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Our Musical Community

NEC is an environment of rich connection among our community of faculty, students, staff, and audiences. 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: each student discovers their individual authentic voice.

Our Musical Community

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Our Educational Approach

Our teachers have the freedom to tailor their instruction to you, understanding and addressing your individual needs. NEC faculty will challenge you frequently and support you tirelessly in a remarkably collaborative community.

Our Educational Approach
The key is showing people what is possible, not how to sound.
Dominique EadeJazz Studies & Contemporary Improvisation Faculty
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The Boston Advantage

With its rich history, depth of cultural and educational resources, and a reputation for innovation, there’s no better place to study music than Boston.

NEC students benefit from the city’s vibrant musical landscape—a landscape saturated with NEC alumni and faculty.

The Boston Advantage
01. Yo-Yo Ma engages with a student during a masterclass in Jordan Hall
02. NEC alum Sarah Jarosz performs during her senior recital
03. An onstage embrace during a performance
04. Spontaneous dancing erupts during a student-run concert
05. Buddies in the orchestra pit during an NEC opera rehearsal
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Student Life at NEC

Aspiring to the highest levels of musicianship requires a level of vulnerability, and NEC creates a safe space in which to explore your artistry. This supportive and diverse community is at the core of the Conservatory’s identity and a large reason why so many celebrated artists choose to teach at NEC.

Student Life at NEC
A thriving hub of musical exploration.
The Boston Globe
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Alumni Stories

In addition to providing you with the tools to be a successful professional, your NEC education will help you express your musicianship as a means of forging connections in our society. This work is more important than ever – please join us!

Alumni Stories

The NEC Difference

“While we’re competitive, we’re also so encouraging and supportive and I think that makes NEC really unique.”

Julia Cohen ’19, Vocal performance

Recent News

NEC's Black Student Union and Gospel Ensemble Celebrate Coretta Scott King

Students celebrate the accomplishments of activist, musician, and alumna Coretta Scott King

NEC sopranos honored at Met Regional Auditions

Erica Petrocelli '14, '16 MM, '18 AD finished in First Place, Brooke Dircks '17, '19 MM won Encouragement Award

Philharmonia & the NFL

NEC Philharmonia featured in pre-game teaser with John Malkovich in Jordan Hall.

NEC welcomes alumna HaeSun Paik to Piano faculty

Prizewinning pianist HaeSun Paik joins NEC's Piano faculty in Fall 2018

NEC’s 2017 Grammy Nominations

Jazzy year for NEC Grammy noms, with additional nods in contemporary instrumental & classical.

NEC News

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