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by Mary Ann Kelley

Maryland Arts & Sports Opportunities for Homeschoolers

Homeschool Arts Opportunities in Maryland

Y Center Homeschool Sports and Arts ProgramsAbingdon,Bel Air, Harford County

Homeschool Sports Program Wednesdays 12-2PM. Homeschool Arts & Crafts Wednesdays 2:15PM-3:15PM. Location: Walter and Betty Ward Family Y Center, 101 Walter Ward Blvd. Abingdon, MD 21009. For more info: Jennifer Andrychowski at 410-679-9622 or email jenniferandrychowski@ymaryland.org

Artworks StudioAnnapolis

Artworks offers a variety of art classes for kids of all ages throughout the school year (four 8 week sessions). Students will explore the creative process, develop their artistic skills and experiment with a variety of art materials. Themes and projects will be designed to suit the student's age level. All classes are led by qualified, experienced, caring instructors with a passion for art and teaching.

Music Lessons Homeschool DiscountAnnapolis, Anne Arundel County, Arnold, Crofton, Crownsville, Fort Meade, Gambrills, Glen Burnie,Hanover, Millersville, Pasadena, Severn, Severna Park,

10% off for private guitar, bass, drum, voice, and piano, lessons or 15% off group band or recording classes before 3:30 pm Monday thru Friday on going. Schedule free curriculum consultation with the owner and/or teacher. Like us on Facebook and receive 15% off your first month before December 31, 2015

School of Rock ArnoldArnold

School of Rock offers students of all skill levels age 7-18 a performance-based music curriculum in a fun environment. Weekly private lessons are combined with structured group rehearsals. Students prepare to perform live on stage. Areas of instruction range from guitar lessons to bass, vocals, keys and drums lessons. Also offers summer camps, monthly events, workshops, clinics, guest professors and additional performance opportunities through the local House Band and national All Stars programs. Location: 1460 Ritchie Highway Suite 105-106. Arnold, Maryland 21012

Children's Chorus of MarylandBaltimore

Children's Chorus of Maryland & School of Music (CCM) is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive music education and choral performance program for children in the Baltimore-Washington region. Committed to choral excellence using play-based learning, CCM teaches children to read, write and sing music since 1976. CCM's Music Conservatory program offers choral performance and education for children ages 5.5 to 16 and holds auditions in the spring and summer for each season beginning in the fall. An early childhood music program, Crickets is a fun, play-based music and movement class held once a week for children 4 to 6. A music and nature summer camp, Music in the Meadow, is offered for children entering kindergarten through 2nd grade and combines singing, crafts and nature walks into one fun-filled week during the summer. For more information on our programs, visit www.ccmsings.org, call 410-494-1480 or contact ccm@ccmsings.org.

A Step Ahead Dance CenterBaltimore

Offers weekday dance daytime classes to meet the needs of the homeschool students. A Step Ahead Dance Center is committed to providing quality dance education to students ages three to adult in a positive, nurturing environment. Each student is challenged to improve technique, strength and flexibility in all levels of dance training. The Center strives to help students gain confidence in themselves and to build teamwork skills that will be useful throughout life.

School of Rock BaltimoreBaltimore

School of Rock offers students of all skill levels age 7-18 a performance-based music curriculum in a fun environment. Weekly private lessons are combined with structured group rehearsals. Students prepare to perform live on stage. Areas of instruction range from guitar lessons to bass, vocals, keys and drums lessons. Also offers summer camps, monthly events, workshops, clinics, guest professors and additional performance opportunities through the local House Band and national All Stars programs. Location: 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 115. Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Exploration Art SchoolBel Air

Art Classes for children ages 7 & up. Focuses on Digital Photography, Observational Drawing, Color Theory and Painting.

Creative Glass DesignBethesda

Fused glass studio teaching children (up to 4 at a time) how to do fused glass.

International School of MusicBethesda

International School of Music offers private and group instruction in all instruments and voice to students of all ages and levels. Offering numerous fun performance opportunities and optional curriculum based certificate program. Flexible scheduling available for homeschool families.

