Preparatory School | Music Theory

Some Music Theory faculty also teach Composition studio. Music Theory and Composition have separate chairs.

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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...

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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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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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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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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Born in Los Angeles, California in 1985, Nicholas Urie was a recipient of the first annual ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award at the age of 17. He left Los Angeles to study composition with Bob...

Ginny Latts
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B.A. summa cum laude, Macalester College; Dalcroze Certificate and License, Longy School of Music; studies with Lisa Parker and Anne Farber; Dalcroze School of Music with Hilda Schuster; Columbia...

Margaret McAllister
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Margaret McAllister, a composer member and Co-President of Composers in Red Sneakers, has composed music for many different genres, including orchestral works, choral music, a variety of chamber...

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Michael Weinstein (born June 26, 1960 Lausanne, Switzerland) is a composer, theorist, hornist, and educator.  He studied at the Conservatory of the State University of New York College at Purchase (B...

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Stephen Savage was a faculty member at Berklee College of Music for five years (1975-1980), where he taught theory, counterpoint, figured bass, composition, and piano. Since 1980 he has been on the...

Rodney Lister
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Composer Rodney Lister has received commissions, grants, fellowships, and awards from the Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood), the Fromm Foundation, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Fires of...