New England Conservatory is authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant degrees and is accredited by both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


  • February 18, 1867
  • New England Conservatory and NEC's Jordan Hall are National Historic Landmarks


  • 750 graduate and undergraduate College students from 46 states and 39 countries
  • 1400 Preparatory School students, including those enrolled in NEC @ Walnut Hill
  • 325 Continuing Education students

College programs

Most of these programs are available as undergraduate and/or graduate, postgraduate majors.

  • All orchestral instruments and guitar
  • Orchestral & Wind Ensemble Conducting
  • Piano
  • Orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber music
  • Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation
  • Voice and Opera
  • Composition
  • Historical Performance & World Music
  • Music History & Theory
  • Music-in-Education

Preparatory School programs

  • Lessons, ensembles, and classes for pre-college students beginning with age 3
  • Certificate offerings for students who follow specified curriculum
  • Large ensemble programs allow many steps of progression by age and playing ability.

Continuing Education programs

  • Certificate offerings in many areas of performance and scholarship
  • Summer Institutes that offer concentrated topic studies
  • Distance learning options


  • Almost 400 musician-teachers on the College, Preparatory School, and Continuing Education faculties
  • Some College faculty also accept Preparatory and adult students
  • NEC faculty and alumni make up almost half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
  • Resident ensembles: Borromeo String Quartet, Weilerstein Trio, The Boston Trio


  • Jordan Hall 1013-seat concert hall, a National Historic Landmark, acclaimed as one of the world's most acoustically perfect performance spaces
  • Brown Hall 260-seat concert hall with optional proscenium stage or flexible floor seating/performing configurations, small balcony seating area with separate egress
  • Williams Hall 180-seat recital hall with proscenium stage and balcony
  • Keller Room 100-seat recital hall
  • Pierce Hall 100-seat recital hall with recording capabilities
  • other rooms used flexibly as recital spaces