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

Students 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


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
Mon, May 16
Internationally beloved pianist Evgeny Kissin performed at NEC to raise funds for Ukraine in a powerful and moving event with the NEC community.
Wed, May 4
President Andrea Kalyn and Board of Trustees Chair Kennett F. Burnes announced that New England Conservatory has raised over $1.2 million at the NEC Happening Annual Scholarship Gala.
Thu, April 28
New England Conservatory President Andrea Kalyn and the Board of Trustees announce Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor as the 2022 Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient, alongside honorary degree recipients David Amram and Ella Jenkins, with special guests Emanuel Ax and Denys Karachevtsev.
Mon, April 11
New England Conservatory presents three concerts, on April 16, 17, and May 11, in support of Ukraine and the millions of Ukrainians who have been displaced by the war.
Fri, April 8
Jason Moran, member of NEC’s Jazz Piano Faculty, has made a wonderful donation to the NEC Archives of unique piano manuscripts, exercises, and lessons from his studies with longtime faculty member Jaki Byard.