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At his home in New York, composer Chou Wen-chung was presented with an honorary doctorate by NEC President Andrea Kalyn.
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On September 20, 2018, the NEC community honored Peter Row, a beloved NEC faculty member and former dean and provost who made significant impact during his decades at the Conservatory.  An ethnomusicologist and sitar virtuoso, Peter also taught classes in a number of departments, include Music History, Music Theory, Contemporary Improvisation, and Liberal Arts. He passed away on April 2, 2018.
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John Heiss to speak; Herbie Hancock, Edgar Albert Meyer, Jr., Peter Lyman Row and Joseph L. Bower to receive honorary doctorates.
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NEC’s 150th anniversary celebration continues with a concert of Gunther Schuller compositions on Friday, November 17th.
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Foundation classes are a terrific way for young musicians to deepen their understanding and experience of music.
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At NEC Prep, young musicians can explore all kinds of instruments. We offer brass, percussion, woodwinds, strings, and piano from early childhood on. Whether it's classical, jazz, rock, or world music, you'll get to explore music that moves you.

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A community of spirited young people.

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.

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At NEC, young musicians can explore all kinds of instruments, from early childhood on.

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I want to sing

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!

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I want to compose

Every musician is a composer. Students as young as eight can start learning to hear and create the elements of music.

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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.

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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) or any combination thereof.

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Our faculty is world-class and wonderful, full of teachers and performers committed to nurturing young musicians.

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We also offer a range of certificate programs for the committed student looking for an ambitious, advanced placement-like path.

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Lautaro Mantilla
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Lautaro Mantilla is a guitarist, composer, and improviser from Bogota, Colombia. He has a B.A. in classical guitar from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) where he studied with Carlos...