Fall Programs at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC)

Registration is open at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) for 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!

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.

Youth Art Classes

Saturday Open Studio – Drop In Friendly!
Saturday Open Studio is a weekly workshop where children with a parent or caregiver can create a self-directed art project using supplies from PMAC’s art studio. Enjoy exploring and leave with a drawing, painting, or sculpture you create! Caregivers and artists of all ages are welcome to visit on Saturday afternoons and create art together! Ages 5+

Dates:
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10

Cost: $5
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Cartooning
Do you love graphic novels? Do you like to draw but want to learn the art of cartooning? Then this class is for you! This class is for all levels of artists ages 11-14. Create new characters, add a story to your drawings, and meet other kids who love cartooning too!

Ages: 11 – 13yrs
Day: Monday
Start/End Date: 9/26 – 10/31
Time: 5:45 – 7:15 PM
Tuition: $135
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Thinking in 3D
In this course, students will get acquainted with different materials for sculpture making. Explore paper, cardboard, and other everyday materials in new ways to think in three dimensions! Projects will include paper mobiles, masks, and an air dry clay project.

Ages: 7 – 10yrs
Day: Monday
Start/End Date: 9/29 – 11/3
Start/End Date: 12/1 – 1/19
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Tuition: $135
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I Just Want to Draw!
Come draw what you love in a fun and creative art space! Full of individualized instruction, this class provides a safe, encouraging, creative environment where each student can bring their drawings to the next level. This class offers young artists a balance of directed instruction as well as time to pursue individualized drawing interests. The “open studio” feel, allows each young artist 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. This class is perfect for the motivated young artist! Each session is unique. Participation in prior sessions is not a prerequisite to enroll.

Ages: 8 – 10yrs
Day: Tuesdays
Start/End Date: 9/27 – 11/1
Start/End Date: 11/29 – 1/17
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Tuition: $135
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Mixed Media Madness
Dive into the fun of creating mixed media artwork! Mixed Media means we variety of art materials within each work. You can include drawing, painting, collage and printmaking /transfer techniques. You choose your themes and subjects that YOU want to work with, and Anna will show you fun tricks and techniques to bring all the mediums together into some cool finished pieces!

Ages: 11 – 13yrs
Day: Tuesdays
Start/End Date: 11/29 – 1/17
Time: 5:45 – 7:15 PM
Tuition: $135
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Individual Instruction in Art

All PMAC instruction centers around the joy of creating art. Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, youth or adult, our individual instruction program will meet your specific needs and personal quest to fine tune your visual art skills. Visual Art lessons can start at any time.

Visual Art Lessons offered at PMAC: 

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Mixed Media

Benefits of Individual Arts Instruction at PMAC

  • One-on-one drawing, painting or mixed-media lessons with an artist mentor
  • Study with a professional trained in their given field
  • Lessons tailored to your goals
  • Exhibitions for art students
  • Written progress reports
  • Master classes with guest artists
  • Career & college consultations with faculty members

PRIVATE VISUAL ARTS LESSON TUITION RATES
45-MINUTE LESSONS: $1,096.50 per 17-week semester
60-MINUTE LESSONS: $1,377 per 17-week semester

NEW VISUAL ARTS LESSON STUDENTS SIX WEEK TRIAL
New individual instruction students start with a SIX-WEEK TRIAL of six, 45-minute weekly private lessons. Once a trial is complete, a student may continue for the rest of the semester in the same lesson day/time and with the same instructor. Post-Tuition is prorated for the remainder of the semester, once the trial period is over. Students may start a six-week trial at any time during the year.

SIX-WEEK ART LESSON TRIAL: $387

Click HERE to Learn More or Schedule Art Lessons!
Or contact Meghann Beauchamp at meghann@pmaconline.org / 603-431-4278.


Kids Music Programs

Movin’ and Groovin’
In this exciting play-based group music class for children ages 3 and 4, Miss Erin will guide your child in experiencing music of varying styles, genres, and cultures. Build connections with other children through movement, rhythm, and vocal activities that develop more than just music skills. We look forward to seeing you!

Caregivers are welcome to stay in the classroom for the entire class, or may join for the last 15 minutes of class. (Per our youth protection policy, a caregiver must stay in the lobby for the first 30 minutes of class.)

Erin Dubois is a flutist, pianist, and experienced early childhood music educator with over a decade of teaching experience.

