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Fall Orientation
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Fall Orientation

Congratulations and welcome to New England Conservatory!

We are delighted that you will be joining us at NEC and look forward to meeting you during orientation which runs from August 25 through September 7. During the orientation period you will have many opportunities to meet both new and returning students, faculty and administration. Ensemble auditions, department hearings and placement exams all take place during orientation week, as do a number of concerts and social events. Attendance at orientation is mandatory for all new students.

Please see below some preliminary information you need to know about Orientation. More information, including a schedule of orientation events which we call the Prelude Calendar, will be posted throughout the summer. A final, printed version of the calendar will be included in your orientation packet upon arrival in August.

New students who are living in the Residence Hall should plan to arrive on Saturday, August 25 or Sunday, August 26 and go directly to the lobby of the SLPC (Student Life and Performing Center). All new students should plan to check-in sometime between Sunday, August 26 and Monday, August 27 in Elfers Commons located on the ground floor of the SLPC.

We wish you a restful summer and look forward to meeting you in the fall. Please feel free to contact the Office of Student Services if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Office of Student Services Staff
Nick Tatar, Dean of Students
Rebecca Teeters, Associate Dean of Students
Ashlee Carter, Assistant Dean of Campus Life
Davey Harrison, Academic and International Student Advisor
Laura Messina, Academic and International Student Advisor
Perry Doherty, Resident Director

studentservices@necmusic.edu
(617) 585-1310

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Prelude Calendar

Find all of the auditions, exams, and events on our Prelude Calendar. Information is subject to change throughout the summer. You will get a final version in your Orientation Packet which you Check-In.

Prelude Calendar

Pre-Orientation Requirements

Sexual Assault Prevention: Required for ALL Incoming Students

All incoming students are required to complete the Haven course (undergraduates) or Haven Plus course (graduates), a web-based informational program that educates students on healthy relationships, the meaning of sexual consent and the role of the bystander in creating a safe and healthy community.  On August 6, incoming students will receive a link to the Haven course, sent to their NEC e-mail address.  Students must complete the course before they register for classes on August 31.  This interactive program takes about 45 minutes to complete. Please see NEC’s Sexual Misconduct Policy for more information.

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AlcoholEdu: Required for ALL incoming undergraduate students 

All incoming undergraduate students are required to complete the AlcoholEdu course, a web-based informational program designed to reduce the negative consequences of alcohol among students.  On August 6, incoming undergraduate students will receive a link to the AlcoholEdu course, sent to their NEC e-mail address.  Students must complete the course before they register for classes on August 31.

Health and Counseling Center

All students must turn in their Student Health Report by June 15, 2018. If you have not turned yours in yet, please do so immediately. Information for the 2018-2019 Student Health Insurance Policy will be updated on June 29, 2018. Please check back after that date to find out rates and benefits as well as how to waive our student plan.

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Penguin Pass: Submit your picture for your student ID

Your Penguin Pass is your student ID allows you to gain access to NEC's buildings. You can also load money on your Penguin Pass that can be spent on dining, copies, and other cashless purchases. Please submit your picture for your Penguin Pass before arriving on campus.

Undergraduate Questionnaire: Required for ALL incoming BM Students

All incoming BM students must return their Undergraduate Questionnaire to their Academic Advisor no later than July 31. 

Orientation Exams
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Undergraduate Music Theory Placement Exam

All incoming BM students are required to take the Undergraduate Music Theory Placement Exams. Your assigned testing times will be in your Orientation Packets. You can find information on the exams as well as practice tests here.

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Master of Music Theory Competency Exam

All incoming MM students are required to take the Master of Music Theory Competency Exam. Your assigned testing times will be in your Orientation Packets. You can find information on the exams as well as practice tests here.

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Music History Competency Exam: Required for all MM Students

All incoming MM students are required to take the Music History Competency Exam. Your assigned testing times will be in your Orientation Packets. You can find information on the exam here.

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Language Exams: MM Vocalists, Conductors, and Collaborative Pianists

These three tests are designed to evaluate your Italian, German and/or French language abilities. You should only be taking this test if you have prior experience with these languages. You will be tested on Grammar, Reading Comprehension, and Writing. Answer as many questions as you can. There will not be a spoken portion of this exam. 

 

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Diction Exam: MM Voice Majors Only

The placement exam in diction will be in two parts: spoken and written. The scoring of the exam will determine whether or not a student will need to take a certain class in diction, and/or into which section the student will be placed.

Other Orientation Information
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PAL (Peer Advisor Leader) Program for Graduate Students

All incoming undergraduate students are assigned a PAL to provide guidance, friendship, and support while they adjust to life at NEC and in Boston. Graduate students may request a PAL by emailing Davey Harrison. For more information visit our site.

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T-Pass Program

If you are interested in ordering our discounted T-Pass, click here for more information. Orders forms are due no later than August 1, 2018 for the Fall semester. We will not be able to accept late forms.

ResHall Staff

Living on campus next year? Find out all the answers to your questions and meet the ResHall staff. We cannot wait to meet you.

Undergraduate Checklist

Undergraduates, what do you need to do before arriving on campus? Here's your checklist:

2: Sexual Assault Prevention Undergraduate Online Training: Due August 31
Information will be emailed to you on August 6, 2018.

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3: AlcoholEdu Online Training: Due August 31
Information will be emailed to you on August 6, 2018.

4: Undergraduate Questionnaire: Due July 31
Form will be online on June 1, 2018.

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7: Waive Gallagher Student Health Plan (optional): Due August 10

Only if you plan to use your own plan and it meets the requirements to waive. May not use international health plans.
Information on the Student Health Insurance Plan can be found here and will be updated June 29, 2018.

Graduate Checklist

Joining us as a graduate student? Here's what you must do before arriving on campus:

2: Sexual Assault Prevention Graduate Online Training: Due August 31.
Information will be emailed to you on August 6, 2018.

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5: WAIVE GALLAGHER STUDENT HEALTH PLAN (OPTIONAL): DUE AUGUST 10

Only if you plan to use your own plan and it meets the requirements to waive. May not use international health plans.
Information on the Student Health Insurance Plan can be found here and will be updated on June 29, 2018.

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6: Study for All your Exams
Links and information above.

  • MM Theory
  • MM History
  • Graduate Foreign Language (certain majors only)
  • Graduate Diction (certain majors only)
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