For specific information and to schedule outreach programs, contact:
Director of Museum Education 
Melissa Palmer
609-224-6032 or


To schedule a field trip, contact Sandi Adams:609-224-6043  or

Each spring, MAC presents the Cape May Music Festival, a three-week music series featuring the residency of the New York Chamber Ensemble and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.  During the school year, MAC also presents an educational outreach program in conjunction with the Festival. The project is "Song to Symphony" with composer Eliot Bailen. Each year a different topic is chosen and Mr. Bailen visits classrooms to write songs with students to relate the story in music. The project culminates in a concert featuring the songs written and performed by students.


 The Cape May Music Festival is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.


For specific information, contact Chief Outreach Strategist Mary Stewart at 609-224-6049 or

Minimum Expense for Maximum Education
MAC's high quality educational programs are available at no or low cost to local schools.  A detailed price list is available.

In addition, MAC offers music history education programs that can benefit your students. The programs are presented by a professional musician who is one of MAC's trained Museum Educators:


  • John Philip Sousa: the Man and his Music: America’s March King tells how he changed American music and encouraged young musicians.

  • Music of the Civil War Era: Learn about the music that inspired the North and the South while also reflecting their competing cultures.

  • Music of the Victorian Era illustrates the rich variety of music of the Victorian era from Sousa’s patriotic marches, to Stephen Foster’s minstrel songs, to the great classical works of the era, to the birth of jazz.

  • Supernatural Music features music with macabre and spiritual themes, including many pieces still popular today.

  • Music of World War I Era: A sight and sound presentation including both patriotic and popular works including Cohan, Sousa, Berlin, Kern, and Gershwin among others.

  • Music of the War Years describes the music that accompanied America's war effort.  Famous big bands and their leaders and vocalists are featured.

  • Down Memory Lane lets your students enjoy the unique sounds of the 1950s and 1960s, including Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues and Doo-Wop, as they learn about Wildwood and the South Jersey seashore's important role in the era. 

  • Blues & Jazz: Uniquely American Music: Your students will learn about these American musical forms that swept the world.

  • The Classical Masters- Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven: The lives, times and music of the big three of the classical era. This is the music of the “The Enlightened Age.”

  • Turn of the 20th Century American Music: Presenting music of Vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, Ragtime and John Philip Sousa done in character by the March King himself. Can be presented in one or two parts.

  • The Music of George Gershwin: An appreciation of the life and times of the composer who “made a lady out of Jazz.” Singing along is encouraged.

  • American Popular Standards: The great standards from the 30s, 40s and 50s have marvelous histories. The program examines the songs, writers and performers of these legendary tunes.

  • The Big Band Era: Recall the legendary bands for the Swing Era and their colorful leaders. Presented by an alumnus of Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians.

  • New Jersey Musicians: Featuring the varied talents of Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen. Count Basie, Frankie Valle, Fats Waller, Ziggy Elman and Paul Simon.

  • Christmas Music: A medley of traditional and modern songs of the season and the stories behind their creation. Singing along encouraged.

  • American Patriotic Music: From Yankee Doodle through the Battle Hymn of the Republic to God Bless America, a parade of favorite patriotic songs and the stories behind them.

  • The Music of Frank Sinatra: A sight and sound presentation on the memorable man and his music by a member of his New York orchestra.

  • Water Music: The music of G.F. Handel, Claud Debussy, Irving Berlin and others.
    Sherlock Holmes and Music: A exploration of the musical references that appear in the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • The Music of the Spheres: Music of the heavens and earth from Pythagoras to the 20th century.


For specific information and to schedule live and distance learning lessons, contact: Director of Museum Education Melissa Palmer at 609-224-6032 or