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.


Beverly Pickering (1913-2011)

Beverly was born, Beverly T. Johnson in Fargo, North Dakota on November 18, 1931 to Emery Nels Johnson and Johanna Edith Oberlander. Beverly graduated in a class of seven from the high school in Hunter, North Dakota where she grew up on her parent's farm. She received piano scholarships and earned a Bachelor's Degree, with honors, from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Master's Degree in music from Yale University. Beverly continued her piano studies under Beveridge Webster at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Beverly later earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Middlesex College School of Nursing in Bedford, Massachusetts. Following college, Beverly married Chester L. Schuler; they were later divorced in 1976. They had two children: Brett and Timothy. She taught piano in her Wayland, Massachusetts studio until 1990 when she, her dear partner John and her electronic piano set sail for a two-year life-at-sea on their sailboat, the Toucantoo. In December 1994 Beverly married the love of her life, John Pickering. While Beverly accomplished many music medical studies during her career as RN-Music Specialist, her most recent collaboration, as a team of three, initiated and developed the Cognitive Behavior Modification Through Music program which was published in 2010.

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