm, and a love for creative expression. Through imaginative play and age-appropriate choreography, your child will develop confidence and grace in a supportive and fun-filled environment. Join us as we twirl, leap, and dance our way into a world of creativity and joy!

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Dance Troupe (Ages 6-10)

Ages: 6-10
Day: Two Options: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. or Tuesdays, 4:00-500 p.m.
Location: Greenebaum Dance Studio
Session: 8 weeks, 3/20/24 - 5/8/24
Instructor: Sierra Waldman
Cost: $225

You know that Eagles can fly, but did you also know they can dance? Come join the Lower School Dance Troupe on Wednesdays after school with Ms. Waldman! We will learn different dance routines together to popular songs. Let’s get our Eagle wings flapping and toes tapping!

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Contemporary & Commercial Dance I (Ages 9-13)

Ages: 9-13
Day: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Greenebaum Dance Studio
Session: 8 weeks, 3/19/24 - 5/7/24
Instructor: Maya Richard
Cost: $225

Contemporary & Commercial Dance 1 focuses on advancing fundamental techniques in jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance; this class is best for upper elementary and 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 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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Contemporary & Commercial Dance 2 (Ages 14-18)

Ages: 14-18
Day: Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Greenebaum Dance Studio
Session: 8 weeks, 3/21/24 - 5/9/24
Instructor: Maya Richard
Cost: $225

Contemporary & Commercial Dance 2 is catered to dancers with at least 2 or more years of experience with jazz, hip-hop, or contemporary dance. This class will focus on intermediate jazz concepts and vocabulary and will build upon formerly learned dance techniques and vocabulary. Dancers will explore a variety of choreography and skills including classic modern/jazz repertory, weight changing, complex jumps, turns and leaps, and storytelling through movement.

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Individual Dance Lessons (Age 5+)

Ages: 5 and up
Time: Varies
Session: 6- or 12-week sessions offered; lessons begin the week of September 11
Location: Allan Building and Greenebaum Building Dance Studios
Instructor: MCA Dance Faculty
Cost: $708 (12 weeks, $59/lesson), $354 (6 weeks, $59/lesson)

McDonogh proudly offers individual dance lessons for students of all ages, experience levels, and dance interests. MCA Dance Lessons emphasize the development of skills in creating and performing dance in a variety of genres. Middle and Upper School lessons are 30 minutes and Lower School lessons are 25 minutes. Lessons are offered after school and on weekends.

If a lesson is missed due to sickness or other school-imposed conflicts, efforts will be made to make up the lesson at a separate time; one make-up lesson is built into the fall session to accommodate for these conflicts. Please note: 24 hours advance notice is required for missed lessons and no credits are given due to unexcused student absence. If you choose to withdraw your child from the program, no credit will be given for any remaining lessons.

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Creative Dance 1 (Age 3)

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JOHNS HOPKINS PEABODY PREPARATORY

Age: 3*
Time: Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m. 
Session: 32 weeks, 9/9/23 - 5/18/2024 (Rolling Admission Option Available)
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett 
Cost: $942.00 + $50 registration fee

*Age 3 by the first day of the fall semester. 

Creative Dance 1 sets a strong foundation for more formal dance study by introducing basic movement/locomotive skills, increasing flexibility, and 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, all students must be at least 3 years old 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. 

Dress code and uniform requirements for this level can be found at Peabody Prep Dance Dress Code or contact Preparatory Dance for more details at prepdance@jhu.edu or 667-208-6648. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 32-week semester. A payment plan is 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: 32 weeks, 9/9/23 - 5/18/2024 (Rolling Admission Option Available)
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett
Cost: $942.00 + $50 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 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 years old 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 is required. 

Dress code and uniform requirements for this level can be found at Peabody Prep Dance Dress Code or contact Preparatory Dance for more details at prepdance@jhu.edu or 667-208-6648. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 32-week  semester. A payment plan is available. Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 12 students.

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Introduction to Ballet 1 (Ages 5-6)

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JOHNS HOPKINS PEABODY PREPARATORY

Ages: 5-6
Time: Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Session: 32 weeks, 9/9/23 - 5/18/2024 (Rolling Admission Option Available)
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett
Cost: $942.00 + $50 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 is 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 years old by the first day of the fall semester. 

Dress code and uniform requirements for this level can be found at Peabody Prep Dance Dress Code or contact Preparatory Dance for more details at prepdance@jhu.edu or 667-208-6648. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 32-week  semester. A payment plan is available. Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 12 students.

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Introduction to Ballet 2 (Ages 6-8)

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JOHNS HOPKINS PEABODY PREPARATORY

Ages: 6-8
Time: Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm 
Session: 32 weeks, 9/9/23 - 5/18/2024 (Rolling Admission Option Available)
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett
Cost: $942.00 + $50 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. 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 years old by the first day of the fall semester. All new 6-year-olds must take a placement class before registration to determine whether Introduction to Ballet 1 or Introduction to Ballet 2 is appropriate. For a detailed description of the Young Children's Program class offerings and levels visit http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance. Contact Preparatory Dance to schedule a placement class: prepdance@jhu.edu, 667-208-6648. 

