2019 - 2020 Academic Year Programs

Beginner Group Violin for Adults

15-weeks - $285

Mondays - Beginner11:15am - 12:00pm | Intermediate12:00 -12:45 pm

Fall session: September 9, 2019

Spring session: January 27, 2020

This violin class offers a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere for adults who have never played a violin to learn basic skills, repertoire, and rudimentary music reading. 

Emily Greene, instructor


Blues Jam 

Tuesdays 6:30-7:45 pm

15-weeks - $300

Fall session begins: September 24, 2019

Spring Session begins: February 11, 2020

NCMC's weekly Blues Jam Class is a small ensemble program for adults open to guitarists, vocalists and other instrumentalists interested in coming together to play a variety of styles of blues.

Adam Bosse, instructor


Cello Choir  

Tuesdays 7:30-9:00 pm

12-weeks - $240 

Fall session begins: September 24, 2019

Spring session begins: January 28, 2020

NCMC's Cello Choir is open to adults of all experience levels, offering a fun, nurturing environment for learning new ensemble skills with fellow cellists. Participants will learn assigned parts and pieces and rehearse together weekly, while discussing techniques of cello performance. Guest clinicians and optional community outreach performances will be scheduled.

Nicole Fizznoglia, instructor


Chamber Music  

9-weeks - $216 

Fall session begins: October 7, 2019 - Final Concert on December 13, 2019

Spring session begins: February 3, 2020 - Final Concert on April 17, 2020

Chamber Music Ensembles are arranged each September and January. Students who enroll are placed into compatible groups and assigned music and a 9-week rehearsal schedule with one of NCMC's faculty coaches. A public performance is planned at the conclusion of each season.

This program is supported by ACMP (Associated Chamber Music Players), a worldwide membership organization that supports the playing of chamber music for pleasure among musicians of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds.

Anne Werry, coordinator


Jazz Ensembles  

34-weeks - $850 

Tuesdays 6:15-7:45 pm and 7:45-9:15 pm

First class: September 10, 2019

Jazz Ensembles offer less-experienced musicians a foray into the world of jazz, and more seasoned instrumentalists a place to come play weekly with their peers under the supervision of one of the region's most respected jazz musicians.

Joe Belmont, instructor

Ku'umba Women's Choir  

34-weeks - $408 

Tuesdays 12:15 - 1:30 pm

First class: September 10, 2019 (open rehearsal)

In addition to learning good vocal technique, the Ku’umba Women’s Choir explores a wonderfully diverse musical repertoire.  Varying levels of musical experience are welcome, and the ability to read music is not required.  Community performances are held several times each year. “Ku’umba” (pronounced koo-oom-bah) is the Swahili word for “creativity.”

Evelyn Harris, conductor


Music Discoveries  (ages 5-9)

Days and Times TBA

Participants will put their imaginations to work writing a collective story.  Incorporating various visual and musical arts activities, participants will create characters, scenes, props and costumes, as well as songs and musical effects to interweave within the story.  The program concludes with a public performance of the finished musical for family and friends. 

Liam Hurley, instructor


Music Theory  

Details TBA

If interested, please call the office at 413-585-0001.


Music Together  

10-weeks - $185 [ $115 for additional child ]


Tuesdays 9:30-10:15 am, 5:00-5:45 pm

Wednesdays 9:30-10:15 am

Fridays 9:30-10:15 am

Saturdays 9:30-10:15 am

Fall session begins: September 10, 2019

Winter session begins: December 3, 2019

Spring session begins: March 21, 2020

Click here to learn more.

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Piano Connection  

$25 per meeting 

Thursdays, once a month, 9:30 am - noon

Dates: 9/19, 10/31, 11/21, 12/12, 1/30, 2/27, 3/26, 4/30, 5/28

6/4 - Final Concert at NCMC

6/7 - Final Concert at Lathrop

Piano Connection is like a "book club" for pianists that meets Thursday mornings once a month. Participants play works-in-progress for each other and share and discuss piano repertoire. Optional outreach performances are arranged. 

