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Lessons, Classes, & Ensembles

NEC's School of Continuing Education is where the curious explore their musicianship.

Whether you're here for private lessons, group classes, jazz & chamber music ensembles, or a certificate program, you'll find inspiring teachers and skillful peers as you develop your musical voice.

Continuing Education Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

Rehearsals are scheduled by the coach and will be determined individually.
  • Spring 2019

Jazz ensembles are designed for instrumentalists and vocalists who wish to work with a complete rhythm section and are formed at all levels.

Emphasis is placed on the exploration of various jazz...

Continuing Education jazz bassist performs

Private Jazz Lessons

Lessons are scheduled between the student and instructor.
  • Spring 2019

Study one-on-one with our exceptional School of Continuing Education (SCE) faculty with lessons in Jazz Bass, Clarinet, Composition, Guitar, Improvisation, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Theory,...

A Continuing Education jazz theory class

Jazz Theory IV

Tuesdays 7:30-9pm
  • Spring 2019

A continuation of topics introduced in Jazz Theory III.
Prerequisite: Jazz Theory III

A saxophonist performs with the NEC Jazz Orchestra

Jazz Arranging

Tuesdays 6-7:30pm
  • Spring 2019

This course teaches students to compose and arrange parts for a small jazz ensemble. Topics covered include jazz notation for both rhythmic and melodic instruments; ranges and basic timbres of...

Continuing Education saxophonist performs

Jazz Ear Training II

Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm
  • Spring 2019

A continuing and expansion of Jazz Ear Training I.

Students learn how to sing jazz voice leading lines, identify extended jazz harmony, intimate complex rhythmic figures, transcribe complex melodies...

Finale music notation software shown on a laptop

Finale Notation and Chart Writing

Wednesdays 7:15-8:15pm
  • Spring 2019

Always wanted to learn computer notation software? Tired of not knowing how to make clear-looking printed music for rehearsals and performance?

Sharing his years of professional notation experience...

A pianist from NEC Jazz Studies performs

Jazz History II

Mondays 5-6:00pm
  • Spring 2019

The second half of a comprehensive overview of the evolution of American jazz from its roots in African folksong and ritual through the present day.

Related topics such as Crossover, Third Stream,...

A female jazz singer sings into a microphone.

Jazz Ear Training IV

Mondays 7:30-8:30pm
  • Spring 2019

A continuation of concepts introduced in Jazz Ear Training III.

Students learn how to sing jazz voice leading lines, identify extended jazz harmony, imitate complex rhythmic figures, transcribe...

Hands on a Hammond B3 keyboard during a Gospel Ensemble concert

Jazz Theory II

Mondays 6-7:30pm
  • Spring 2019

A continuation and expansion of the analytic principles and jazz vocabulary introduced in Jazz Theory I.

Class topics include modern harmonic movement, modal hierarchies, chord substitutions,...