Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, 973 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-431-4278
MUSIC DEPARTMENT WORKSHOPS
Saturday, November 18 - Tuesday, November 21

Music Department Workshop Week is for all music students who are enrolled in the 2017 Fall 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 with the link below, calling 603.431.4278 
or by stopping by the front desk to sign up in person.

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.
Saturday, November 18

12:30PM – 1:30PM: STRING WORKSHOP: A Buffet for Your Bow (Lynne McMahon) For String Students, Ages 11-17
We will be focusing on our right hand to review the basics of bow grip and producing a good tone. We will also explore the special terms for many different bow strokes. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between staccato and spiccato? Do you know about portato or ricochet? Bring your instrument and come and find out!

1:45PM – 2:45PM: PIANO WORKSHOP: Scales Are Fun! (Adam MacDougall & Taylor Blankenship) For Piano Students, Ages 8-10
In this workshop, students will learn and review the basic fundamentals of major and minor scales, including how they are constructed, how to play them with good technique, and how to have fun practicing them. We will also explore other scales, such as chromatic, whole-tone, blues, and pentatonic scales. For students who are already interested in scales, this will be a fascinating deep-dive...and for students who think scales are just horribly boring technical exercises, this workshop should change their minds!

3:15PM – 4:15PM: DRUM WORKSHOP: Drum Department Masterclass I (Mike Walsh) For Drum Students, Ages 10 & Under
The goal of this workshop is for Drum students to meet one another and share what they’ve been learning this semester. We will discuss common issues, challenges, and methods we use to achieve our drumming goals. Each student will have an opportunity to share and perform something they’ve been working on in lessons: a new beat or drum fill, and song, or a recital piece. Be sure to bring your sticks and sheet music!

4:30PM – 5:30PM: DRUM WORKSHOP: Drum Department Masterclass II (Mike Walsh) For Drum Students, Ages 11-17 
The goal of this workshop is for Drum students to meet one another and share what they’ve been learning this semester. We will discuss common issues, challenges, and methods we use to achieve our drumming goals. Each student will have an opportunity to share and perform something they’ve been working on in lessons: a new beat or drum fill, and song, or a recital piece. Be sure to bring your sticks and sheet music!

6:00PM-7:30PM: JAZZ INSTITUTE WORKSHOP: Jam Session and Q&A (Matt Langley, Nick Phaneuf, & Mike Walsh) For Ages 12+
Jam with faculty members - Matt Langley, Mike Walsh and Nick Phaneuf! Bring questions about anything musical: performance, preparation, practice, gigs, etc. Students need to send their song choices to the PMAC office one week prior to the workshop. For piano, bass, guitar, drum set, woodwinds, brass, and strings. 
Sunday, November 19

1:00PM – 2:00PM: STRING WORKSHOP: Fun Ensemble Music (Gianna Alden & Diane Tiezzi) For String Students, Ages 11-17 
We will have fun learning some simple songs to play together with multiple parts for all levels of players. We will explore different styles of music, including popular tunes, classical, fiddle, and even some holiday music!

1:30PM – 2:30PM: VOCAL WORKSHOP: Circle Singing Workshop (Taylor O’Donnell) For Voice Students, Ages 14-17
How do many individual voices create one unified sound? How can you leave your individual mark in a group singing setting? Explore the history of circle singing and learn some of the songs that exemplify this art form. 

 2:15PM – 3:15PM: GUITAR WORKSHOP: Muting Techniques (Nick Phaneuf & Jim Dozet) For Guitar Students, Ages 11-17
Keeping the strings you’re not playing from ringing is hard! In this workshop, we will learn a combination of techniques to keep your playing sounding clean.

2:45PM-3:45PM: WOODWINDS & BRASS WORKSHOP: Fundamentals (Chris Klaxton) For Brass & Woodwind Students, Ages 8-17
A survey of brass and woodwinds fundamentals and daily maintenance including warm up, articulation, breath/air and how to conquer multiple objectives with one exercise.

3:00PM – 4:00PM: VOCAL WORKSHOP: Conquer Karaoke (Maria Boudreau & Taylor O’Donnell) For Voice Students, Ages 18 +
Learn how to sing popular music in a healthy way and make it your own. We'll discuss and practice how to use breath, forward resonance, and other "classical" vocal techniques to sing your favorite songs without hurting your voice, while still sounding like yourself. 

3:30PM – 4:30PM: VOCAL WORKSHOP: Make the Most of Your Warm-ups (Erin Smith) For Voice Students, Ages 8 - 13
Learn how to optimize your warm-up time, and leave with tools to help warm up your voice any time, anywhere!

4:30PM – 5:30PM: BLUEGRASS STYLES: Introduction to Bluegrass Music (Steve Roy & Melissa Caron) For Students 12+
In this workshop, we will learn about the essential elements that make up what we call bluegrass music. We'll talk about the history of bluegrass and play a few tunes. Bring your instrument! For guitar, fiddle, mandolin and upright bass.

4:45PM – 5:45PM: PIANO WORKSHOP: Piano Masterclass (Eric Klaxton & Nicole Hajj) For Piano Students, Ages 11-17
Learn to start seeing chords and relationships in between the chords in this class. In this workshop, students will learn how to recognize chord shapes through sight-reading.

6:00PM – 7:30PM: ADULT STUDENT WORKSHOP: Share Your Piece (Kibbie Straw & Russ Grazier) For Ages 21+, All Instruments 
Come prepared to play something you have been working on (even if it's not "finished"). Join in a body alignment and adjustment discussion while we enjoy some wine, cheese, & crackers. 


