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I Want to Play

At NEC, young musicians can explore all kinds of instruments. We offer brass, percussion, woodwinds, strings, and piano from early childhood on. Whether it's classical, jazz, rock, or world music, you'll get to explore music that moves you.

Your child can enter at any level of training. Older beginners generally start with lessons on an instrument and/or any of our Foundation classes. Because our offerings are à la carte, you can map out a unique learning experience.

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Orchestra & Wind Ensembles

Unmatched Community & A World-Class Experience

Be a part of something bigger. NEC Prep Orchestra and Wind Ensembles offer an invaluable opportunity for instrumental students to collaborate and share their musical experiences. Students with all degrees of experience and virtuosity on their instruments are highly encouraged to audition.

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Recent News

Eric Lu Wins International German Piano Prize

At NEC's Preparatory School, Eric Lu studied with A.

NEC Prize Winners at Chopin Competition

NEC Prep students took prizes at this competition held in Hartford, Connecticut.

Hilton Head International Piano Competition Prizewinner

Andrew Li takes Second Prize.

Merry Peckham To Head NEC Chamber Music

New England Conservatory appoints Merry Peckham as its new chamber music chair, beginn

Enescu First Prize in Cello

Zlatomir Fung '16 Prep takes cello First Prize at Enescu Competition.

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