One of our primary missions at MCMA is school and community outreach as we believe music has the power to not only enrich individual lives but also to build stronger communities. We offer community programming through area schools and organizations and at our beautiful studio space.
Through our programming, MCMA has reached over 1,000 students in the greater Rockland area, and this number continues to grow each year. We value community collaborations, and we have partnered with over fourteen local area schools and nonprofits to deliver community programming to children, special needs students, seniors, and at-risk teens.
We are passionate about building collaborations and relationships with partnering schools and organizations. If you are interested in partnering with us, fill out the form below and our communications coordinator will be contact you directly.
PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZATIONS
MCMA has developed and delivered curriculum for a wide number of area schools and organizations, including RSU #13 schools; Matinicus, Monhegan, Vinalhaven, and North Haven Island Schools; Camden Hills; local public libraries; MSAD #40; Partners for Enrichment; Sweetland School; St. George MSU; Broadreach; and the Coastal Children's Museum.
We work closely with our partner organizations to tailor our offerings specifically to each new collaboration. Examples of past programs include:
Jazz band clinics and guest conducting
Audition coaching sessions for All States and District 3
One-time workshops on songwriting, composition, improvisation, or any variety of topics
After-school Rock Ensemble
We offer a number of flexible options for schools and businesses interested in working with MCMA to provide music programming, custom tailoring each detail of the program to your specific needs.
Humming and Drumming: Music for Little Learners
MCMA is proud to partner with the Davis Family Foundation to offer a free Pre-K class at Ash Point Community School in Owls Head, Maine. The program is for 3-5 year olds and their caretakers and is grounded in the Italian Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes exploration of musical instruments and concepts in an informal social setting. This aligns with MCMA’s goal of supporting increased executive functioning.
In addition to guided instrument exploration, the class instructors facilitate group songs, musical play, and dance. As students make observations and connections between various types of musical play, instructors introduce corresponding ideas of melody, timbre, texture, dynamics, rhythm, and phrases. These fundamental elements of music have close parallels to visual arts principles, helping to build children’s vocabulary across multiple art forms.
The group class also provides significant social emotional benefits. A recent clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics provides evidence that not only does guided play increase “executive functioning skills” and “[improve] life course trajectories,” it also promotes problem solving, negotiation, and cooperation, all essential factors in whole-child readiness for more formal learning environments (Yogman et al., 2018).
Classroom Music, grades K-5
This year, MCMA is partnering with St. George Municipal School Unit to provide classroom music, grades K-5 to the students. Each week, faculty members Joe and Abi teach each grade 35 minute classes that are aligned with the Maine Learning Results and National Standards. Students use Orff instruments, ukuleles, recorders, small percussion instruments, singing, movement, circle games, and more to learn in a classroom music setting.
Midcoast Music Academy admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities, generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school administered programs.