Private instruction is the foundation of a sound musical education. At NEC Prep, the depth and expertise of our faculty assure a great match for our students' individual needs. A unique feature of our private lesson program is that it includes the opportunity to participate in workshops, recitals, evaluations, and our annual concerto competition, which offer every student valuable performance experience and feedback from a variety of teachers.
Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes are offered for students of all levels (including beginners!) in all the categories listed under faculty. Prospective woodwind and brass students must set up an audition or placement interview with their respective department chair (Ellen Michaud Martins for Woodwinds and Eli Epstein for Brass), who will advise each student personally regarding an appropriate studio teacher placement and path of study. For information on teacher placement interviews and scheduling an appointment with your department chair, please contact the Prep office.
For information on how to get started, please click here. Private lessons can begin at any time during the school year.
The woodwind department is composed of experienced and caring 'performer-teachers' with proven track records.
Novices and accomplished musicians of all ages and levels are guided by veteran teachers as they fulfill their goals and maximize their creative potential in a positive and supportive environment.
For those wishing to supplement their school instruction, advance their placement in District, State, and local Youth Ensembles, prepare college auditions, or simply desire to meet fellow music lovers, NEC is the destination to pursue these goals at the highest standards.
Seasoned guest performers share their expertise in public masterclasses. Weekly coaching in reed-making and small chamber ensembles, combined with frequent recitals allow teachers and students to join together as a community to explore the woodwind legacy.
Amanda Hardy, Instructor
This course covers beginning and intermediate oboe reedmaking from cane selection, shaping, and tying, to the proper scraping and balancing of reeds. Students must provide their own reed tools and cane.
Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
For more information and enrollment, please contact the Prep office.
Eli Epstein, Brass Department Chair
Welcome to NEC Prep Brass! I'm very proud of our faculty, made up of some of the world’s finest brass musicians. These veterans of the BSO, Boston Pops, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, and Empire Brass are committed educators who are totally excited about teaching young brass players!
Ensemble experience is a huge motivator for young brass students. Since they only play a single line of a composition, it’s very exciting and empowering for a brass player to be an integral part of an ensemble. NEC Prep Brass offers large ensembles, such as Youth Brass Ensemble and Trombone Choir, as well as smaller quartets and quintets. These small chamber ensembles range from younger, less experienced groups all the way up to two honors brass quintets, team-coached by members of the NEC Prep Faculty Brass Quintet.
One-on-one instruction is the best and most efficient way to learn how to play a brass instrument. Private lessons with NEC Prep Brass faculty ensure that your children will develop healthy and strong fundamental technique and musicianship, and be inspired to be the best they can be!
–Eli Epstein, Brass Department Chair
Brass Explorers Program
We welcome students ages 8-11 to begin their brass studies at NEC Prep. For young students interested in learning a brass instrument, we have a few options. Students can begin by taking private lessons in trumpet, horn, trombone, or euphonium/tuba, or choose to enroll in one of our new p-Trumpet or p-Trombone Brass Explorers classes. Ideally, Brass Explorer classes can be paired with Eurhythmics class, in which students learn to read and write music, move, sing and listen together.
- The cost of one of these colorful plastic instruments is about $150. You can own a p-Bone or p-Trumpet for about the cost of renting a brass instrument for three months.
- The instruments are lightweight so young players can easily hold them.
- p-Instruments are virtually indestructible and come in a variety of colors.
- p-Trumpet and p-Trombone classes cost much less than private lessons, yet are still taught by expert instructors.
P-Trumpet Explorer Class
This one-year entry-level program is designed for students between the ages of 8-11 who would like to learn the trumpet. Young trumpeters will start off learning the fundamentals of breathing, breath support and embouchure, holding the instrument and playing simple tunes. Reading music is not required, and will be covered as part of the class. As the class progresses, p-Trumpeters will start playing brass ensemble music.
P-Bone Explorer Class
This one-year entry-level program is designed for students between the ages of 8-11 who would like to learn the trombone. Young trombonists will start off learning the fundamentals of breathing, breath support and embouchure, holding the instrument and playing simple tunes. Reading music is not required, and will be covered as part of the class. As the class progresses, p-Trombonists will start playing brass ensemble music.