Summer Online Programs

Summer Private Lessons

June 1 – August 28

Current NEC Prep students: Please confirm with your instructor to ensure teaching availability before signing up. Students must be registered before beginning lessons.

New NEC Prep students: Please complete the form below to set up a teacher placement. NEC Prep offers lessons to students from beginners to advanced.

New string students should complete this placement form.
All other instruments should complete this placement form

This summer, we will be offering flexible private lesson registration. Families may self-select any number of lessons (between 1 and 15) with instructor approval. If you would like to register for more than 15 lessons, please connect with our Registrar at ellie.kidson@necmusic.edu or 617-585-1174.

New! Private Lesson Summer Workshops! 
For the first time, we are thrilled to offer private lesson workshops over the summer. Students must be registered for a minimum of 10 lessons to be eligible.

Summer Course Offerings

Session I:  June 15 – 26
Session II:  July 6 – 17
Session III:  July 20 – 31

These online courses will run in two-week sessions. Students may sign up for one or multiple courses or sessions. Take a look at our offerings below!
 

Alexander Technique 

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am – 11am | Ages 12+
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11am – 12pm | Ages 7–11 (with parent present) 
Instructor: Angela Leidig 
Tuition: $150 per session

The Alexander technique (AT) focuses on building awareness and integrating tools that assist in freeing ourselves from tension and physical and mental habits that limit our freedom and potential, allowing us to mobilize ourselves in a new way. Contemporary AT is a dynamic and exploratory approach that focuses on the student engaging the learning in an interactive and non-judgmental space.

Please bring any questions or issues you are having with tension or pain, along with your instrument, to the class. If you do not have tension or pain issues, the class will give you more tools to enhance performance and freedom in your playing. These classes will be interactive. Have writing tools and a towel or mat ready as well. The sessions will be divided into the following topics: 

Session I: Living in a Canoe: Into to Contemporary AT Class I

  • Ages 7-11 students can register here
  • Age 12+ students can register here 

Session II: Giving Posture Wings and a Tail: Intro to Contemporary AT Class II

  • Ages 7-11 students can register here
  • Ages 12+ students can register here 

Session III: Contemporary AT Practical Application with your Instrument

The sessions can be taken individually, or you can take all three sessions and they will build on each other. 

  • Ages 7 - 11 students can register here
  • Ages 12+ students can register here 

 

Clarinet Seminar 

Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am - 12pm | Ages 13+ 
Instructor: Ryan Yure
Tuition: $150 per session

Session I Registration
Session II Registration
Session III Registration

Clarinet Seminar will cover many aspects of clarinet fundamentals, including breathing and support, embouchure, tonguing, tongue position, tuning, and technique. Other topics to include reed adjustment and effective practice habits. Masterclasses will focus on solo literature, standard orchestra excerpts, and auxiliary instruments (bass and Eb). Guest appearances will include a visit from Michael Wayne - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Eastman School of Music faculty. 

 

Diction for Singers 

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11am - 12pm 
Instructor: Deborah Williams 
Tuition: $230 per session

Register: Session I: Italian Diction for Singers

If you want a head start learning to sing in Italian before college, or if you need to improve your Italian for vocal competitions, you will love "Italian Diction for Singers"! This course provides a concise guide to the pronunciation of Italian and gives students the opportunity to learn Italian songs for auditions. 


Register: Session II: German Diction for Singers

Whether you want to learn a German art song with your voice teacher for a recital or be able to learn a new German song on your own, "German Diction for Singers" is the perfect summer course. Here, students will get practice using the International Phonetic Association alphabet (IPA) to learn the  pronunciations for an array of German songs. We will listen to high-quality recordings of German Lieder, and students can learn a new song to add to their resume of classical vocal song literature. 
 

Register: Session III: French Diction for Singers 

This fascinating course examines the articulation differences between the spoken French language and the singing of French mélodie and aria literature. Here, students will listen to distinguished singers of the celebrated French art song and opera repertoire and gain the skill to independently learn any French song or aria! 

 

Fiddle! 

(Session II only, July 6–17) 
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 5pm – 6pm | Ages 12–18
Instructor: Rachel Panitch
Tuition: $230 per session
Register

Learn fiddle tunes by ear from fiddling and dance traditions of New England, Quebec, Appalachia, Louisiana, and more.
 

Fit to Play: Wellness for Young Musicians

Mondays & Wednesdays, 10am – 11am | Ages 12+
Instructor: Nicola Conraths
Tuition: $150 per session
Session I Registration
Session II Registration
Session III Registration 

Fit to Play is designed to benefit young NEC musicians to support their practice with useful tips on how to rehearse and perform with ease and confidence. We will discuss strategies to avoid injury, how to come back from injury safely, and explore breathing and centering rituals that bring joy and happiness in these crazy times! We will also get moving in each class and you will learn several mini workouts that you can do on your own, for any mood or situation. Guided videos will also be provided. 

This course if for you if you are curious about questions like:

  • What is the relationship between anatomy and tension in the neck, shoulders, and arms? 
  • How do I analyze my posture?
  • Which are the 3 most common injuries that affect instrumentalists? 
  • How do I get back from time off safely?
  • How can I strengthen my core without killing my neck?
  • What are the best stretches for where I need them?
     

