The New England Conservatory of Music - Bachelor's Degree

In 1853, Eben Tourjée, a 19 years old music teacher made his first attempt with his group to found a music conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. The group ultimately rejected Tourjée's plans, arguing that it was a poor idea to open a conservatory amidst the nation's political and economic uncertainty that would lead up to the American Civil War. In the 30 year interim, Tourjee had founded three music schools in Rhode Island, and this time was able to win over his audience. The New England Conservatory officially opened on February 18, 1867.

  • Average Tuition USD 59,615

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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.

Bachelor Programs

  • 290 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, United States


    USD 42,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Music. The program offers courses that focus on the study of medieval, renaissance, classical, romantic, jazz, pop, and rock music.


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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.75
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 61
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.00


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    Established in 1867


    NEC is the only music school in the United States designated as a National Historic Landmark. Its primary concert hall, Jordan Hall, hosts approximately 600 concerts each year.

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            1964-1968, MA, Harp, language

            New England Conservatory, an entry to professional performing!My first year at NEC I was hired to play a recorded special for TV with Joan Sutherland. It was a fabulous experience, the first of many I enjoyed through the NEC professional employment office.