The Cab Calloway Instutute of Music and Fine Arts

Mr. Burton with the students

The Music Careers Program


Course Offerings

  • Band I/Choir Introduction to Music Careers, Basic Musicianship for the Recording Engineer.
  •  Band II/Choir II / Basic Musicianship - Basic Musicianship for the Recording Engineer.
  • Band III/Choir III / Theory I - Advanced Production Techniques and Maintenance.
  • Band IV/Choir IV / Advanced Music Theory - Production Techniques and Maintenance, Commercial Music, Media Production and Presentation.



Music Careers  provides a broad range of opportunities for students to study and participate in the performing arts, recording arts media and production, graphic arts, theatre technology and dance.

A citywide college preparatory/completer program, Music Careers serves students from all areas of Baltimore City as well as students within the school. The registration of students in the Music Careers program is open to any interested student in the city who can pass the audition/interview.

Through in-depth study and significant learning experiences, the Music Careers component prepares students to enter two or four-year colleges, the armed forces attend technical institutes or enter the world of work in the fine arts. In addition to the school-base course of study, the Center offers technology courses apprenticeships, internships and other opportunities.

Through partnership with the Harbor Opera Company and the Jazz Heritage Society of Baltimore our students are involved in varied learning experiences.

The Harbor Opera Company affords our students the opportunity to participate in all aspects of opera, including performance, staging, and technical support. Students are exposed to professional performers through the Jazz Heritage Society of Baltimore, which allows them to perform and interact with these professionals in the field of jazz. Through a new cooperative instrumental program, students may earn college credit by participating in the band program at the Baltimore City Community College.

The Music Careers staff consists of dedicated, talented, creative instructors who possess several degrees in music education and other disciplines of the fine arts. These educators are actively involved in professional development through participation in conferences, workshops and postgraduate work. They also serve as adjudicators, clinicians and performers in the community.


Our mission is to provide the opportunity for students to become proficient in all phases of music, technology and the fine arts. This program is designed to enhance academic achievement and encourage excellence in the development of the student’s special talents. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to involve the students in related arts.


In keeping with the philosophy of the Academies at Frederick Douglass High School, a school that is steeped in historical tradition, we believe that all students can achieve at high levels and have the right to a teacher-facilitated, student-centered, quality education.


The goals of the Music Careers program:

  • To increase attendance

We want you to come to school everyday, so we are offering courses and activities that we hope are challenging and enjoyable to you.

  • To decrease dropout rate

Reaching 100% graduation rate is our goal.

  • To increase the number of students passing the HSA’s

If you need to pass the HSA’s, all of your teachers will be helping you to develop the skills that you need.

  • To regard humanities and arts as important entitles to man and his history

We offer a variety of courses and activities in humanities and the arts. To help you to see the connections among them and realize their value in history and to mankind.


We envision a learning environment where students are knowledgeable about other cultures, are able to think critically and creatively, are aware of technology, and are involved in the development and performance of their learning tasks. We also envision an academy where students, parents, teachers, and others who have a genuine interest in the welfare of our students are involved and supportive of the quality, student-centered education, provided by the Music Careers program.

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