NEC Mentor Program

New England Conservatory (NEC) has a diverse community of students, alumni, faculty, and board members from around the world. The NEC Mentor Program is a network of NEC alumni and board members who are dedicated to enhancing the education and career development of NEC students. The mentor program is an exciting opportunity for students to build a professional network that extends beyond campus and for alumni to share real-world experiences with the next generation of musicians.

Mentors and mentees are matched based on degree program, special interests, or career goals. The program runs from October to May with the option to extend the partnership each academic year. Participants are required to communicate at least once a month, but pairs are encouraged to communicate as frequently as possible to build a strong connection.

For Alumni & Board Members:


Program Overview for mentors

The NEC Mentor Program enables alumni and board members to share their professional expertise and personal experiences with current NEC students. As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to advise a student on academic and musical guidance, career advice, and personal development.

 
Mentors do not have to be on campus to have an impact on an NEC student. Whether you are located in Boston or across the globe, we invite alumni from around the world to be part of the NEC Mentor Program. Through this program, mentors can provide guidance and support to students by sharing their experiences and knowledge, serving as role models and leaders as they help students strive for their goals.
 

Communication

The NEC Mentor program is a great way to help students learn more about the professional world by sharing your real-world experiences and expertise. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to connect monthly; however, the frequency and form of communication will be determined based on your schedules.
 

Mentor Role

  • Email your mentee shortly after receiving the introduction email
  • Set expectations by determining the frequency and form of communication
  • Engage in meaningful conversations at least once a month 
  • Be responsive to all communication. Notify your mentee if you cannot connect for any reason and reschedule any canceled meetings
  • Serve as a resource to your mentee between scheduled monthly meetings
  • Share your wisdom - your experience can supplement what students are learning in the classroom and in the studio
  • Mentors are not expected to provide transportation, housing or any financial assistance

 

The Offices of Advancement and Engagement and Student Services will email mentors once a match with a student has been made.
 

Mentors will be required to undergo a background check and participate in a Title IX training conducted by NEC’s Human Resources department.
 

Ready to Participate?

Apply to be a Mentor

For Students:


Program Overview for mentees

As a NEC student, you have access to a vibrant network of alumni and board members who are eager to share their expertise, wisdom and advice. The NEC Mentor Program is an exciting opportunity to build your professional network and form meaningful relationships that extend beyond campus. Students will be matched with a mentor based on degree program, special interests, or career goals and may tailor the conversations to your individual needs.
 

Communication

We encourage students to connect monthly with their mentors; however, the frequency and form of communication will be determined depending on your schedules.


Student Role

  • Email your mentor soon after receiving the introduction email
  • Set expectations by determining the frequency and form of communication
  • Engage in meaningful conversations at least once a month
  • Be responsive to all communication. Notify your mentor if you cannot connect for any reason and reschedule any canceled meetings
  • Invite your mentor to attend in-person or virtual concerts at NEC – especially your own!
  • Discuss rehearsals, courses, and career aspirations – your mentor wants to learn more about you!
  • Mentors are not expected to provide transportation, housing or any financial assistance
     

The Offices of Advancement and Engagement and Student Services and will email students once a match with a mentor has been made.
 

Ready to be matched with a Mentor?

Application for Students
 

Program Guidelines:

  • The program is open to enrolled students and alumni from all class years and programs, and board members 
  • All participants must submit an application to the program
  • All participants must sign up and create a profile on NEC Connect

  • All participants must read the Mentor Program Guide 
  • All mentors are required to undergo a CORI background check and participate in a Title IX training conducted by NEC’s Human Resources department prior to the start of the program
  • If program participation allows, mentors may accept up to three mentees at a time; mentees may have up to two mentors at a time 
  • Students and mentors will be matched based on degree program, special interests, or career goals 
  • Once a partnership is established, the pair must agree on goals and communication preferences, including the form and frequency of communication  
  • Mentors and mentees must maintain and model professional behavior
  • Mentors and mentees must approach partnership with an open mind, professionalism, and respect

Questions?

Please contact Jackie Martocchio at (617) 585-1171 or jacquelyn.martocchio@necmusic.edu with any questions or if you would like additional information.