Plus superb conservatory faculty, and as many approaches to meaningful musical education as there are students — that’s NEC Prep.
Every week, over 1600 students from across New England — absolute beginners to the most advanced young musicians — participate in lessons, classes, and ensembles. NEC Prep is one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation.
At NEC, young musicians can explore all kinds of instruments, from early childhood on.
Young singers at NEC get a very special kind of training with lots of variety—voice lessons, choruses, jazz, musical theatre, rock, world music, and more!
Every musician is a composer. Students as young as eight can start learning to hear and create the elements of music.
Foundation classes like chorus, music theory, composition, and the art of practice and performance are for every musician at NEC, whatever the level or instrument!
We invite you to explore the many opportunities for your child here. If you need more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’d love your family to join our family and make NEC Prep your musical home.
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Kids can enter at any level of training and move at their own pace.
À la carte offerings
À la carte offerings mean you have the flexibility to shape the musical education that best fits your child. Enroll in just one activity (ensembles, lessons, classes, workshops) or any combination thereof.
Our faculty is world-class and wonderful, full of teachers and performers committed to nurturing young musicians.
In addition, we offer a range of certificate programs for the committed student looking for an ambitious, advanced placement-like path.
John Tyson is a winner of the Bodky International Competition, the Noah Greenberg Award, and a former student of Frans Brüggen. He has appeared as soloist in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, England,...
Flutist Christopher Krueger taught at New England Conservatory from 1988 through 2016.
Krueger is well known as a performer on both modern and historical instruments, and has been a soloist and...
Julia McKenzie enjoys a varied musical life playing violin in assorted styles, settings, and ensembles in and around Boston. She specializes in period performance with the Handel+Haydn Society, the...
A distinguished keyboard artist and founding member of the Boston Museum Trio, John Gibbons has performed as harpsichord and fortepiano soloist with major ensembles in the U.S. and Europe, among them...
As a performer on the recorder, Aldo Abreu has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, New Zealand, Central America, and his native Venezuela. First-prize winner of the 1992 Concert Artists Guild New York...