An important part of being a musician is sharing your music with people. To that end, MCMA works to provide as many performance opportunities for students as possible. Performances in varying venue sizes are offered to try to accommodate varying performance comfort levels. All performances are optional, and we work to make sure each student will have a successful experience performing.
Once a semester, Midcoast Music Academy hosts an open mic: a low-key, come-as-you-are performances that fosters performance confidence. This is a terrific chance for students to practice performing in front of an incredibly supportive, smaller audience. Often, our younger students will debut their musical abilities at the open mic. Other students use it as a chance to showcase a work in progress, as a chance to play a mini-set, or jam with other students and faculty.
Each fall and spring semester culminates in a recital at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine. Students work with instructors in the weeks leading up to the performance to prepare. All aspects of stage performance are covered with the student(s) to ready them as much as possible. Performing can be nerve-wracking for even the most seasoned musician. To that end, our fabulous faculty works with each student or ensemble to help them feel prepped and calm. Often, faculty members will support their students on other instruments.
As an annual fundraiser, MCMA hosts a playathon. Our students pledge to raise a certain amount of money to perform for a section of time during the playathon, with the goal of providing continuous music for three hours. This performance opportunity is ideal for both the beginning student wanting to support MCMA and for more seasoned ensembles and performers looking for stage time and a chance to perform entire sets.
MCMA is very fortunate to have an ongoing partnership with both the North Atlantic Blues Festival, one of the most prestigious blues festivals on the East Coast, and the Lobster Festival. Each year, the campers who participate in the Blues Intensive open the NABF with a half-hour set both days. This year, members of the Gig Camp performed a half-hour set on the Maine Stage at the Lobster Fest.
Throughout the year, MCMA is approached by the Town of Rockland or other community organizations to provide live music for events. As a community music school, we encourage these collaborations and seek to give back to our ever supportive local community.
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.