Hand Drumming 

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am – 10:30am | Ages 9+ (Level I – Beginners) 
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11am – 11:45am | Ages 13+ (Level II – Intermediate)  
Instructor: Luis Herrera Albertazzi 
Tuition: Level I - $75 per session | Level II - $115 per session

Students will learn basic rhythms and hand drumming concepts, including how to improvise and adapt these rhythms into any style of music.

Hand Drumming I students can register for the sessions below: 
Session I Registration
Session II Registration
Session III Registration 

Hand Drumming II students can register for the sessions below: 
Session I Registration
Session II Registration
Session III Registration

Introduction to Music Theory

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10am – 11am
Instructor: Michael Weinstein
Tuition: $230 per session

The Introduction to Music Theory Course sessions will focus on the following topics: 

Session I: Introduction to Sight Singing and the Solfege System, Melodic and Rhythmic Dictation, and Note Reading and Rhythm Skills
Register

Session II: Introduction to Scales and Key Signatures, Explanation of Intervals and Chords
Register

Session III: Melody Writing with chordal accompaniments, explanation of instrumental families, and basic phrase analysis and cadences 
Register

Intermediate Music Theory

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10am – 11am
Instructor: Yasmin Tal
Tuition: $230 per session

 The Intermediate Music Theory course will focus on the following topics: 

Session I: Solfege and sight singing, rhythmic drills and review of conducting patterns
Register 

Session II: Exploration of musical genres, music analysis, basic music history and terminology, along with explanation of roman nermeral analysis and figured bass numbers
Register

Session III: Two voice species counterpoint and four voice part-writing 
Register 

Make Your Own Music Class for String Players 

(Session I only, June 15–26) 
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 5pm – 6pm | Ages 8–14
Instructor: Rachel Panitch
Tuition: $230 per session
Register

Create, design, and conduct new melodies on the spot, using combinations of letters, numbers, colors, emotions, and objects around the house as jumping-off points. Our class will culminate with a musical story that we will compose together.
 

Performance Success: How to Prepare for High Stakes Auditions and Concerts 

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am – 11am | Ages 11+
Instructor: Eli Epstein
Tuition: $150 per session

Session I Registration
Session II Registration
Session III Registration

This class will address issues all performing artists face. We will cover natural responses to stress, dealing with fear, building courage, harnessing the mind, and recovering from mistakes. You will come away from this class with a deeper understanding of the factors involved in optimal performance, and a toolkit of new ideas that will improve your comfort and effectiveness in audition-taking and performing in general.
 

Cello Choir

(Session III only, July 6 – 17) 
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 3pm – 4pm
Instructor: Javier Caballero
Tuition: $230
Register

Join fellow cellists and learn together. Students will receive individual feedback on their playing while at the same time focusing in a group learning experience. Students will (virtually) learn and rehearse cello ensemble pieces. Open to intermediate to advanced cellists with permission from their instructor.
 

Brass Seminar 

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11am – 12pm | Ages 13+ 
Instructor: Eli Epstein
Tuition: $150 per session

Session I Registration
Session II Registration
Session III Registration 

Taught in master class and discussion format, this seminar will cover all aspects of brass fundamentals: healthy posture principals, diaphragmatic breathing, breath support exercises, how to become more consistent and accurate, how to bring more power into your playing, proven techniques to improve both high and low registers, and how to create moving and authentic performances. Students will come away from this class with a clear understanding of how brass playing works. By developing your technique, you can replace old limits with the freedom to express your feelings and stories with ease.
 

Violin Seminar: Technique, Context, Performances 

Mondays & Wednesdays, 4pm – 5pm | Ages 13+
Instructor: Joshua Peckins 
Tuition: $150 per session
Session I Registration
Session II Registration
Session III Registration 

Inspired by the renowned post-graduate Technique Class taught in Vienna, Austria, and never before offered in Boston, this seminar offers students a rare chance to study the teachings of master violin pedagogues in an organized, practical curriculum of advanced violin technique.

Put into context with legendary recordings, class discussion, and student performances, the goal of this unique course is to help ambitious violin students develop an advanced technique, gain a broader awareness of the professional violin world and how their personal studies fit into that context, and hone technical and creative skills in performance. 

  • Study an effective, progressive, concept-based syllabus of violin technique (with specific exercises) based on Flesch, Galamian, Yankelevich, and other master pedagogues.
  • Discover legendary violinists, festivals, competitions, and the world of international professional violin playing through recordings and class discussions. 
  • Perform and build concert experience, with feedback from students and instructor Joshua Peckins
  • Inspired by the renowned post-graduate Technique Class taught at the Vienna University of Music

Summer Chamber Music Seminar

Monday – Friday from 11am – 2:30pm (Session II Only)
Tuition: $775
 Registration 

Open to advanced and upper intermediate string players and pianists. Groups that have played together before are especially encouraged to apply. Individual applicants will be placed in group providing participants can be matched by playing level and experience. Group will be coached in two-hour blocks and participate in Masterclasses and workshops daily. Repertoire chosen or assigned must be learned in advanced. A video of the performance (compiled virtually) will be made by the end of the two weeks for the performers to share. Further information on faculty and Guest Artists will soon be announced.