Summer Online Programs

We offer an incredible range of virtual programming for all ages, starting in June through the entire summer. See below for a list of programs that are available in Summer 2021!

Summer Private Lessons (Online)

Starting July 1

Details and Registration Information for Private Lessons

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

New Student Placement Form

New NEC Prep Jazz students: Continue below to read about the summer Jazz offerings and set up a placement. NEC Prep offers lessons to students from beginners to advanced. 

This summer, we will be offering private lessons in packages of 6, 8, 12, and 15, to be used from July 1-August 30. If you would like to register for more than 15 lessons, please connect with our Registrar at kelly.kerrigan@necmusic.edu or 617-585-1174.

Summer Course Offerings (Online)

SESSION I: July 5–16
SESSION II: July 19–30

SESSION III: August 2–13

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

Alexander Technique for Musicians

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11am - 12pm (Session I Only) 
Open to: Ages 12+
Instructor: Clara Sandler
Tuition: $230 per session
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Do you have postural issues? Do you feel tension/pain in your neck, shoulders, arms, etc. while playing your instrument or singing? Does your breathing feel restricted? Do your muscles feel fatigued after practicing? Does Performance Anxiety interfere with you performing at your best? 

This course is for you!

Come find out how the Alexander Technique can help you get rid of unnecessary tensions, find a more natural posture, free your breathing and find an overall sense of ease in your playing and singing. We will also explore the mind-body connection that is active when we feel Performance Anxiety and learn tools to let go of the fear-provoking tensions that do not allow us to perform at our peak. 

Enhanced Artistry through Movement

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10:30am - 12pm (Session II Only)
Open to: Vocalists, ages 12+
Instructor: Clara Sandler
Tuition: $230 per session
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When we hear a singer and we feel emotionally moved by their performance, we know that there is more that vocal technique in play. The singer has a deep commitment to the piece she/he is singing, they are embodying every song they sing. 

In this class we will learn to make the songs part of us through movement and through the Alexander Technique tools which help us feel more present, grounded and less tense. We will explore our possibilities for a freer, embodied performance. 

In each class we will improvise movement to various styles of music, we will have experiential body awareness exercises (Alexander Technique) and student performances exploring the connection of movement to the songs. 

Fiddle

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Session I Only)
Open to: String players, Ages 12-18
Instructor: Rachel Panitch
Tuition: $150
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Learn fiddle tunes by ear from fiddling and dance traditions of New England, Quebec, Appalachia, Louisiana and more. We will also create original collaborative fiddle tunes using the forms we learn together. 

Flute Performance Class: Solo Repertoire and Technique Advancement

August 2 - 6
Monday - Friday, 3:30pm - 5:00pm| Middle - High School Students
Instructor: Rachel Braude & Jessica Lizak
Tuition: $300

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This week-long performance seminar will focus on expanding your ability to improve and enhance your solo flute repertoire to a competitive level. Each daily session will begin with a 30-minute technique advancement session. The teaching artists will present innumerable exercises that will transform your tone colors, achieve intonation accuracy, broaden your dynamic range, strengthen the embouchure flexibility, increase finger dexterity, and gain articulation control. Exercises will be taught, demonstrated, and then played all together. This will be followed by a masterclass, where each performer will pay a piece of their choice to gain new practice and performance approaches that will ensure top placement at auditions.  

 

Flute Performance Class: Orchestral Repertoire

August 2-6
Monday - Friday, 5:15pm - 6:15pm| Middle - High School Students
Instructor: Rachel Braude & Jessica Lizak
Tuition: $230

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This week-long performance seminar will focus on in-depth study and execution of the standard orchestral excerpt repertoire for flutists for maximal success at your next orchestra auditions. Each daily session will cover two or three excerpts, schedule of excerpts TBD. Four days will cover flute excerpts and one day will cover piccolo excerpts. Each performer will have the opportunity to perform at least once excerpt per day. Topics to be covered will include suggested breathing, practice techniques, reasons for choosing certain excerpts, phrasing, character, among many others!  

