A. Ramon Rivera, Coordinator and Instructor

Auditions are held in September. To schedule an appointment, contact the Preparatory School office after August 1st at (617) 585-1160. If you have any questions, please give us a call or email prep@necmusic.edu.

Advanced Piano Seminar

Please note that there are now two Advanced Piano Seminars. Open by audition to advanced piano students, these seminars are designed to enrich existing keyboard knowledge and performance skills. The class includes guest performers and speakers each week in related arts fields (poetry, graphic arts, other instrumental disciplines) in addition to guest keyboard artists and participating members of the Preparatory School piano faculty. The format includes masterclasses, lectures, and discussions. Public performances include group recitals and participation in the Festival of Contemporary Music. This course is required for Level IV Certificate piano students.

Advanced Seminar I (students in grade 10 or younger): Saturday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Advanced Seminar II (students in grades 11 and 12): Saturday, 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Intermediate Piano Seminar

Open by audition to intermediate piano students. Most students in the seminar are ages 11 - 14. A weekly program of masterclasses, lectures, guest speakers, field trips to museums, and arts events of interest provide this age group with the opportunity for activities and discussions appropriate to their musical development. Special performance projects are an integral part of the curriculum. At least one recital per semester. This course is required for Level III Certificate piano students.

Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Junior Piano Seminar

Open by audition to piano students, typically in grades 5 and 6. The class provides an introduction to lecture and group discussion of style period considerations and related arts, with guest teachers, informal class performance, masterclasses, and one class recital per semester.

Eligibility: Students must be playing repertoire at the level of Bach's Little Preludes and Two-Part Inventions.

Saturday, 9:00 - 10:00 AM