Summer Programs


We, at NCMC, aim to provide musical experiences that are fun, engaging, and educational for all. This requires that all participants come prepared, be open to learning, be tolerant of others’ suggestions and opinions, and above all, behave respectfully and supportively to their teachers and fellow participants. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and will result in the withdrawal of that student from the program without a refund. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation. 


All participants will be expected to carefully monitor their health, practice social distancing, and wear clean face coverings to the program each day. All participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted and receive a documented negative COVID PCR test within five days before starting the program. Further protocols will be shared with registered participants in the weeks leading up to the program.


If you have any questions, please contact NCMC at or (413) 585-0001

Summer Rock Band


The Northampton Community Music Center is proud to present this unique summer program for students ages 10-18 who want to develop the skills they need to create and perform successfully in a band. Veteran band musicians and teachers will guide students through rehearsals and preparation for their final performance on the last day.


Students of guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and vocals with at least two years of prior study are encouraged to register. Students of other instruments are also welcome and will be accommodated to the best of our ability. There will likely be several students who play a particular instrument in each assigned group, and the roles of participants within each group may vary across different song choices. Students are expected to demonstrate agreeability and flexibility, putting what best serves their band before their own individual desires. We want everyone to have an equally enjoyable and productive experience in the program.


Students will be placed in compatible groups according to age and experience level. Six songs will be assigned for each week of the program. All participants will be given lyrics and links to recordings of these songs via email, and are expected to arrive on the first day with a basic familiarity of them. Students are encouraged to review songs with their private music teachers in the weeks leading up to the program, but this is not required. Chord charts will be made available to students who request them. In addition to the assigned music, groups may work on a song of their collective choosing, as long as it is deemed appropriate by the coaches and Executive Director.


Participants ages 13+ can opt to come earlier each morning for workshop classes in basic studio recording for a modest up-charge. Using NCMC’s recording studio, participants will learn about mic’ing, multi-track recording, editing and mixing techniques using software like GarageBand and Logic.




10:00-11:30 Optional Studio Recording Class (ages 13+)

11:30-12:00 Rock Band Setup/Free Jam

12:00-12:10 Daily Assembly

12:10-2:00 Coached Rehearsals

2:00-2:30 Snacks (provided)

2:30-3:50 Coached Rehearsals

3:50-4:00 Cleanup/Instrument Lockup/Checkout



10:00-11:30 Optional Studio Recording Class (ages 13+)

11:30-12:00 Rock Band Setup/Free Jam

12:00-1:15 Coached Rehearsals

1:15-2:15 Stage Setup/Sound Tests/Snacks (provided)

2:30-3:30 Final Performance (invite friends/family)

3:30-4:00 Cleanup/Checkout


One week: $340 + $15 reg fee

One week with workshop: $450 + $15 reg fee

Both weeks: $630 + $15 reg fee

Both weeks with workshop: $775 + $15 reg fee


Tuition and registration fee are due upon enrollment. The deadline to register is May 20. No withdrawals or refunds will be allowed after this date. Financial aid is available to qualifying students.

Summer Youth Chamber Music Program


Hosted at NCMC Tuesday, July 5-Saturday, July 9, 2022, the Summer Youth Chamber Music Program offers string, woodwind and piano students ages 10-18 the opportunity to explore the world of chamber music with their peers under the guidance of NCMC’s highly-qualified faculty coaches.  Participants will be grouped by age and experience and assigned music and parts to practice during the weeks leading up to the program.  Each group will be assigned a faculty coach that will work with them during an assigned block of time each day.  All participants will also be given the opportunity to play in a chamber orchestra.  Additionally, improvisation classes for junior participants, additional rehearsals for senior participants, and a final performance for friends and family are planned.

Summer Lessons