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).

NCMC EIN number: 04-3428393

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

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.

* Registration for summer private lessons will open later this Spring.

Summer Youth Chamber Music Program

Registration Deadline:  April 6

Monday through Friday, June 22-26, 2020

Jr. Program (grades 4-6) - 9:15 am-12:30 pm

Sr. Program (grades 6-12) - 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Auditions: Feb 14, Mar 29, Apr 4 (call 413-585-0001 to schedule)

This program offers children ages 10-18 the opportunity to learn and play chamber music in groups coached by professional musicians. Activities include small coached ensembles, orchestra, special workshops and more. A final performance and reception will be held at Northampton Center for the Arts on the last day, open to friends and family. Auditions are required for placement and will be held on Feb 14, Mar 29 & Apr 4. Call (413) 585-0001 to schedule an appointment.

Program Coordinators:  Sarah Swersey & Anne Werry

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

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