Preparatory School | Jazz

Used for Jazz studio faculty, ensemble directors, classroom studies faculty. To be resolved: nomenclature issues with "Improvisation" classes for Classical studio participants, vs. "Contemporary Improvisation," which is informally offered through Jazz department.

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Greg Ryan
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New York City native Gregory Ryan has established himself as an in-demand sideman on both acoustic and electric bass. His big supportive sound, swinging style, and complete understanding of harmony...

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Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Caio did his undergrad at Faculdade Santa Marcelina, where he was the youngest student to ever enroll in the music program, at age 16.

After graduating, Caio...

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NEC Prep's Youth Jazz Orchestra and NEC's Jazz Orchestra join each other onstage in this "Battle of the Bands" performance.

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Jeffrey Leonard is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music and holds his Masters in Music Education from Boston University. Jeff is the Coordinator of Performing Arts for the...

Nick Grondin
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An experienced performer and award-winning composer, Nick Grondin has presented his music to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, including France, Germany and Spain.

He can regularly be heard...

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Foundation classes are a terrific way for young musicians to deepen their understanding and experience of music.

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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 1600 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.

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

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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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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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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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Kids can enter at any level of training and move at their own pace.

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The NEC Difference: flexibility

À la carte offerings mean 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.

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Our faculty is world-class and wonderful, full of teachers and performers committed to nurturing young musicians.

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We also offer a range of certificate programs for the committed student looking for an ambitious, advanced placement-like path.

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Brian Levy
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Brian Levy is a musicologist and jazz saxophonist who received his PhD in musicology from Brandeis University in 2012. His  dissertation examines harmonic and rhythmic interaction in John Coltrane’s...