Improvisation from Scratch

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Session II Only)
Open to: String players, Ages 12-18
Instructor: Rachel Panitch
Tuition: $150
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How do we conjure up a piece of music from nothing? The trick is, we always use something. In this session, turn everything from aquarium live streams to Pantone color palettes to your own experiences into short pieces of music. As we build out musical forms, we'll test out a variety of approaches to translate ideas and emotions into original sounds. 

Introduction to Music Theory

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

The Introduction to Music Theory courses will focus on the fundamentals of reading and hearing, analysis, and writing music. Placement in the Summer Theory levels will be determined after a placement meeting with the Theory Department Chair Michael Weinstein

Session I: Introduction to Sight Singing and the Solfege System, Melodic and Rhythmic Dictation, and Note Reading and Rhythm Skills
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Session II: Introduction to Scales and Key Signatures, Explanation of Intervals and Chords
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Session III: Melody Writing with chordal accompaniments, explanation of instrumental families, and basic phrase analysis and cadences 
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Intermediate Music Theory

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

The Intermediate music theory course will cover topics including ear training, musicianship, interval and melodic dictation, keyboard harmony and form and analysis. Placement in the Summer Theory levels will be determined after a placement meeting with the Theory Department Chair Michael Weinstein. 

Session I: Solfege and sight singing, rhythmic drills and review of conducting patterns
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Session II: Exploration of musical genres, music analysis, basic music history and terminology, along with explanation of roman numeral analysis and figured bass numbers
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Session III: Two voice species counterpoint and four voice part-writing 
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Summer Oboe Institute

August 9-13
Monday - Saturday, 9am-10am, 8pm - 10pm| Ages 14-19
Instructor: Amanda Hardy
Tuition: $575
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This weeklong online oboe intensive Summer Institute is hosted by Amanda, Hardy, NEC Prep Oboe Faculty. The Institute will feature sessions on topics such as fundamentals, preparing etudes and solo repertoire, excerpt preparation or orchestra playing and auditions, oboe reed making, how to prepare English horn excerpts and reeds, and oboe adjustments. 

Guest Artists include John Ferrillo, Mark McEwen, and Robert Sheena of the Boston Symphony, and Anne Gabriele, of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

New applicants to the Summer Oboe Institute should submit a brief recording of 2 contrasting solos to prep@necmusic.edu by Sunday, August 1st. 

Introduction to Composing with Computers 

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9am – 10am (Session II Only) 
Open to: Beginning/intermediate composers, ages 15-18
Instructor: Aaron Smith
Tuition: $230 per session
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Everyone is familiar with some form of “electronic music”, especially in the youngest generations today growing up with iPads, watching videos on YouTube, and streaming on Spotify. We are inundated with digital technology, music and sounds from every corner of our lives. One definition of electronic music could be “any sound we hear that is reproduced by digital machines”, which would include all the above. How do these sounds get “bottled up” so that we can hear them without a live performer standing in front of us, at the tap of a finger no less? How are some of the interesting sounds we hear in pop music made, from synthesizers to robotic-sounding human voices to samples of older music? If anything can be theoretically recorded digitally, what even is music? 

Introduction Telemann's 12 Solo Fantasias 

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 5pm – 6pm (Session I Only) 
Instructor: Aldo Abreu
Open to: Musicians ages 12+
Tuition: $230 per session
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Georg Phillipp Telemann's 12 Fantasias for Flute is one of the most important collection of solo pieces for this instrument from the 18th century. They cover a wide variety of musical forms (including preludes, fugues and Baroque dances) of the Baroque period. These pieces are suitable to any melodic instrument. In this class we will cover Fantasias 1 through 6. Students have the options of active participation (playing in masterclass form) or observing the course lectures. 

