This section of the website addresses collegiate programs of study at NEC along with links to our full-time Sistema Fellows and Continuing Education Certificate programs. (See navigation links at left.) If you are looking for programs suitable for pre-college children and teens, please visit NEC Preparatory School. If you are looking for evening and weekend non-degree programs for adults, or summer programs for adults and children, please visit NEC Continuing Education.
Degree and Diploma Programs: Overview
NEC offers degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our courses of study are focused in the areas of performance and composition. At the graduate level, we also offer conducting, collaborative piano, vocal pedagogy, music theory and musicology. NEC and its programs are accredited regionally by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and nationally by the National Association of Schools of Music.
The central focus of all NEC programs is one-on-one studio instruction, which provides essential interaction between the student and his or her faculty mentor. The studio relationship is supported and enhanced by coursework and ensemble participation.
Degree programs combine rigorous performance studies with academic coursework. At the undergraduate level, academic coursework includes both musical and liberal arts subjects. At the graduate level, academic coursework is focused on musical subjects. Degree programs offered:
In addition, NEC has partnered with two area universities to provide five-year courses of study for students graduating from high school who seek both academic and music degrees. Double degree programs offered:
- NEC/Tufts University five-year double degree
(Bachelor of Arts or Science from Tufts + Bachelor of Music from NEC)
- NEC/Harvard University five-year double degree
(Bachelor of Arts from Harvard + Master of Music from NEC)
Diploma programs offer intensive performance-focused courses of study. The audition standards for diploma programs are higher than for their corresponding undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Please note that diplomas are generally not accepted as qualification for entry into higher-level degree programs in the United States. (For example, an Undergraduate Diploma does not generally qualify a student to enter a Master of Music degree program.) Diploma programs offered:
NEC offers two programs for chamber ensembles that show the talent and commitment necessary to pursue a concert career. The programs are open by audition to pre-existing ensembles that demonstrate significant performance ability and potential. One group is in residence at a time in each program, typically for a period of two years. Professional programs offered: