Fall 2021 Programs at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC)

Registration is now open at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) for Fall music and art programs, as well as individual instruction in music and visual arts. Offering classes and ensembles for students of a variety of ages and abilities. Both in person and online options are available!

PMAC offers classes and ensembles for students of a variety of ages and abilities. Whether your child is eager to learn an instrument and join the school band, chorus or orchestra, or you’re returning to an instrument that you studied as a child, PMAC is the place for you. Discover and develop your inner artist and draw, paint, and sculpt your ideas into art and share with your classmates.

Learn from highly trained musicians and artists. Our experienced teaching artists have studied at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the most renown music programs throughout the U.S. and world. Our faculty have the flexibility and training to work with students with a range of playing levels and personal goals.

2021 Fall Art Programs

I Just Want to Draw!
Come draw what you love in a fun and creative art space! This class is perfect for the motivated young artist! Full of individualized instruction, this class provides a safe, encouraging, creative environment where each student can bring their drawings to the next level. There is a nice balance of directed instruction as well as time to pursue individualized drawing interests. The “open studio” feel, allows each student the freedom to choose their subject material, medium, style, and direction, while also learning a variety of tips, tricks and skills that suit their interests and help them grow artistically. Each session is unique. Participation in prior sessions is not a prerequisite to enroll.
Ages: 8 -10yrs
Day: Tuesday
Start/End Date: 9/28 – 11/2/21 (6 weeks) (FULL)
Start/End Date: 11/30 – 1/18/22 (6 weeks)
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Tuition: $120
REGISTER NOW!

Let’s PAINT!
Learn the basics or expand on your skills and always choose your own subject matter. This class is for the motivated artist who loves to paint and wants to build on and hone existing skills and explore new techniques and styles that push their art and vision to the next level. Teaching artist Anna Nuttall will be there to support each student to reach their individual artistic goals! Mediums will include but are not limited to watercolor (don’t be scared!), acrylic, tempera and pastel. Mixed mediums are also an option in this structured but open studio style class. Let’s Paint meets weekly onsite at PMAC.
Ages: 11 -14yrs
Day: Tuesday
Start/End Date: 9/28 – 11/2/21 (6 weeks)
Start/End Date: 11/30 – 1/18/22 (6 weeks)
Time: 5:45 – 7:15 PM
Tuition: $120
REGISTER NOW!

2021 Fall Music Programs

Junior Chamber Strings with Lynne McMahon
Junior Chamber Strings with Lynne McMahon is open to late-beginner to intermediate string students, ages 8 – 13, who have studied their instrument for at least two years and are comfortable reading music. Open to violin, viola and cello students. This group provides preparation for students’ future participation in the Teen Chamber Strings. Performing music in two, three, and four parts, this is a fun and supportive ensemble ideal for young students. Students meet weekly onsite at PMAC.
Ages: 8 -12yrs
Day: Saturday
Start/End Date: 10/9 – 12/18/21 (11 weeks)
Time: 9:00 – 10:30AM
Tuition: $205
REGISTER NOW!

Rock 101 (Formerly Pre-Teen Rock Band)
 Rock music for the younger crowd, this is a great first ensemble experience. Led by teaching artists Mike Effenberger and Nick Phaneuf, learn some cool music and play in our community rock show! Open to drum, bass, guitar, keyboard, string, brass, voice and woodwind students. For students, age 9-11, with at least 1 year of private study on their instrument. Placement Audition Required for New Students. The Pre-Teen Rock Band meets weekly onsite at PMAC.Generously sponsored by Drum Center of Portsmouth.
Ages: 9 -12yrs
Day: Friday
Start/End Date: 10/8 – 12/17/21 (11 weeks)
Time: 4:45 – 5:40 PM
Tuition: $260
REGISTER NOW!

Saturday Teen Jazz Ensemble
The Saturday Teen Jazz Ensemble celebrates its 19th year of fostering a love and appreciation for jazz among teen students. As a part of PMAC’s Jazz Institute, this advanced teen ensemble plays traditional straight-ahead charts and pieces by today’s jazz innovators. The Saturday Teen Jazz Ensemble, led by Eric Klaxton, is the perfect band for intermediate and advanced students, ages 12 – 18, interested in improvising, strengthening their jazz chops and performing throughout the community. Many of the alumni in this program have majored in music performance and have become jazz musicians in their own right. Open to drum set, bass guitar, upright bass, guitar, piano/keyboard, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, saxophone, flute, clarinet, tuba and trombone.
Ages: 12 -19yrs
Day: Saturday
Start/End Date: 10/9 – 12/11/21 (10 weeks)
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Tuition: $260
REGISTER NOW!

Teen Chamber Strings with Sally Wituszynski
Teen Chamber Strings with teaching artist Sally Wituszynski is open to late intermediate to advanced string students, ages 13 – 18, who have studied their instrument for at least 3 years and are comfortable reading music. This group is perfect for students who are looking to explore a variety of music genres and push their playing to a new level within a mid sized chamber
ensemble. Open to violin, viola, cello, and bass students. Placement required for new students. Teen Chamber Strings meets weekly onsite at PMAC.
Ages: 13 -19yrs
Day: Saturday
Start/End Date: 10/9 – 12/18/21 (11 weeks)
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Tuition: $275
REGISTER NOW!

Teen Rock Band
The Teen Rock Band program celebrates its 18th year at PMAC! Joining a band is a great way for youth students to learn how to rock, collaborating with band mates to cover song and play a show or record with your band at the end of the semester. This program is designed for both students who are new to a band setting and those seeking challenging opportunities. Open to
drum, bass, guitar, keyboard, string, brass, voice and woodwind students. For students, ages 12-18, with at least 2 years of private study on their instrument. Placement audition required for any new student. The Teen Rock Band program meets weekly onsite at PMAC. Generously sponsored by Drum Center of Portsmouth.
Ages: 12 -18yrs
Days / Start-End Date / Times:
Friday 10/8 – 12/17/21 (11 weeks) / 3:45 – 4:40 PM
Friday 10/8 – 12/17/21 (11 weeks) / 5:45 – 6:40 PM
Monday 10/4 – 12/13/21 (11 weeks) / 6:00 – 6:55 PM
Monday 10/4 – 12/13/21 (11 weeks) / 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Tuition: $260
REGISTER NOW!

Teen Songwriters in the Round
Teen Songwriters in the Round is for students ages 12-18 to workshop their original song ideas in a supportive setting. Students will perform their songs during class and learn how to provide constructive feedback to other students in the group. Through public performance opportunities, they will also discover how to share with an audience the story of how each song was created. This is a peer-led group and is a collaboration with Inspired Nation and New England Sings.
Ages: 12 -19yrs
Day: Monday
Start/End Date: 10/4 – 12/6/21 (10 weeks)
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuition: $0
REGISTER NOW!

Visit our online catalog which has the most up-to-date information about our youth and adult music programs, and youth visual art programs.

We’re excited to bring more and more programming back into our building on Islington Street this Fall!

Questions? Call us at PMAC at 603-431-4278 or email Michelle Shoemaker, Director of Education at michelle@pmaconline.org.

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

Leave a Reply