A Prep Woodwind Quintet performs
Woodwinds at NEC Prep

Ellen Martins, Woodwind Department Chair

Faculty Directory: Flute & Piccolo | Oboe & English Horn | Clarinet | Bassoon | Saxophone

The woodwind department is composed of experienced and caring 'performer-teachers' with proven track records. Beginners and accomplished musicians of all ages and levels are guided by veteran teachers as they fulfill their goals and maximize their creative potential in a positive and supportive environment.

For students wishing to supplement their school instruction, advance their placement in District, State, and local youth ensembles, prepare college auditions, or simply desire to meet fellow music lovers, NEC Prep is the destination to pursue these goals at the highest standards. Seasoned guest performers share their expertise in public masterclasses. Weekly coaching in reed-making and small chamber ensembles, combined with frequent recitals allow teachers and students to join together as a community to explore the woodwind legacy.

Private Lessons

Private instruction is the foundation of a sound musical education. At NEC Prep, the depth and expertise of our faculty assure a great match for our students' individual needs. Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes are offered for students of all levels (including beginners!) for all woodwind instruments.

A unique feature of our private lesson program is that it includes the opportunity to participate in workshops, recitals, evaluations, and our annual concerto competition, which offer every student valuable performance experience and feedback from a variety of teachers.

Prospective woodwind students must set up a placement with Woodwinds Department Chair Ellen Martins, who will advise each student personally regarding an appropriate studio teacher placement and path of study. Private lessons can begin at any time during the school year. For more information on how to get started, please click here. Please fill out the placement form below or contact the Prep Office to schedule a placement.

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For more information on how to enrollment into classes, please contact the Prep office.

Oboe Reedmaking Class

Amanda Hardy, Instructor

This course covers beginning and intermediate oboe reedmaking from cane selection, shaping, and tying, to the proper scraping and balancing of reeds. Students must provide their own reed tools and cane.

Saturday, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Bassoon Reedmaking Class

Gregory Newton, Instructor

This course covers beginning and intermediate bassoon reedmaking from cane selection, shaping, and tying, to the proper scraping and balancing of reeds, along with discussion on the basic physics and acoustics involved in reeds. Students must provide their own reed tools and cane.

Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Recorder for Beginners

Aldo Abreu, Instructor

In this class students start learning soprano recorder. Along with the technical development, students also learn to play by ear and to read at the same time.

Recorder for Woodwind Players

Aldo Abreu, Instructor

This class is for students who already play another woodwind or brass instrument and would like to learn recorder. Since students already have some wind and finger control, they can learn the basics quickly and also do some recorder ensemble music. The class will cover soprano, alto, tenor, and bass recorders.

Clarinet Consort

Marguerite Levin, Instructor

This special ensemble is for clarinetists of intermediate and advanced levels. The Clarinet Consort will give students the opportunity perform in an ensemble devoted to the instruments of the entire clarinet family. Repertoire includes transcriptions by major composers as well as original works written for the large clarinet ensemble. The Consort is conducted by Marguerite Levin, Principal Clarinet of the former Baltimore Opera Company, and the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. Students will enjoy her energetic and fun approach to making music.

Rehearsals: Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

2018 - 2019 Clarinet Consort Calendar

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Other Opportunities

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Workshops and Recitals

Woodwind players taking private lessons have the opportunity to participate in woodwind workshops and woodwind recitals. The committed NEC Prep faculty members give students feedback and musical coaching in the workshops, and the recitals provide valuable performance experiences. All students and parents are welcome to attend, observe, and learn. Students must be registered for a minimum of 24 private lessons per year through NEC Prep in order to participate in workshops and recitals. All woodwind workshops and recitals occur from 12pm - 1pm on NEC's campus 

The 2020-2021 Workshop and Recital Schedule will be updated soon.


Summer 2020 Woodwind Workshops and Schedule 

Summer workshops will held virtually via Zoom. Students must be registered for 10 more lessons to participate. Below is the schedule for the Summer 2020 Woodwind Workshops:

Workshop Number

Workshop Date


Date Form Opens

form will open at 12pm

Date Form Closes

form will close at 12pm


Tues, Jul 7

Thurs, June 25

Thurs, July 2


Tues, July 21

Thurs, July 9

Thurs, July 16

A confirmation email will be sent to you, as well as instructions on how to join a workshop. If you have any questions about workshops, please contact Chris Hotchkiss, Operations Coordinator, at christopher.hotchkiss@necmusic.edu.

Click Here to Sign Up for a Summer Workshop!