Meg Kelsey Wright, coordinator


Open Improvisation  

15-weeks - $225 

Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:15 pm

Fall session begins: September 25, 2019

Spring session begins: February 12, 2020

Open Improvisation encourages students to break free of everyday conventions of instrument play and explore the avant-garde free-jazz world of John Cage, Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Glenn Branca, Morton Feldman and others.

Adam Bosse, instructor


Pedal & Effects Class  

10-weeks - $160 

Thursdays 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Fall session begins: September 19, 2019

Winter session begins: TBA when enrollment numbers is met

Spring session begins: April 2, 2020

Learn about the different types of pedals and effects, their uses, the vast variations and how to effectively use them in performance.

Adam Bosse, instructor


Pioneer Valley New Horizons Band  

12-weeks - $135 

Band Rehearsals: Thursdays 10:45 - 11:45am

Sectionals: Tuesdays 11:00am - noon

*sectionals may vary start time based on instructor availability*

Fall Meet and Greet: September 5, 2019

Fall session begins: September 10, 2019

Last day: December 5, 2019

Spring Meet and Greet: February 6, 2020

Spring session begins: February 11, 2020

Last day: May 14, 2020

Click here to learn more.

The Pioneer Valley New Horizons Band provides a fun and nurturing social environment in which retired and/or senior adults with little-to-no formal music education can learn a concert band instrument and play ensemble music with their peers. Through a partnership with Falcetti Music, participants have the option of low-cost instrument rentals that are delivered on the first day. In addition to full band rehearsals, participants are given sectional group instruction by music students from UMASS Amherst and other local universities.


Practical Recording Techniques  

15-weeks - $390 

Mondays 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Fall session begins: September 23, 2019

Spring session begins: February 10, 2020

Practical Recording Techniques brings students into NCMC's professional recording studio and teaches them the art of audio production, from miking live instruments to editing, mixing and mastering professional-quality audio tracks using NCMC's 16-channel board with GarageBand and Logic software.

Andrew Cass, instructor


Pride Chorus  

34-weeks - $306 

Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Meet and Greet: September 4, 2019

First class: September 11, 2019

Join NCMC’s mixed-voice chorus celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. All who identify as LGBTQ+ are welcome to join, and allies are also welcome. We embrace all experience levels, ages, and vocal ranges, and will sing multiple genres of music. Multiple performances will be planned throughout the year. 

Mara Levi, instructor


Rock Legends 

Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 pm 

If interested, please call our office, 413-585-0001, to be added to a waitlist for the program. Rock Legends will start a new session when enrollment minimums are met.

 Rock Legends explores classic rock songs by artists who defined the genre, including Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix and more! Participants will listen and learn to play these songs, while dissecting and discussing the unique elements that pull it all together.

Joe Belmont, director 

Suzuki Strings Group Classes 

Cello - $360 / $400

Guitar - $320 / $360

Violin - $360 / $400

Virtuoso Group - $550 / $590

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Winter Orchestra 

Tuesdays - 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Jan 7th - Mar 31st, 12-weeks - $120 [ Free for students taking private lessons or Suzuki at NCMC ]

(no rehearsal scheduled for Feb 18, which is NCMC's winter break)

NCMC's Winter Chamber Orchestra rehearses January through March, concluding with a public performance. Children and adults with a minimum of three years' experience and the ability to read music are welcome to enroll. While efforts will be made to accommodate as many qualified participants as possible, acceptance into the orchestra is dependent on overall enrollment and instrumentation considerations. 

Capella Sherwood, conductor

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).

Office Hours (Sept-June)

Mondays  12:00-6:30

Tuesdays  9:00-6:30

Wednesdays  9:00-6:30

Thursdays  9:00-6:30

Fridays  9:00-5:00

Office Hours (July-Aug)

Mondays  9:00-6:00

Tuesdays  9:00-6:00

Wednesdays  9:00-6:00

Thursdays  9:00-6:00

NCMC EIN number: 04-3428393