Prep Private Lessons Placement

Private lesson instruction can start at any time during the school year or the summer. Many families choose to begin lessons at NEC at the beginning of a new school year or at the beginning of the spring semester. We recommend starting at the time that is best for you and your family.

Schedule a Placement

To start private lessons at NEC Prep, students must first complete an application and communicate with the Department Chair for their instrument. This placement does not determine acceptance or rejection (as we accept everyone into our community music school!) but is for teacher recommendation. The placement is also an opportunity for the student and the student’s family to address any questions or concerns they may have and talk about goals and preferred lesson schedule.   By filling out the form below, a staff member will connect you with the relevant Department Chair to begin the process.

NEC Prep Interest Form

Placement Requirements

After the Department Chair recommends a teacher(s), students may take a trial lesson. When a teacher decision has been finalized by the student, the student's family, and the teacher, the student will need to complete the online registration.

Instrumentalists and Singers

  • If the student is a beginner, there is no need to prepare anything for the placement. The placement will simply be a conversation.
  • If the student has experience playing their instrument or singing, they should prepare 2 contrasting solo pieces to play for placement. 

Composers and Music Theory

Please complete the placement form above or contact the Prep Office directly if you are interested in private composition or theory lessons. We will connect you to the appropriate Department Chair, who will make teacher recommendations for the student.