Imagination Begins at NEC Prep
The NEC Prep Experience

With robust resources, world-class faculty, and a supportive community, NEC Prep prepares students for a lifelong relationship with music.

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World-class Faculty

Dedicated teachers and performers provide a challenging, nurturing, and inspiring experience for every student.

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Instruction for All Levels

From beginners to advanced musicians, all students are welcome to join the NEC Prep community and advance their skills.

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Variety of Course Offerings

NEC Prep students can explore a many music styles—including classical, jazz, contemporary musical arts, world music, and musical theatre.

Connect With Us

Engage with the NEC Prep team through our events or email list to have your questions answered about our programs, resources, and application process. 

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In-person Admissions Seminars

Join us for an in-person seminar on our Boston campus to gain a firsthand look at the NEC Prep experience.

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Online Admissions Seminars

Dial into a convenient virtual seminar hosted by the NEC Prep team.

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Take the Next Step

Start your NEC Prep journey by submitting your application. Please note that the application deadline for Large Ensembles and the Chamber Music Intensive Performance Seminar (CHIPS) is May 15.

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Submit your application for the 2024-2025 academic year—whether you are a returning family, or new to the NEC Prep experience.

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Dates and Deadlines

Use this helpful timeline to ensure you don't miss any important deadlines or milestones in the NEC Prep application process.

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Funding an NEC Prep Education

NEC Prep is an important investment. Learn more about tuition, fees, payment plans, and other important details.

Resources for Current Prep Families
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Create your NEC Prep Parent Portal

To apply for any of NEC Prep's programs, parents or guardians of students younger than 18 must create an account in our Parent Portal. 

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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!

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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.

What do you want to do?
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I want to play

At NEC, young musicians can explore all kinds of instruments, from early childhood on.

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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!

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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.

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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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Recent News
Wed, July 17
Violinist, alumna, and former NEC faculty member Gabriela Díaz ’03, ’05 MM is the newest member of the world-renowned Kronos Quartet. With the addition of Díaz, half of the famed Kronos Quartet’s members are now NEC alumni. Cellist Paul Wiancko ’12 GD joined the quartet in February 2023.
Wed, July 17
Three New England Conservatory alumni have been announced as part of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists Program for the 2024-2025 season. Tenor Yuntong Han ’21, baritone Hyungjin Son ’24 MM, and pianist Sujin Choi ’23 GD, ’24 GC join LA Opera’s roster of eight total Young Artists — six singers and two pianists/coaches — who will spend the season with the company. Vocalists will take numerous smaller roles in mainstage productions.  
Mon, July 15
This spring at NEC, a group of violin students in faculty member Ayano Ninomiya's studio arranged the Dichterliebe song cycle, composed for voice by Robert Schumann based on the poetry of German romantic poet Heinrich Heinne, for the violin. The students collaborated to develop a new musical notation system they could use as they translated the scores of each song. After weeks of experimenting, integrating new skills, and receiving coaching from Ninomiya and guest faculty Tanya Blaich, students presented the final cycle—fully reimagined for the violin.
Wed, July 10
For the fourth consecutive year, New England Conservatory has partnered with Silkroad for the continuation of its Global Musician Workshop (GMW) in Boston from August 4-10. Silkroad also introduces the first-ever international iteration of the program in Hangzhou, China, presented in partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, from August 26-31.   
Tue, July 9
Pianist and NEC alumna Ariel Mo ’20, ’22 MM, ’24 GD has been named the newest member of Trio Gaia, NEC's most recent graduate piano trio in residence. Mo succeeds Andrew Barnwell ’20, ’23 MM, ’24 GD, who leaves the group to pursue other projects.