Private Lessons



Woodwind & Brass Private Lessons

Lynda Jacquin, Woodwind Department Chair
Eli Epstein, Brass Department Chair

Private instruction is the foundation of a sound musical education. At NEC Prep, the depth and expertise of our faculty assure a great match for our students' individual needs. A unique feature of our private lesson program is that it includes the opportunity to participate in workshops, recitals, evaluations, and our annual concerto competition, which offer every student valuable performance experience and feedback from a variety of teachers.

Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes are offered for students of all levels (including beginners!) in all the categories listed under faculty. Prospective woodwind and brass students must set up an audition or placement interview with their respective department chair (Lynda Jacquin for Woodwinds and Eli Epstein for Brass), who will advise each student personally regarding an appropriate studio teacher placement and path of study. For information on teacher placement interviews and scheduling an appointment with your department chair, please contact the Prep office.

For information on how to get started, please click here. Private lessons can begin at any time during the school year.

Workshops & Recitals (Page Under Construction)
Progress Reports & Evaluations
Concerto Competition
Tuition & Fees


YPO Bassoonists at Boston Opera House May 2014Lynda Jacquin, Woodwind Department Chair

Faculty: Flutes & Piccolo | Oboe & English Horn | Clarinets | Bassoon

The woodwind department is composed of experienced and caring 'performer-teachers' with proven track records.

Novices and accomplished musicians of all ages and levels are guided by veteran teachers as they fulfill their goals and maximize their creative potential in a positive and supportive environment.

For those wishing to supplement their school instruction, advance their placement in District, State and local Youth Ensembles, prepare college auditions, or simply desire to meet fellow music lovers, NEC is the destination to pursue these goals at the highest standards.

Seasoned guest performers share their expertise in public masterclasses. Weekly coaching in reed-making and small chamber ensembles, combined with frequent recitals allow teachers and students to join together as a community to explore the woodwind legacy.

Reedmaking Class

Amanda Hardy, Instructor

This course covers beginning and intermediate oboe reedmaking from cane selection, shaping, and tying, to the proper scraping and balancing of reeds. Students must provide their own reed tools and cane.

Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

For more information and enrollment, please contact the Prep office.

Baroque Classes

Aldo Abreu, instructor

Recorder for Beginners

In this class students start learning soprano recorder.  Along with the technical development, students also learn to play by ear and to read at the same time. 

Recorder for Woodwind Players

This class is for students who already play another woodwind or brass instrument and would like to learn recorder.  Since students already have some wind and finger control, they can learn the basics quickly and also do some recorder ensemble music. The class will cover soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders.


Eli Epstein, Brass Department Chair

Faculty: French Horn | Trumpet | Trombone & Euphonium | Tuba

Welcome to NEC Prep Brass! I'm very proud of our faculty, made up of some of the world’s finest brass musicians. These veterans of the BSO, Boston Pops, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, and Empire Brass are committed educators who are totally excited about teaching young brass players!

Ensemble experience is a huge motivator for young brass students. Since they only play a single line of a composition, it’s very exciting and empowering for a brass player to be an integral part of an ensemble. NEC Prep Brass offers large ensembles, such as Youth Brass Ensemble and Trombone Choir, as well as smaller quartets and quintets. These small chamber ensembles range from younger, less experienced groups all the way up to two honors brass quintets, team-coached by members of the NEC Prep Faculty Brass Quintet.

Brass Seminar is an enriching and inspiring weekly gathering that brings all the brass students and faculty together. I facilitate weekly sessions on crucial brass topics, which are augmented with presentations, performances and Q/A sessions by NEC Prep Faculty Brass Quintet members and others.

One-on-one instruction is the best and most efficient way to learn how to play a brass instrument. Private lessons with NEC Prep Brass faculty ensure that your children will develop healthy and strong fundamental technique and musicianship, and be inspired to be the best they can be!

- Eli Epstein, Brass Department Chair

“How powerful is your magic sound!” — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Magic Flute

BrassFests & Seminars

Chamber Music

Suggested Course of Brass Study

Beginners (first year)

  • Private Lesson
  • Musicianship or Theory Class
  • Observe Brass Master Class Series
  • Attend NEC Brass Bash
  • Attend BSO Performances

Intermediate (second year)

  • Private Lesson
  • Chamber Music
  • Theory Class
  • Participate in Brass Master Class Series
  • Attend NEC Brass Bash
  • Attend BSO Performances

Honors (subsequent years - can be completed over multiple years)

  • Private Lesson
  • Large Ensemble: Youth Brass Ensemble/Youth Orchestras/MYWE/Jr. MYWE
  • Brass Master Class Series
  • Theory for Teens
  • Improvisation
  • Art of Practice and Performance
  • Attend NEC Brass Bash
  • Attend BSO Performances