NEC Mentor Program

New England Conservatory (NEC) has a diverse community of alumni, students, staff, faculty, and board members from around the world. The goal of of the mentor program is to help support and guide students throughout their time at NEC by matching them with members of the NEC community. The connections made help prepare students for a successful future and will leave a lasting impact on our community.

The program runs from October to May with the option to continue the partnership each academic year. Each partnership will be a unique experience. Mentors will partner with students to understand their individual needs and develop a plan that supports their challenges, questions and goals. Participants are required to communicate at least once a month but we encourage pairs to communicate as much as possible in order to build a strong connection.

For Alumni:

Program Overview for Mentors

The NEC Mentor Program enables alumni to share their professional and personal experience with current NEC students. As an alumni mentor, you will have the opportunity to advise a student on academic and musical guidance, career advice and personal development. We encourage mentors and mentees to connect monthtly (i.e. once a month via phone call, virtual meeting or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication will be determined depending on your schedules. 

 
Alumni do not have to be on campus to have an impact on an NEC student. Whether you are located in Boston or across the globe, we invite alumni from around the world to be part of the NEC Mentor Program. Through this program, mentors can provide guidance and support to students by sharing their experiences and knowledge, serving as role models and leaders as they help students strive for their goals.

Mentor Role

  • Email your mentee shortly after receiving the introduction email.
  • Determine frequency (i.e. biweekly, once a month) and form (i.e. Zoom, email etc.) of communication
  • Be responsive to all communication and notify your mentee if you cannot connect for any reason and reschedule any canceled meetings.
  • Act as a resource to your mentee between scheduled monthly meetings.
  • Communicate at least once a month via zoom, phone, or email
  • Share your wisdom - your experience can supplement what students are learning in the classroom and in the studio.
  • Mentors are not expected to provide transportation, housing or any financial assistance.

Communication

The NEC Mentor program is great way to help students learn more about the professional world by sharing your real-world experiences and wisdom with the next generation of musicians. While you and your mentee will determine and develop the nature of your mentorship connection below are a few ideas to discuss 

  1. Career advice 

  2. Post-graduation advice

  3. Goal setting and accountability 

  4. Musical advice and guidance

  5. Encouragement – especially during rehearsals and performances 

  6. Support - you were a student once and know how stressful it can be 

Mentors will be required to have background checks and participate in a training conducted by NEC’s Human Resources department.

 

Ready to Participate?

Apply to be a Mentor

For Students:

Program Overview for Mentees

As a NEC student, you have access to a robust network of alumni and board members who are eager to share their wisdom and advice about life beyond NEC. The NEC Mentor Program (formerly Welcome Program) is a unique opportunity for students to form meaningful and lasting relationships with alumni that will extend beyond campus walls to help guide you on your journey. As a program participant, you will be assigned a mentor to assist you with academic and musical guidance, career advice and personal development. We encourage mentors and mentees to connect monthly (i.e. once a month via phone call, virtual meeting or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication will be determined depending on your schedules. 

 The NEC Engagement team will match mentors with mentees and will notify Students via email once a match has been made.

Student Role

  • Email your mentor soon after receiving the introduction email
  • Be responsive to all communication and notify your mentee if you cannot connect for any reason and reschedule any canceled meetings
  • Determine frequency (i.e. biweekly, once a month)  and form (i.e. Zoom, email etc.) of communication
  • Invite your mentor to attend or stream concerts at NEC – especially your own!
  • Discuss rehearsals, courses, career aspirations – your mentor wants to learn more about you!
  • Mentors are not expected to provide transportation, housing or any financial assistance

 

 

 

Ready to be matched with a Mentor?

Application for Students

Program Guidelines:

  • The program is open to students and alumni from all class years and programs 

  • All participants must submit an application to the program 

  • All participants must sign up and create a profile on NEC Connect

  • All mentors must receive HR training prior to the start of the program each academic year 

  • All mentors are required to undergo a CORI background check annually

  • Alumni may participate as a mentors. Students may participate as mentees.

  • Alumni Mentors may accept up to three mentees at a time; mentees may have up to two mentors at once

  • Student and alumni will be matched based on similar interests.

  • Once partnership is established, the pair agrees on goals and communication preferences, including the form and frequency of communication  

Questions?

Please contact Jackie Martocchio at 617-585-1171 or jacquelyn.martocchio@necmusic.edu with any questions or if you would like additional information.