Class Supplies

Here are some required supplies for classes. If you have questions about a specific class that is not covered here, please e-mail or call 301.528.2260 and ask to speak to someone in the education department.


Local Music Stores:

Music & Arts Germantown
21040 B Frederick Ave
Germantown, MD 20876-4149
Phone: 301-353-1113

Victor Litz Music
306 East Diamond Ave.
Gaithersburg Maryland 20877
Phone: 301-948-7478 | 1-800-828-5518

Music & Arts Rockville
12274 Rockville Pike Ste K
Rockville, MD 20852-5600
Phone: 301-881-6440

Guitar Center
12401 Twinbrook Parkway
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-231-6100


Students will need a set of headphones, a 1/4 inch adapter, a pencil with a working eraser, and a book for class. Students will work at digital pianos with semi-weighted keys with their headphones during class.

Headphones can be any style: over the ear, in the ear (earbuds), on the ear, or behind the head.

A 1/4 inch adapter is a standard piece of audio equipment and can be purchased at most electronics stores. It turns a standard 3.5mm Stereo Jack into a 1/4″ stereo plug and allows the students to plug their headphones into the pianos for class.

It is strongly recommended that students have a piano at home to practice on. We recommend that pianos or keyboards have at least 61 keys for practice purposes. Please visit one of the local music stores suggested above for recommendations.

Information about which books to be used in which class to follow. Instructors have provided assignments below, any instructor not included will provide that information at the first lesson.

Classes taught by William Chang

Intro to Piano: Piano Adventures, primer level, lesson book
Piano Levels 1-3: Any book that student has used before. New book recommendations will be made in class

Classes taught by Paul Buehler

Intro to Piano: Alfred’s Basic Piano Library: Lesson Book Level 1A (Orange cover)
Piano Level 1:  Alfred’s Basic Piano Library: Lesson Book Level 1B (Green cover)

Classes taught by Al Hart
For New Students

Intro Level: Bastien Primer Level
Level 1: Bastien Level 1
Adults – Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level 1
New Students with prior experience: Bring the books you have used with other teachers to first class. Alternate assignments may be made after initial class.

Returning students

Please bring the books you used in class last year

Classes taught by Barbara Kober

Book recommendations will be made after initial class. Please bring any books you have used with other instructors to initial class.


Students will need their own guitar, a pencil with a working eraser, and a notebook for class.

Recommendations for size and type of guitar from instructor to follow. Contact with any questions


Students will need their own violin, bow, book, and pencil for class.

Introduction to Violin: Essential Elements Book 1
Level 1: Essential Elements Book 2
Level 2: Essential Elements Book 3
Level 3: Essential Elements Book 4



It is recommended that students bring a water bottle to every class, tie hair back or out of face, and remove any jewelry.

Local Dancewear Stores:

Shoes and leotards are often available at places like Target, Walmart, and Payless. Here are some local retailers that specialize in dance apparel:

Repeat Performance
5050-B Nicholson Lane
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-881-0800

Footlights Frederick
306 East Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301-696-1558

Footlights Silver Spring
938 Wayne Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-326-4351

Les Gals Activewear
2337 Distribution Circle,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-608-3237

Online Resources include: Discount Dance Supply, Dancewear Solutions, and many others.

If you or your student is new to dance, there are many different kinds of shoes and leotards that you can buy. We’d recommend going into a dance store and asking the sales representative what they would recommend for a beginning student.

Dance Attire for Seasonal Dance Classes:

All seasonal dance class students should wear comfortably clothes that allow for easy movement to class. This can include dancewear, athleisure wear, sweats, or shorts and a t-shirt.

  • Contemporary: Barefeet or dance paws
  • Hip Hop: Clean sneakers or jazz shoes
  • Kuchipudi: Barefeet Little Belles: Barefeet with tights and a loose t-shirt
  • Strut: High Heels: Dance heels, comfortable high heel shoes, or jazz shoes
  • Tap: Tap shoes required
  • West African Dance: Lapa (large piece of African fabric that is wrapped around the waist) is recommended but not mandatory.

Dance Attire for Conservatory Dance Classes:

  • Girls: Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in a bun if applicable. No skirts, tutus or jewelry.
  • Boys: White t-shirt, black tights with black ballet shoes or black dance shorts with white socks and black ballet shoes.
  • Adult Class: Instructor’s discretion. Please use the above attire as a guide.




It is recommended that students bring a folder, pencil with a working eraser, paper, any assigned material, and water bottle to every class.

Visual Art

Specific instructions to follow.