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Early Childhood Programs

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 the Prep Office at or by phone at (617) 585-1160.

Musical Explorers

Have a Third Grader Who Wants to Explore Music?

Has your child ever wondered what it would be like to learn how to play an instrument? NEC Prep provides a six-week Musical Explorers program designed to help learn more about music.

Ever wondered if you'd like to learn how to play an instrument? NEC Prep provides a six-week Musical Explorers program designed to help you learn more about music. We welcome any current 3rd grade students who are Boston residents interested in exploring music. No experience is necessary. This year's Explorers will focus on double bass, guitar, trumpet and trombone! 

*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. NEC Prep will provide all the materials for the class including the instrument and music, which the student will need to bring to class every week along with a pencil. Students should also wear comfortable clothes, shoes and socks. 

Register today!

2018 Musical Explorers Class Schedule:

Class 1 — Saturday, May 5, 2018, 3:00-4:00 PM
Class 2 — Saturday, May 12, 2018 3:00-4:00 PM
Class 3 — Saturday, May 19, 2018, 3:00-4:00 PM
NO CLASSES — Saturday, May 26, 2017, Memorial Day Weekend
Class 4 — Saturday, June 2, 2018, 3:00-4:30 PM
Class 5 — Saturday, June 9, 2018, 3:00-4:30 PM
Class 6 — Saturday, June 16, 2018 3:00-5:00 PM, Final class & graduation presentation


A $40 registration fee is all that is required for Boston Residents, and 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

We have extended our Musical Explorers Deadline! It's not too late, sign up today! 


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!

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The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children.
Cheryl Lavender