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!

Prep Piano lesson

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.
Prep Student

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) 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

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

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Recent News
Fri, December 6
The Verona Quartet graduated from NEC's Professional String Quartet Program in 2019 and have been selected to receive the Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons.
Mon, December 2
“He was thought of as this maverick who could change the whole outlook of the conservatory,” says George Schuller, who graduated from NEC in 1982.
Fri, November 22
First prize of $7,500 plus project coaching from EM (Entrepreneurial Musicianship) at NEC was awarded to current student Naledi Masilo for her Dreaming Girls Music Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Fri, November 22
Alumni and faculty at NEC have been honored with nominations for the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, which take place on Sunday, January 26, 2020. 
Fri, November 15
Zehavi Rodriguez, Jordan Bak, and Gabriel Martins have earned places in the Sphinx Competition semifinals.