The first fully accredited jazz program at a music conservatory.
A global leader in jazz education today.
Jazz50 celebrates the visionary legacy and vibrant future of Jazz Studies at New England Conservatory. Join us for concerts, master classes, panels, and events in Boston and New York featuring our distinguished faculty, alumni, and current students.
Through unmatched faculty mentorship and a rigorous approach to improvisation and composition, NEC’s jazz department guides each student to discover and develop their own artistic voice.
“The key is showing people what is possible, not how to sound.” —Dominique Eade
Jazz artists at NEC encounter a wide range of styles and approaches through NEC's Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Composers' Orchestra, Gospel Ensemble, and faculty-coached small ensembles—from free and early jazz, to gospel and songwriting—as well as access to NEC's classical and Contemporary Improvisation programs.
”The conversation that happens here at NEC is really one of broadening the spectrum of what is possible for a musician to do. You have lots of disciplines crossing over into one another.“ —Jason Moran
Jazz students may study privately with any of the artists on faculty, regardless of instrument. Many study with multiple teachers, reaping the richness of multiple perspectives on musicality.
“I don’t just teach saxophonists and don’t have one thing that I teach everybody. Some want guidance in composition, while drummers come to me looking for specific rhythmic things.” —Miguel Zenon