Wings and Warm-Ups

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2pm – 3pm (Session II Only)
Instructor: Angela Leidig
Open to: All instrumentalists and singers, ages 10+ 
Tuition: $150
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 We will explore the Alexander Technique and Body mapping and their application to your playing and singing in this class. Practical warm-ups will help instrumentalists and singers free their sound and breathing. Specifically, this class will look at how freeing our arms frees ourselves in our playing and performing. Tension issues will be addressed so bring your questions and instruments to class! A mat may be used for floor work, so have a yoga mat or towel ready for class. Due to the interactive nature of this class, all participants are asked to be visible online and ready to participate in class.  

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 and learning in a fun, interactive and non-judgmental space. 

 Angela Leidig is a certified Alexander Technique Teacher and a violin teacher at NEC Prep. 

Young Electronic Music Explorations

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9am – 10am (Session I Only) 
Open to: Beginning composers, ages 11-14
Instructor: Aaron Smith
Tuition: $230 per session
Register

Everyone is familiar with some form of “electronic music”, especially in the youngest generations today growing up with iPads, watching videos on YouTube, and streaming on Spotify. We are inundated with digital technology, music and sounds from every corner of our lives. One definition of electronic music could be “any sound we hear that is reproduced by digital machines”, which would include all the above. How do these sounds get “bottled up” so that we can hear them without a live performer standing in front of us, at the tap of a finger no less? How are some of the interesting sounds we hear in pop music made, from synthesizers to robotic-sounding human voices to samples of older music? If anything can be theoretically recorded digitally, what even is music? 

 

Jazz Summer Course Offerings (Online)

NEC Prep jazz has lessons, ensembles, groove creation, workshop series, and listening courses this summer! See below for details and prices. 

All Jazz ensembles and jazz private lessons for students who live within 500 miles of their teacher will be able to use this NEW technology called SoundJack, which is free.  Although SoundJack will be required for all jazz ensemble students, NEC will allow jazz private lesson students to opt out, since in order to use this new technology there is some purchase of gear involved to get SoundJack set up.  However, since most jazz private lesson students also play in jazz ensembles, they will be set up for SoundJack anyways.  If you opt out of SoundJack for your private lessons, you will be having your lessons via Zoom.  Just keep in mind that Zoom is not capable of allowing students and teachers to play simultaneously in real time.  SoundJack will not be necessary for Jazz composition lessons. 

SoundJack uses an ethernet cable direct connection from a computer to a router, and transmits low latency sound, which refers to sound transmitted at high speed over the internet. This faster speed allows small ensembles to rehearse music together in real time. Zoom is not capable of transmitting audio this quickly, so this new technology will vastly improve your virtual ensemble experience. SoundJack also requires an audio interface, an XLR microphone cable, cord and stand, as well as wired headphones. Most NEC jazz students have some, if not all of this equipment already. The Equipment Purchases for SoundJack document has links and prices to buy low cost equipment that has been tested to work with SoundJack. 

All lessons and courses are placed and coordinated by David Zoffer, NEC jazz department chair for Prep and Continuing Education, founding member and faculty of Jazz Lab, and faculty for private lesson and ensemble in the Contemporary Improvisation department of NEC college. 

The first step for students is to fill out the jazz placement questionnaire so that the jazz courses and lessons can address their musical interests, musical background, and schedule. Note that filling out the questionnaire is free and does not constitute registration or payment, it just makes it possible for the chair to help place students with the right teachers and appropriate courses. 

Complete the Jazz Placement form here!

In addition, students must setup a Zoom placement meeting with David Zoffer. During those meetings students will also schedule a follow up conversation to confirm their choices for the summer program.   

Placement Procedure: 

Students new to the NEC jazz program (including students that have only participated in Jazz Lab or Youth Jazz Orchestra) need to share links to a recording of them playing two contrasting pieces. If students have jazz experience, they should play a melody and take an improvised solo with an accompaniment track if possible. The chair will help singers define their range for arrangements.  

Students that play bass, guitar, drums or piano should also accompany a soloist on their recordings if they have experience doing that and they can contact David Zoffer if they need a play along track that includes a soloist.

If students are new to jazz, any two contrasting pieces can be submitted.  

