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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

NEC Students Perform on WGBH Holiday Special With Ben Folds

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Grace Park Wins 2018 International Naumburg Violin Competition

Grace Park, student of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried, wins the Naumburg Competition

Whitney Robinson AD ’20 debuts with Odyssey Opera via NEC joint Artist Diploma/Apprentice Program

Whitney Robinson AD ’20 appeared to excellent reviews in Odyssey Opera's recent production of Gounod's Le médecin malgré lui . Robinson is the first student to be accepted into New England

Erica Petrocelli Wins Sullivan Award

Congratulations to Erica Petrocelli ‘14 ‘16 MM ‘18 AD , who has received an award from the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation . In addition to a cash award of $10,000, the Sullivan Award

Brannon Cho '19 AD Awarded First Prize at the 2018 International Paulo Cello Competition

Brannon Cho, Artist Diploma student of Laurence Lesser, wins first prize at the 2018 Paulo International Cello 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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