“The level of playing is high for all participants;
it’s challenging and motivating.”


What We Offer

Welcome to the School of Continuing Education (SCE) at New England Conservatory. This SCE program at NEC is an accredited program through NEASC.

Who takes SCE classes?

People who love music! Our students range in age from 18 to 85. They come to us for personal enrichment, for professional development, to prepare for college. They come from down the block and around the world.

We’re committed to making lifelong music education available to everyone. All of our classes are designed for working adults and meet on weekday evenings or Saturdays.

What can we offer you?

SCE makes the resources of one of the world’s leading music institutions available to everyone. We offer serious, satisfying music study to the adult learner, from private instrument lessons to full certificate programs. You can earn credits or study for pure pleasure. You’ll find classes in a range of subjects, workshops, master classes, private instruction and summer institutes, taught by over 100 of the area’s most highly qualified musicians--not to mention a community of music lovers like yourself. Join us!

Who teaches at SCE?

Our instructors include current and former Boston Symphony Orchestra members, NEC faculty, working jazz artists and many other highly qualified professionals. They’re superb musicians with a special quality: they love to teach students of all levels and abilities. We strive to match you with the teachers who will meet your musical and personal needs.

Where can you take SCE classes?

The New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education is located at 241 St. Botolph Street. Classes, ensembles, and private instruction are conducted out of both the St. Botolph Building and the Jordan Hall Building. We also partner with a satellite location located in Acton, 77 Arts Academy.

For more, contact our Project & Operations Manager, Julian Couture, at continuingeducation@necmusic.edu. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you find the combination of classes that fits your schedule and goals.


New England Conservatory educates and trains musicians of all ages from around the world, drawing on the talent and deep reservoir of experience of our distinguished faculty. We are dedicated to inculcating the highest standards of excellence and nurturing individual artistic sensibility and creative growth. Understanding that music is one of the transcendent expressions of human civilization, NEC aspires to ensure it a central place in contemporary society.

Core Values

We believe that the study of music builds human capacity, elevates the soul and prepares our students for lives that enhance the public good.

We believe our students must have a supportive and collegial learning environment that maximizes the individual attention they receive from their teachers, and allows them to explore and develop their unique artistic personalities.

We believe in the critical importance of mutual support among faculty that encourages the highest standards of excellence and accommodates innovation, individual teaching philosophies and a broad range of disciplines.

We believe that we have a responsibility to reinforce and expand the position of music in society by educating the next generation of music leaders, incubating new work and sharing our sublime art with the widest possible audience.

New England Conservatory of Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or veteran status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other Conservatory-sponsored activities.