Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, 973 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-431-4278
MUSIC DEPARTMENT WORKSHOPS
Tuesday, May 30 - Thursday, June 2

Music Department Workshop Week is for all music students who are enrolled in the 2017 Spring Semester. Built into the semester’s curriculum, workshop week is designed to help students  explore topics, styles and techniques that go beyond their private lessons or ensembles/class instruction. Each student will choose one workshop in which to participate (lessons will not take place during workshop week).  

Students must sign up in advance for the workshop of their choice 
by registering online at www.pmaconline.org/workshops.html, calling 603.431.4278 
or by stopping by the front desk.

Spaces are limited, register today.

If you have any questions about which workshop is right for you, 
please speak directly to your instructor.

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If you are unsure which workshop is right for you, please speak directly with your instructor.
Tuesday, May 30

3:45-4:45PM DING-A-LING - LEARN TO PLAY HANDBELLS with Lynne McMahon and Jim Rudolf (Back Corner Room) – For students ages 8-12, any instrument
Come and learn how to ring real handbells. We will learn basic ringing technique and learn to play a few simple melodies together. You must know how to read music!

FULL - NO MORE ROOM: 4:00-5:00PM WII-MOTE SONGWRITING WORKSHOP with Jason Crigler and Mike Effenberger (Experimac Digital Classroom) – For students ages 10-12, any instrument
Students will use the Nintendo Wii-mote controllers to develop songwriting skills. We disconnect the Wii-mote controllers from the gaming system and reprogram them for use with our computers. Check out this intuitive, fun way to make music!

4:00-5:00PM STORIES IN MUSIC with Kibbie Straw and Adam MacDougall (Lamprey Room) – For students ages 5-9, any instrument
For as long as music has existed, composers have used it to tell stories. In this special workshop we will listen to and discuss two classic pieces and the stories behind them: "Pictures at an Exhibition" and "Carnival of the Animals."

FULL - NO MORE ROOM: 5:30-6:30PM LEARNING TO HEAR CHORDS with Mike Effenberger and Carlos Sabina (Lamprey Room) – For students ages 10-18, any instrument
Learn how to hear the I, IV, and V chords and open up a world of possibilities in songs. Countless thousands of songs are made either from only these three chords or nearly completely from these chords. Empower yourself to learn the sound, feel, and emotion behind them and you can unlock the door of hearing a song and immediately knowing it!

6:00-7:00PM HOME RECORDING STUDIO FOR VOCALISTS with Nicole Hajj and Nick Phaneuf (Experimac Digital Classoom) – For voice students ages 13 and up, including adults
Learn about the latest apps and products on the market for recording a professional quality vocal track with your iPhone or iPad. We will go over topics like how to use apps like GarageBand, Audiobus and vocalive, where to find backing tracks, and even how to make your music available on social media as well. Become a recording artist in your own bedroom!

​7:00-8:00PM THE JAZZ LANGUAGE LECTURE SERIES: "JAZZ! HATE IT? LOVE IT? WHY!?" with Matt Langley (Haas Hall) – For students ages 13 and up, including adults, any instrument
Saxophonist Matt Langley has been into Jazz since he was a teenager and he often wonders why! Is there an answer? Come jam on it for an hour or so with Matt.
Wednesday, May 31

3:30-4:30PM FIDDLE TUNE JAM FOR ADULTS AND TEENS with Melissa Caron (Lamprey Room) – For string students all ages, including adults
Do you play a string instrument? Would you like to try jamming with your friends? Come join us! This ‘fiddle tune jam’ is for all string players, whether you read music or prefer to learn by ear. The main focus is to have fun playing music together!

3:30-4:30PM I - IV - V WORKSHOP with Bryan Killough and Nick Phaneuf (Back Corner Room) – For guitar and piano students ages 8-18
Can you hear the difference between a major and minor scale? How about a major and minor chord? If so you are ready to delve into this workshop. We will make connections between chords and scales. Why? Because you will be a more powerful musician. Look at the three most common chords in the common key of C major: C, F, and G. The chords affectionately written I, IV, V by musicians are pronounced one, four, five. We can hear these chords in tens of thousands of musical compositions from Mozart to Meatloaf. Why are they so great? Come to the workshop and find out. Still not convinced? Perhaps your drawn to a darker side of music. When the common chords I,IV,V become i-,iv-,v-, the music has a different character known as a 'minor tonality'. Sometimes these chords express sorrow or violence. But don't let that scare you. Scales come in every color of the rainbow. In this workshop we will discover new and important scales by mixing the major chord qualities of a major tonality (I, IV, V) with the minor chord qualities of a minor tonality (i-, iv-, v-). Spoiler alert: Mixolydian, Dorian, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor, and others.

4:00-5:00PM RHYTHM WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG STUDENTS with Mike Walsh and Adam MacDougall (Experimac Digital Classroom) – For students ages 8 and under, any instrument
Rhythm is a big part of music. Come spend an hour with drummer Mike Walsh and pianist Adam MacDougall for some fun rhythm games that are sure to improve your musicianship!

4:00-5:00PM AUDITION MASTER CLASS with Jim Dozet and Nicole Hajj (Haas Hall) – For students ages 10-18, any instrument
Have you ever auditioned for something on your instrument? A band or even All-State? Learn the skills you need to have a successful audition experience - including how not to get too stressed out about it! In this workshop students will play pieces they are working on in their lessons and gain confidence, support, and feedback on their performances in a safe and encouraging environment. 

5:30-6:30PM DRUM SET DUETS with Mike Walsh (Haas Hall) - For drum students ages 8-18
In this workshop drum students gain experience playing along with another drummer. We will discuss the importance of listening, dynamics, tempo, and repetition as well as what improvising is. We will have two drum sets on hand for all students to get an opportunity to improvise a duet with another drummer. All participating students will come to this workshop with two ideas they’ve memorized, a favorite beat or rhythm they like to play. We will then use those ideas as a starting point for improvising with another drummer. Ear protection required!

5:45-6:45PM SAMPLING LAB with Nick Phaneuf and Chris Klaxton (Experimac Digital Classroom) - for students ages 10-18, any instrument
 Students will learn about how a variety of material including pre-existing recordings and live recordings become "samples" that can then be used in electronic music production.

7:00-8:00PM PMAC LECTURE SERIES: ANNA NUTTALL - MUSIC TO MY EYES (A SURVEY OF ART/MUSIC CONNECTIONS) (Haas Hall) - for students ages 13 and up, including adults, any instrument
Come join us for a feast for the eyes and ears! We will go on an art and music adventure exploring the many kinds of amazing connections between these two dynamic disciplines. We'll see incredible visuals that can be conjured from the science of sound, and the artistic visions of musical rhythms, movements, compositions, and more. Likewise art can inspire, shape, and even organically integrate with music in myriad ways. Lets look and listen and fins out how artists, musicians, scientists and engineers from around the world have fused these two colorful and creative worlds! 


Thursday, June 1

3:30-4:30PM TELLING STORIES WITH MUSIC with Autumn Riley and Russ Grazier (Experimac Digital Classroom) - for students ages 8-12, any instrument
Music often tells a story - sometimes specific as in Peter and the Wolf, sometimes more general as in Pictures at an Exhibition. Come hear a variety of examples of storytelling through music, including soundtracks for film and cartoons, and orchestral and chamber music classics.

FULL - NO MORE ROOM: 3:30-4:30PM MUSIC MIND GAMES with Gianna Alden and Jim Dozet (Lamprey room) - for students ages 9 and under, any instrument
Join us for a fun time playing games while learning about music theory. We will play "war" with note value cards, play dominoes with "blue jello" rhythm cards, and create a rainbow with musical alphabet . Students will work cooperatively in pairs and in a group to play games and learn about note values, rhythms, and the musical alphabet. All instrument and voice students welcome!

