Explore Contemporary Musical Arts
Lautaro Mantilla, Contemporary Musical Arts Department Chair
Faculty Directory: Contemporary Musical Arts
In the Contemporary Musical Arts (CMA) Department, students develop their musical creativity while immersing themselves in different improvisational traditions based in World Music and Contemporary Rock. CMA faculty teach the ground work that students need in aural skills, vocal and instrumental technique, conceptual ideas, interdisciplinary collaborations—everything required to become a composer/performer/improviser of the 21st century. The CMA Department supports the individual voices of its students and invites them into a vibrant and supportive musical community to push the boundaries of genre and style to innovate and create.
Private instruction is the foundation of a sound musical education. At NEC Prep, the depth and expertise of our faculty assure a great match for our students' individual needs. Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes are offered for students of all levels (including beginners!).
A unique feature of our private lesson program is that it includes the opportunity to participate in workshops, recitals, and evaluations, which give every student valuable performance experience and feedback from a variety of teachers.
Prospective CMA students will be placed by CMA Department Chair Lautaro Mantilla, who will advise each student regarding an appropriate studio teacher placement and path of study. Private lessons can begin at any time during the school year. For information more information and to schedule a placement, please click here.