Welcome to the AMS Music Department Homepage!

We are excited to welcome our students back for the 2016-2017 school year!

Please use this page to view our Music Department Calendar, downloadable forms (including Practice Charts!) and a preview of the music we’ll be learning for the Winter Concert.

Like our Facebook Page to get the latest updates and reminders directly in your News Feed!

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We’re now on Twitter!

Follow us @ArbutusMSmusic to get the latest updates on what’s going on in the music department!

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Orchestra Assessments Update

The BCPS Orchestra Assessments for Wednesday, March 15th have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for later in March.  No word yet on when this will be, but it definitely WILL NOT be any time this week.  Concert Orchestra, please spread the word!

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All-County Results!

On Saturday, November 7th, more than 30 AMS music students participated in the All-County Band, Orchestra and Chorus auditions held at Dumbarton Middle School.  We are pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to participate in these prestigious groups:


Claire D.

Emari R.

Krillin P.

Hazel M.-W. (alternate)

Mialin E.

Kyrie M.

Krista M.



Sierra K.

Dennis L.

Grace M. (alternate)

Jessica D.S.

Mona K.

Miriam P.

Cole S.



Amethyst W.

Casey R.

Blythe M.

Davien R.


Congratulations to ALL of our students that participated in this rigorous audition process!

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LHS Academy of Arts and Communications Visits AMS

On Monday, October 26th, students from the Lansdowne High School Academy of Arts and Communications visited AMS to showcase all of the wonderful performing arts opportunities at LHS for our 8th grade students.  Featured were performances by students from Lansdowne’s Choral, Dance, Guitar, and Music Technology programs, including several former AMS students!  Our thanks to Ms. Murray, Mr. Bassett, and Mr. Tracy for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and visit!

Looking for more information about the magnet programs at Lansdowne High School?  Check out their website!


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Elementary Tour Complete!

Today the Concert Orchestra, Arbutus Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band performed at Catonsville, Arbutus, and Westowne Elementary Schools to promote interest in our instrumental music program at Arbutus Middle School!

A special thanks to our parent chaperons and our gracious hosts at CES, AES, and WES for helping us have such a successful tour!

For more information, pictures of the trip, and videos of the performances, check out our Elementary Tour page on our website!

Great job everybody!

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What a great concert week!

This week featured our talented young musicians showcasing their talents in our Spring Concert Week!  Congratulations to all our students who participated, you did an excellent job!

Unable to make it?  No problem!  Check out the pages for our 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, and Honors Concerts for full videos of the performances!

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Spring Concerts are here!

Our Spring Concert season is right around the corner and our music students are eager to show what they’ve learned this year!  The concert schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 18th – 6th Grade Band, Orchestra, and Chorus

Tuesday, May 19th – 7th Grade Band, Orchestra, and Chorus

Wednesday, May 20th – 8th Grade Orchestra, 8th Grade Chorus, AWE

Thursday, May 21st – Honors Orchestra, Full Orchestra, Festival Choir, Show Choir, and Jazz Band


All concerts start at 7:00pm in the AMS Gymnasium and all performers need to report to their assigned location by 6:30pm.  For more information, please see the Spring Concert Letter that went home with your music student.

Hope to see you there!

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Come out and support a good cause!

Mrs. Boyle and Mr. Miskimon are currently participating in the Baltimore Music Educators Wind Symphony (BMEWS), an ensemble made up of music teachers from the Baltimore area that puts on a benefit concert every year for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.  This Kids Helping Hopkins Benefit Concert will take place on Sunday, May 17th at 4:00pm in the Owings Mills High School auditorium.  Below is a flyer with more details:

BMEWS Kids Helping Hopkins Concert Flyer 2015 

So come on out, see Mrs. Boyle and Mr. Miskimon perform, enjoy some great band music and support a great cause!

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The results are in!

The Full Orchestra, 7th Grade Band, and 8th Grade/Festival Choir participated in the BCPS Orchestra, Band, and Chorus Assessments last week and all groups represented AMS very well!  Visit our Assessments Results page to view our ratings and see full videos of the performances.

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The future is bright at AMS!

Last night the AMS Music Department hosted almost 100 5th graders from our feeder elementary schools for our 7th Annual AMS Side-by-Side Concert.  All students had productive and engaging rehearsals from 4:15-5:15, and came back to put on a fantastic concert!  Congratulations to ALL of the students who performed last night for showing that music is alive and thriving in the Arbutus area!

A special thank you to:

Ms. Harvey at Halethorpe Elementary School

Mrs. Kennedy at Arbutus and Relay Elementary Schools

Mr. Stojak at Catonsville Elementary School

Ms. Pettit at Westowne Elementary School

for their hard work and dedication to the music students of the Arbutus community!

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