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


  • 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 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