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Building community through music

The mission of the Northampton Community Music Center is to foster the love and pursuit of music through quality education, performances and activities that are accessible to all.

NCMC was founded in 1986 by Bill Feinstein in cooperation with a small group of parents concerned by the passage of Proposition 2 1⁄2 which dismantled many of the music education programs in Northampton’s public schools.

After eleven years of operating out of limited, temporary spaces, NCMC finally moved into a home of its own – the historic South Street School building – in 1997, which it leased from the City of Northampton.  A capital campaign paid for renovations to the first and second floors of the building, for which NCMC received a Historic Preservation Award from the Northampton Historical Commission in 1999.  In 2012, NCMC completed renovations to its lower level, offering in total 15 teaching studios, 2 recital halls, a music library and a recording studio.  In 2018, NCMC purchased the building from the City of Northampton.

NCMC has in a very short period of time grown into a vital cultural resource for Western Massachusetts, employing more than 50 professional faculty members and providing music lessons and classes to more than 800 students annually.