In this series, we're taking you through the daily lives of students at NEC. Follow along in this day in the life of Jazz student and mandolin player Simon Dunson, and then take a look at how violinist Abigail Hong spends her time at NEC.
My name is Simon Dunson. I’m from North Carolina and I’m in my 2nd year studying in NEC’s Jazz Department. I play mandolin and it's great that NEC is open to non traditional styles of music, which is how I am able to study mandolin in the Jazz Department.
My morning starts with solitary practice in the Gainsborough practice rooms.
At 10am, I rehearse with an ensemble coached by jazz pianist and composer Bert Seager.
Here I am practicing with Naledi Masilo, a vocalist in the ensemble.
When I can, I grab some more practice time alone in my room in the residence hall in the new SLPC.
Jazz Repertoire class in the late afternoon is led by the great and always funny John McNeil.
My day of classes at NEC ends with Keyboard Skills class, taught by Bert Seager.
After class, there’s time to grab some dinner and head around the corner to Wally’s Café Jazz Club on Mass Ave to jam with whoever shows up from NEC and Berklee. This is a great place to unwind and just play some tunes, before I head back to the Gainsborough practice rooms to end the day as it started.
Special thanks to Simon Dunson for taking us along with him in his jam-packed day.
Photos by Andrew Hurlbut / New England Conservatory