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 2019 Youth & Teen Music Camps

Summer at PMAC offers a wide variety of music opportunities for youth musicians. Dive deep into jazz improvisation, or write a song with other members in your rock band. Learn to play in the orchestra pit at Prescott Park Arts Festival or discover an instrument for the first time! Explore your creativity, make new friends and have endless fun!

PMAC Summer Jazz Workshop with Matt Langley & Chris Klaxton
July 8 – 12, 9am – 4pm
Tuition: $385
Ages 12 – 17

A fun and exciting music experience for teens in middle and high school, the 2019 PMAC Summer Jazz Workshop promises to be better than ever! The jazz workshop began in summer 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 big band that incorporates everyone. A final community performance will take place at 3S Artspace. Please note that 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, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Keyboard, Bass Guitar or Upright Bass, and Drum Set. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students – please register early!

Rock and Beyond Summer Workshop with Nick Phaneuf and PMAC Rock Faculty
(Two sessions – formerly Teen Rock Camp)
Tuition $385  / $693 for both weeks ( a 10% savings)

Session I: Ages 12 – 17
Rock and Beyond Summer Workshop: July 15 – 19, 9am – 4pm

Session II: Ages 9-17 (one pre-teen band, ages 9-12, will be included in this session)
Rock and Beyond Summer Workshop, Session II: July 22 – 26, 9am – 4pm

Have you wanted to play a LIVE Show? RECORD your band’s original tune? Be a part of 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! Bands are formed at the beginning of the workshop and each band will learn a tune of their choosing, write and record an original tune and play a show at 3S ArtSpace at the end of the week. Led by PMAC Rock Faculty members/mentors students will learn valuable skills in musicianship, teamwork, songwriting, stage presence and more! Open to Guitar, Drum Set, Vocals, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Sax, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola and Cello. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students – please register early!

Recording and Mixing: How to Capture a Band with Nick Phaneuf
August 12 – 16, 9am – 3pm
Tuition: $395 (limited to 6 participants – register early!)
Ages 13 – 17

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 placement will be covered along with skills to edit, compress and EQ the recordings to prepare them to be heard!

Making Beats with Nick Phaneuf
August 12 – 16, 4pm – 7pm
Tuition: $199 (limited to 6 participants – register early!)
Ages 13 – 17

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.

Music Explorers with Tiffany Hanson
June 24 – 28, 9am – 12 noon
Tuition: $199
Ages 6 – 8

Join us as we explore the world of musical instruments. From piano to woodwinds, guitar and ukulele, drum set to Orff instruments – students will learn about each instrument, maybe even discovering an instrument they could further pursue! Each day will include instrument instruction, fun musical games and more! The week concludes with a student performance at PMAC.

Build Your Musical Camp with Catherine Stewart and Erin Smith
July 29 – August 2, 9am – 3pm
Tuition: $450 before June 1
Ages 8 – 12

A collaboration with New Hampshire Theatre Project
Registrations are through New Hampshire Theatre Project

In this collaborative camp with 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 at WEST! While the camp is held at PMAC for the week, the final dress rehearsals and performance will utilize the West End Studio Theater stage. Registration is through NHTP. Limited to 20 campers.

Summer 2019 Youth Art Camps

This summer at PMAC, go on an art adventure! You’ll become a storyteller, a traveler to outer space, or explore nature through the lense of an artist. Students will work with multiple forms of media throughout the week. On the last day of camp, students will host an Art Show!

Stop Motion Animation with Catherine Stewart
June 24 – 28, 9am – 3pm

Tuition: $450 (limited to 6 participants – register early!)
Ages 8 – 12

Collaboratively make your own Stop Motion Movie using materials including paper, found objects and modelling clay. Learn to create characters, construct storyboards and master the skills of stop motion animation in this hands-on experience.

Time Machine Madness with Anna Nuttall
July 8 – July 12, 9am – 3pm
Tuition: $305
Ages 8 – 12

Jump into the time machine and travel to the past and future! Explore amazing things that were, and things that… could be! People, places, animals, aliens, galaxies time capsules, rockets… we can go anywhere and EVERYWHERE we want! Imaginations will run wild when the calendars and clocks are in our control! Traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques will be used including drawing, painting, clay, wire, and more! We’ll even make our own clocks and time capsules!

ART ALIVE! with Anna Nuttall
July 15 – 19, 9am – 3pm

Tuition: $305
Ages 8 – 12

In this “live”-ly week of art-making we will explore art from around the world that focuses on our favorite LIVING THINGS. People, animals of all kinds and even our living environment that is full of nature’s finest creations!  We will enjoy exploring these living wonders through the eyes of LIVING artists from Portsmouth to Barcelona to London to Tokyo and beyond!

TALL TALES with Anna Nuttall
July 22 – 26, 9am – 3pm
Tuition: $305
Ages 8 – 12

We will find our spark of creativity from some of our favorite far-out movies, books, shows, comics, musicals and more! Fictional stories come in many forms, and we’ll explore the artists and ideas behind many some favorites, as well as create our own-through ART! Traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques will be used including drawing, painting ,plaster, mask-making, oversized puppets and more!

Out of this World with Sarah Sheffield
July 29 – August 2, 9am – 3pm
Tuition: $305
Ages 8 – 12

3..2..1..Blast off! Enjoy a variety of creative projects that explore everything outer-space! We will create giant paper mâché planets,  glow in the dark constellations, and life-size extraterrestrials. Our work will be out of this world fun!

Art, Nature, and the Environment with Jillian Swist
August 5 – 9, 9am – 3pm
Tuition: $305
Ages 8 – 12

For centuries, artists have been influenced by nature. In this week, we will take a closer look at the big and small marvels we get to experience everyday, from tiny insects to mountain peaks. We will use our personal experiences and memories from our journeys in the outside world to create mixed media paintings and collages that explore the unique connection between art and nature. We will also practice looking closely at the smaller, beautiful pieces of our world and use these observations to influence our drawings, paying attention to the color, textures, and patterns found in nature.  We will create our artwork mindfully and act as curious observers of the natural world throughout the week!

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

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