The Beverly Pickering Music & Alzheimer's Project

The Beverly Pickering Music & Alzheimer’s Project aims to foster connections between nursing home residents and the local community through live music and interactive musical experiences. In 2006, Music & Alzheimer’s Project began under the guidance of the late Beverly Pickering. With the help of NCMC’s Executive Director Jason Trotta and countless volunteers, the project came to life, bringing weekly music performances to nursing homes and rehabilitation centers around the Valley. Initially funded by the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the program has been able to continue at Linda Manor in Leeds and CareOne at Northampton with the ongoing support of the local community.

The musicians who volunteer for this project are NCMC students or teachers, local college students, or community members, both amateur and professional. With their support and interest, as well as that of the greater Northampton community, The Beverly Pickering Music & Alzheimer’s Project has been able to continue and thrive.

If you are a musician and would like to volunteer to perform at one or both of the nursing centers, please contact Project Coordinator George Owens at If you have interest in supporting this project with a monetary contribution, please visit our donation page. Thank you.

You can also stay up to date with recent performances in this program by visiting NCMC Music & Alzheimer's Program facebook page.

Note:  Due to COVID-19, this program is on temporary hiatus and will resume when conditions are safe to do so.

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Music & Alzheimer's: Cognitive Behavior Modification Through Music

A Guide for Community Music Schools

To read more about this project, you can download the book for free here.

Northampton Community Music Center

139 South Street

Northampton, MA  01060

(413) 585-0001

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NCMC is a proud member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

NCMC programs are made possible in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Chamber music at NCMC is supported by a grant from ACMP (Associated Chamber Music Players).

Due to COVID-19, our building is closed to visitors, but you can reach our Registrar Kim by phone during these hours:

Mondays  9:00-2:00

Tuesdays  9:00-2:00

Wednesdays  9:00-2:00

Thursdays  9:00-2:00

Alternatively, you can email NCMC's administrative staff at any time and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible:

Kim Hoff, Registrar

Jason Trotta, Executive DIrector