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Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, 973 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-431-4278
To build community through the arts by providing all people with the opportunity to achieve their full creative potential, regardless of their age, ability, or economic status. We accomplish this through high quality music and visual arts education programs and by creating ensemble, performance, and exhibition opportunities for students, professionals, and audiences.

2014 has been a whirlwind journey of firsts in our new home at 973 Islington Street: our first student recital, art exhibit, first summer camp and first concerts and events. But as summer comes to a close and we prepare to begin our first full school year (another first!) in this beautifully designed space, we feel like we’re finally hitting our stride. Yet we never want to forget what it is like to have a creative experience for the first time. This summer we watched many people of all ages experience the joy of art or music. Whether you’re a 13 year old drummer playing in a rock band for the first time, a third grader painting her first portrait, or 50 year old saxophonist playing in his first jazz big band, PMAC is a fun, safe place to explore your creativity.

This September we will open our doors for our 12th year of music and art education programs. As you look through this catalog, you’ll see many of your favorite classes and ensembles side by side with new offerings that were not possible until we moved into our new home. We hope you’ll come find something that sparks your creative spirit.

In an effort to better serve the entire community, we’ve added programs for people who don’t think of themselves as musicians or artists. We want you to come try something - even you think you can’t sing or draw. Adults and teens can explore CREATIVE PLAY with Roger Goldenberg or listen to music in Nick Phaneuf’s Record of the Month Club. Or just come to a concert or art exhibit. We’re here for everyone and we hope to see you this year. Thank you for being a part of the PMAC family!

Portsmouth Music and Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community music and arts school. There is a place for everyone at PMAC - we welcome your involvement as a student, parent, volunteer or member. Through music and art, PMAC helps our students meet and accomplish important life goals. We are committed to excellence in arts education and work daily to build community through the arts.

Since our founding in 2002, the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center has successfully motivated and inspired thousands of music and art students of all ages. Our faculty's commitment to the highest educational standards, combined with the passion and dedication of our students, is at the core of this success.

In February of 2014 we opened our new facility at 973 Islington Street, which features two new visual arts classrooms, two music ensemble classrooms, a digital classroom for both art and music, and the Haas Family Gallery and Recital Hall, in addition to many studios for private music instruction. The building was renovated specifically for our special use as a music and arts school, with architectural design by Lisa DeStefano and Robert Harbeson of DeStefano Architects and acoustical design by acoustical engineer Eric Reuter.

At PMAC we offer a wide variety of educational programs that meet the needs and aspirations of students of all ages and ability levels. Our teaching, regardless of musical genre or artistic medium, encourages the development of strong foundations. Our music curriculum has grown in recent years to include classical, jazz, blues, bluegrass, folk and rock, and many of our students explore other styles beyond our core curriculum. We frequently welcome guest artists who introduce students to a wide array of culturally diverse traditions. Our visual arts program focuses on strong foundations through a wide variety of media and cultural traditions. Our goal is always to provide the student with the opportunity to achieve their full creative potential.

PMAC's warm and supportive faculty provides mentoring support and guidance for all students. Whether you aspire to study music or art at the college level and enter a career in the arts, or just want to follow through on your New Year's resolution to learn piano, we're here to help you with each step.

Portsmouth Music and Arts Center is the proud home of fifteen adult student ensembles and twelve youth groups who perform throughout the community. If you are interested in having a group play at your event, please download the PMAC Community Outreach Performance Guidelines and Application form. Please return the completed application form to PMAC , c/o Russ Grazier, Executive Director, 973 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 for approval. All applicants will be notified within 14 days of application. If you have any questions, please contact Russ Grazier at 603-431-4278 or via e-mail at