Sign up now for Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) Summer Camps

PMAC offers special programming in the summer, including art, music and theatre day camps, as well as flexible private lesson schedules and all-age community ensembles. Unique performance opportunities are also a hallmark of PMAC’s summer programming for youth and adults.

To register for any of the summer camps below, click on the program title!

Portsmouth Music & Arts Center
973 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-4278

Summer 2020 Youth & Teen Music IN-PERSON Camps

PMAC Summer Jazz Workshop with Chris Klaxton and Eric Klaxton
FULL Waitlist Available

July 27-July 31 | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Age: 12 yrs. to 17 yrs.
Cost: $385 before June 1; $400 after June 1

Limited to 8 students this summer, this is an enriching music experience for teens in middle and high school. The jazz workshop began in 2003 and has continued every summer since. Young musicians experiment with jazz improvisation – no prior improv experience needed, though advanced study takes place for students with experience. Students learn classics and contemporary music both in combos and in a large big band setting for all. At the end of the week the jazz band will record the pieces learned that week! A background of 1-2 years of study on the student’s primary instrument is required. No audition is required to attend the workshop. Open to Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Keyboard, Bass Guitar or Upright Bass, and Drum Set. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students – please register early!

Rock & Beyond Summer Workshop Session I
Instructor: Nick Phaneuf
August 10 – August 14 | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Age: 12 yrs. to 17 yrs.
Cost: $385 before June 1; $400 after June 1

For summer 2020, this program is limited to 8 students. Have you wanted to RECORD with your band? Be a part of a band that shares your musical interests? The Rock and Beyond Summer Workshop is for you! Expanding beyond Classic, Indie and Hard Rock, bands will be encouraged to explore Hip Hop, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Metal and more – wherever their interests lie! A band is formed at the beginning of the workshop and will learn a tune or two of their choosing, and record by the end of the week. Led by PMAC teaching artists, students will learn valuable skills in musicianship, teamwork, songwriting, stage presence and more! Open to Guitar, Drum Set, Vocals, Keyboard, Bass Guitar. Placement audition required for new students. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students – please register early! The Teen Rock Band program is sponsored by Drum Center of Portsmouth.

Rock & Beyond Summer Workshop Session II
Instructor: Nick Phaneuf
Age: 12 yrs. to 17 yrs.
August 17 – August 31 | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Cost: $385 before June 1; $400 after June 1

For summer 2020, this program is limited to 8 students. Have you wanted to RECORD with your band? Be a part of a band that shares your musical interests? The Rock and Beyond Summer Workshop is for you! Expanding beyond Classic, Indie and Hard Rock, bands will be encouraged to explore Hip Hop, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Metal and more – wherever their interests lie! A band is formed at the beginning of the workshop and will learn a tune or two of their choosing, and record by the end of the week. Led by PMAC teaching artists, students will learn valuable skills in musicianship, teamwork, songwriting, stage presence and more! Open to Guitar, Drum Set, Vocals, Keyboard, Bass Guitar. Placement audition required for new students. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students – please register early! The Teen Rock Band program is sponsored by Drum Center of Portsmouth.

Youth REMOTE Music Camps

Recording & Mixing
Instructor: Nick Phaneuf
Age: 13 yrs. to 17 yrs.
August 3 – August 7 | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Cost: $199.00

Explore professional music production as you learn to use important tools of the industry, like Ableton Live. This one-week program focuses on skills related to recording and mixing live instruments. Topics such as studio signal flow, mic choice, and mic placement will be covered along with skills to edit, compress, and EQ the recordings to prepare them to be heard! This is an online class and will be taught via video-conferencing. Class is limited to 5 students.

Making Beats
Instructor: Nick Phaneuf
Age: 13 yrs. to 17 yrs.
August 3- August 7 | 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cost: $149.00

Make your very own beats in this one-week session that focuses on modern studio techniques. We’ll study the production of hip hop, trap, pop, and other styles/techniques as you build your own beats from the bottom up. We’ll also discuss compositional techniques and ways to make your tracks more interesting. This is an online class and will be taught via video-conferencing. Class is limited to 5 students.

Popular Music Book Camp Week 1
Instructor: Nick Phaneuf
Age: 13 yrs. to 17 yrs.
July 13 – July 17 | 9:30am – 2:15pm
Cost: $199.00

Join teaching artists Jim Dozet, Mike Effenberger, and Nick Phaneuf for this Popular Music Boot Camp! Whether you are a rock student who has wanted to learn about improv, a jazz student who always wanted to write a song, or a classical player who wants to get experience with other styles, there is something for all! Your day will be divided into sections, with a break for lunch, and will include shorter topic classes balanced with a class group writing project using BandLab. Do you want to expand your musical expertise to include music theory, songwriting, improvisation, and music history? Students with a variety of musical experience are welcome! This class is intended for intermediate level music students and each week will offer unique programming. For more information about the topics that will be covered during both weeks of this online course, please contact Michelle Shoemaker at michelle@pmaconline.org.

