BlackRock has been closely monitoring the spread of Covid-19 in Montgomery County with Teaching Artists and student safety as our top priority. 

Sonie Mathew Scholarship Fund 

BlackRock’s scholarship fund serves students of every age in every discipline in honor and remembrance of beloved Teaching Artist, Sonie Mathew. The fund was created to ensure that all students, of any age in any discipline have the opportunity to pursue their passion and interests and explore the arts. Recipients of the scholarship will experience the benefits of a performing arts education, lessons that could be applicable throughout life. 


Scholarship Applications will be viewed, assessed, and awarded on a rolling basis once received. This scholarship opportunity serves 75% of tuition fee. Students may apply and be awarded for one class and/or workshop series, one per family member. Households with multiple siblings or applicants must submit a form for each student. Only completed applications will be considered. Once a scholarship is awarded, that scholarship cannot be used for any other person, even if they are in the same family. 


If you have any questions about the scholarship application, award, or program please contact Education Manager, Mr. Will Lusk at educationdept@blackrockcenter.org


Scholarship applications must be submitted 5 business days prior to the course start date to be considered. 


* Proof of government assistance for the student must accompany your application submission in order for your scholarship to be approved. NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS will be provided for scholarships after registration is completed. Documentation may be submitted through the application form for Gmail account users or emailed directly to educationdept@blackrockcenter.org including the student's first and last name. 


Video & Photography Policy 

BlackRock reserves the right to use photographs and video taken in class and/or their work for the purpose of instruction, and/or advertising and promotion of BlackRock and its programs, including social media. Participants will not receive compensation of any kind for use of these images. Participants release and hold harmless BlackRock Center for the Arts, its officers, and employees from any claims. If you do not agree you must indicate on the Student Information Form upon registration. 


Virtual Programs |  Payment & Refund Policy  

Course tuition must be paid in full prior to a class start date. All tuition payments are final and not refundable or transferable. Make-up sessions will be offered only if the instructor needs to cancel a class.


In Person | Payment & Refund Policy 

Once the class has started, all sales are final and are not refundable or transferable. A make-up session will be offered in the event an instructor needs to cancel a class. If the class or classes cannot be held due to the building’s closure by the State of Maryland in response to COVID-19, or weather, BlackRock can offer a pro-rated credit toward future class or camp tuition—no refunds will be issued. Credit may be applied toward any class for any member of the family, virtual or in-person. A payment plan may be applied for 12 week ballet instruction, 50% of tuition due at registration and the remaining tuition fee due midway through the course. All tuition payments are final and not refundable or transferable.


Payment Information 

Payment must be made at the time of registration by cash, check or credit card. Checks and money orders should be made payable to BlackRock Center for the Arts and must include name, address, home and work telephone numbers, and participant’s full name. There is a $35 charge for returned checks. VISA, MasterCard, AmEx and Discover payments are accepted. Spaces will not be held without payment. 


Substitute Instructors 

BlackRock reserves the right to substitute faculty when necessary. Refunds will not be issued due to a change in faculty. 

Credit for Education 

Credit applied from education may not be applied for BlackRock special events or performances. All credit that was granted due to Covid closures expires June 30, 2022. All other account credit expires within 365 days of issue. 


Trial Class Policy

If you are not sure whether or not you want to sign up for a class and want to try attend the class first, you or your student can attend the first meeting of select classes for a prorated fee. Please read these policies carefully: 

  • If you are interested in a trial class, please request to attend a trial class by emailing the Education Manager at educationdept@blackrockcenter.org

  • Not all classes are available for audit and some classes have a highly limited number of spots available. We encourage you to make the request as soon as possible. 

  • Spots in classes as well as trial spots are limited, we encourage you to sign up for the full class as soon as possible to secure your enrollment.

Private Lesson Cancellation Policy 

No refunds will be provided for missed private lessons in-person or virtually. If a student needs to reschedule a lesson, the request must be sent to the Teaching Artist directly with more than 24 hours advance notice. 


Education Discounts 

Senior 10% 

Military 10% 



Registration Information 

Register online or contact us for assistance Monday through Friday from 10 AM - 5 PM: 

Online: https://www.blackrockcenter.org/education/ 

Address: 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874 

Phone: 240-912-1061 

Email: educationdept@blackrockcenter.org