3:30-4:30PM DRUM SET DUETS with Mike Walsh (Back Corner Room) – For drum set students ages 8-18
In this workshop drum students gain experience playing along with another drummer. We will discuss the importance of listening, dynamics, tempo, and repetition as well as what improvising is. We will have two drum sets on hand for all students to get an opportunity to improvise a duet with another drummer. All participating students will come to this workshop with two ideas they’ve memorized, a favorite beat or rhythm they like to play. We will then use those ideas as a starting point for improvising with another drummer. Ear protection required!

FULL - NO MORE ROOM: 3:30-4:30PM MEET THE UKE! with Steve Roy (Haas Hall) – For students ages 10-18, any instrument, no prior Ukulele experience needed, PMAC provides the Ukuleles
Learn some simple songs and jam with other students. PMAC will provide ukuleles for up to ten students who do not have them! If you own a ukulele, bring it!

4:45-5:45PM PRACTICE TECHNIQUES with Jeff Auger and Mike Effenberger (Back Corner Room) – For students ages 10-18, any instrument
Join us as we discuss and learn about different ways of approaching practice time, including strategies for technique, listening, working on "problem spots," and more!

5:00-6:00PM LISTENING WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG STUDENTS with Nicole Hajj and Gianna Alden (Experimac Digital Classroom) - For students ages 8 and under, any instrument
Listen, talk, and learn about music! This is a fun way to hear music you've never imagined!

5:00-6:00PM WHAT IS OPERA? with Maria Boudreau and Gianna Alden (Lamprey Room) - For students ages 10-18, any instrument
A simple introduction to the different components of opera; musical style, singing style, costumes, and history. Shown through musical and visual examples.

6:30-7:30PM THE MUSIC OF TOM WAITS with Jonny Peiffer (Experimac Digital Classroom) - for students ages 13 and up, including adults, any instrument
Sometimes he sounds like a unhinged carnival barking vaudevillian raconteur, other times like a cooing Cookie Monster in love, sometimes like Louis Armstrong, and other times like Howling Wolf. His music is beautiful and strange, weirder than you can imagine, and also as steady as Springsteen and the Rolling Stones at times too. How does he do it?

7:00-8:00PM THE JAZZ LANGUAGE LECTURE SERIES: TAYLOR O'DONNELL - THE JAZZ VOCALIST, HOW TO MAKE A SONG YOUR OWN (Haas Hall) – For students ages 13 and up, including adults, any instrument
At its very core, jazz started out as a vocal tradition. Leading from field hollers and cries, spirituals, and the blues, the beginnings of this American art form developed through singing. Join us as we discuss the artists who used musical characteristics such as melodic improvisation, syncopated rhythms, and various unique textures and timbres to deliver a tune. From Billie Holiday's raw emotion and Louis Armstrong's rhythmic sensibility to Nat King Cole's integrity and Carmen McRae's irony, we will discuss how to take these musical elements to the practice room where you may explore your own sound, whether you are a vocalist or instrumentalist. Parents welcome!

Friday, June 2

3:45-4:45PM THE PENTATONIC AND BLUES SCALES ON GUITAR with Jim Dozet (Lamprey Room) – For guitar students ages 10-18
This workshop will focus on the 5 patterns of the pentatonic and "blues" scale on the guitar. We will discuss application and practice techniques.

4:00-5:00PM DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES with Ginna Macdonald and Taylor Blankenship (Haas Hall) – For students ages 8 and under, any instruments
Come get your groove on with us as we dance to some iconic artists in entertainment (danceable) music from the 40's onward. Listen and experiment with rhythm and music of the past 70 years in a social setting through Dance. Break out of your comfort zone, make friends and have the best kind of fun. Bring your dancing shoes and a friend ! (friend is optional)

5:30-7:00PM MODAL JAM SESSION WITH THE PMAC JAZZ FACULTY with Jim Dozet, Jonny Peiffer, Nick Phaneuf, and Mike Walsh (Haas Hall) – For students ages 13 and up, including adults, any instrument except voice
Come jam with the PMAC jazz faculty on a few classics of modal jazz: Impressions, Maiden Voyage, and So What. Prepare your music and come ready to solo! This is great for every level - from first-time improvisors to experienced jazz players.