2020 - 2021 Academic Year Programs
 

Multitrack Recording at Home

Mondays, 6:00 - 7:15 pm (ages 13 and up)

12 weeks:  September 21, 2020 to December 14, 2020

Price: $250 + $15 registration fee

Instructor: Andy Cass

Learn the skills to start recording and producing your own professional-quality multitrack recordings at home using GarageBand and Logic for Mac. Classes will be held online until in- person instruction can safely resume.

 

Songwriters Circle

Mondays, 7:30 - 8:45 pm (ages 15 and up)

12 weeks: September 21, 2020 to December 14, 2020

Price: $250  + $15 registration fee

Instructors: Adam Bosse, Jane Hanson, Mara Levi, John Mason, Kate O’Connor, Jason Trotta

Learn the elements of great songwriting in an intimate and supportive online workshop setting. Participants will listen and learn from each other’s presented work and the feedback of professionals on NCMC’s faculty. Each of the six instructors will lead two of the twelve scheduled sessions. Classes will be held online until in-person instruction can safely resume.

 

Fiddle Class

Wednesdays, 6:15-7:00 pm (ages 8-13)

Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15 pm (ages 14-adult)

12 weeks:  September 23, 2020 to December 16, 2020

Price: $150 (younger class) OR $200 (older class), + $15 registration fee

Instructor: Lily Sexton

Learn the techniques, songs and traditions of Appalachian, Celtic, and other styles of fiddle playing. Separate classes are available for youth and adults/older teens. Participants are required to have a minimum of two years of prior violin instruction, and younger students must be at a minimum equivalent level as Suzuki Book 2. Classes will be held online until in-person instruction and ensemble-playing can safely resume. Private lessons with Lily are also available.  

 
 

Blues Jam

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 pm (adults)

12 weeks: September 22, 2020 to December 15, 2020

Price: $200 + $15 registration fee

Instructor: Adam Bosse 

This class is open to guitarists, vocalists and other instrumentalists interested in delving further into various styles of blues. Regularly a weekly coached jam session, this class will be held online and will be project-focused until in-person instruction and ensemble-playing can safely resume.

 

Open Improvisation

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm (ages 13 and up)

12 weeks: September 23, 2020 to December 16, 2020

Cost: $170 + $15 registration fee

Instructor: Adam Bosse

Learn the principles of improvisation, exploring the avant-garde free-jazz world of John Cage, Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Glenn Branca, Morton Feldman and others. Regularly a weekly coached improv session, this class will be held online and will be project-focused until in- person instruction and ensemble-playing can safely resume.

Pedals + Effects

Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 pm (ages 13 and up)

12 weeks, September 24, 2020 to December 17, 2020

Cost: $170 + $15 registration fee

Instructor: Adam Bosse

Learn about the different types of pedals and effects used by live and studio musicians to add variety to the sound and dynamics of their performances. Classes will be held online until in- person instruction can safely resume. 

 

Jazz Ensemble

(ages 10 and up)

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm (group 1)

Tuesdays, 7:45-9:15 pm (group 2)

12 weeks: September 22, 2020 to December 15, 2020

Price: $285 + $15 registration fee

Instructor: Joe Belmont 

This class is open to all instrumentalists interested in delving further into the world of jazz standards, theory, and improvisation. Regularly a weekly coached rehearsal, this class will be held online and will be project-focused until in-person instruction and ensemble-playing can safely resume. 

 

Pride Chorus

Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm (teens and adults)

12 weeks: September 23, 2020 to December 16, 2020

Price: $120 + $15 registration fee

Instructor: Mara Levi 

This mixed-voice chorus rehearses music that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. All who identify as LGBTQ+ and their allies are welcome to join, and all experience levels and vocal ranges are embraced. Regularly a weekly rehearsal, this class will begin with online meetings in the fall and will be project-focused until in-person instruction and choral singing can safely resume. 

 

Cello Choir

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm (adults)

12 weeks: September 22, 2020 to December 15, 2020

Price: $140 + $15 registration fee

Instructor: Nicole Fizznoglia

This class 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, while discussing techniques of cello performance. Regularly a weekly coached rehearsal, this will begin as an online class in the fall and will focus mainly on duet repertoire until in-person instruction and ensemble-playing can safely resume.

 

Piano Connection

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon (adults)

Dates: Sep 24, Oct 29, Nov 19, Dec 17, Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25, Apr 29, May 27, Jun 10

Price: $25 per meeting

Instructor: Meg Kelsey Wright

Often described as a “book club” for pianists, this monthly meeting of piano enthusiasts explores repertoire from various periods and offers an opportunity to perform and receive feedback in a supportive environment from their peers and one of the region’s most beloved piano teachers. These will be held online until until in-person meetings can safely resume.

 

Music Together®

(for ages birth-5 with parent/caregiver)

Instructors:

Nancy Howard:  Mondays, 10:00 am;  Saturdays, 10:00 am

Carolyn Mazel:  Tuesdays, 10:00 am;  Fridays, 10:00 am

Eric Roth:  Tuesdays, 5:00 pm;  Thursdays 10:00 am

10 weeks - starting the week of September 14, 2020

Price: $185 + $15 registration fee

*Note:  There is no charge for additional siblings to attend while the program is offered online.

Musical ability is as much a life skill as walking or talking, and all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of their culture.  In this class, children’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement are nurtured, as they sing, dance, and play instruments along with their parents or caregivers and their specially-trained instructor.  Focus is on fostering a long-lasting love and appreciation of music-making in one’s earliest years of life that can serve in all aspects of their education and development through adulthood.  Classes will be held online in the fall and until in-person instruction can safely resume.  Each family will receive a book of activities and songs, a corresponding CD, and a goodie bag of instruments and props that can be used at home.  When registering, families should choose a teacher and primary day and time to attend, but are welcome to attend both meetings with that teacher each week.  Grandparents are also welcome to participate at no extra charge (please arrange in advance with the teacher).

For more information, click here to view the Music Together page.

 

Suzuki Group Class

(these classes are part of the Suzuki Program, which requires private lessons)
Emily Greene, Program Coordinator, Head of Suzuki Violin Dept.

Anne Werry, Head of Suzuki Cello Dept.

The Suzuki method, offered at NCMC on violin, cello and guitar, allows a child to begin study at a very early age, because the initial learning takes place through listening rather than reading.  Parent education and participation is essential to the progress of the child and requires a serious commitment of time and energy.  Both parent and child attend a weekly private lesson, practice and listen together daily at home, attend regular group playing classes, and participate in performances and special events (see schedule below).  The Suzuki Program is a community within a community at NCMC, and participation is key to making the most of your experience.

For more information, click here to view the Suzuki Page.

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