Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes are offered. Prospective students must set up an audition or placement interview with the department chair, who will advise each student personally regarding an appropriate studio teacher placement.
For specific information regarding teacher placement, please contact the Preparatory School office by phone at 617-585-1130 or email email@example.com.
Prep Jazz Program
The Preparatory School jazz program develops skills necessary for understanding the jazz tradition of improvisation. Repertoire studied will include classic and contemporary jazz literature as well as its African and European roots. Classes will involve ear training, composing, writing, singing, and playing of materials.
Students begin by taking Jazz Theory I and Introduction to Jazz Ear Training. Classes are scheduled to accommodate as many students as possible.
The Contemporary Improvisation (CI) department is all about discovering and developing your unique artistic voice, regardless of instrument or genre. We study great performers, improvisers, and composers from a broad range of styles, including jazz, classical music, modern music, and folk music from around the world.
Classes focus on improvisation, composition, creativity, aural training, and developing personal style through listening to and embodying the musical nuances of great artists throughout history.
Studio teachers guide students along the path that best suits your needs, developing skills on your main instrument while allowing you to shape your work around the artists or genres most relevant to your goals.
In addition, the CI department will help you develop other important skills: getting comfortable on stage, communicating with audiences, teaching, organizing concerts and community events, like barn dances, jam sessions, or improvisational performances... in the CI department, the possibilities are endless!
For more information about the NEC Prep Contemporary Improvisation Department, click here.
Jazz Placement and Scheduling
The Jazz Department has a new online form system this year that is being used for placement and scheduling. The form provides the department chair with all of your information regarding classes, lessons, ensembles, and scheduling.
Both new and returning jazz students must complete this form. Completion of this form does not constitute registration or payment. If you have already registered, you must still fill out this form in order to get placed in the jazz course schedule.
Returning Jazz Preparatory School Families
Returning students do not have to re-audition, but they may do so if they want to by calling 617-585-1130. Returning students and their parents should already have Login IDs and Passwords. If you are the parent of a Prep student, please log in with your own Login ID and Password. Follow the Prep Jazz Placement and Scheduling Form link below, add it to your cart, and then log in with your existing login credentials. If you’ve forgotten your Password you can retrieve it by clicking "Forgotten?" under the Password field. If you still cannot login, please call the Registrar’s office at (617) 585-1314 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not create a new account for your family.
New Jazz Preparatory School Families
New students must complete this form in order to audition. Once completed, please call 617-585-1130 to schedule an audition. The first step is creating an online account for your family. To begin creating your family account, follow the Prep Jazz Placement and Scheduling Form link below, add it to your cart, and then click on the "Create New Account" button. Parents, please create an account for yourselves first. Then add your children to your account by clicking “Submit & Add Family Member” at the bottom of the page. If you are not sure whether your family has an account, please call the Registrar’s office at (617) 585-1314 or e-mail email@example.com.
The comprehensiveness of this form, and your corresponding answers, allows us to create a nearly custom schedule for the entire student body based on each student's interests, aspirations, and availability. We appreciate your completion of this form.