Please note: The New England Conservatory certificate programs described on this page are not administered as NEC College programs. You will find details of these programs through the links provided to NEC's School of Continuing Education.

Please follow the instructions specific to these programs contained within the description of each program; you will not be interacting with the NEC College Admissions Office or following College admissions procedures outlined elsewhere in this section of the NEC website.

Certificate of Merit and
Professional Studies Certificate

What’s your next step?

If you’re a musician looking for a full range of training—and the certificate to show for it—you’ve come to the right place.

NEC's School of Continuing Education offers a variety of credit-bearing programs: the Certificate of Merit and Professional Studies Certificate in Composition, Performance, or Jazz, as well as studies in the Kodály Institute and Music-in-Education. Weekday evening and Saturday classes make SCE certificates ideal for adults who want a conservatory education and have grown-up lives to accommodate.

Some of our certificate programs provide graduate level training. Others prepare students for undergraduate study at a higher institution (like NEC). Professional musicians may want to refresh or supplement their previous musical education. Avocational musicians with strong music backgrounds may want credentials.

Find details here.