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
Contemporary Improvisation faculty Tanya Kalmanovitch asks: “What can any of us, musicians or otherwise, do about oil and climate change?”
Lewis Warren, Jr. ’19 opened a NASCAR Cup race with an original piano arrangement of U.S national anthem in his home state of Texas.
John Heiss to speak; Herbie Hancock, Edgar Albert Meyer, Jr., Peter Lyman Row and Joseph L. Bower to receive honorary doctorates.
The Conservatory obtained a sculpture of the alumna and civil rights icon as part of its 150th anniversary.