Dress code and uniform requirements for this level can be found at Peabody Prep Dance Dress Code or contact Preparatory Dance for more details: prepdance@jhu.edu, 667-208-6648. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 32-week  semester. Payment plan available. Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 12 students.

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Primary Ballet Level 1 (Ages 7-12)

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JOHNS HOPKINS PEABODY PREPARATORY

Ages: 7-12
Time: Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 12:00-1:00 p.m
Session: 32 weeks, 9/7/23 - 5/18/2024 (Rolling Admission Option Available)
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett
Cost: $1,748.00 + $50 registration fee

Level 1 is the introductory level to the Primary Ballet Program and provides an important foundation for students who wish to progress to higher levels. All students are required to take two 60-minute Level 1 ballet classes per week for at least one year before moving forward in the program, even those with previous training as a young child. To maintain classroom consistency and build a cohort of students who are working on the same concepts, it is important that the student attends both of their classes at the same campus. Students work on fundamental vocabulary at the barre and begin to concentrate on body alignment, rotation from the hip sockets, traveling across the floor with coordination, and expressive port de bras with the arms. They continue to build on exercises and activities designed to increase flexibility, develop core strength, and improve rhythmic awareness.

In the spring, Level 1 class material will be transformed into choreography for a performance opportunity at the end of the school year. An additional production fee is required; eligible students will be notified in February of casting and rehearsal dates and will receive instructions to pay the production fee and sign the commitment contract. CONSISTENT ATTENDANCE REQUIRED TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PERFORM. Although performing is strongly encouraged, it is not required. Any student who chooses not to perform will continue to take two classes per week and practice choreography with their classmates. 

For a detailed description of the Primary Program class offerings and levels, visit http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance. Contact Preparatory Dance to schedule a placement class at prepdance@jhu.edu or 667-208-6648. 

Dress code and uniform requirements for this level can be found at Peabody Prep Dance Dress Code or contact Preparatory Dance for more details at prepdance@jhu.edu or 667-208-6648. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 32-week  semester. A payment plan is available. Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 12 students.

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Open Teen Beginner/Intermediate Ballet (Ages 11-15)

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JOHNS HOPKINS PEABODY PREPARATORY

Ages: 11-15
Time: Saturdays 1:00 - 2:00pm 
Session: 32 weeks,  9/9/23 -5/18/2024 (Rolling Admission Option Available)
Location: Edward St. John Dance Studio
Instructor: Adrienne Duckett
Cost: $942.00 + $50 registration fee

The Open Program is perfect for students who want to supplement their weekly training schedule and/or attend Peabody Preparatory Dance classes once a week without the increased time commitment of the Primary or Pre-Professional programs of study.

The Teen Beginner/Intermediate Ballet class accommodates those who want to try ballet class for the very first time as well as those who have experience in ballet class. Focus is placed on fundamental ballet vocabulary at the barre and in the center, with an emphasis placed on correct body alignment, building strength, increasing flexibility, and developing coordination.

For a detailed description of Open Program class offerings and levels, visit http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance. Contact Preparatory Dance to schedule a placement class: prepdance@jhu.edu or 667-208-6648. 

Dress code and uniform requirements for this level can be found at Peabody Prep Dance Dress Code or contact Preparatory Dance for more details at prepdance@jhu.edu or 667-208-6648. Tuition fees are listed for the complete 32-week  semester. A payment plan is available. Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 12 students.

REGISTER HERE

MCA Visual Art

Pottery: Wheel Throwing (Ages 12+)

Ages: 12+
Day: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: Edward St. John Student Center, Room 309
Session: 8 weeks, 3/19/24 - 5/7/24
Instructor: Holly Thompson
Cost: $300

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make wheel-thrown pottery? In this 8-week course, students will gain experience centering and shaping on the wheel, as well as throwing and alteration techniques. Students will create sculptural and functional artwork and choose from a variety of food-safe glazes to create one-of-a-kind surface designs. This class includes all materials and firings. No prior experience is required. All functional pieces are microwave and dishwasher-safe. 

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Individual Art Lessons (Ages 5+)

Ages: 5+
Day: Varies
Location: Edward St. John Student Center Visual Art Room
Session: 6-, or 12-week sessions offered; lessons begin the week of 1/22/24
Instructor: MCA Visual Art Faculty
Cost: $708 (12 weeks, $59/lesson), $354 (6 weeks, $59/lesson)

McDonogh proudly offers individual art lessons for students of all ages, experience levels, and art interests. MCA Art Lessons emphasize the development of skills in creating visual art in a variety of mediums. Middle and Upper School lessons are 30 minutes and Lower School lessons are 25 minutes. Lessons are offered after school and on weekends.

If lessons are missed due to sickness or other school-imposed conflicts, efforts will be made to make up the lesson at a separate time; one make-up lesson is built into the fall session to accommodate for these conflicts. Please note: 24-hour advance notice is required for missed lessons and no credits are given due to unexcused student absence. If you choose to withdraw your child from the program, no credit will be given for any remaining lessons. 

REGISTER HERE