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 and Flexibility

NEC Prep students can explore a variety of 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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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
Tue, April 9
NEC violin faculty and founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet Nicholas Kitchen was featured in a recent piece in The Atlantic for his work decoding Ludwig van Beethoven's original manuscripts. 
Fri, April 5
In late March, Grammy-nominated flutist and composer Valerie Coleman came to campus as NEC’s 2024 Malcolm Peyton Artist-in-Residence. During her residency, Coleman led a colloquium, engaged in a Q&A session, and conducted a master class with students in NEC's Composition Department. Additionally, she provided valuable coaching to NEC's Honors Wind Ensemble, which performed in her residency showcase. 
Wed, April 3
New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department has appointed Grammy Award-winning trombonist and composer Kalia Vandever to its faculty beginning in the fall of 2024. 
Tue, April 2
Soprano So Young Park ’12 MM, ’14 AD sang the role of Juliette in the Metropolitan Opera's final performance of Gounod's Romeo and Juliette on Saturday, March 30, under the baton of conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Park took the leading role after a casting change
Tue, April 2
Visitors to the Nilüfer Municipality Dr. Hüseyin Parkan Sanlıkol Musical Instruments Museum (MEM) in Bursa, Turkey, can now enjoy a brand-new exhibit comprising 52 rare, historic musical instruments—some as old as 400 years—donated from New England Conservatory’s collection. NEC faculty member Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol is the curator and project director for MEM.