Here are some required supplies for classes. We strongly recommend that you contact our Front Desk at 301-528-2260 to confirm the class is moving forward before purchasing supplies and to keep your receipts and price tags on items in case there is a class cancellation.

If you have questions about a specific class that is not covered here, please e-mail classes@blackrockcenter.org or call 301-528-2260.

Music

Piano

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 Barbara Kober

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

 

Violin

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

Local Music Stores:

Music & Arts Germantown
MILESTONE CENTER
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
FEDERAL PLAZA
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

Dance

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:

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 unless otherwise noted.

  • Ballet: Girls: Solid color leotard, tights, ballet slippers; Boys: White t-shirt, black shorts, ballet shoes
  • Jazz: Athleisure or dancewear and jazz shoes
  • Hip Hop: Fitness clothes, clean sneakers or jazz shoes
  • Kuchipudi: Barefeet
  • Little Belles: Barefeet with tights and a loose t-shirt
  • Synergy Dance Fitness: Fitness clothes, sneakers
  • West African Dance: Fitness or dance clothes and a lapa (large piece of African fabric wrapped around the waist) if available

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.

Theater

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

For a number of our art classes, materials will be provided by BlackRock.  These classes do have a materials fee included in the price.  For those classes without a materials fee, students are required to purchase their own materials prior to the first class.  If you already have the materials listed, please feel free to bring them.  Before purchasing supplies we recommend you call our Front Desk at 301-528-2260 to confirm the class is being held.

Supplies for The Art of Drawing with Walkiria Torrealba:

  • drawing pad 11”x 15”
  • kneaded eraser
  • black charcoal sticks
  • white and sanguine sticks
  • paper stump or tortillon
  • black conte crayon
  • drawing pencils

Supplies for Painting with Oil and Acrylic with Walkiria Torrealba

  • oil and acrylic canvas paper pad 9”x12”
  • small box of 12 acrylic paints
  • small box of 12 oil paints
  • 1 packet of brushes

Supplies for Drawing and Painting with Walkiria Torrealba:

For Drawing:

  • drawing paper pad 11 x 15
  • kneaded eraser
  • charcoal pencil
  • “sanguine” stick
  • paper stump
  • pencils HB, 2B

For Painting

  • oil and acrylic canvas paper Pad 9 x 12
  • small box of 12 acrylic paints
  • small box of 12 oil paints
  • packet of brushes
  • small bottle of linseed oil
  • small bottle of turpentine

Supplies for Watercolor with Brian Mason:

Supply list will be distributed during the first class but will include the following items:

  • watercolor brushes
  • mixing pallet
  • watercolor paints (Cotman or Van Gough student grade or professional grade)
  • watercolor paper and pad


Supplies for Urban Sketching with Brian Mason:

  • sketching pencils: HB
  • sketchbook
  • portable watercolor pallet
  • watercolor paints (student grade is fine)
  • ink pens
  • gel pens
  • markers