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
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
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
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
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
Students celebrate the accomplishments of activist, musician, and alumna Coretta Scott King
Erica Petrocelli '14, '16 MM, '18 AD finished in First Place, Brooke Dircks '17, '19 MM won Encouragement Award
NEC Philharmonia featured in pre-game teaser with John Malkovich in Jordan Hall.
Prizewinning pianist HaeSun Paik joins NEC's Piano faculty in Fall 2018
Jazzy year for NEC Grammy noms, with additional nods in contemporary instrumental & classical.