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Recent News
Tue, July 16
June 1, 2019 was proclaimed by the City of Springfield as “Ran Blake Day.”
Tue, July 16
NEC Prep student Josephine Arnold Mages won first prize in the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest Small Fry division (8 and under).
Thu, July 11
Alum Mattia C. Maurée ’14 MM and faculty members Ran Blake and Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol honored with finalist awards.
Wed, July 10
The National Federation of Music Clubs has announced the four 1st prize winners at its 2019 Young Artist Competition in Greenwood, Indiana, United States, including alumnus Alexander Hersh ’15, ’17 MM.
Mon, July 8
Contemporary Improvisation alumna Magdalena Abrego ’19 MM discusses Input/Output Magazine, launched with the help of an Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grant, with WBUR.

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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