To request a physical copy, call us at (617) 585-1160 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although NEC does not run an institutional bookstore, Music Espresso, located at 295 Huntington Ave, carries a wide selection of sheet music, music theory textbooks, and NEC logo items. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.musicespresso.com/.
All information about room assignments for lessons, coachings, rehearsals, workshops, and recitals is posted each Saturday on the Preparatory School bulletin boards located near the entrance of the Jordan Hall building and the St. Botolph building. Please check these bulletin boards each week as you arrive for up-to-date information about all Preparatory School activities.
There are many options for renting and purchasing instruments in the Boston area. Please consult your child’s private teacher for specific recommendations if you are considering acquiring an instrument. Child-sized double basses (for students taking lessons) and violas and certain auxiliary wind instruments (for students assigned to play these parts in an NEC ensemble) are available for students to borrow free of charge. Please contact the Prep office for more information.
The Harriet M. Spaulding Library (located on Gainsborough Street, directly across the street from Jordan Hall) houses 75,000 volumes of music and books, and over 275 journals, newsletters, and newspapers. The Isabelle Firestone Audio Library (located in the basement of the Jordan Hall Building near Brown Hall) contains over 35,000 recordings on LP, CD, tape, and videotape. Use of the materials and listening rooms is available to all Preparatory students with a current ID.
NEC Undergraduate Admissions Information
The NEC Admissions Office is located on the first floor of the St. Botolph building. The Admissions Office is closed on Saturday. If you would like information about undergraduate admission to NEC, to schedule a tour, or arrange an audition, please contact the Admissions Office by calling (617) 585-1101 between 9 AM - 5PM, Monday - Friday, or e-mailing them at ADMstaff@necmusic.edu.
Academic Year (September - May)
Tuesdays - Thursdays: 9am-5pm
Sundays and Mondays: CLOSED
Summer (June - August)
Mondays - Thursdays: 9am-5pm
Saturdays and Sundays: CLOSED
Preparatory School activities and students are often photographed for use in NEC promotional materials and publicity efforts. These photographs may be used in a publication, print ad, direct-mail piece, electronic media (e.g. video, CD-ROM, Internet) or other form of promotion. All Preparatory School students and their parents release NEC from liability for any violation of any personal or proprietary rights in connection with such use.
There are two coin-operated photocopy machines at NEC. One is located in the Spaulding Library; the other is located in the basement of the St. Botolph building outside of Room G03. The other photocopy machines at NEC require a departmental code, and are not available for student or faculty use.
Rooms at NEC may only be reserved by Preparatory School faculty for lessons, coaching, or classes. Preparatory School students may not reserve rooms for practicing or ensemble rehearsals. Students may practice in any vacant unlocked studio or classroom on Saturday, 8 AM – 6 PM, but must vacate the room immediately if it is needed for a lesson, coaching or class.
The Conservatory may be closed in some cases of inclement weather. The following radio and TV stations and website will announce school closings: WBZ 1030 AM and Channel 4; WRKO 680 AM and Channel 7; WCVB TV Channel 5; WLVI TV Channel 56; and www.wbur.org. Announcements will be updated regularly on the automated attendant at the NEC main number, (617) 585-1100. If school is cancelled due to bad weather, every effort will be made to make up lessons and classes.
Security and Safety
Security personnel are located at the entrance of the Jordan Hall and St. Botolph Street buildings. All safety concerns should be reported to them. Parents, please note that events and concerts are open to the public. Students are advised to carry their instruments and valuables at all times. Parents must supervise small children, and may not leave them unattended in libraries or other common areas. Identification cards must be shown to security personnel when entering the NEC buildings or upon request. NEC is not responsible for any lost or stolen items (including instruments). Our lost and found is located at the main security desk at Jordan Hall.
To contact the main Jordan Hall security desk, please call (617) 585-1290.
The Howard Student Lounge, located near Brown Hall, is available for use by Preparatory students on Saturdays. Use of the lounge is a privilege contingent on maintaining an atmosphere which is welcoming to all members of the NEC community. Use of the computers in the student lounge by Preparatory students is strictly limited to checking email and doing web research. There is a 15-minute time limit on computer use by Preparatory students.