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The New England Conservatory of Music

The New England Conservatory of Music is college with 431 students located in Boston, MA.

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Overview

Overview

The New England Conservatory of Music says

Since New England Conservatory's founding in 1867, the school and its musicians have played a major role in the musical life of Boston, the nation, and the world.

Here are some memorable facets of NEC's history, from the people who make up our past to the traditions and values that shape our future and the future of music.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 431
Gender 59% Male / 41% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 92% Full Time / 8% Part Time
Geography 14% In State / 86% Out of State / 31% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 18% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 43%
Multi-racial 3%
International 32%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 5%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 10%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $525.00. Housing deposit due : Jun 1. Housing deposit is refundable in full if student does not enroll.. No cars. No pets.

32% of students live on-campus.

95% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered

Activities

Student Publications: The Penguin

  • Government or Political Activity
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensembles
  • Opera
  • Symphony Orchestra

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: tutoring writing center remedial instruction
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, student center wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates health services personal counseling placement services for graduates financial aid counseling
  • Facilities: listening library
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration dual enrollment of high school students english as a second language (esl) independent study internships
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Stringed Instruments (28%), Voice and Opera (17%), Keyboard Instruments (16%), Jazz/Jazz Studies (14%), Music Theory and Composition (9%), Brass Instruments (5%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to master a brass instrument and performing art as solo, ensemble, and/or accompanist performers. Includes instruction in playing and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that prepares individuals to study and master the performance and composition of Jazz. Includes instruction in the history of Jazz and related musical styles such as the Blues, Jazz composition and theory, improvisation, Jazz instrument and ensemble performance, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that prepares individuals to master the piano, organ, or related keyboard instruments and performing art as solo, ensemble, and/or accompanist performers. Includes instruction in piano and keyboard pedagogy, ensemble playing, accompanying, service playing, repertoire, keyboard and pedal skills, recital, and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that focuses on the study of the historical evolution of music as a social and intellectual phenomenon, the development of musical instruments and techniques, and the analysis and criticism of musical literature. Includes instruction in music history research methods, aesthetic analysis of musical compositions, history of musical writing and notation, the development of musical instruments, the development of music theory, and the study of specific periods, cultural traditions, styles, and themes.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that generally prepares individuals to master musical instruments and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers. Includes instruction on one or more specific instruments from various instrumental groupings.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that focuses on the study of the principles of sound manipulation as applied to the creation of music, and the techniques of creating and arranging music. Includes instruction in aural theory, melody, counterpoint, complex harmony, modulation, chromatics, improvisation, progressions, musical writing, instrumentation, orchestration, electronic and computer applications, studies of specific musical styles, and development of original creative ability.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.

A program that prepares individuals to master percussion instruments and performing art for a variety of musical settings, including orchestral, solo, chamber, commercial, or nontraditional. Includes instruction in playing and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that prepares individual to master a stringed instrument and performing arts as solo, ensemble and/or accompanist performers. Includes instruction in playing and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that prepares individuals to master the human voice and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers in concert, choir, opera, or other forms of singing. Includes instruction in voice pedagogy, diction, vocal physiology and exercise, expressive movement, repertoire, recital, and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that prepares individuals to master a woodwind instrument and performing art as solo, ensemble, and/or accompanist performers. Includes instruction in playing and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

Administration & Faculty

President Tony Woodcock
Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 95
Student : Faculty Ratio 5 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 67 : 32
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Biology 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Calculus AB 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Calculus BC 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Chemistry 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Computer Science A 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP English Language and Composition 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP English Literature and Composition 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Environmental Science 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP European History 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP French Language and Culture 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP German Language and Culture 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Human Geography 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Italian Language and Culture 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Latin 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Macroeconomics 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Microeconomics 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Physics B 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Psychology 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Statistics 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP United States Government and Politics 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP United States History 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP World History 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 27.8% accepted of 1,253 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Talent Ability

Important: Recommendations

Also Considered: Academic GPA, Application Essay, Character Personal Qualities

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $36,899 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $31,205
$30K-$48K $34,415
$48K-$75K $39,554
$75K-$110K $32,625
$110K+ $38,819

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $39,500, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,500 Same as On-Campus
Fees $455 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,595 $12,595
Books $700 $700
Total (before financial aid) $53,250 $53,250

Students Receiving Aid

95% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 46% $6,900
Federal Scholarships/Grants 28% $4,055
Institutional Grants 95% $16,011
Other Federal Grants 28% $1,420
Other Loans 8% $21,115
Pell Grants 18% $4,100
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 1% $700
Student Loans 46% $10,572

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.necmusic.edu/financial-aid.

Estimate the net price for you at http://necmusic.edu/net-price-calculator/index.html.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

65% of students graduated on time.

85% of students graduated in six years.

94% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

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