As a contemporary music school, lessons at MCMA are designed around the interest of the student and their specific learning goals. Whether it’s rock, pop, classical, or folk, we believe students should play what they love and love what they play! We further support students’ creativity by encouraging students to compose their own songs, practice improvisation, and personalize every piece of music they study.
Music is a universal language, and we value the opportunity to teach all students to be fluent in that language. To that end, we weave the fundamentals of music -- theory, notation, and ear training -- into all of our instruction. This balance of fun and theory is at the heart of everything we do. MCMA offers three different options for music instruction:
One-on-one instruction in increments of 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length. For children 12 and under, we recommend beginning with a 30 minute lesson. Teens and adults often choose a 45 or 60 minute lesson to allow more time for more in-depth instruction on topics such as technique, theory, and improvisation.
Labs are semi-private, small group lessons of 2-4 students of approximately the same skill level studying the same instrument or focusing on a similar skill on different instruments. Labs are 45 minutes in length. Please contact us if you and a friend or family member are interested in starting a lab.
Groups & Ensembles
A 60 minute class of 4+ students. Groups will study the same instrument, and ensembles will study different instruments to create a band experience. Student ensembles at MCMA create band names, pick stage names for themselves, and often perform at our end of semester recitals.
Our professional faculty offer instruction on acoustic and electric guitar, upright bass, bass guitar, digital music, piano, ukulele, drum set, world percussion, violin, viola, voice, trumpet, flute, alto saxophone, clarinet, theory, songwriting, and more to students ages 5 and above. At the beginning of each semester, instructors and students set goals that will be used to chart the student's learning and help provide context for weekly lessons. Over the course of the semester, instructors will help students develop practice routines that are effective and age appropriate, expand students' musical horizons by suggesting listening homework, and engage students in age-appropriate theory like notation, composition, improvisation, and ear training.
Prospective students are welcome to schedule a one time introductory lesson to determine if the lesson will be a good fit for both the student and instructor. Introductory lessons include a tour of our facilities, a lesson to get acquainted with a student’s prospective instructor, and a discussion of student goals and interests. Intro lessons can be scheduled for 30, 45, or 60 minutes with payment due after lesson completion; intro lessons are billed at $30, $45, and $60 accordingly.
Students may sign up at any point during the year, and we will be happy to prorate tuition based on start date. Every effort will be made to accommodate student requests for scheduling. Age requirements for group classes will be determined by the instructor on a case-by-case basis. Enrollment is open to students of all abilities ages 5 years old and above, and includes perks like participation in our annual recitals, community events, and open mics, end of semester master classes, and access to studio facilities for individual practice and band rehearsals.
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.