NEC offers foreign language study at the graduate level in French, German, and Italian in an intensive format, with classes that meet 4–5 times per week for seven weeks (half a semester).
Graduate foreign language study is required for students pursuing a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance, Vocal Pedagogy, Collaborative Piano, Choral Conducting, and Orchestral Conducting, and is strongly recommended as an elective for other majors, such as Strings.
Intensive study at the graduate level goes beyond an introduction to a foreign language and general conversational usage, and seeks to address the specific needs of musicians. The intensive format and daily connection with the language allows for more in-depth study of, for example, poetry and song texts that students are rehearsing and researching as they prepare for recitals and auditions. NEC alumni hold positions in music all over the world, and graduate-level study also aims to help students gain facility with a language that will serve them well when auditioning/applying for positions outside the U.S.