Play-along events

Our 2019 celebration will include TEN free, family-friendly play-along events. Our 2019 play-alongs feature our partners at Maine State Music Theater, Congress Square Arts, Portland High School, and more.


Instrument Petting Zoo

Name of musician leader/teacher: Casco Bay High School musicians
Location of event: Congress Square Park (corners of High and Congress Streets in Downtown Portland)
Start and end time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A FREE music workshop for kids will be taking place on June 21st from 4-6pm in Congress Square Park in Downtown Portland. Advanced high-school musicians will be setting up an instrument “petting zoo” for elementary and middle school students to explore! Introduce yourself or your child to a new instrument, participate in a casual mini-lesson, and gain further resources about any instrument of your choice. There will be stations in Violin, Cello, Viola, Guitar, Drum kit, Trumpet, Bass, Hand Drums, Saxophone, Banjo and more! There will be information on accessible and affordable lessons and high schoolers will elaborate on where music education has taken them (some have toured all over the country with orchestras, others are in rock bands, and all have made amazing friendships through music). Learning an instrument boosts SAT scores, improves coordination, and creates everlasting connections between people within communities. Stop by anytime from 4-6pm to check it out!

Pirates in the Park

Name of musician leader/teacher: Maine State Music Theatre
Location of event: Monument Square
Start and end time: 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Argh Matey! Maine State Music Theatre and Coast 93.1 invite all to come out dressed as pirates for a swashbuckling good time. Maine State Music Theatre actors starring in the musical adaptation of “Treasure Island” will demonstrate a fight-dance sequence and perform songs from the musical.

Introduction to Ukulele

Name of musician leader/teacher: Lee Urban of Ukuleles Heal the World
Location of event: Lincoln Park, Congress Street
Start and end time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Want to learn how to play a ukulele, the funnest instrument around? For all ages. After ten minutes, you’ll be strumming and singing your first song. By the end of the hour, you very well may know five chords (four of which can be played using only ONE finger!) and be able to play three songs. And then you’ll know your way around a ukulele so you can learn to play even more songs on your own. If you don’t have a ukulele, we’ll have one of 25 you can use. You don’t need to know anything about music theory. All you do need is an interest in learning how to make your own music on a ukulele, the funnest instrument around.

About Ukuleles Heal the World
Ukuleles Heal The World is a non-profit grassroots effort by lovers of ukuleles to share the power of the ukulele to spread smiles, enhance self-confidence, and promote peace; and in those ways and many more help to heal the world. It accomplishes its mission by leading free Ukulele Camps for people of all ages.

Learn more on Facebook.

Shower Singing

Name of musician leader/teacher:  N/A
Location of event: Lobsterman Park (Middle and Temple streets)
Start and end time:  12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

That’s right, we’re putting a “shower” in the middle of a park and want you to get inside to sing your heart out! There will be a shower curtain so no one can SEE you when you sing, but there will be a microphone and amp so everyone can HEAR you!

Instrument Building Garden

Name of musician leader/teacher: N/A
Location of event: Post Office Plaza (Exchange and Middle streets)
Start and end time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join the Make Music Day celebration by making your own instruments! There will be tables set up with a variety arts and crafts materials for kids (and adults) to make musical instruments; from cardboard box guitars to tin can drums, and everything in between. Come get creative and make music with us!

Ukulele Jam

Name of musician leader/teacher: Lynne & Rock Gammon of The Portland Ukulele Social Club
Location of event: Monument Square (1 Monument Way)
Start and end time: 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

The Portland Ukulele Social Club, led by Lynne and Rick Gammon, is a loosely organized group of ukulele enthusiasts who come together once a month to play music and socialize. Players with all levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to strum and sing with us.

Join us for a group jam as part of Make Music Portland.

Bucket Drumming

Name of musician leader/teacher: NA
Location of event: Bell Buoy Park
Start and end time: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join us for a fun jam session of bucket drumming! No experience necessary!

Harmonica Lessons

Name of musician leader/teacher: Aaron Seglin of 13 Scotland Rd.
Location of event: Tommy’s Park (185 Middle St.)
Start and end time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thanks to Hohner, we will have 100 harmonicas on hand to give out to anyone who wants to give it a go at playing. A local musician will join us to give free lessons, or just come by and jam out with us.

Circle Singing

Name of musician leader/teacher: Kathy Slack
Location of event: Post Office Park (Middle and Exchange streets)
Start and end time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us for a 15 minute mini-performance of adult women voice students and then a 45 minute facilitated improvisational singing activity for all ages.

Come explore the world of vocal improvisation in which participants will experience the joys of jazz improvisation in circle songs (as demonstrated in much of Bobby McFerrin’s contemporary work), as well as the thrill of creating songs “in the moment.” Open to all ages and abilities!

Hand Drumming Circle

Name of musician leader/teacher: Aaron Seglin of 13 Scotland Rd.
Location of event: Post Office Park (Middle and Exchange streets)
Start and end time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Come join us for a hand drumming circle! Grab your drum and swing by to jam, or learn a few tips from our leader Aaron Seglin. This is open to everyone, regardless of your skill level.