Imagination Begins at NEC Prep
The NEC Prep Experience

With robust resources, world-class faculty, and a supportive community, NEC Prep prepares students for a lifelong relationship with music.

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World-class Faculty

Dedicated teachers and performers provide a challenging, nurturing, and inspiring experience for every student.

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Instruction for All Levels

From beginners to advanced musicians, all students are welcome to join the NEC Prep community and advance their skills.

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Variety of Course Offerings

NEC Prep students can explore a many music styles—including classical, jazz, contemporary musical arts, world music, and musical theatre.

Connect With Us

Engage with the NEC Prep team through our events or email list to have your questions answered about our programs, resources, and application process. 

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In-person Admissions Seminars

Join us for an in-person seminar on our Boston campus to gain a firsthand look at the NEC Prep experience.

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Online Admissions Seminars

Dial into a convenient virtual seminar hosted by the NEC Prep team.

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Interested in receiving more information about NEC Prep via email? Fill out this brief form helpful information and timely updates. 

Take the Next Step

Start your NEC Prep journey by submitting your application. Please note that the application deadline for Large Ensembles and the Chamber Music Intensive Performance Seminar (CHIPS) is May 15.

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Apply Now

Submit your application for the 2024-2025 academic year—whether you are a returning family, or new to the NEC Prep experience.

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Dates and Deadlines

Use this helpful timeline to ensure you don't miss any important deadlines or milestones in the NEC Prep application process.

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Funding an NEC Prep Education

NEC Prep is an important investment. Learn more about tuition, fees, payment plans, and other important details.

Resources for Current Prep Families
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Create your NEC Prep Parent Portal

To apply for any of NEC Prep's programs, parents or guardians of students younger than 18 must create an account in our Parent Portal. 

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Discover NEC Prep Concerts & Events

Stay up-to-date with the latest concerts and events happening at NEC Prep by exploring our calendar and joining us for an upcoming performance!

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Current Prep Student Resources

From the academic calendar to class schedules and locations, view resources that current NEC Prep students and their families access more regularly.

What do you want to do?
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I want to play

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

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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.

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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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Recent News
Mon, May 20
Whether performing with the Gospel Ensemble, hosting events for the Center for Cultural Equity and Belonging, or songwriting with this spring's electronic-inspired CMA Honors Ensemble, redbird, Yifei Zhou ’22, ’24 MM has been deeply engrained within NEC's community since her first undergraduate semester. Having just graduated with her Master of Music, she reflects on her musical growth at NEC and the people and experiences that shaped this formative time.
Mon, May 20
New England Conservatory celebrated the graduating class of 2024 on Sunday, May 19, in historic Jordan Hall during a ceremony for graduates, family, and friends. Honorary degrees were awarded to legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon ’24 hon. DM, soprano Dawn Upshaw ’24 hon. DM, and conductor Robert Spano ’24 hon. DM, with remarks from Simon along with NEC President Andrea Kalyn, Alumni Speaker Lina González-Granados ’14 MM, ’15 GD, and Student Speaker June Chung ’24 MM. 
Wed, May 15
This month, NEC students and faculty electrified the Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre during Chirp, a six-night concert series featuring live electronic music and cutting-edge technology. Chirp concerts included multimedia compositions, acousmatic music, and computer-assisted pieces. The performances were led by faculty members Davide Ianni, Ted Reichman, Lautaro Mantilla, John Mallia, and Stratis Minakakis.   
Mon, May 13
On Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. in NEC’s historic Jordan Hall, more than 200 graduating students will receive their diplomas following remarks from Commencement Speaker Paul Simon, Alumni Speaker Lina Gonzáles-Granados ’14 MM, ’15 GD, and Student Speaker June Chung ’24 MM; honorary degree conferments upon Simon, Dawn Upshaw, and Robert Spano; and performances from a New Orleans-style jazz ensemble and a CMA folk ensemble.   
Sat, May 11
Since completing his studies in Piano Performance at New England Conservatory, Yang Bao ’15, ’17 MM has built a thriving creative career as an installation artist, filmmaker, pianist, and composer whose art is having a worldwide impact. Bao’s exceptional interdisciplinary creative projects, notably his sound installations, have earned him accolades and collaborations with massive brands, including commissions from Dior, Louis XIII, and Opus One Winery. On May 11, the Long Museum in Shanghai, China, will open MADLANDS, an exhibition created by Bao and his partner Wa Liu, featuring a new body of multimedia works.