Please submit audition recordings to David.Zoffer@necmusic.edu via YouTube links or files if they are less than 10MB before the placement meeting. 

 In addition to tuition, there is a registration fee of $50 that covers any combination of lessons or coursework below.  

Private Jazz Lessons:   

Private jazz lessons are available between July 1 and Aug 13 for students age 9 and up at any level, for any instrument or voice, as well as the subjects of composition, songwriting, theory, arranging, computer notation and recording.

Course Offerings include:

Drumset Intensive Workshops 

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 5pm - 6pm (Sessions I and II) 
Instructor: Austin McMahon
Recommended to: Ages 11+, with a basic understanding of Jazz drumming
Tuition: $230 per session 

Students can sign up for either or both sessions as the material will change. 

Session I: Brushes 
During this workshop, we will learn how to integrate Brushes into our sound. You will discover how they allow us to hear every detail of the other players in the band, create a great texture and have a big dynamic range that can add color and excitement to any piece of music – not just ballads.  
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Session II: Bossa Nova and Beyond 
This workshop is designed to help the student explore the quintessential Brazilian Jazz drumming style. Bossa Nova and Samba feels are extremely common and popular in Jazz ensemble settings yet, most beginning drum-set students have limited understanding and tools to work with. 
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Jazz Ensemble

Starting July 5, dates and times TBD between students & faculty
Instructor: Various

Tuition: $450
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Jazz ensembles may include any instrument and/or voice at all levels. These are small ensembles typically with drums, piano, and bass, and then additional instruments are added to each group. The coach of the group plays an instrument with the students. The material in these groups are wide-ranging in style in order to expose students to many types of Jazz. Student arrangements and compositions are often included as materials for ensembles. Summer Jazz Ensembles will receive 10 60-minute coachings throughout the summer. 

Groove Making from Classic Funk, Hip Hop, and Reggae

Tuesday, Thursdays 8pm - 9pm (Session I Only) 
Instructor: David Zoffer
Tuition: $150
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Students in this class will analyze classic recordings from Funk, Hip Hop and Reggae, with their instructor and then use analytical tools they learn in class to understand the basic structure and characteristic stylistic elements of the genre and apply these techniques to make their own analysis of the pieces of their choice. Students will create their own grooves and share their own analysis and compositions with the class. 

Students will need to be able to submit written music either by using computer notation such as Finale, MuseScore or Sibelius, or uploading images of handwritten music and sound files. Students in this class must have a basic understanding of reading music, although they will not have to be expert sight readers. The class will explore rhythm and articulation in great detail and show some demonstration of groove-based chart writing practices. 

Jazz Group Recording

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:00pm - 8:30pm (Session I & II only)
Instructor: Various
Tuition: $775 per session
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Session II Register

In this performing and recording course, pieces are given to the student in advance, based on their level of experience to form a recording ensemble. Beginner and intermediate students will play well known jazz repertoire and are required to have a private lesson teacher at NEC or elsewhere in order to participate. Beginner and intermediate students will require private teacher support prior to the start of the course as well as during the course in order to prepare to record on the first day of class. 

The primary course coach will oversee student tracking and fulfill the role of producer, arranger, and performer on tracks alongside students. Participants will contribute to the creation of the arrangements. Pieces will be refined over multiple recording session with input from both the primary coach along with special guest faculty who will also recording tracks and giving feedback to students. Students will receive a professional mixed recording of the arrangements. 

Placement in this course requires a recording technology check in to determine what help students may need to record rom home. Students will need at least a basic digital audio workstation such as Garageband, Audacity, or any more advanced program like Logic or ProTools. 

Harmony Class for Beginners

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Session I Only) 
Instructor: Vanessa Morris
Recommended to: Beginning Jazz students 
Tuition: $230

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This class is for students who are struggling with harmony or just starting the journey. Using movable do, the class with cover intervals, major and minor scales, pentatonic scales, triads and 7th chords. Some piano will be incorporated into the class. Open to beginning jazz students, participants will participate via singing to internalize intervals that are being learned. A piano or keyboard will be required for reference. 

