Skip to main content

Early Childhood Programs at Prep

At NEC Prep, our youngest musicians are as engaged and important as our most advanced students. Whether your child is exploring music for the first time or has developed an early interest, we make sure that they receive a great musical foundation and have a wonderful time doing it. Our world-class faculty members specialize in teaching beginners and know how to get kids excited about learning!

Many Prep students begin their musical journey at NEC as very young children and grow with the program until they graduate from high school. Since our offerings are available à la carte, your family can determine the level of participation at every step along the way. Even if children pursue other, non-musical interests as they grow older, the process of learning music teaches valuable life skills: persistence, problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration.

For information and enrollment into our programs for young children, please contact Marlee McDonald-Yepes, Program Manager, at or 617-585-1132 or the Prep Office at or by phone at (617) 585-1160.


Hey Third Graders! NEC Prep Musical Explorers is Just for YOU!

NEC Prep Musical Explorers is a program for current 3rd grade students who are Boston residents interested in learning a musical instrument. The Musical Explorers program will feature eurhythmics-based general music instruction as well as hands-on experiences with double bass and trumpet. Classes happen on Saturday afternoons (see exact times below) for six weeks this spring.

Upon completion of the program, if they choose, students will be prepared for our early childhood pathways at NEC Prep including: Chorus, Guitar group class, Bass group class, Suzuki, Eurhythmics, P-Trumpet, P-Trombone, & Brass Explorers, and other programs.

*Students must be able to attend at least 5 of the 6 classes. Students are encouraged to attend all six classes since material will build on the previous week each class meeting. Please wear easy to remove shoes and bring socks as some parts of the class will include indoor movement with music activities. All other instruments and materials will be provided during the class.

2017 Musical Explorers Class Schedule:

*Class Schedule & Information for Spring 2018 to be announced soon!*

Class 1 — Saturday, May 6, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM
Class 2 — Saturday, May 13, 3:00-4:00 PM
Class 3 — Saturday, May 20, 3:00-4:00 PM
NO CLASSES — Saturday, May 27, Memorial Day Weekend
Class 4 — Saturday, June 3, 3:00-4:30 PM
Class 5 — Saturday, June 10, 3:00-4:30 PM
Class 6 — Saturday, June 17, 3:00-5:00 PM, Final class & graduation presentation


A $40 registration fee is all that is required. It covers all expenses including instrument rentals during the course and materials.

Questions about Musical Explorers or how to sign-up? Contact us at 617-585-1160 or


Need Help?

Don't know which instrument you want to learn or want advice from a Prep staff member? Sign up below in the General Inquiry Form!

General Inquiry Sign Up Form
The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children.
Cheryl Lavender