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Recent News
Wed, November 13
JazzTimes honors NEC's 50th year of Jazz Studies with an overview of the history and impact of the program over time.
Fri, November 8
On Tuesday, November 12, conductor William Drury and NEC Symphonic Winds bring NEC alumni & faculty representing active duty servicemembers and military family members together to celebrate Veterans Day in a Jordan Hall concert.
Fri, November 1
NEC students joined members of the Gewandhausorchester and Boston Symphony Orchestra in a "Flash Mob" in the Center Court of Boston’s Prudential Center. The event was sponsored by DHL in conjunction with the BTHVN on Tour exhibit, which kicked off NEC's celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.
Thu, October 31
NEC joins the world in mourning the loss of composer, teacher, and cultural ambassador Chou Wen-chung, who passed away at age 96. 
Mon, October 28
“The CI department brought me to NEC. I'd heard very good things about it. It was an environment in which I knew that I would get the opportunity to explore whatever I wanted to.”

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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