Popular Music Book Camp Week 2
Instructor: Nick Phaneuf
Age: 13 yrs. to 17 yrs.
July 20 – July 24 | 9:30am – 2:15pm
Cost: $199.00

Join teaching artists Jim Dozet, Mike Effenberger, and Nick Phaneuf for this Popular Music Boot Camp! Whether you are a rock student who has wanted to learn about improv, a jazz student who always wanted to write a song, or a classical player who wants to get experience with other styles, there is something for all! Your day will be divided into sections, with a break for lunch, and will include shorter topic classes balanced with a class group writing project using BandLab. Do you want to expand your musical expertise to include music theory, songwriting, improvisation, and music history? Students with a variety of musical experience are welcome! This class is intended for intermediate level music students and each week will offer unique programming. For more information about the topics that will be covered during both weeks of this online course, please contact Michelle Shoemaker at michelle@pmaconline.org.

Youth REMOTE Art Camps

Children will enjoy their art experiences with individualized attention in small online groups of 6. Young artists will also have opportunities to continue creating and engaging throughout the day in our online art gallery and activity space! A materials list will be provided for the week.

Stop Motion Animation
Instructor: Tom Bonello
June 22-June 26
Three Sessions Available: 9:00-9:45am, 10:00-10:45am & 11:00-11:45am
Age: 8 yrs. to 12 yrs.
Cost: $99

Join faculty artist Tom Bonello and collaboratively make your own Stop Motion Movie using materials including paper, found objects and modeling clay. Learn to create characters, construct storyboards and master the skills of stop motion animation in this hands-on experience. Student work will be showcased in an art show after the class is completed. This is an online class and will be taught via video-conferencing software. Students will be divided into sections of 5 students, and will meet with Tom for a 45 min online session every day, with additional access to Tom via email during the week.

Musical Mystery Tour
Instructor: Anna Nuttall
July 13-July 17
Three Sessions Available: 8:30-10:45, 9:30-11:15 & 11:30-1:15pm
Age: 8 yrs. to 12 yrs.
Cost: $99 + materials

PMAC faculty artist and Portsmouth Middle School art teacher Anna Nuttall is excited to be back this summer! Come explore the world of infinite creativity and connection where art and music come together. Rock, Pop, Jazz, – you name it there’s art inspired by it! From bold, abstract strokes of raw expression to detailed drawings, poster art, cartoons, fashion design and more – we will discover art from master artists, street artists, animators and even from scientists of sound! Let’s get creative!

Children will enjoy their art experiences with individualized attention in small online groups of 6. Artists will meet for a 45 minute online morning session, then have independent work time and loop back to meet with the class a bit later to share their artistic progress and inspirations! Young artists will also have opportunities to continue creating and engaging throughout the day in our online art gallery and activity space! A materials list will be provided for the week.

Wonderful Weirdos
Instructor: Anna Nuttall
July 20-July 24
Three Sessions Available: 8:30-10:45, 9:30-11:15 & 11:30-1:15pm
Age: 8 yrs. to 12 yrs.
Cost: $99 + materials

Discover some of the most fun, creative, whimsical and wacky artists of our time! This week of art-making will explore past masters and living artists who like to re-imagine people, places, animals, and stories through their art. Learn from Dali and Picasso to Sendak and Tim Burton, and enjoy a week of making wild, weird, wonderful works of art!

Children will enjoy their art experiences with individualized attention in small online groups of 6. Artists will meet for 45minute online morning session, then have independent work time and loop back to meet with the class a bit later to share their artistic progress and inspirations! Young artists will also have opportunities to continue creating and engaging throughout the day in our online art gallery and activity space! A materials list will be provided for the week.

Art Through Time
Instructor: Jillian Swist
July 27-July 31
Three Sessions Available: 8:30-10:45, 9:30-11:15 & 11:30-1:15pm
Age: 8 yrs. to 12 yrs.
Cost: $99 + materials

Join in on the journey from prehistoric paintings to modern day art with PMAC faculty artist Jillian Swist! We will be jumping in and exploring the many wonderful art movements throughout time. Throughout the week, we will be utilizing various art mediums to take us through history in artistic style. We will move through Ancient Art, to mural paintings, jumping to Art Nouveau, to the exciting brushstrokes in Impressionism, through the wild use of color in Fauvism, into Surrealism, Street Art, touching into Abstract Art and beyond. With each movement, we will look at the artists and cultures that inspired the masterpieces to stimulate our own creative art.

Children will enjoy their art experiences with individualized attention in small online groups of 6. Artists will meet for 45minute online morning session, then have independent work time and loop back to meet with the class a bit later to share their artistic progress and inspirations! Young artists will also have opportunities to continue creating and engaging throughout the day in our online art gallery and activity space! A materials list will be provided for the week.

Portsmouth Music & Arts Center
973 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-4278

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