What is it like to study at NEC? We'll let our amazing students tell you in their own words.
"The opera students know each other really well. It really feels like family."
"The musicians that come here are just really talented and interesting people."
“Life is about the special moments, and we as musicians have the ability and responsibility to create them.”
"When I came to audition, I met all these trumpet players from the BSO, and I was so excited to play for them."
"While we’re still competitive, we’re also so encouraging and supportive. I think that makes NEC really unique."
"I don’t have to be boxed in if I don’t want to be."
"Since I’ve been here I found there is such a great community of like-minded people."
"NEC is right smack dab in the middle of Boston and that lends itself to being a hub for improvement and inspiration."
"The extremely high level you’re surrounded by, the amazing level of the teachers – these are things you can’t find anywhere else."
"Boston has a great jazz scene and NEC has one of the best jazz programs."
"At NEC, music is so subjective, at the end of the day you can take inspiration from absolutely anything."
"I enjoyed NEC as much as I did because I tried to do as many things as I could. "
"The most important thing for a pianist is being able to maintain a balance between his own perceptions and strict adherence to the composer’s music."
"There are some great musical connections to be made here."
"Enthusiasm and curiosity have proved to be invaluable to our group and learning ways to stay fresh has made a big difference."
"NEC wants you to try something that fits you, to show them what that spark is."
"I chose NEC because I compose in a somewhat unorthodox way, but NEC was really supportive and has always encouraged me to try my ideas!"
"NEC is based on the human side of everyone. They support everyone’s differences."
"I view NEC as a home, a place with all my friends. It’s very open and non-judgmental."
"Go to all the concerts. Don’t be shy, be brave and you will get where you want to be."
"It’s a huge family and really supportive and very friendly."
"NEC has such a small, close community with such talent and vibrancy and that really contributes to everything."
"My studio teacher, Kim Kashkashian, has changed my life."
"There’s a competitive spirit, but only against our own playing. I don’t feel competitive against others, it’s really just pushing each other to be better against ourselves."