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The NEC150 commissions, recorded live.
Three world premieres, commissioned in honor of NEC’s 150th. Three worlds of music: jazz, classical, contemporary improvisation. Three celebrated composers: Argue, Kernis, Coleman. Join us each Monday in July as we release our NEC150 commissions.
Listen now: the Contemporary Improvisation department performs Anthony Coleman's Streams
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Tanya Kalmanovitch: How Quitting Music Made Me An Artist

"Much of what I now teach about art-making comes from my experiences between the ages of 22 and 30, when things fell apart." — Tanya Kalmanovitch, Contemporary Improvisation and Entrepreneurial Musicianship faculty

Stories of PRIDE from NEC's LGBTQ+ Student Group

NEC's Queer Student Union, known as QUEST, helped celebrate PRIDE month by asking the NEC community: "Who are LGBTQ+ musicians you admire?"

Tanya Kalmanovitch on Climate Change and Music

Contemporary Improvisation faculty Tanya Kalmanovitch asks: “What can any of us, musicians or otherwise, do about oil and climate change?”

An NEC Student's Star Spangled Banner at the Texas Motor Speedway

Lewis Warren, Jr. ’19 opened a NASCAR Cup race with an original piano arrangement of U.S national anthem in his home state of Texas.

Photos: Commencement 2018

New England Conservatory conferred four honorary degrees during its 147th Commencement Exercises on May 20, 2018. The recipients of the honorary Doctor of Music were Edgar Meyer , Joseph L. Bower ,

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The NEC Difference

The NEC Difference

Our students not only immerse themselves in their musical studies with an intense focus, but are also encouraged to expand their perspectives and cross boundaries. The result of this process is the discovery of the individual authentic voice.

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Entrepreneurial Musicianship

Work your art.

Put together the toolbox you’ll need to be the best working musician possible. EM projects reflect the incredible diversity of student interests. Whatever you pursue, you’ll hone skills that get you out of the practice room and into the real world.

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Community Performances and Partnerships

NEC makes music in the most interesting places.

NEC students perform and teach in over 125 community partnerships across the city (like hospitals, libraries, homeless shelters, senior centers, and the Boston Public Schools) as well as in some of Boston’s most iconic venues. Music is such a powerful connection—you’ll love sharing it!

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Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

At NEC you’ll strengthen your music with skills outside of music. In Liberal Arts you’ll sharpen the intellectual and communications skills artists need to go farther.

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The faculty will hear you, listen to you, and say: 'Okay, I see you want to go in this direction. Let me try to help you go in the direction you want'.
Henrique Eisenmann ’12 M.M.Jazz Pianist
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