Conservatory Information

The Conservatory at BlackRock is comprised of dance, music, theater and visual art classes that are taken during the academic year from September 2017 through June 2018. These classes allow students to build their skills in the same class with the same teacher maximizing skill development in their chosen discipline. Important details about the conservatory are listed below:

Ballet Class Photo

  • When you register for a conservatory class, you are registering for the full academic year with multiple payment options available. All conservatory classes will culminate in a mid-year demonstration in December and spring conservatory recitals in June 2018.
  • Students may be required to have participated in past classes at BlackRock or have permission from the instructor to join a specific conservatory class.
  • Students may be able to join a conservatory class after it has started with the permission of the instructor and the BlackRock Education Department. Conservatory classes will not accept new students after Jan 15, 2017

Recitals
Conservatory students will participate in two performances this year. We will continue to hold our formal spring recital in June as a culmination of a full year of study. We will also hold a mid-year demonstration in December giving students an opportunity to experience the important component of live performance early-on in their year of study. The mid-year demonstrations are less formal than the spring recital as students will be only 12 weeks into a full year of study. Please note that the mid-year demonstrations will be scheduled for Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 and Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017, and the spring recital weekend is currently scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2018 and Sunday, Jun 10, 2018. A final schedule of dates and times for the mid-year demonstrations will be formalized by the end of October, and a final schedule of dates and times for the spring recital will be finalized by the end of April.

When you register for a conservatory class, you are registering for the full academic year with multiple payment options available.

Students may be required to have participated in past classes at BlackRock or have permission from the instructor to join a specific conservatory class.

Students may be able to join a conservatory class after it has started with the permission of the instructor and the BlackRock Education Department. Conservatory classes will not accept new students after Jan 8, 2018.

 Dance Program Theater Program    Music Program   Visual Art Program

Dance Conservatory

The Dance Conservatory provides focused, year-long study for students of all ages. We encourage students and families to read each course description carefully to find the best fit for the year. The price of all conservatory dance classes include a $52 costume fee for the spring recital. All Conservatory dance classes culminate in mid-year demonstrations and Spring conservatory recitals the weekend of June 9th and 10th, 2018.

Classical Ballet
Explore this graceful and beautiful art of ballet in this series of classes where students are taught classical ballet technique and skills.  Maria Shorb teaches these classes for students who which to develop their skills.  If you were a previous student of Maria Shorb’s, please use the class ages and skill levels as a guide for the appropriate class.

 

Young Artists Ballet (YAB)
YAB is based on the internationally recognized methodology of The Royal Academy of Dance. The Academy’s syllabi have been devised with great care to enable a child to progress through their dance training in planned stages to insure safety of physical development and well-being. Teachers adhere to the carefully structured syllabi and continue to train through the Academy’s professional development courses throughout their teaching careers. The YAB Instructor, Ms. Becci Kimm has achieved lifetime membership to The Royal Academy of Ballet.

Music Conservatory

Piano and violin conservatories are our offerings for the focused study of music. The piano program is meant to be taken in sequence over a seven-year period and covers all basic levels of experience.
There is also an advanced class for students who have completed Level 5.  Violin classes also follow a track for students beginning with Introduction to Violin and culminating in Advanced Violin.  All music conservatory classes participate in our spring conservatory recitals on June 9-10, 2018.

Theater Conservatory

Through the course of the year, the Theater Conservatory gives students the skills to become a true thespian. Skills in acting, singing and dancing are met with building confidence and ensemble. Both classes culminate in mid-year demonstrations and spring Conservatory recitals.

Conservatory Visual Arts Classes

Visual Art Conservatory classes not only give students the chance to develop strong artistic skills, but also to learn the important component of showing their work in exhibits. These classes will culminate in an end-of-year art show in June of 2018.

 


Paying for your Conservatory Class

There are two options available to pay for a Conservatory class. You may pay the tuition in full at the time of registration or enroll in one of our available payment plans. For more details on available payment plans, see our registration policies on page 22, view payment plan pages at blackrockcenter.org under ‘education’ or call 301-528-2260.

Conservatory Payment Plans can only be processed using a valid credit card and may be set up online, over the phone or in person at the BlackRock Center for the Arts Front Desk.

There are 3 payment plans available:

Monthly– Tuition divided into 10 payments total: 1 month’s payment plus a $50 processing fee due at the time of registration. All remaining payments will be automatically charged to the credit card on file at 12:01am on the 1st of every month between September 2017 and May or June of 2018.

Three-Part Payment Plan: Tuition divided into 3 payments total: 34%  plus a $25 processing fee due at the time of registration. The second and third payments will be automatically charged to the credit card on file at 12:01am on November 1, 2017 and February 1, 2018.

Two-Payment– First half of tuition, plus a $20 processing fee due at the time of registration. The second payment will be automatically charged to the credit card on file at 12:01am on February 1, 2018.

Important Details to remember when setting up a Payment Plan:

When setting up an online payment plan, you must click a box marked “Accept Payment Plan” in order to move forward with your selected plan, otherwise, the full amount of the class will be charged at the time of registration.

If a credit card is declined on a scheduled payment date, families have 10 days to supply BlackRock with their payment and must provide a new valid credit card. Failure to pay a scheduled payment after the 10-day grace period will result in withdrawal of that student from the class.

Each Conservatory class comes with the option of its own payment plan. For example, if you sign up for a Ballet and Piano Conservatory class at the same time, you may select a Payment Plan for each class.  Those payments plans can be different (monthly, quarterly or two-payment) for each class depending on your preference.

If you purchase a year-long Conservatory class and a Seasonal (only Fall, Winter Spring or Summer) class/camp at the same time, the selected payment plan will only apply to the Conservatory class. Your Seasonal class must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Declined Payments: If a credit card is declined, families have 10 days to supply BlackRock with their payment and must provide a new valid credit card.  Failure to pay a scheduled payment after the 10-day grace period will result in withdrawal of that student from the class.

Transfers, Refunds, and Withdrawals:

Requests to transfer between classes must be made in writing to classes@blackrockcenter.org. Requests for refunds and withdrawals may be made by calling our Front Desk at 301.528.2260 or by emailing classes@blackrockcenter.org. A credit is not convertible to a refund at any time. Credits are good for one calendar year from the date the credit is issued. See the table below to see if you qualify for a refund. Refunds may take six to eight weeks for processing.

Conservatory Refund Table (Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer Classes only)  

 If…  Then…
BlackRock cancels a class Full refund will be given
Student requests refund 2 weeks or more prior to class start date Full refund less $25 processing fee will be given
Student requests refund within 2 weeks before class start date Full refund less $50 processing fee will be given
Student requests refund after the class start date. Full refund of remaining months of class,
less $100 early withdraw fee. Refunds will not be given for classes already attended by the student.

*Patrons can also choose to accept a 100% credit instead of a refund.  No credits may be issued for classes that have already occurred. Payment Plan surcharges and materials, costume, audit, and drop-in fees are non-refundable.