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 1600 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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I just felt like it was home.
Prep Student

All levels

The NEC Difference: a place for every player

Kids can enter at any level of training and move at their own pace.

Prep Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

À la carte offerings

The NEC Difference: flexibility

À la carte offerings mean 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.

in the N E C Prep Harp studio


The NEC Difference: faculty

Our faculty is world-class and wonderful, full of teachers and performers committed to nurturing young musicians.

An N E C Prep piano lesson

Certificate Program

The NEC Difference: challenge

We also offer a range of certificate programs for the committed student looking for an ambitious, advanced placement-like path.

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Resources for Prep Students & Families
Recent News
Thu, May 13
Composition alumna Stephanie Economou ’12 has been busy on the interview circuit, discussing her creative process as composer for the Netflix original series Jupiter’s Legacy, a superhero story starring Josh Duhamel and based on the graphic novel by writer Mark Millar and artist Frank Quitely. The series launched on May 7, 2021.
Wed, May 12
The American Academy of Teachers of Singing has recognized Ian Howell with an inaugural AATS Award for COVID-19 Response for his work with low-latency technology for real-time musical collaboration during the pandemic.
Tue, May 4
Julian Lage, Melissa Aldana, and Marshall Gilkes join New England Conservatory the jazz faculty beginning in the fall of 2021.
Wed, April 28
Carl J. Atkins, Deborah Borda, Mavis Staples, Wu Man, and Emanuel Ax will be receiving honorary degrees, and Mavis Staples will give a virtual commencement address.
Thu, April 22
News from NEC alumni, students, and faculty members including The Merz Trio, Nan Yi, Michael Mayo, Marvin Gilmore, Emma Gies, Satoko Fujii, and others.