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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

Prep students on From The Top

13-year-old pianist Naomi Yamaguchi, student of Hitomi Koyama, and 17-year-old violinist Alex Goldberg, student of Donald Weilerstein, performed and shared musical memories on From the Top.

Blades in Riga

Prep violinist Emmy Ma takes bronze medal in ladies division at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

Eric Lu Wins International German Piano Prize

At NEC's Preparatory School, Eric Lu studied with A. Ramón Rivera and Alexander Korsantia.

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.

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