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Discover Fall 2023 Offerings

At NEC Prep, we believe that music is an essential component of a well-rounded education, and we are committed to providing students with the tools they need to become accomplished musicians and lifelong learners. Our curriculum is designed to challenge and inspire you, and we are confident that you will find a lesson or program to meet your needs and be both enriching and rewarding.

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Create your NEC Prep Parent Portal

To apply for any of NEC Prep's programs, parents/guardians of students younger than 18 must create an account in our Parent Portal. Accounts only need to be created once, and they will provide a smoother experience going forward. You can access the application directly after the Parent Portal has been created and activated.

Prep Violin Lesson

A Place for Every Musician

À la carte offerings give 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. Students can enter at any level of training and move at their own pace.

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Learn More About NEC Prep Faculty

Our world-class faculty at NEC Prep are exceptional teachers, as well as dedicated performers, committed to inspiring young musicians. They provide a nurturing, positive, and challenging learning experience for all students, regardless of their level of proficiency. Join our community today and experience unparalleled mentorship and instruction from our talented faculty.

MYWE 2019

Discover NEC Prep Concerts & Events

Stay up-to-date with the latest concerts and events happening at NEC Prep by exploring our calendar and joining us for an upcoming performance!

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Current Prep Student Resources

From the academic calendar to class schedules and locations, view resources that current NEC Prep students and their families access more regularly.

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 1300 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.

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Recent News
Thu, September 28
This summer, the New Jersey Symphony premiered "Bya," a work by NEC Composition doctoral student Yangfan Xu ’25 DMA. Soon, "Bya" will make its Australian debut, where the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra will perform the piece in October. Yangfan shares her creative process behind the Tibetan-inspired "Bya," her journey into the world of music, and how NEC's mentorship program helped her compositions reach the stages of major orchestras.
Thu, July 20
NEC faculty member Andrew Schartmann’s book “Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack” was just released in Japanese! In honor of the release of the Japanese translation, Andrew shared ten facts about video games and video game music.
Mon, July 17
The 16-year-old, who studies with NEC Prep faculty member and Piano Department Co-Chair HaeSun Paik, also took the Audience Prize and Junior Jury Prize at the competition.
Wed, July 12
The Liberal Arts Department at New England Conservatory offers a complement to students’ musical training. Through courses in literature, history, film, and philosophy, musicians gain a better understanding of the cultural, social, and political contexts of the works they perform. Here, liberal arts faculty member Katya Popova talks about why the visual arts are important for today’s musicians, and how she hopes to inspire students’ artistic practices.
Tue, June 13
Nicolette Marie Sullivan-Cozza ’25 and Allyson Bennett ’20, ’22 MM, ’23 GD were among the four young musicians named as winners of the 2023 VSA International Young Musicians Competition.