Ages: 3 – 4yrs
Day: Saturdays
Start/End Date: 10/8 – 12/10 (no class on 10/22)
Start/End Date: 10/8 – 12/10 (no class on 10/22)
Time: 9:00 – 9:45 PM
Time: 10:00 – 10:45 AM
Tuition: $150
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Music for Little Mozarts
Music for Little Mozarts is a piano, music, and movement curriculum specifically designed for preschoolers. The small group class centers on the adventures of Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear as they learn about music. As their adventures unfold, the characters introduce the students to new musical concepts and piano performance pieces. Teaching artist Erin Dubois leads this introductory piano class on site at PMAC.

Materials fee (book, Mozart Mouse, and Beethoven Bear) $30.

Ages: 4 – 6yrs
Day: Fridays
Start/End Date: 9/30 – 12/9
Time: 4:00 – 4:45 PM
Tuition: $199
FULL – Waitlist Available!
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Youth and Teen Music Programs

Sandpipers Youth Chorus
We’re excited to have Sandpipers back for Fall 2022! Join the Sandpipers Choral program with teaching artist Nathan Wotton, and learn to sing with other students in unison, 2-part, and 3-part harmony. Develop ear-training and music-reading skills while having fun learning a wide repertoire of vocal music! Celebrating its 27th year, Sandpipers Chorus is for singers ages 9-16.

Placement Auditions for New Students will take place on Wednesday, September 21 and Monday, September 26. Students should come prepared to sing an unaccompanied simple melody (Happy Birthday or similar). Expect to hear from the PMAC Office to schedule a time for the placement audition once the student is registered. Questions? Please call us at PMAC at 603-431-4278 or email us at info@pmaconline.org.

Ages: 9 – 16yrs
Day: Wednesdays
Start/End Date: 9/28 – 12/14
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Tuition: $199
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Rock 101
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: 9/30 – 12/16
Time: 4:45 – 5:40 PM
Tuition: $270
FULL – Waitlist Available!
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Saturday Teen Jazz Ensemble/Institute 
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: 10/1 – 12/10
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Tuition: $270
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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:
Monday 9/26 – 12/12 // 6:00 – 6:55 PM
FULL – Waitlist Available!
Monday 9/26 – 12/12 // 7:00 – 7:55 PM
FULL – Waitlist Available!
Friday 9/30 – 12/16 // 3:45 – 4:40 PM
FULL – Waitlist Available!
Tuition: $270
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Individual Instruction in Music for Youth and Adults

Music Lessons offered at PMAC:

  • African Drumming
  • Bass Guitar
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Composition
  • Drum Set
  • Electronic Music
  • Fiddle
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Improvisation
  • Mandolin
  • Music Theory
  • Music Therapy
  • Piano
  • Recording Technology
  • Saxophone
  • Songwriting
  • Suzuki Violin
  • Trumpet
  • Ukulele
  • Upright Bass
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice
  • Voice/Piano

Benefits of Individual Music Instruction at PMAC:

  • One-on-one lessons with a music mentor
  • Study with a professional trained in their given field
  • Lessons tailored to your goals
  • Recitals and performance opportunities
  • Music departmental workshops to deepen your creative exploration
  • Written progress reports
  • Master classes with guest artists
  • Career & college consultations with faculty members

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSON TUITION RATES
(per 17-week semester, 17 weeks in Fall and Spring)

30-MINUTE LESSONS: $765 per semester
45-MINUTE LESSONS: $1,096.50 per semester
60-MINUTE LESSONS: $1,377 per semester

Private lessons can start at any time. Music students may take 30-, 45- or 60-minute lessons, depending on instrument, experience and preference. 17-week semester includes 17 private lessons, and recitals. Inspiration Week is during Spring semester and is included in lesson tuition.
Please Note: Suzuki Violin lesson pricing differs.

NEW MUSIC LESSON STUDENTS SIX WEEK TRIAL
New individual instruction students start with a SIX-WEEK TRIAL of six, half-hour weekly private lessons. Once a trial is complete, a student may continue for the rest of the semester in the same lesson day/time and with the same instructor. Post-Tuition is pro-rated for the remainder of the semester, once the trial period is over. Students may start a six-week trial at any time during the year. Cost: $270

Click HERE to Learn More or Music Schedule Lessons!
Or contact Meghann Beauchamp at meghann@pmaconline.org / 603-431-4278

 

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

Questions? Call us at PMAC at 603-431-4278 or email Meghann Beauchamp at meghann@pmaconline.org

 

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

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