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Jazz Studies

NEC Jazz alumni and faculty include many of today's most influential jazz artists including MacArthur Genius grant recipients and Grammy Award winners. Work closely with multiple faculty members in studio and ensemble settings. Create your own curriculum of mentorship, expanding your perspective while learning more about yourself. Explore the jazz tradition and create the music of the future.

What We Do

NEC’s jazz studies department is among the most acclaimed and successful in the world.

Beyond the Studio

What’s in your professional toolkit?

At NEC, you’ll strengthen your music with skills outside of music. In Community Performances & Partnerships, you’ll pitch programming and perform for diverse audiences. In Entrepreneurial Musicianship you’ll make new ventures happen, start to finish. And in Liberal Arts you’ll sharpen the intellectual and communications skills artists need to go further.

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Recent News

2017 Student Commencement Speech: Alexandra Keller

Undergraduate jazz vocalist offered these remarks to her fellow members of the Class o

Commencement 2017: How Betsy Hinkle Found Her Quartet (And Her Purpose)

Violinist and founder of musiConnects offered these remarks to the graduating Class of

David Adewumi Named Soros Fellow

Jazz trumpeter is the child of immigrants from Nigeria.

NEC's 2016 Grammy Nominations

Nominations recognize work by NEC musicians across many categories, including rock, ja

Lake Street Dive Kicks Off NEC's 150th

NEC alumni Lake Street Dive return to alma mater to kick off NEC’s 150th birthday cele

Upcoming Events

Jazz Department Jam Session

As incoming jazz majors arrive for orientation, they take a first shot at performing t

NEC Jazz Orchestra Concert

Ken Schaphorst conducts the NEC Jazz Orchestra.

Kyle Saulnier

This recital is in fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts degr

Mina Cho

This recital is in fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts degr

Ken Schaphorst Faculty Concert

Ken Schaphorst presents a concert of his own music.