From Bruce Brubaker

NEC’s piano faculty will give you the skills to develop your artistic potential to the fullest as a performer of works past, present, and future.
Bruce BrubakerChair, Piano
Bruce Brubaker works with a student in his studio

As a piano student at the school, you will work with our internationally renowned faculty, and receive lessons from a senior teacher—not from an assistant or surrogate.

The traditional private lesson is vital in our curriculum; you will also participate in piano studio classes, master-classes with NEC faculty and such visiting artists as Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, András Schiff, Fou T'song, solo and concerto competitions, and festivals.

You will learn by participating in chamber music ensembles and by interacting with colleagues both within and outside the major.

NEC at Piano Competitions

Our students and graduates have won top prizes in the world’s most prestigious competitions (Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky, Leeds, Rubinstein, Cliburn, Liszt, Dublin, Busoni, Kapell, Gilmore, Young Concert Artists), and are trained to meet the highest international standards of piano playing and music making.

Performance Opportunities

Outside of the studio, you will have many opportunities to listen, learn, and perform. Featuring NEC piano faculty and special guests, weekly piano performance seminars explore listening, looking, learning, and living as a practicing professional pianist. Annually, NEC piano students are presented in a festival that includes performances in NEC's Jordan Hall, along with a year-end Honors Concert in Jordan Hall.