Explore + Learn

Explore + Learn

PMAC Youth Jazz Ensemble


We are very pleased to announce the selection of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast as our Explore + Learn Partner of the Year! The Explore + Learn program seeks to provide learning opportunities to our greater community by way of the arts, opportunities which include connecting our partners with the world-renowned artists who perform at The Music Hall each year in order to open the doors of knowledge for learners of all ages. This partnership will include both educational and entertainment opportunities for BBBS ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles,’ such as: complimentary or discounted tickets to Music Hall shows and films and access to Master Classes and “Meet and Greets” with the artists visiting The Music Hall.

According to Programming Coordinator, Chris Curtis, “We are thrilled to be working with such a great organization, which is celebrating 35 years serving Rockingham and Strafford counties, the vision of which is that all children achieve success in life.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast Executive Director, Stacy Kramer says, “We are thrilled to be chosen by The Music Hall for this wonderful opportunity because it will enrich the lives of the children we serve.  Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  We match a child with a mentor that will provide hope and opportunity for the children we serve and this year The Music Hall is our partner in this endeavor.  We currently serve over 300 children and have many waiting to be matched so this a great opportunity to serve more kids that are in need through experiential learning and helping us raise awareness about the need for mentors right here in our community.”

Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast


Opportunities abound to explore and learn at The Music Hall. This includes community partnerships offering master classes and other educational events for students, and events open to the public, such as Q&A discussions with star writers and performers and interactive post-film conversations with experts. The Music Hall offers patrons the chance to delve a little deeper. Here are some of our favorite recent and upcoming Explore + Learn activities - stay up to date on new programs offered throughout the season by signing up for e-news below.

November 16, 2012:
The amazing singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick held a songwriting workshop with 11 students and three teachers from PMAC. Within a judgment-free zone, students unleashed their creativity in a writing exercise and got feedback from Ferrick, who said: “You kids are amazing. You are at an age when there is so much inside that can fuel good writing and you all seem to be very insightful— it’s so good to see!”

April 7, 2012:
Eight young singers from Berwick, Maine schools attended The Met @ The Music Hall: Manon. Board member Angelynne Hinson, who works with the singers on their craft, spearheaded the outing which was the students’ first exposure to live Opera and, for many, their first visit to The Music Hall! 

April 3, 2012:
School Days Series: The Color of Justice -  The story of a courageous young girl and a great warrior for justice, and their battle for equal rights. Thurgood Marshall, prominent legal counsel for the NAACP, has been traveling around the country looking for families who will challenge the segregation law, and who have the courage to take their lawsuits all the way to the nation’s highest court.

March 28, 2012:
School Days Series: ImaginOcean - A one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show, Tony Award – nominee John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean is a magical undersea adventure. Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel are three best friends who just happen to be fish, and they’re about to set out on a journey of discovery which begins with a treasure map. As they swim off in search of clues, they’ll sing, they’ll dance, and they’ll make new friends, including everyone in the audience. Ultimately they discover the greatest treasure of all is friendship.

March 23, 2012:
The Music Hall worked with Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) to produce two daytime Explore + Learn Jazz shows, prior to their annual Jazz Night concert in the Loft. Portsmouth Middle School music students, Krempels Center members and pre-schoolers from the Community Child Care Center were treated to live music played by some of the area’s best players in The Music Hall Founders Lobby. After the performances, one at 11am and another at 1pm, the musicians talked with attendees and answered questions about the art of Jazz.

March 6, 2012:
School Days Series: The Math Maniac  - Math matters! If you want to add fun, subtract boredom, multiply test scores and keep your students’ undivided attention, then The Math Maniac Show is your correct answer to an A+ educational program. When students have fun, learning happens!


Encompassing a variety of programs, Explore + Learn at The Music Hall seeks to provide learning opportunities to our greater community by way of the arts. From live theater for young learners, their teachers and families in our School Days Series, to Master Classes with world-renowned artists. From Q&As with celebrated authors in our Writers on a New England Stage series to the “Global Issues and Local Resources” represented by the post-film panels of the Film Matters series and so much more, the top-notch arts and artists which The Music Hall brings to the Seacoast each year can open doors of knowledge for learners of all ages. Explore + Learn with The Music Hall. Learning should always be this fun.

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