a week of free music and art lessons

JANUARY 24-28, 2022

Always wanted to play or create something…or take your skills to the next level? Have a child who just loves music or art? PMAC is partnering with Service Credit Union to offer 100 FREE music and art lessons at PMAC or online.  Work one-on-one with a professional teaching artist!

It’s fun. It’s easy. And for one week – it’s FREE!

Please note: Free Music and Art Week is available to anyone ages 5 – 105, youth or adult, who is not currently enrolled in individual instruction at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) to take one free in-person or online lesson on an age-appropriate instrument of their choice.

only 100 spots available

Thank You for Your Interest

At this time all available slots have been filled. If you are not able to sign up for this week, but would like to learn more about the programs available at PMAC, please email

Learn More about PMAC Programs on our Get To Know PMAC Page!

how it works

Students enrolled in our FREE MUSIC AND ART WEEK program will get a 30-minute private lesson. Students set their goal and are matched with a teaching artist who helps them get there!

frequently asked questions

Who can participate in Free Music and Art Week?

Anyone ages 5 – 105+, youth or adult, who is not currently enrolled in individual instruction at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) may take one free in-person or online lesson on an age-appropriate instrument of their choice.

How do I sign up?

Simply complete the online registration form with your lesson preferences. Once you submit the form, you will receive an email acknowledging your submission. The scheduling process of selecting your lesson time and day will begin after January 5, 2022, and requests will be processed in the order that they were received.  Please note: PMAC will be closed for the holiday break from Dec 21, 2021 through Jan 2, 2022.

What do I need to participate?

For online lessons, you will need a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection, microphone, and video camera (the microphone and camera can be built into the computer). You will also need to be able to run Zoom on your device.

For both online and in person instrumental (piano, guitar, saxophone, etc.) music lessons, we recommend that you have an instrument in working condition so you may get the full experience. If you do not yet have an instrument and would still like to meet with a teaching artist to learn about private lessons, that is possible. Priority will be given to students who have instruments to play during their lesson. For online art lessons, a recommended list of supplies will be sent prior to the lessons. For in person art lessons, students will use supplies in our art classroom.

What will I experience during my free lesson?

The free lesson is an opportunity for you to meet a teaching artist, learn a skill related to the instrument, voice, or art medium, and answer any questions you may have about our individual instruction program.

I loved my lesson and want to continue. How do I register?

A member of our admissions team will follow-up via email within a few days of your lesson, and will be ready to guide you through the enrollment process.

Will I be able to study with the same teaching artist I met during my free lesson?

Possibly, if there is an appropriate opening in the teaching artist’s schedule. Otherwise, we will match you up with another one of our excellent teachers.

Is tuition aid available?

Yes! Please go to our Tuition Aid page on our website and submit your aid application.

Please contact Michelle Shoemaker, Director of Education at to learn more about need-based tuition-aid.

Still Have Questions?

Call 603-431-4278 or email

Students will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. SPACE IS LIMITED, so sign up now!

This event is generously supported by Service Credit Union


A dynamic, member-owned financial Cooperative, Service Credit Union is dedicated to providing a banking experience that improves our members’ lives and the communities in which they live. Established in 1957 to provide affordable credit to the Pease Air Force Base community, and now the largest credit union in New Hampshire, with over $5 billion in assets and 50 branch locations in the New England region and Germany, we continue to provide a better future to our members all over the world. To learn more about Service Credit Union, please visit

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