TWIGS

TWIGS FAQ


Q:

 What is the TWIGS Program?

A:

 TWIGS (To Work In Gaining Skills) is a program of free after-school and Saturday classes in music, dance, visual arts, theatre, and stage production for elementary and middle school students who qualify by audition. 


Q:

 Where are TWIGS classes held?

A:

 TWIGS classes are held at the Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral Street.


Q:

 When do TWIGS classes meet?

A:

 Classes meet after-school and on Saturdays.


Q:

 How can I get my child into the TWIGS Program?

A:

 Auditions are required for acceptance into the TWIGS Program.


Q:

 Who is eligible to audition for TWIGS?

A:

 Any interested student who meets the grade level requirements and lives in Baltimore City may audition.  Dance classes are for 2nd through 8th graders;  instrumental music, theatre, and stage production classes are for 5th through 8th graders; visual arts classes are for 4th through 8th graders; and vocal music is for 8th graders only.


Q:

 How do I apply for the TWIGS Program?

A:

 There is no application form or pre-registration.  We will register your child on the day of the audition.


Q:

 How do I prepare for the audition?

A:

 Dance – You will participate in a dance movement class.  For the audition, wear a leotard, spandex shorts, or gym shorts with a close-fitting tee shirt.  Legs should be bare with socks on the feet – no skirts or leg warmers.  Ballet slippers or socks are required.  No pointe shoes.  Loose-fitting clothing or jewelry should not be worn.  Hair should be securely pinned back.

Instrumental Music – Bring your instrument and music.  (We provide a piano for piano auditions and a snare drum for percussion auditions.)  Be prepared to play one or two selections and one or two scales on your instrument.

Vocal Music – Be prepared to sing America (My Country Tis of Thee).  Accompaniment will be provided.

Visual Arts – Bring as many examples of your artwork and as many different types of artwork as possible (and may include: drawings, paintings, sculptures, woodworking projects, ceramics, prints, weavings, metal-working projects, etc.).  Bring anything made by hand in school, private classes or at home.  Be prepared to discuss your artwork.  You will also complete a drawing exercise during the audition.  Materials for this project will be provided.

Theatre – Be prepared to perform a memorized monologue (one character’s speech from a play) no more than two minutes in length or a poem approximately one minute long.

Stage Production – Bring examples of your artwork (drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage, etc.).  Be prepared to discuss your artwork.  Any experience working on performances, i.e., plays, concerts, dance shows, may be included in the discussion.


Q:

 How many students audition for the TWIGS Program?

A:

 Each year, over 500 students audition for about 200 spaces in the TWIGS Program.


Q:

 What happens if we cannot make the audition?

A:

 We have a very large turn-out for the auditions, and we fill all of the spaces in our classes with the students who come for the auditions. Therefore, we do not hold late auditions.


Q:

 Are there expectations of TWIGS students?

A:

 TWIGS students are expected to attend regularly, arrive on time, have respectful behavior while in our building, follow all rules, show interest and commitment to the program, and show evidence of progress.


Q:

 Is participation in the TWIGS Program a guarantee for acceptance into the high school?

A:

 No, there is a separate application process and audition for the high school.  All 8th grade TWIGS students who are interested in the high school must complete and submit an application form.  You will receive a schedule for your audition.


Q:

 Does the TWIGS Program help prepare students for the high school audition?

A:

 Yes, each department has preparation for high school auditions for interested students built into the curriculum.


Q:

 How many TWIGS students are accepted into the high school?

A:

 Each year, 30-35% of the incoming 9th graders were in the TWIGS Program.



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