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New: March Madness Musical Theater Workshop
Open to students ages 13-18, this action packed three-week workshop will focus on the whole musical theatre singer/actor. Three Saturdays, March 16-30.
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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.

What do you want to do?
NEC Prep School Horn section rehearses

I want to play

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

Prep Singer with Youth Jazz Orchestra

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!

Music in chalk upon a blackboard

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.

Prep Eurhythmics Class

I want to explore

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.

I just felt like it was home.
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Recent News

A Day in the Life: Abigail Hong '19 Violin Performance

In this new photo series, we'll be taking you through a day in the life of an NEC student, kicking off with a day in the life of violinist Abigail Hong '19.

2019 GRAMMY Nominees

Alumni and faculty across many departments at NEC have been honored with nominations for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, which take place on Sunday, February 10.

NEC singers honored in Met Regional auditions

Bass-baritone Zizhao Wang ’20 MM won second prize, while soprano Amani Cole-Felder ’19 MM was awarded one of two Encouragement Awards.

Jason Moran leads NEC students to the Institute of Contemporary Art

Jazz students performed within Moran's first solo museum exhibit, which included depictions of historic jazz venues

Undergraduate and Preparatory School pianists take prizes at Bösendorfer and Yamaha competition

Undergraduate Yongqiu Liu ’22 and Preparatory School student Katherine E. Liu earned prizes at the ninth Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition

All levels

The NEC Difference: a place for every player

Kids can enter at any level of training and move at their own pace.

Prep Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

À la carte offerings

The NEC Difference: flexibility

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, workshops) or any combination thereof.

in the N E C Prep Harp studio

Faculty

The NEC Difference: faculty

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

An N E C Prep piano lesson

Certificate Program

The NEC Difference: challenge

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

The N E C Prep Youth Chorale performs
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