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At NEC Prep, we believe that music is an essential component of a well-rounded education, and we are committed to providing students with the tools they need to become accomplished musicians and lifelong learners. Our curriculum is designed to challenge and inspire you, and we are confident that you will find a lesson or program to meet your needs and be both enriching and rewarding.

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To apply for any of NEC Prep's programs, parents/guardians of students younger than 18 must create an account in our Parent Portal. Accounts only need to be created once, and they will provide a smoother experience going forward. You can access the application directly after the Parent Portal has been created and activated.

Prep Violin Lesson

A Place for Every Musician

À la carte offerings give 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. Students can enter at any level of training and move at their own pace.

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Learn More About NEC Prep Faculty

Our world-class faculty at NEC Prep are exceptional teachers, as well as dedicated performers, committed to inspiring young musicians. They provide a nurturing, positive, and challenging learning experience for all students, regardless of their level of proficiency. Join our community today and experience unparalleled mentorship and instruction from our talented faculty.

MYWE 2019

Discover NEC Prep Concerts & Events

Stay up-to-date with the latest concerts and events happening at NEC Prep by exploring our calendar and joining us for an upcoming performance!

The N E C Prep Junior Repertory Orchestra rehearses

Current Prep Student Resources

From the academic calendar to class schedules and locations, view resources that current NEC Prep students and their families access more regularly.

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 1300 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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Mon, February 26
As Black History Month comes to a close, we celebrate Black alumni from the earliest years of the Conservatory. Members of the Black Student Union worked with NEC archivists Maryalice Perrin-Mohr and Cody Forrest to research Black history and artistry from the early years of NEC.
Thu, February 22
Pianist Yunchan Lim ’24 UC made his spectacular Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at Symphony Hall from February 15-18 with guest conductor Tugan Sokhiev, performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 to multiple standing ovations. 
Wed, February 21
Meet Charles Berofsky ’24 MM, the talented pianist and composer who amazed Jordan Hall audience members during a concert with NEC's conductorless Chamber Orchestra as the soloist for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K. 449, including a self-composed cadenza within his exceptional performance. Berofsky earned the solo opportunity as the winner of NEC's 2022 Piano Concerto Competition, one of many honors the budding sensation has achieved in under two years at NEC so far, where he is studying for his Master of Music with faculty member HaeSun Paik.
Wed, February 14
Love is a powerful force, especially when shared by two individuals as driven in their joint mission of creating a better world as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King ’51, ’71 Hon. DM. The change-making couple were heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, but before they made history for their activism and social justice work, their journey together began in Boston. 
Tue, February 13
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recognizes New England Conservatory as one of the colleges and universities with the highest number of students selected for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.