Monday, November 20

3:30PM – 4:30PM: STRING WORKSHOP: String Games! (Autumn Riley & Gianna Alden) For String Students, Ages 10 & Under
Bring your instrument and play some games created especially for young string players. Improve technique and have fun!

3:45PM – 4:45PM: GUITAR WORKSHOP: That’s My Favorite Song! (Jim Dozet) For Guitar Students, Ages 11-17
Join us for this Guitar-centric songwriting and song analysis workshop. Bring in your “favorite” song. We will listen as a group and figure out what is just so cool about it.

4:00PM – 5:00PM: PIANO WORKSHOP: Making Good Use of Practice Time (Jeff Auger & Adam MacDougall) For Piano Students, Ages 8-10
We will discuss different approaches to practicing, including creative aspects such as taking that scale you are working on and improvising or composing with it, etc.

4:00PM – 5:00PM: LISTENING WORKSHOP: Fills and Breaks (Nick Phaneuf) For All Instruments, Ages 11+
Students will listen to a variety of music from classical to hip hop and discuss the power of both repetition and the things that interrupt that repetition.

5:15PM – 6:15PM: PIANO WORKSHOP: Intro to Scales For Young Pianists (Carlos Sabina & Adam MacDougall) For Piano Students, Ages 8 & Under 
In this workshop, students will learn the basic fundamentals of major scales, including how they are constructed, how to play them with good technique, and how to have fun practicing them. 

6:00PM – 7:00PM: STRING WORKSHOP: Impromptu String Ensemble (Autumn Riley) For String Students, Ages 18+
Bring your instrument and learn some simple duets or trios as a group. Discuss methods and try techniques for reading a new piece quickly and accurately.

6:30PM – 7:30PM: PIANO WORKSHOP: Great Minds (Mike Effenberger & Jeff Auger) For Piano Students, Ages 11-17
How do the best musicians hear, see, and feel music? What are or what were they experiencing when they compose, perform, or listened? Can we get some of that, too? This workshop will look at what music meant to different pianists through bits of their life stories, their own words, and their music, including some of the giants of jazz, classical music, and rock. It's also meant to start a discussion about what music is for you. Speak your mind!

7:00PM – 8:00PM: DRUM WORKSHOP: Drum Department Studio Masterclass III (Mike Walsh) For Drum Students, Ages 18+ 
This description will work for all workshops: The goal of this workshop is for Drum students to meet one another and share what they’ve been learning this semester. We will discuss common issues, challenges, and methods we use to achieve our drumming goals. Each student will have an opportunity to share and perform something they’ve been working on in lessons: a new beat or drum fill, and song, or a recital piece. Be sure to bring your sticks and sheet music!
WORKSHOP DAY/TIME: Monday, November 20 from 

7:15PM – 8:15PM: WOODWIND & BRASS WORKSHOP: Masterclass (Eric Klaxton and Ginna Macdonald) For Woodwind & Brass Students, Ages 18 
In this master class led by Eric Klaxton, students will focus on breath. Learn about breathing and relaxation techniques that will free you up to play with more control and efficiency.

7:45PM – 8:45PM: PIANO WORKSHOP: Feed the Fire (Mike Effenberger & Taylor Blankenship) For Piano Students, Ages 18+
Motivation can make or break a student of any age, but it becomes extremely important with adult students. The realities of a complicated life, career, family, health, and who knows what else can easily get in the way of practice, which can slow progress and gradually demotivate. So, what to do? This workshop will address how to stay excited about music globally, which can not only stabilize but deepen and broaden the drive to get better. We'll talk about approaches towards feeding a whole-life love of music and keeping that fire burning.
Tuesday, November 21

3:30PM – 4:30PM: LISTENING WORKSHOP: Activating our Aural Engine (Ginna Macdonald) For All Instruments, 10 & Under
In this workshop, we will turn the idea of listening to music from a passive activity into an active exercise for the brain as we explore music across a variety of genres to spark imaginations and give PMAC’s younger students tools for engaging with music beyond just ‘hearing’ sound.

4:00PM – 5:00PM: PIANO WORKSHOP: The Black and White Forest (Nicole Hajj & Jonny Peiffer) For Piano Students, Ages 8 & Under 
Many different wild and fantastic things live in the Black and White Forest. And there’s music there too! Where does the wholly mammoth live? Where does the stegosaurus live? Where do the unicorns live? Answer: in the Black and White Forest. Come discover and play!

4:00PM – 5:00PM: GUITAR WORKSHOP: Hey, What’s This Knob For?- Q&A (Jim Dozet) For Guitar Students, Ages 10 & Under
When you are just starting out on guitar there are a lot of questions that need answers and none are too big or too small to ask. Come in with some questions about your instrument and we will get to the bottom of things together.

5:30PM – 6:30PM: DRUM WORKSHOP: A Functioning Cog in Some Great Machinery, Serving Something Beyond Me (Jim Rudolf & Jonny Peiffer) For Drum Students, Ages 11-17
As drummers it is imperative to remember that we are primarily accompanists. In this workshop listen to and discuss the different methods and strategies drummers use to fulfill their various roles in ensembles.

6:45PM – 7:45PM: GUITAR WORKSHOP: The Chord-Scale Connection (I-IV-V) (Bryan Killough & Jason Crigler) For Guitar Students, Ages 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.