Welcome to NEC! Our community celebrates music making of all kinds—we’re inspired by each other’s unique artistry, and celebrate each individual’s musical journey. The NEC family wouldn’t be complete without our students from the Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education, who bring talent, energy, and joy to our campus every day.

NEC Prep is a community K-12 music school conveniently located in one of our nation's top conservatories. We meet mostly on Saturdays, but have a few offerings that take place throughout the week! We welcome students of all levels, ranging from beginner to the extremely advanced.

To young musicians and your families, we invite you to consider making NEC Prep your musical home. To help you get to know our programs a little better, here's how to get started. If you are ready to sign up for a May large ensemble audition then click here.

Of course, you are always welcome to contact our Preparatory School team members at (617) 585-1160, or by emailing us at prep@necmusic.edu.

We’d love to have you join us!

Find Out More!

Prep Catalog 2017-2018Explore the many different departments NEC Prep has to offer by choosing from the black toolbar on the left-hand side of the screen.

The NEC Preparatory School offers lessons and classes on an à la carte basis. Lessons, classes, and ensembles are available for students at all levels from beginners to highly advanced.

Though classes and ensembles run year long, students can start private lessons at any point in the year. Rolling admission to classes and ensembles may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our offices to find out more.

Click here to download PDF of the 2017–2018 Prep Catalog

Choose from the following options to learn more about how to get involved!

How to get started

Large Ensembles

Private Lessons

Jazz and Jazz Combos

Contemporary Improvisation

Chamber Music and Other Small Ensembles

Music Theory and Ear Training

Piano Courses

Early Musicianship

Contact Us

Have questions? Not sure where to start? Contact the NEC Prep staff during our office hours.

Email: prep@necmusic.edu
Phone: (617) 585-1160

Academic Year Office Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday: 8 AM – 4 PM
Sunday: Closed

Summer Office Hours (June – August)
Monday – Thursday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturday – Sunday: Closed