Intro to Jazz for Pianists 

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Session I Only) 
Instructor: Eyran Katsenelenbogen
Tuition: $230 
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In this class we will learn how to turn classical and other non-jazz compositions into vehicles for improvising, utilizing theoretical analysis and imaging the process which led to their formation. We will explore pieces such as Claire de Lune (Debussy), Für Elise (Beethoven) and Libertango (Piazzolla) as well as pieces suggested by the participating students. Throughout the course, each student will be assigned a piece to explore different improvisational techniques with and perform it for the other students during our classes.

Improvisation for String Players

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10am - 11:30am (Session III Only) 
Instructor: David Eure
Recommended to: Advanced String players (Jazz & Classical), 9th grade and older
Tuition: $230

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This course is designed to motivate students as an entry-level jazz improvisation. Using recordings of Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith, Eddie South, Ray Nance, Jean Luc Ponty Michael Urbaniak and other prominent jazz violinists, we would explore the styles and techniques.  This gateway between the classical and jazz world is essential to understanding and embracing Jazz.

Jazz Ear Training

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 5pm - 6pm (Session II Only)
Instructor: Charles Weller
Open to: Ages 12-16
Tuition: $230

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In Intro to Jazz Ear Training, students will begin to develop fundamental skills required to analyze, play, and listen to Jazz. Students will be presented with different listening examples from a wide range of Jazz history. The class will discuss these examples in depth, and will be asked to identify key musical characteristics from each piece. In addition, students will learn how to identify and write out basic intervals, chords, melodies, rhythms and progressions. Students will occasionally be asked to complete small composition projects, as well as in-class quizzes to assess individual strengths/weaknesses pertaining to ear training. 

Advanced Jazz Ear Training

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 5pm - 6pm (Session III Only)
Instructor: Eyran Katsenelenbogen
Open to: Ages 16-18
Tuition: $230

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In this course, we will develop our aural skills utilizing jazz vocabulary and focusing on its rhythmic, melodic and harmonic aspects. Over time, we will master intervals, chords and rhythms used in Jazz music. Our objective is to clarify our musical perception and to improve our ability to execute the sounds we imagine. Throughout the course, we will develop our improvisational and compositional skills, deepen our esthetic appreciation of music as a social language, and learn to use music to communicate with each other. Students should have some experience with construction, identification and singing of intervals, triads and seventh-chords. 

Jazz Trombone Workshop

August 9-13
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Instructor: Joel Yennior
Tuition: $300

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The focus of this workshop will be to address the unique technical and stylistic considerations of the trombone within the jazz tradition. An emphasis will be placed on listening to and learning about prominent jazz trombonists, studying historically relevant solo transcriptions, and exploring technical topics such as expanding range, jazz articulation (du-dl tonguing), lip flexibility, and the use of mutes and other effects. Participants should have a minimum of 2 years playing experience on the trombone, and a basic knowledge and understanding of music notation and scales. 

Jazz Workshop Series

Tuesday, Thursdays 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Session I and II Only) 
Instructor: Various
Tuition: $230 (per session)

All levels, all Instruments and voice welcome. Students can sign up for either or both sessions as the material will change.

In this interactive series, each package of four workshops has a different topic presented by a faculty expert in the field. Students will get a sense of the breadth and depth of the NEC jazz program, seeing the faculty demonstrate their expertise in helping students in the subjects below and performing. Students will be asked to play, sing or clap either unaccompanied or along with recordings as well as ask and answer questions.

Session I Jazz Workshops:

  • Auditions Preparation for Jazz and Related Genres with David Zoffer July 6
  • Influential Recordings and Genres Throughout Jazz History with Joel Yennior July 8
  • Connecting Jazz Singing with Jazz Instruments with David Zoffer July 13
  • Afro Cuban and World Rhythms with Alexei Tsiganov July 15

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Session II Jazz Workshops:

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