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Summer at Midcoast Music Academy

Posted May 30, 2019


Every summer, Midcoast Music Academy (MCMA), located in Rockland, Maine, offers a variety of day camps. Each camp is run by our world-class faculty who fill every day with instruction, rehearsal, music games, encouragement, support and more. Students will have the opportunity to work individually with the faculty and hone their skills as they collaborate with other student musicians. An exciting final performance concludes each week-long intensive.

This year we have expanded our offerings and now offer a total of six week-long camps!

  • Songwriter's Camp, June 24-28: Students will learn the ins and outs of songwriting, write individual songs, record demos, and celebrate by performing their songs at an open-mic style party on Friday evening. Throughout the week, students will explore themes such as cultivating creativity, how to tell powerful stories through both words and melodies, and stage performance techniques.
  • Blues Intensive, July 8-12, performance at North Atlantic Blues Fest July 13 & 14: An immersive experience in all things blues -- the history, the style, and the music of legends like John Lee Hooker and Big Mama Thornton -- culminating in a once in a lifetime opportunity as students take the big stage at the North Atlantic Blues Festival on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15th to open the weekend's festivities. Visiting teachers will work with students in breakout groups to refine both their individual and ensemble skills.
  • Film Scoring, July 22-26, in collaboration with Smooth Feather Productions: Based on sketched storyboard and musical themes from Smooth Feather, students will compose and record several pieces to be used as part of a film score. They will communicate regularly with the director both in person and online as the score develops. The film will be scripted and shot during Smooth Feather's week-long Film School camp. MCMA campers will be invited to attend the premiere of the film on August 9th in Kezar Falls.
  • Gig Camp, July 29-August 2, performance at the Lobster Festival: Students in Gig Camp will get a taste of everything that’s involved in being a part of a gigging band; from choosing, rehearsing and polishing for performances to recording a demo and marketing their group locally. They will learn how to book a gig and set up their gear for a performance. They will perform several times during the week at local venues. The final performance will be at the Maine Lobster Festival.
  • Jazz Intensive, August 5-9: This exciting new program offers young instrumentalists and vocalists the chance to dive deep into all things jazz. Led by our talented instructors, students will explore the history of the genre and how it influenced the music scene as we know it. This is a perfect program for students who are in jazz band and want to take their playing to the next level as well as for those who would love to play jazz but have been nervous to give it a try. Students will listen, play, improvise, create and record in a supportive, fun setting.
  • Musical Theater, August 12-16: Come explore the magical world of musical theater! Students will choose a selection of musical theater scenes to create a show. Skills addressed will be blocking, choreography, emotive singing, stylistically correct vocal technique, creative movement, staging, makeup and costumery, and character development. Students will have the opportunity to perform at the end of the camp.

Each session costs $375, except for the Blues Intensive and Gig Camp which each cost $425. If your child enrolls in additional weeks and/or enrolls with a sibling, a 10% discount will be applied. There is some with tuition assistance available; if you would like to inquire about this please contact us for more information.

Our camps runs Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m at our studio on 279 Main Street, Rockland. We will be meeting in our ensemble room, with the day organized approximately as following:

  • Morning Session (9:30-12:00): Direct instructional time, guest speakers, theory, improv/music games, group conversations, topics review, writing/playing sessions.
  • Lunch (12:00-1:00): To be held outside every day if weather permits. Feel free to bring soccer balls, footballs, frisbees, etc. Please plan on providing packed lunches for students. We will provide snacks and a pizza party for Friday’s lunch.
  • Afternoon Session (1:00-3:30): Playing time and rehearsals!

In addition to the lead teacher, all camps will have the support of a teaching assistant and specialty guest teachers to make sure students have instrument-specific instruction.

For more information, or to register, visit or call 207.701.7410. We look forward to making music with you!