The New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest independent school of music in the United States.
The conservatory is home each year to 750 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies along with 1400 more in its Preparatory School as well as the School of Continuing Education. At the collegiate level, NEC offers the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts, as well as the Undergraduate Diploma, Graduate Diploma, and Artist Diploma. Also offered are five-year joint double-degree programs with Harvard University and Tufts University.
NEC is the only music school in the United States designated as a National Historic Landmark. Its primary concert hall, Jordan Hall, plays an important role in the cultural scene of the entire New England region, hosting over 600 concerts each year and receiving frequent praise for its acoustical qualities.
Full-time tuition (per year): $36,250
Studio per semester: $8,825
Undergraduate course credit hour: $1,155
Graduate course credit hour: $2,310
Full-time tuition (per year): $33,100
Part-time tuition* (same as for Master’s part-time tuition)
Portion of full-time tuition billed by NEC (per year): $7,000
Portion of full-time tuition billed by NEC (per year): $17,166
Double Occupancy: $12,100
Single Occupancy: $15,000
Deluxe Single Occupancy: $16,500
Suite Cccupancy: $17,800
Student Services Fee: $325
Technology Fee: $125
Health Center†: TBA (was $380 in 2010-11)
Health Insurance‡: TBA (was $1,687 in 2010-11)
*The Conservatory expects all students to be full-time. Students may enroll part-time only with prior permission from the Dean of Students.
†All students are automatically enrolled in the Health Center.
‡All NEC students must carry health insurance; if you have your own insurance, this charge may be waived with proper documentation. To do so, please visit Gallagher Koster.