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Recent News
Wed, June 26
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts to Balla Kouyaté, balafon player, djeli, and Contemporary Improvisation faculty member.
Wed, June 19
Robert Bui ’21 won this year's Orchestra Composition Competition with a piece inspired by family history and opposition to censorship and violence.
Fri, June 14
Jamie Saft ’94, an alumnus of the Tufts/NEC dual degree program, discusses his wide-ranging musical influences and the diversity of his NEC education.
Thu, June 13
Brown studies with Donald Weilerstein and joins a legacy of previous NEC first prize winners.
Thu, June 13
 Derek Beckvold ’09 and Robert Jordon ’09 launched an online global music mentorship program with MIT student Mark Adams.

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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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Hands holding a notebook of poems
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