Music Department Frequently Asked Questions

 


 

When are concerts this year? 
Calendars will be given to students during the first days of school. Check the Music Department Calendars on this website for all the important dates for music students. There are concerts in the fall, winter, and spring. All performances and evening rehearsals are required and considered part of the classroom grade.

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What if my child cannot perform in a concert because of illness? 
Missed performances must be accompanied by a written note from a parent/guardian. Unexcused absences will result in a one-letter grade reduction. Excused absences will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Make-up work will be assigned at the discretion of the director. See the music handbook for excused absences.

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Is there a program fee?
No, MCPS is no longer charging class fees.  However, there are other expenses during the year such as field trips, concert attire, and reeds.  In order to maintain a high-quality music program without the revenue from class fees, your tax-deductible donations and participation in our fundraisers are needed more than ever.  Find out how you can support the music department.

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What if our family cannot afford some of the expenses?
Please talk directly to Mr. White, Ms. Vanek or Ms. Kornhaus.  Students may earn credit toward the Spring Music Festival trip by participating in our Citrus Fruit Sale or Sally Foster Fundraisers.  Partial Scholarships are also available upon request.

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Does my student need to take private lessons to be in the school music program? 
Private lessons are not required but they are strongly encouraged.

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My child plays an instrument but needs to borrow one from the school. Are there any to borrow?
Yes, much of the music department fundraising goes to purchase and maintain instruments for students to use. Students should talk to Mr. White or Ms. Kornhaus about borrowing instruments.

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At Westland, my child had to keep a record of his/her practice time. Is that true at B-CC as well? 
No, students are on the honor system to practice.

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Are there concerts played away from B-CC HS? 
Yes, student groups compete at various festivals throughout the year in the county, state, and on the annual music trip. In addition, the ensembles – Chamber Choir, string quartet, and jazz combo -- play at venues throughout the county and state when asked. They also play for the other schools in the B-CC cluster to introduce the younger students to high school music.  See the Music Department Performance schedules for a list of the performance dates.

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I understand there is a fall musical. How can my student participate?
All students are invited to audition for roles and ensemble parts in the fall musical. Please check the Performing Arts Theater page for current season's productions, audition dates, and rehearsal schedules. Mr. Aaron Taylor will have audition packets available. These auditions are for stage parts only.
Students interested in performing in the pit orchestra are welcome to perform provided there is a specific part to play. Any student who performs on these instruments is encouraged to participate. NO AUDITION REQUIRED.
A schedule of rehearsal dates and times will be distributed at the first rehearsal. Students must attend all rehearsals, beginning in October and continuing to the first week of December. The closer it gets to the performance date, the later the rehearsals will end.
In addition, opportunities for stagehands, running crew, set designs, and tech crew are available. For more information, go to the Performing Arts' Theater Program page of the B-CC website or see Mr. Taylor.

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Does my child need to take music at B-CC to qualify for County or State honors ensemble auditions?
Yes, Maryland rules are very clear about this and no exceptions will be granted. A student must be registered for and participate in the school music ensemble that corresponds to the honors ensemble for which they want to audition.

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Are there any outside partnerships with B-CC Music Department?
B-CC Jazz Combo plays several times a year at Panera in Friendship Heights, and a portion of the evening's proceeds go to the B-CC Music Department.

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What if I have a question that isn't listed here? 

Contact the Music Booster Chair, Stephanie Brown at sabrown07@gmail.com,
or one of the music teachers, Cindi_K_Martin@mcpsmd.orgAmy_E_Vanek@mcpsmd.org and  Marshall_J_White@mcpsmd.org.

 

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