Sassafras StudioBrookeville

Art Studio in the rolling countryside of Montgomery County, offering classical drawing and painting instruction. The artist-owner, Maureen Hartnett is a graduate of MICA and has over 20 years experience teaching art to children. She also educated her two children at home. They are now grown and both working artists. Organize your own classes or add your child to an existing class! 301-792-0925

Musical Experience StudiosCalvert County, Prince Frederick

Piano Lessons offered in Calvert County Maryland in the Prince Frederick area. Teaching ages 5 and up, including adults. Instructor provides the beginner lesson book free. Teaching Monday through Friday, hours open are from 10:00 am till 8:00 pm. This is also a home schooled music credit. Come and enjoy the Musical Experience that is waiting for you. Contact Deena Woodward at musicalexperience1@yahoo.com or call (410) 535-5006.

School of Rock ColumbiaColumbia

School of Rock offers students of all skill levels age 7-18 a performance-based music curriculum in a fun environment. Weekly private lessons are combined with structured group rehearsals. Students prepare to perform live on stage. Areas of instruction range from guitar lessons to bass, vocals, keys and drums lessons. Also offers summer camps, monthly events, workshops, clinics, guest professors and additional performance opportunities through the local House Band and national All Stars programs. Location: 6935 Oakland Mills Rd. Suite N PO BOX 7048. Columbia, Maryland 21045

The Music Institute at Howard Community CollegeColumbia

The Music Institute is the non-credit portion of the Music Department at Howard Community College. The Institute offers private lessons in all orchestral instruments, classical and jazz piano, voice, guitar (classical, jazz, and rock), Celtic harp, bagpipes, and ukulele. As a comprehensive music school, classes for children in violin is also provided. Choose from Colourstrings and Suzuki methods as well as Music Therapy classes and lessons for individuals with special needs. There are a number of ensembles including Jazz Ensemble, Gumbo Ensemble, HCC Singers, Senior Choir, Cello Ensemble, Percussion ensemble, and various small chamber ensembles. The Music Institute offers two recital series that are held in December and May of each academic year in which all enrolled students may participate with their instructor's permission.

Columbia Association Art CenterColumbia

The Columbia Art Center offers year-round art classes, rotating gallery exhibitions, a gallery gift shop, summer art camp for children, art birthday parties, studio rentals, a Japanese Garden, art and life enhancement lectures and more!

The Frederick String InitiativeFrederick

The Frederick String Initiative offers violin, viola, and harp lessons to students in the Frederick region. Students also have the option of joining ensembles. It is based in the heart of the Frederick community and is an inclusive and grassroots program. The goal at FSI is to set an educational standard, offer personalized instruction, and help each individual reach their potential.

Drum for health and fun classesFrederick

Play the drums and learn all about music. Gary R's Drum Company offers private and group lessons. Learn the basics all way to advanced techniques. Also learn basic theory and piano, if interested.

Music Lessons with ShannonGambrills

Professional musician and music educator specializing in contemporary voice, general music, and bass lessons. Instructor was educated in music theory, voice, class piano, and string instruments at the world renowned College of Music at the University of North Texas and has performed at some of the best venues in the Baltimore/DC area. Current openings for students during daytime hours. Classes combine warm-ups, technique, music theory, and song performance to give the student a well rounded musical education. Check out the You Tube channel for personal singing videos. Contact souperbass @ gmail.com for more information about private lessons.

Adventure Theatre MTCGlen Echo, Montgomery County

Adventure Theatre MTC is a professional children's theater and Academy with facilities in Glen Echo (theater) and Rockville (MD). Professional plays based on classic and contemporary children's stories and student productions, as well as classes and camps in creative drama, introductory drama and musical theater training.

Private Suzuki Violin/Piano Lessons and ClassesGylndon/Reisterstown/Westminster

Private Suzuki-Certified Violin, Piano, and Guitar teacher offers individual and group lessons in home studio. Lessons are offered in a structured, yet nurturing environment with ample opportunity to learn through the use of music games and activities. Email Erin at ekshinderman@gmail.com for more information.

