Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) Summer Camps

Summer 2021 will soon be here and you can go on an art or musical adventure, or even both! This summer we will be offering outdoor art camps for ages 5-7 (SOLD OUT) and 8-11 (SOLD OUT), Jazz camp for teens, rock camp for pre-teens and teens, summer community band, and adult music ensembles.

Update: as of April all Art Camps are sold out with a waitlist available for summer 2021.

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

Summer 2021 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. Explore your creativity, make new friends and have endless fun! Please note that some programs are held outdoors or both indoors/outdoors. Enrollment will be limited and all participants are expected to follow PMAC’s safety guidelines.

PMAC Outdoor Summer Jazz Workshop
Ages 12 – 17

Jul 12 – 16 plus end-of-week show | 1pm – 4pm
Tuition: $125

Join us for the 19th summer of PMAC Summer Jazz Workshop! This program is designed for intermediate and advanced teen musicians looking to develop their jazz skills or wanting to learn jazz technique for the first time. Students will learn traditional contemporary jazz tunes throughout the week, and host an invitation only Family and Friends show to conclude the program. 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: July 19 – 23 plus end-of-week show | 9am – 3pm
Session II: July 26 – 30 plus end-of-week show | 9am – 3pm
Tuition: $400 / $720 for both weeks (a 10% savings) 

ROCK out with us this summer! 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 and write and record an original tune. The Rock and Beyond Summer Workshop will conclude with an invitation only Family and Friends show. 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, Violin, Viola and Cello. Placement audition required for new students. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students — please register early!

Enrollment will be limited and all participants are expected to follow PMAC’s safety guidelines. Students will be meeting inside PMAC’s Haas Family Gallery & Recital Hall and at New Hampshire Theatre Project.

Pre-Teen Rock & Beyond Summer Workshop
Ages 9 – 12
Aug 2 – 6 plus end-of-week show | 9am – 12pm
Tuition: $200 

This is everything we offer in Rock and Beyond with a pre-teen focus, including an invitation only Family and Friends show at the end of the week. Open to Guitar, Drum Set, Vocals, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Violin, Viola and Cello. Placement audition required for new students. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students — please register early! Enrollment will be limited and all participants are expected to follow PMAC’s safety guidelines. Students will be meeting inside PMAC’s Haas Family Gallery & Recital Hall and at New Hampshire Theatre Project.

Music & Art

Summer Lesson Flex Packs
Music lessons are offered on most instruments and voice. Art lessons are offered in drawing, painting, sculpture and digital arts. Visit our website to see our full list of instruments offered. We offer remote, hybrid, and in-person lessons.

Our Summer Session runs Monday to Friday, June 28 – August 20 (PMAC is closed July 5, 2021). Prorated lesson packs are available.

Why lessons with PMAC?

  • Personalized individualized instruction
  • Learn from teaching artists trained in their field
  • Master classes with guest artists
  • Career & college consultations with faculty members

Summer Lesson Flex Packs at PMAC are just that — flexible and work around your summer schedule! At the time of registration, choose your lesson dates for the summer, whether sequential or varied.

Tuition Rates:

  • 30 Minute Six-Pack: $237.00
  • 45 Minute Six-Pack: $339.00
  • 60 Minute Six-Pack: $426.00
  • Music Therapy rates differ. Please contact the PMAC office for more information.
  • Visual Arts Lessons available in 45 minute or 1 hour offerings.

To Schedule your Lessons:

Youth Art Camps (ALL SOLD OUT)

This summer, PMAC will be home to a large tent (40’ x 60’) in our parking lot for four weeks in July and early August. Summer art camp kids will be able to safely paint, draw, sculpt and more with PMAC’s professional teaching artists, socially distanced under this amazing PMAC Tent! Don’t miss out on this fun, safe, outdoor experience!

Get creative, connect with friends, and practice your art making skills. Campers will work with multiple forms for media and host an art show under the PMAC Tent at the end of the week. For this unusual summer, tuition costs have been partially underwritten by our sponsors and donors, making these camps more affordable than ever — and additional tuition assistance is available for those in need.

Space is limited — sign up today to guarantee your spot!

SESSION 1 (SOLD OUT)

  • Monday – Friday, July 12 – 16; 9am-12pm
  • Camp Groups: for ages 5 – 7 and ages 8 – 11
  • Choice of:
    • Monday – Wednesday – Friday Tuition: $75
    • Tuesday – Thursday Tuition: $50
    • Or attend all five days for $125!
    • Register here!

SESSION 2, 3 & 4 (SOLD OUT)

  • Monday – Friday, July 19 – 23, July 26 – 30 or August 2 – 6; 9am-12pm
  • Camp Groups: for ages 5 – 7 and ages 8 – 11
  • Tuition:
2021 Tuition Aid & Discounts

At PMAC we understand that for many people in our community, where housing and the overall cost of living is above the national average, finding room in the budget for studying art and music can be challenging. Our tuition aid program was created to help offset the cost for our programs. As the only non-profit community arts school in Portsmouth, we are proud to have continued this part of our mission since our start in 2003.

Through generous support from our donors, our awards subsidize anywhere from 25 – 90% of an aid-recipient’s tuition, depending on the need. In recent years, the total amount of tuition aid awarded has averaged $45,000 each year. The Financial Aid Committee considers family financial obligations, along with such additional factors as temporary unemployment, emergencies, illnesses, and total music and art educational expenses.

Applications Due for New Summer Session Students on JUNE 1, 2021. Apply here!

Student Discounts
We offer a 10% Multiple Program Discount to students who enroll in more than one program per semester. We also offer a 10% Family Discount off tuition for the second student in a family who enrolls in a semester. All discounts will be applied at the time of registration.

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

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