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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Interested in receiving more information about NEC Prep via email? Fill out this brief form helpful information and timely updates. 

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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Apply Now

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
Mon, April 22
In faculty member Jill Gatlin's course Climate Change Culture and Performance Practicum, part of NEC's Integrative Curriculum, students gained an understanding of climate science, the sociology and geography of climate injustice, representations of climate change in art, and methods of engaging audiences across the arts — and this was just one-half of their coursework. They also acquired invaluable professional skills through the project-based Performance Practicum, in which they used their new knowledge to design, produce, market, and execute a live concert in collaboration with their peers titled What Washes Over: Sounds of Climate Grief and Action.
Wed, April 17
Tenor Josaphat Contreras ’22 MM has won a 2024-25 Fulbright-García Robles grant to study mariachi at the National Mariachi Conservatory in Mexico City. Contreras graduated from New England Conservatory with a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy, where he was chosen as the commencement speaker for his graduating class of 2022. 
Wed, April 17
Through an EM Grant and collaboration with Northeastern’s MIND Lab, Arun Asthagiri ’24 analyzed the brainwaves of 21 participants during live and recorded performances at NEC to understand how live music moves and connects us. He presented his groundbreaking findings in April at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s Annual Meeting.
Wed, April 17
New England Conservatory is delighted to announce that three musical luminaries will receive honorary degrees during its 153rd Commencement exercises on May 19 in Jordan Hall. Songwriter, recording artist, and philanthropist Paul Simon, who will also be the featured speaker; five-time Grammy-winning soprano, educator, and MacArthur Fellow Dawn Upshaw; and conductor Robert Spano, a four-time Grammy winner who is Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Laureate of the Atlanta Symphony after 20 seasons at the helm, and who has served as Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2011, will all receive honorary Doctor of Music degrees.
Fri, April 12
NEC alumni ​​Yoon-Ji Lee ’06 MM, ’07 GD and Nicole Rampersaud ’06 MM were awarded 2024 Guggenheim Fellowships in the “Music Composition” category, announced on April 11. Lee and Rampersaud are two of 14 composers among the list of 188 total artists, scholars, and scientists selected for the honor by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.