Violin LessonsMontgomery county

Now accepting prospective students in the studio of Shelley Mathews. Students have been members of MCYO, Maryland All State, Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, National Symphony Summer Music Institute, and more. more information at www.shelleyjmathews.com

High School Shakespeare WorkshopsOlney, Columbia, Baltimore, Montgomery County, Howard County and Silver Springs

Join Mr. Mark Ricche of Imperial Theatrical Production Services Present (now celebrating 20 years in Montgomery County and winner of the Maryland Theater Citation for Contributions to Educational Theater) for an intensive 30 hour Shakespeare Production Workshop. Students will be exposed to Shakespearean text, scene analysis, pre-production prep and an intense production unit culminating in a live theatrical production. (We can help you attain your fine art credits!). If interested contact Mark Ricche in person at 301-257-9275!

The Art of ReadingPotomac

March 7, 2016 - May 30, 2016

The Art of Reading: Reading Readiness Through Arts and Crafts. This is a developmentally appropriate, hands-on class for preschool age children and a parent/caregiver. Through craftmaking, children and their parents or caretakers will learn about the concept of phonemes, as well as the 18 vowel phonemes, which are the key to reading. Twice-weekly classes begin March 7 and run for 10 weeks. Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs option available. Please call Katie Scott at 301-775-1891 for more information or go to www.thetutorsguidetoreading.com.

School of Rock Silver SpringSilver Spring

School of Rock offers students of all skill levels age 7-18 a performance-based music curriculum in a fun environment. Weekly private lessons are combined with structured group rehearsals. Students prepare to perform live on stage. Areas of instruction range from guitar lessons to bass, vocals, keys and drums lessons. Also offers summer camps, monthly events, workshops, clinics, guest professors and additional performance opportunities through the local House Band and national All Stars programs. Location: 8634 Colesville Road. Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

School of Rock - Silver SpringSilver Spring

School of Rock's performance-based music curriculum develops confidence and skills in students using a fun and interactive environment. This method combines weekly private lessons with structured group rehearsals and prepares students to perform live on stage. Programs are designed for ages 8-18 and all skill levels. Areas of instruction range from guitar lessons to bass, vocals, keys and drums lessons. Also offers summer camps, monthly events, workshops, clinics, guest professors and additional performance opportunities through local House Bands and national All-Stars programs. Call to schedule a trial lesson or a tour. 301-589-7625. Located at 8634 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

Film and Shakespeare Workshops for all agesSilver Springs

From Imperial Theatrical Production Services. First class is free so come and check us out. If you like what you see then join us for the semester! Join Mr. Mark Ricche of Imperial Theatrical Production Services Presents for an intensive 30 hour Shakespeare Production Workshop. Students will not only be exposed to the rich text of Shakespeare's work but also participate in a theatrical production program that will enlighten them of the marvels of live production. If interested contact Mark Ricche at 301-257-9275.

Washington Revels after-school WorkshopsSilver Springs

Experiencing cultural traditions within a community opens a child's mind while fostering an awareness of the larger world with its rich and varied heritage. Revels Kids workshops address the fundamental need for self-expression and collective joy. Revels teaching artists guide children to explore traditional performing arts actively, through movement and music. Helps students to discover both the unique and universal themes of different cultures expressed in songs, dances, games, and stories. Guides kids in creating community through shared arts experiences and playful interactions. Class descriptions on website. Call Emilie or Christine at 301-587-3835 to learn more

Schubert SingersSouthern Maryland: PG, Charles, St. Mary's and Calvert Counties

Schubert Singers, Ltd., a concert choir for children, is open by audition to boys (with unchanged voices) and girls, ages 5-17, who like to sing beautiful music. The singers learn and perform folk songs, spirituals, rounds, and music by classical and contemporary composers that is especially suited to the young voice. They are taught how to sing with a lovely tone, to read music, and to work together to create musical beauty. The directors believe that singing and making music are very important to the human spirit, that the acts of singing and making music enrich the life of the mind and strengthen its capabilities, and that collaborative music-making can serve as a vehicle for goodwill and peace among peoples of the world.

Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and ChoirSt. Mary's, Calvert and Charles counties

The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Southern Maryland Youth Choir provides local youth an opportunity to come together and perform music with their peers. The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra is a full orchestra serving St. Mary's, Calvert and Charles counties. Any young musician entering grades 6-12 with at least one year of musical study may audition for the SMYOrch. Younger musicians who can play at Level 4 may audition and, at the discretion of the Director, may be accepted. Non-traditional orchestral instruments are welcome to audition. The Southern Maryland Youth Choir is a two-tiered choir for students in grades 2-8. Musicians at all levels are welcome to join.

Historical PerformanceStatewide

A Historical Interpreter from Philadelphia, Dr. Daisy Century performs a one woman show of seven historical women like Bessie Coleman, Harriet Tubman, and Sojourner Truth. Contact Dr. Century through the website to bring history to your Home Schooling programs, meetings, conferences, seminars, classes or special events.

Kiddie Crusoe Adventure Kids ClassesTimonium

Register for one or more Adventure session(s) and enjoy exclusive open play hours specifically for Adventurers & Members once a week! Adventures starting now with a new theme focus every month.High C's Adventures - Come join the High C's Adventure at Kiddie Crusoe for an interactive hour of discovery, learning, and family fun for parents and children ages 1 through 5. A new adventure awaits every week of circle time, crafts, stories, music, imaginary play, and movement activities with a themed focus.Lil Artventures - Enjoy a class where your Lil' artist can express themselves freely through paint, color, glue collages, play with sand, experience play dough, clay, and much more with emphasis on the PROCESS of discovery, not the final product.. Parent Interactive for Ages 16 months-3 years

Homeschool Sports Opportunities in Maryland

Y Center Homeschool Sports and Arts Programs Abingdon,Bel Air, Harford County

Homeschool Sports Program Wednesdays 12-2PM. Homeschool Arts & Crafts Wednesdays 2:15PM-3:15PM. Location: Walter and Betty Ward Family Y Center, 101 Walter Ward Blvd. Abingdon, MD 21009. For more info: Jennifer Andrychowski at 410-679-9622 or email jenniferandrychowski@ymaryland.org

CrossFit Catonsville: Martial Arts and CrossFit Kids Arbutus, Catonsville/Baltimore County

CrossFit Catonsville is now offering Tae Kwon Do classes and CrossFit Kids. Personal and small group sessions available. Flexible schedule. Call 443.963.9348 or email Chris@crossfitcatonsville.com.

Christian Youth Athletics Baltimore

Christian Youth Athletics provides youth ages 5-15 with the opportunity to play competitive sports in a positive environment. Call 410-882-2217 for more information.

Glen Arm Sports Baltimore/Harford County

Glen Arm Sports is a new state-of-the-art facility that hosts various sports, leagues, organizations, tournaments and camps. Glen Arm Sports is a place where parents can bring their children to compete in sports in a family-friendly environment.

My Gym Bel Air

My Gym Children's Fitness center offers fun age appropriate fitness classes for children as young as 6 weeks to 13 years old. Children learn new gross and fine motor skills, cognitive skills and language skills all in a safe environment in our classes. Each week your child will learn three new gymnastic skills. Older children participate in a different relay, learn a new sport and tumbling skill every week. Parents participate with children under 3.5 years old. We also offer art classes for children as young as 18 months. Please contact us to schedule your free trail class today.

Homeschool Fitness/P.E. Bowie

Sport Fit offers fitness classes for Home School families who need an active environment to meet their physical fitness goals. Classes are designed for ages 5-13 years, and meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. For more information about our Home School Fitness Program, please contact Molly, Children's Activities Director at 301.262.4553 or molly@sportfitclubs.com

Merkel Farm Equestrian Center Bowie/Prince George's County

Merkel Farm Equestrian Center is a family owned and operated equestrian center run by Stephanie Serenati-Merkel. Merkel Farm is nestled between Bowie State University and the Patuxent Wildlife Preserve in Bowie, MD and is within easy reach from the Washington D.C., Annapolis and Baltimore metro areas. There are miles of trails, a lighted indoor and outdoor rings which allows for riding horses and horseback riding lessons to be conducted year round. The farm has two barns and separately fenced fields for turnout. The outdoor and indoor rings are dragged throughout the year to maintain optimal footing for horses. Offering riding lessons for all ages and have a summer camp that runs throughout June, July, and August.

