Due to COVID-19, most summer programming has been canceled, with the exception of virtual private lessons, virtual Suzuki group classes, and a limited, modified summer youth chamber program.

Webpage Updated: June 23, 2020

Update from 5/8/2020


NCMC Friends, Families, and Community,


After much deliberation and continued assessment of best practices around COVID-19 health and safety measures, NCMC has made the decision to cancel or postpone all June and July programming. The safety of our community is our first priority at this time and while we regret not being able to provide a program experience for our students, we believe it is imperative to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in our community.


Private lessons online here are available remotely, but programs are on hold.


Links to summer program brochures are still available below for you to peruse (remember these for next year as we plan to offer these beloved programs again next summer!). NCMC has closed is in the process of refunding all paid registrations for these programs.


Please join our mailing list to stay up to date with new information and modified summer opportunities.


Wishing you safety and wellness!



NCMC Staff

Summer Programs 2020

Private Lessons

Available for youth and adults throughout the summer based on faculty availability. Students may enroll for as few as four lessons, or as many as the teacher can accommodate.  Upon registration, schedules will be coordinated with the Registrar.

Returning students, please confirm availability and placement with their teachers.

New students, please contact the registrar for placement.

Registration for summer private lessons is available online here.

COVID-19 Summer Lesson Policy Update:
Online lessons will be provided as an alternative to in-person instruction for as long as local health officials require safe distancing practices.

Summer Youth Chamber Music Program [NEW DATES]

Registration Deadline:  June 5th

Monday through Friday, August 10-14, 2020

Video Audition Instructions (due May 22nd)

This program offers children ages 10-18 the opportunity to learn and play chamber music in groups coached by professional musicians.

Program Coordinators:  Sarah Swersey & Anne Werry


Summer Rock Band Program  (ages 10-18)

Registration Deadline:  May 20

Week 1:  Monday through Friday, July 20-24, 2020 - 11:30 am-4:00 pm

Week 2:  Monday through Friday, July 27-31, 2020 - 11:30 am-4:00 pm

Optional Recording Studio Class Add-On  (ages 13-18):  10:00-11:30 am

This program offers children ages 10-18 the opportunity to learn and play rock music in bands coached by acclaimed local musicians. A final performance is held in NCMC's Recital Hall on the last day, open to friends and family.  Participants are also offered the option of supplementing their Rock Band experience with classes in Studio Recording.

Instructors:  Adam Bosse, Andy Cass, John Mason, Gary Rzab

Cost:  $25 registration fee;  $340 (one week), $630 (two weeks)

Optional bonus for ages 13 and up:

Recording Studio Classes: 10:00-11:30 am; additional $110 (one week), $145 (two weeks)

Financial aid is available

For more information, click here to see the full brochure.


Music Discoveries Program (ages 5-9)

Registration Deadline:  June 10 

Monday through Friday, July 6-10, 2020 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Monday through Friday, August 3-7, 2020 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

This program offers children ages 5 to 9 the opportunity to create an original mini-musical. Activities include creating an original story and script, writing and performing original music and lyrics, and making costumes and props. Special guest Norma Jean Haynes, author of Make Music!, joins the program this year to teach the children how to make playable musical instruments out of everyday recycled materials.  A performance for parents is held on the last day.

Instructor:  Liam Hurley

For more information, click here to see the full brochure.

Blues Jam Class  (adults)

Tuesdays (6 weeks), Dates TBA 6:30-7:45 pm

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


Family Music  (ages 0-5)

Registration Deadline:  June 10

Tuesday and Thursday, July 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30,  9:30 -10:15 am

Music ability is as much a basic life skill as walking and 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.

Family Music is an opportunity to nurture your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement as we sing, dance, chant, and play instruments in an informal setting that will enrich their musical environment and guide them towards a lifetime of music making enjoyment.  For children ages birth through 5 years with parent/caregiver. 


Eric Roth, instructor


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