Information & Policies

Conservatory Information Scholarships Payment Plans

Inclement Weather Registration Policies Class Supplies

Important Dates

Classes Begin: Monday, September 9, 2017
Make-up Week: December 11th-17th
Closures: Monday, October 9th (Columbus Day) and November 21st-26th (Thanksgiving)
*Winter Demonstrations for Conservatory Students: Saturday, December 9th (Music) and Wednesday, December 13th (Ballet)
Registration Open to Public: August 1st
Early Registration Ends: September 5th
Scholarship Applications Due: August 25th


Classes Begin: Monday, January 8th
Make-up Week: March 19th – 25th
Closures: January 15th – Martin Luther King’s Birthday, February 19th – President’s Day
Registration Open to Public: November 21st
Early Registration Ends: January 2nd
Scholarship Applications Due: December 8th


Classes Begin: Monday, April 2nd
Make-up Week: June 11th – June 17th
Closures: May 25th – 28th – Memorial Day Weekend
*Recitals for Conservatory Students: June 9th – 10th
Registration Open to Public: February 13th
Early Registration Ends: March 27th
Scholarship Applications Due: March 9th
Dates of the Spring Break Camp: March 26th – March 30th


Camps Begin: Monday, June 18th
Closures: Wednesday, July 4th – Independence Day
Showcases: Each Friday (Performing Arts at 1:00pm, Arts Journeys at 3:00pm)
Registration Open to the Public: January 2nd
Early Bird Discount Ends: March 1st
Summer Scholarship Applications Due: May 11th


Classes Begin: Monday, June 18th
Make-up Week: August 13th– 19th or August 20th– 26th
Closures: Wednesday, July 4th – Independence Day
Registration Open to Public: TBD
Early Registration Ends: TBD
Scholarship Applications Due: TBD


Day Classes Now Available
Come join us during the day for one of our new weekday morning and afternoon classes!  These include a number of fun classes for preschool aged students as well as adults.  Weekday morning classes include Story Theater, a delightful class for little students, and Mommy’s Morning Off, a wonderful new class that allows you to run errands, grab lunch, or just relax while your little one enjoys arts activities, music, dance, and crafts.  For adults we have Writing Out Loud: Playwriting Workshop for Older Adults, a great class for those with great stories to share, and our Sitting Circus class which teaches students various circus skills and tricks, regardless of your mobility or dexterity.

New Adult Classes Now on Sale!
This season we are offering a wide variety of classes in music, dance, theater, and visual arts specifically for adults.  These classes include African Drumming, Kuchipudi Classical Indian Dance, Latin Dance, High Heels Dance, Hip Hop Dance for Adults, Tap, Ballet, Improv for Adults, Playwriting, Beginning and Intermediate Guitar, Piano and more!  Click here for class information.

Class Partners
BlackRock’s Education Department has partnered with Soul In Motion Players, Inc. and Kuchipudi Dance Academy to bring you West African Drumming and two classes teaching techniques of the classical Indian dance, Kuchipudi.

Class Auditing
If you are not sure whether or not you want to sign up for a seasonal or conservatory class and want to try the class out first, you or your student can attend the first meeting of select classes for a fee of $25.

Please read these policies carefully:

  • If you are interested in auditing a class, please call us at 301-528-2260 or email with the name and course number of the class you wish to audit along with your personal contact information.
  • Not all classes are available for audit and some classes have a highly limited number of audit spots available. We encourage you to make your audit request as soon as possible.
  • You may audit more than one first session of a class, but you must pay the $25 fee for each class you audit.
  • The fee of $25 covers all expenses to attend the first meeting of your selected class and this fee is non-refundable in all cases.
  • You may not request an audit spot for any piano class until 2 weeks prior to the first meeting of that piano class.
  • Spots in classes and audit spots are limited, we encourage you to sign up for the full class as soon as possible to secure your enrollment.

BlackRock is in Local Schools
Did you know BlackRock offers art, dance and theater classes at area schools? If your student attends Whetstone or Montgomery Village or Forest Oak Middle Schools, check out the programs BlackRock offers as part of afterschool programming and the Excel Beyond the Bell program. Don’t see your school? Email to find out how to bring a BlackRock class to your school!

BlackRock makes sure the arts are available to everyone!

Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need.  Applications can be found here. For more information visit our Scholarships Page   

Customized Payment Plans Available: For more information, visit the payment plans page.   Payment Plans

Senior Discounts, Seniors 62 and over, will receive a 10% discount on all classes at the time 
of registration. Exceptions apply.

For more information, email or call 301.528.2260.