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Rachel Fabulich
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Violist, Rachel Fabulich was born and raised in a small farming community in northern Illinois, where she was fortunate to be able to start playing violin and viola at a young age. As a performer, she...

Laura Williamson
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Laura Williamson is a string player in the Boston area. She received a masters degree from New England Conservatory following her undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University. Her most influential...

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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.

What do you want to do?
NEC Prep School Horn section rehearses

I want to play

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

Prep Singer with Youth Jazz Orchestra

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.

Prep Eurhythmics Class

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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I just felt like it was home.
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All levels

The NEC Difference: a place for every player

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

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À la carte offerings

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.

in the N E C Prep Harp studio

Faculty

The NEC Difference: faculty

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

An N E C Prep piano lesson

Certificate Program

The NEC Difference: challenge

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

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Audition Now for Fall 2021 Large Ensembles!
From orchestras to wind ensembles, NEC Prep offers a place for every player. Applications and video auditions are due May 14th!
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Jenny Fan
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Ming-Hui Lin
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Hailed as one of the 100 Passionate People (Taiwanese American Project), Ming-Hui Lin is a versatile cellist, an avid chamber musician, and a devoted teacher and coach. Broadcasted on the Sound of...

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Angela Leidig’s involvement with the Suzuki method goes back 30+ years. She started playing violin when she was five years old in a Suzuki public school program in Pennsylvania. She began teaching in...

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...

Susan Jarvis
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B.M. (University of Ottawa); B.Ed. (University of Lethbridge); M.M. (Ithaca College); Silver Medal Winner, Royal Conservatory, Toronto; studies with Linda Case, Sanford Reuning, Lóránd Fenyves, John...

Nancy Hair
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B.M. (Indiana University and The Hartt School), graduate studies in pedagogy (Ithaca Talent Education); studies with Janos Starker, Raya Garbousova, Yehuda Hanani, George Neikrug, Timothy Eddy; study...