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

  • 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, 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.

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Tuition rates can be found by clicking here.

For scholarship and financial assistance, please fill out the scholarship application form and return it to us via the instructions on the form. Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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)

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.

Rolling start - Strings & Piano

To begin string & piano private lessons midway through the year, please contact the prep office to schedule a placement interview.

Rolling start - All other instruments

To schedule a teacher placement interview, please contact your respective instrument's Department Chair

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact us at any time if you need help or have questions.


Phone: (617) 585-1160