Student Experiences and Programs

NEC’s vast program offerings provide students with opportunities to explore beyond their field of study and enrich their growth as a musician.  

Follow the development of NEC’s new initiatives this year as they elevate the students’ educational experience at NEC. 

First Year Experience

The First Year Experience (FYE) weaves together coursework in the liberal arts, music history, health and wellness, and entrepreneurial musicianship to connect classroom learning to performance practice through six integrated learning outcomes. The skills and mindsets students learn in the First Year Experience will prime them for success in future courses at FYE and in their creative work as professional artists. FYE faculty worked together to build an interconnected, responsive curriculum, featuring multiple learning modalities to reinforce and expand on each learning outcome.

Theory Reimgained

Understanding music theory is key to being a literate musician. NEC’s Theory Reimagined elevates the traditional teachings of music reading and writing by incorporating technology, composition and a diverse repertoire.

Song Lab 

A novel approach to vocal studies, Song Lab focuses on the repertoire, interpretation and performance of art songs. Through intertwined courses and guest lectures that enhance the creative process, students immerse themselves in the languages and histories of art song, develop their individual approaches, and learn to lead their own productions of song recitals on both traditional concert platforms and the digital stage.
Program Highlights

Maria Schneider, photo by Whit Lane

Grow Your Art

Presented by NEC Jazz & Entrepreneurial Musicianship, Grow Your Art features Maria Schneider performing with the students of NEC Jazz, and masterclasses, workshops, and panel discussions on music business and entrepreneurship.

Kathy May Tran studying violin with Luther Warren.

The Boston Hope Music Teaching Project

WBUR's Here and Now tells the story of The Boston Hope Music Teaching Project, which connects New England Conservatory student teaching fellows with COVID-19 health care workers for private music lessons.