The Westwood Senior Center will host “Music Matters,” a new music appreciation program for Westwood’s seniors, for the first time this spring.

The program will consist of a series of monthly lectures, March through April, and will culminate in an evening trip into Boston to see the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony perform Beethoven’s 5th symphony in Jordan Hall in May. The program is being offered as part of an effort for seniors both to experience music and learn more about the health benefits that enjoying music can bring.

The first lecture of the series was presented recently to a group of 25 Westwood seniors. Following a light lunch, Westwood’s Richard Travers, a professional choir director, music teacher, and lecturer, spoke on the life and music of John Williams.

The March lecture will bring in John Clark, a saxophone teacher and professional jazz musician, to talk about traditional jazz music. Clark frequently plays in the Boston area with his band, the Wolverine Jazz Band, and has a doctorate in musicology; he has also written books on the topic.

Remaining lectures in the series will be held on March 11 and April 29. Both events will begin at 12:30 p.m. in a similar format, with lunch followed by a lecture on an interesting, music-related topic.

On May 14, COA vans will bring Westwood seniors into Boston for NEC’s Youth Symphony’s performance of Beethoven’s 5th symphony, among other repertoire. The concert and all lectures are free; however, space is limited, so please contact Lina Arena-DeRosa at or stop by the Senior Center to sign up.