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$2.5 Million Grant Supports Young Musicians In Boston
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $2.5 million to New England Conservatory to launch the Boston Bridge to Equity and Achievement in Music (BEAM) initiative.
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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

Erica Petrocelli, Blaise Dejardin, and NEC Jazz Orchestra at BSO Gala

Erica Petrocelli '14 '16 MM '18 AD, NEC faculty Blaise Déjardin, and NEC Jazz Orchestra performed at the BSO's season opening gala on October 3rd

Bernstein Exhibit and Hugh Wolff on Open Studio with Jared Bowen

WGBH's Open Studio with Jared Bowen explores the new Leonard Bernstein at 100 exhibit at NEC, which celebrates the centennial of the iconic American conductor and composer.

Bernstein at 100 Exhibit Opens at NEC

NEC hosts exhibit through November 11, which features personal items and interactive experiences celebrating Leonard Bernstein's centennial.

Celebrating Laurence Lesser, a guiding spirit at NEC

In celebration of president emeritus Laurence Lesser’s 80th birthday on October 28, 2018, NEC presented a concert featuring Lesser with NEC Philharmonia, conducted by Hugh Wolff.

Eric Lu Wins First Prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition

NEC Prep alumnus Eric Lu wins First Prize and the Terence Judd Hallé Orchestra Prize at the Leeds 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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