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.

Music Camps

Teen Rock Camp I
July 16 – 20; 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $385
Ages 12-18
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Are you Ready to ROCK? Be a part of PMAC’s Summer Teen Rock Band program! Students will join a band and learn songs by their favorite artists. They will also write and record an original tune and perform a show at the end of the week. Perfect for students who are new to the Teen Rock Band program or returning for another summer of Rock! Open to drum set, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, strings, brass, voice and woodwinds. End of camp show on July 20.

Pre-requisite for new students to the program – at least two years of study on their primary instrument. New students will participate in a placement audition prior to enrollment.

Teen Rock Camp II
July 23 – 27; 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $385
Ages 12-18
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Are you Ready to ROCK? Be a part of PMAC’s Summer Teen Rock Band program! Students will join a band and learn songs by their favorite artists. They will also write and record an original tune and perform a show at the end of the week. Perfect for students who are new to the Teen Rock Band program or returning for another summer of Rock! Open to drum set, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, strings, brass, voice and woodwinds. End of camp show on July 27.

Pre-requisite for new students to the program – at least two years of study on their primary instrument. New students will participate in a placement audition prior to enrollment.

Teen Jazz Camp
July 9 – 13; 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $385
Ages 12-18
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Join us for the 16th year of Summer Teen Jazz Camp at PMAC! Students will learn current and jazz standard repertoire in both a small combo and big band setting. Students will dive into learning the week’s music through playing, listening and creating. Perfect for the teen student who is looking to strengthen their jazz chops to those who are new to exploring this art form. The Teen Jazz Camp week culminates with a performance at a local venue. End of camp show July 13.

​Pre-requisite for new students to the program – at least two years of study on their primary instrument.

Pre-Teen Rock Camp
July 23 – 27; 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $385
Ages 9-11
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Rock Camp for the younger crowd. A great first ensemble experience. Learn and record some cool music and play in our summer rock show at the end of the week. Pre-requisite for new students to the program – at least two years of study on their primary instrument. New students will participate in a placement audition prior to enrollment.

Build Your Own Musical
July 30 – August 3; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $400
Ages 8-12
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In this collaborative camp with the New Hampshire Theatre Project (NHTP), students will delve into the world of musical theatre through singing, acting and movement. Students will explore existing musical repertoire, tried-and-true classics and modern classics, as well as drama techniques, including improvisation and group writing, to create and perform their very own brand new musical! The camp is held at PMAC. Registration is through NHTP. Limited to 20 campers.

Camp Overture
July 5-6, 12-13, 16-20; 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
Ages 12-18
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Be a part of the orchestra pit for the upcoming Camp Encore Musical on the stage of Prescott Park Arts Festival! Funded by a generous grant from Service Credit Union, this program is FREE for all who participate. Train at PMAC, where you’ll learn to play the full book of the musical. Next, spend a week at Prescott Park in dress rehearsals. Then, perform the score for the final performances of the musical with the students of PPAF’s Camp Encore! This is the training ground for future orchestra pit musicians at the festival. Open to flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, drum, strings and electric bass students with at least 2 years of private study on their instrument.

End of Camp Show: July 21 & July 22 at 10:00am at Prescott Park Arts Festival

Music Recording & Production
August 6 – 10; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $385
Ages 13-18
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Whether you’ve never recorded before or you need help polishing your band’s demo, the small class size will allow for a great deal of individualized learning even within the context of a group environment! In this weeklong intensive, students will learn about everything from the microphone that captures the sound to preparing a track to uploading to a streaming online music service. We will be covering three broad topics: Engineering, or the capturing of sounds; Production, or the manipulation of audio; and Composition, or the artistic assembly of samples and audio. Students in this workshop will record a band during the week to practice what they have learned.

New Horizons Community Concert Band (all ages)
Tuesdays, June 19 & 26, July 10; 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Concerts: Wednesday, July 18 at Ellis Park / York Beach, ME & more!
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
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Join in the fun for this special, free concert band experience. We will have three rehearsals and then perform three times in the community this summer. We will focus on traditional concert band music including marches, popular medleys, music of Broadway and Hollywood, and concert suites and overtures. The music is selected for its playability–fun, often light, and always enjoyable. Help us bring music to the community this summer. Open to ALL AGES and any band instruments.

Art Camps

Modern Art Mania!
July 9 – 13; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $305
Ages 8-11
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Let’s explore the wild, weird and wonderful works of our favorite Modern Art Masters and let this inspiration kick-off our own artistic adventures! From realistic to abstract, there is something for everyone to love in this era. The name of the game is NEW! New ideas about what art can be, trying innovative techniques, building on traditions or carving completely new paths of creativity. Come discover how the methods, minds and imaginations of Modern artists changed the art world. Oversized origami, magical mixed media and pieced-together portraits will be explored. We will use a variety of mediums, materials, and techniques including – wood, metal, found objects, drawing, painting, sculpture and more.

Creature Feature
July 16 – 20; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $305
Ages 8-11
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This week, we will dive into the wilds of nature and explore some of it’s most crazy critters! We’ll find inspiration for our imaginations to run as we create our own furry friends, amazing aliens, magical monsters and more. From the natural to the super-natural, this week we’ll see how these all natural plants, birds, reptiles, insects, and more  inspire far-out artists’ imaginations. From cute and cuddly to a (little bit) creepy; aliens to super heroes, cartoons to feature films – nature inspires artists around the world to create legendary lands, mythical monsters, beautiful fairies and some fine furry friends. We will use a variety of mediums, materials, and techniques including – ink drawing, found object sculptures, foam puppets, drawing, painting, sculpture and more.

Around the World
July 23 – 27; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $305
Ages 8-11
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Let’s go! This week we will travel to a new country or continent each day and explore the culture and art of each place. You might make aboriginal rock art while visiting Australia or create a giant paper dragon while stopping over in China. We will explore many types of media and techniques as we discover fascinating new places. This camp will take you on an art-filled journey around the world and you’ll even have an art passport to record all of your travel destinations throughout the week!

Imagination Station
July 30 – August 3; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $305
Ages 8-11
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Our imagination is where some of the best things in life begin! The world’s most exciting inventions and discoveries started with imagining all the wild IMpossibilities first.  The submarine was science fiction, flying was for the birds, computers filled a whole room to do math computations, and the internet was just a dream made of magic!  A healthy imagination first needs time and space – free from goals, grades, instructions, and the structure of a typical busy day. In this camp we will explore this personal wonderland where our emotions, passions and interests meet our knowledge and experience.  We’ll experiment with tools and materials to discover what they can do; we’ll make realistic, abstract, and inventive works of art in a variety of 2D and 3D mediums. We’ll imagine the ‘next best things’, explore our minds and moods and dive into artistic questions of “what happens if…?”, “I wonder…?” and “let’s see what happens…”

Art Through Time
August 6 – August 10; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $305
Ages 8-11
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Join in on the journey from prehistoric paintings to modern day art! We will be jumping in and exploring the many wonderful art movements throughout time. Throughout the week, we will be utilizing drawing materials, watercolor, acrylic paint, collage, and sculpture resources 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, and 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.

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