free music week


a week of free music lessons

JANUARY 25-30, 2021

Always wanted to play something…or take your skills to the next level? Have a child who just loves music? PMAC Online is partnering with Service Credit Union to offer 100 FREE music lessons on PLAY- a new virtual learning program that allows people to work one-on-one with a teaching artist in their home! It’s fun. It’s easy. And for one week – it’s FREE!

Please note: Free music week is available to anyone ages 10+, youth or adult, who is not currently enrolled in individual instruction at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) to take one free online lesson on an age-appropriate instrument of their choice. 

only 100 spots available

Sign up for a FREE 30 Minute Music Lesson

PMAC and Service Credit Union are excited to launch our first Free Music Week. If you were not able to sign up for this week, but would like to learn more about the programs available at PMAC, please email

Sign up for a FREE PMAC Bonus Opportunity

either with the New Horizons Band, Ukulele Jam or a group art class!

how it works

Students enrolled in our FREE MUSIC WEEK program will get a 30-minute private lesson on PMAConline PLAY – a new virtual learning program that makes it easy to play from anywhere in a pressure-free setting. Students set their goal and are matched with a teaching artist that helps them get there!

frequently asked questions

Who can participate in Free Music Week?

Anyone ages 10 and up, youth or adult, who is not currently enrolled in individual instruction at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) may take one free online lesson on an age-appropriate instrument of their choice. Current PMAC students enrolled in individual instruction, classes, or ensembles may sign up to take one free lesson on a new instrument only, subject to availability. Priority will be given to students who are new to PMAC, with current students scheduled if space is available.

How do I sign up?

Simply complete the online registration form with your lesson or class preferences. Once you submit, expect to hear from a member of our PMAC Admissions Team within 2 business days to confirm receipt of your inquiry and define next steps. Please note that PMAC will be closed for the holiday break from Dec 21 through Jan 3 and our response time may be delayed during that period.

What do I need to participate?

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. If you are taking an instrument lesson (piano, guitar, saxophone, etc.), we recommend that you have an instrument in working condition so you may get the full experience, but 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.

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 the day following 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?

Yes, 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 fill out and submit the appropriate Tuition Aid form below:

Short Form (This application is specifically for clients of the Portsmouth Housing Authority, or those who receive housing subsidies from another city/town and/or qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Long Form (This application is our general application for anyone applying for Tuition Aid at PMAC)

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


As a dynamic, member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, Service Credit Union is dedicated to offering quality financial services and products. In 1957, the credit union was established to provide affordable credit to the Pease Air Force Base community. Now the largest credit union in New Hampshire, with over $4.4 billion in assets and 50 branch locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Germany, we continue to serve our communities and provide a better future to our members. For more information, visit or call toll free 1-800-936-7730 in the U.S. and 00800-4728-2000 internationally. Follow us on Twitter at @ServiceCU, Instagram at @ServiceCreditUnion and Facebook at