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Recent News
Mon, January 27
Contemporary Improvisation alumnae Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan form two-thirds of the folk supergroup I'm With Her, which was honored with Best American Roots Song.
Fri, January 24
Recent alum Marcelo Pérez ’19 MM presented “No Means No”: an awareness-building and transformative concert addressing sexual assault against women, as part of SFJAZZ's Artists On The Rise series.
Tue, January 14
Matthew Shifrin will take the stage at TEDxNatick on January 25, 2020.
Tue, January 7
Celebrating job successes, awards, and more from alumni & students Lei Liang, Wenhong Luo, Rafael Popper-Keizer, Jeff vom Saal, Tessa Lark, Stella Chen, Alex LoRe, Ronell Warmuth, & Samantha Frenduto.
Thu, December 19
"I feel very fortunate because at the end of the day I’m doing something that I really love." Julia Bomfim is a Jazz Certificate student in NEC's School of Continuing Education. Her certificate recital will take place Saturday, December 21 at 6:30 p.m. in NEC’s Pierce Hall, and is free and open to the public.

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The NEC Difference

The NEC Difference

Our students not only immerse themselves in their musical studies with an intense focus, but are also encouraged to expand their perspectives and cross boundaries. The result of this process is the discovery of the individual authentic voice.

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Entrepreneurial Musicianship

Work your art.

Put together the toolbox you’ll need to be the best working musician possible. EM projects reflect the incredible diversity of student interests. Whatever you pursue, you’ll hone skills that get you out of the practice room and into the real world.

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EM grantee Rayna Chou combines architecture and music in Taiwan

Community Performances and Partnerships

NEC makes music in the most interesting places.

NEC students perform and teach in over 125 community partnerships across the city (like hospitals, libraries, homeless shelters, senior centers, and the Boston Public Schools) as well as in some of Boston’s most iconic venues. Music is such a powerful connection—you’ll love sharing it!

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Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

At NEC you’ll strengthen your music with skills outside of music. In Liberal Arts you’ll sharpen the intellectual and communications skills artists need to go farther.

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I came here to be a classical musician, and I left being a more well-rounded person.
Dan Cho ’16, ’19 MMViolin Performance, Wind Ensemble Conducting