As a member of the Seacoast community, the chance to experience arts and culture are plentiful. You likely know most of the channels to find a great concert, art show, or unique performance. But what if you want to pursue a lifelong dream of learning to draw, paint, or play an instrument? Maybe you already play an instrument and want to join a chamber ensemble or band? Read on as to why community arts education could be for you!

  • Professional Teaching Artists – Learn from professional musicians and artists who are not only passionate about their craft but dedicated to teaching students of all ages and levels.
  • Community Connections – Meet others in the community who value learning and building their music and art skills.
  • Performance Opportunities – Perform in recitals and show your art both at PMAC in our Haas Family Gallery and Recital Hall and offsite at locations such as 3S Art Space, The Press Room, and Book and Bar.
  • Access to Concerts and Art Shows – PMAC offers free concerts, lectures, and art receptions throughout the year. We also host innovative concert collaborations with area non-profits, a yearly jazz festival, and a gala. Read about our Summer 2019 event, Bowie and the Moon, a partnership with 3S ArtSpace.
  • Additional Education – Participate in music workshops, access career and college consultations, attend open houses and more!

Studying at a community arts school like PMAC can provide many more opportunities beyond the time spent in a private lesson, rehearsal, or in the classroom. At PMAC our mission is 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. Visit our website to learn more about our tuition aid and scholarships and to see our full course catalog.

Contributed by PMAC’s Director of Education, Michelle Shoemaker


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