SCE Wellness Campaign

Music Is Good for You

Study after study confirms the myriad health benefits of hands-on music making. So let us provide you with a place to experience it. Choose your instrument. Play it. Beginners and virtuosos both experience the focus and flow, the breath and connection of playing music.

At New England Conservatory's Continuing Education program, you’ll find opportunities for all experience levels, all instruments, all genres. Private lessons and small ensembles offer highly flexible schedules—all with a stellar faculty who make the most of your time making music. It’s hands-on medicine of the most delightful kind. Come try us out!

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. Our classes are designed around the schedules of working professionals. Come take some lessons with us after work, participate in one of our many classes, or enroll in our Certificate Program. Whichever path you choose, we think you'll love being a part of the SCE community.

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. In short, we’re committed to making lifelong music education available to everyone.

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.

For more, contact our Student Services Coordinator, Colin Geaghan, at We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you find the combination of classes that fits your schedule and goals.