Private lessons are the core of every student's musical education. At NEC prep, we offer private instruction with world-class faculty. Private lessons can start at any time during the school year.
In order to take private lessons through NEC Prep, students must first take part in a face-to-face teacher placement interview with the respective Department Chair. This interview does not determine acceptance or rejection (as we accept everyone into our community music school!) but is for teacher recommendation and for an opportunity for the student and the student’s family to address any questions or concerns they may have.
Interview requirements for instrumentalists and singers
- If the student is a beginner, there is no need to prepare anything for the interview. The interview will simply be a conversation.
- If the student has experience playing their instrument or singing, he/she should prepare 2 contrasting pieces to present to the Department Chair.
Once the Department Chair makes teacher recommendation(s), students may then take a trial lesson. Once a teacher decision has been finalized by the student and the student's family, the final step is registration. For information on Registration, please click here.
Interview requirements for composers and private theory
Please contact the Preparatory School office directly if you are interested in private composition or theory lessons. We will connect you to the appropriate department chairs, who will make teacher recommendations for the students. Once the Department Chair makes teacher recommendation(s), students may then take a trial lesson. Once a teacher decision has been finalized by the student and the student's family, the final step is registration. For information on Registration, please click here.
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Schedule an Interview
Private lessons can begin at any time. However, many families choose to begin lessons at NEC tied in with the beginning of a new academic year. Others choose to start mid-way through the year or over the summer! Both options are great and we recommend starting at the time deemed best by you and your family.
September start (all instruments, voice, composition, and theory)
If you would like to begin private lessons at the start of the academic year (September), please contact the Preparatory School office in August to schedule a teacher placement interview.
Teacher Placement Interviews for for a September 2014 start are taking place on the dates listed below. To schedule an interview, please contact the Prep office at firstname.lastname@example.org with your date availability based off of the times listed below and the following information.
Student Full Name:
Age as of September 6, 2014:
How many years has the student been playing? Or is this student a beginner?
- Piano: Saturday, September 6, 2014 & Sunday, September 7, 2014
- Strings: Saturday, September 6, 2014 & Sunday, September 7, 2014
- Suzuki (Strings only): Saturday, September 6, 2014
- Brass: Saturday, September 6, 2014
- Woodwind: Saturday, September 6, 2014
- Voice: Saturday, September 6, 2014
- Jazz: Saturday, September 6, 2014 & Sunday, September 7, 2014
- Percussion, Harp, Classical Guitar: Contact the Prep office
Rolling start (after September) - All instruments, voice, composition, and theory
To begin private lessons midway through the year, please contact the Prep office to schedule a placement interview.