Hideaway Horse Center Homeschool Horseback Riding Sessions Brandywine

Horseback Riding Homeschool Group. Hideaway Horse Center, located in Brandywine, MD offers horseback riding lessons during the day for homeschooled students. The facility has an indoor riding arena and heated viewing room, so students can ride year-round. Lessons run in 8 week blocks during the school year and are approximately an hour and a half long. Sessions meet on Tuesdays from 1-2:30am.

Columbia Gym KidSpace Clarksville

Columbia Gym KidSpace is available to rent out space to local homeschooling groups for Physical education and Swimming field trips.

Elliott City Soccer Club Elliott City

A Soccer Club based in Elliott City, MD who serve all levels of soccer players and families. Including special needs players as well.

The Little GymGaithersburg

January 11, 2016 - June 19, 2016

The Little Gym provides fun, educational, and skill-based gymnastics classes for kids ages 4 months-12 years. Young gymnasts benefit from a variety of equipment usage to build up gross motor skills and improve overall body coordination. From age 3-6, the curriculum focuses on social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development in equal parts. At age 6, the lessons place more emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices and making fitness fun.

Select Swimming AcademyGaithersburg, Germantown, Clarksburg, Rockville, Damascus, Poolesville

January 7, 2016 - May 4, 2016

A private swimming academy that offers private lessons, group lessons, and swim clinic for ages 2-17 years old. The programs is run out of the Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Club in Gaithersburg, MD. Experienced instructor with flexible times and days. Contact Mark Ward(owner) at 301-775-3886 for more information

The Little GymGermantown

January 11, 2016 - June 19, 2016

The Little Gym provides fun, educational, and skill-based gymnastics classes for kids ages 4 months-12 years. Young gymnasts benefit from a variety of equipment usage to build up gross motor skills and improve overall body coordination. From age 3-6, the curriculum focuses on social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development in equal parts. At age 6, the lessons place more emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices and making fitness fun.

Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex Landover

The Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex is located on approximately 80 acres adjacent to the Washington Redskins' FedEx Field in Landover, MD. The centerpiece of the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex is a major indoor facility known as the Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center which includes a field house, fitness center, gymnastics facility, learning center, and aquatics center

DCPG Sports Prince Geoges, Charles County, Anne Arundel , Montgomery, Howard Counties

This organization offers opportunities for children in the DC metropolitan area to create or join teams in order to participate within a sports league. Participation for boys and girls, ages 8-18. Sports training and league offerings: Volleyball, Softball, baseball, Flag Football, Soccer, lacrosse, basketball, bowling, track and field, tennis, cheer. Employment training, in athletic events management, broadcasting, sports information, marketing, operations, officiating.

Curriculum on Horses Washington county and Frederick county

A 6 week course on horses which includes basics of anatomy, health care, general care, and riding. Lessons are 1.5 hours each week. Course slots are limited to 1 or 2 children at a time. This is for safety reasons. Locations are Rocky Ridge, MD, or Boonsboro, MD . Contact Betsy at 717-215-5103 to arrange a time slot or for more information.

Hunting Ground Farm Whiteford

Hunting Ground Farm is a 68-acre family-run horse farm located in the rolling hills of Harford County, MD. Hunting Ground Farm is excited to extend to homeschool families a new Horseback Riding Badge Program. It is an opportunity for students to explore horsemanship through an academic four week program. The program includes weekly riding lessons, stable management, anatomy of the horse, feeding and grooming, knowledge of various horse breeds, colors and markings. There are three badge programs offered: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Days End Farm Horse Rescue Homeschool Classes Woodbine

Allow your child the opportunity to learn all about horses through Days End Farm Horse Rescue's (DEFHR's) Homeschool Education Program. This program was designed exclusively for homeschool students and allows participants the opportunity to learn about equines by working hands-on with DEFHR's own rescue horses. Topics are different each month, but in each session, students participate in an hour of classroom instruction followed by an hour-long, hands-on activity to reinforce the lesson. Topics include: grooming, leading, hoof care, digestive system, dentistry, psychology, and more!

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