StudentsReview :: The New England Conservatory of Music - Comments and Student Experiences
-or-
Search for Schools by Region
 

or within distance of city

Similar Schools
New York University -- New York, NY
New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sc -- New York, NY
George Washington University -- District of Columbia, DC


  Who's got the Best?

Perceptual Rankings:
You Make 'Em.
We Post 'Em.
You Vote 'Em Up.
You Vote 'Em Down.
Aww yeah.


The New England Conservatory of Music

There are 3 Comments

View:

Sort By: [Date] [Major] [Rating]

Select Comments:

Positive Negative Neutral Advice
This is a great place for rich dumbMusic - Performance
This is a great place for rich dumb kids to go play around with daddy's money. For poor kids, its a one-way ticket to low income, and possibly debt-stricken poverty. Do not take out loans to go here, the "prestige" means zip. Do not plan on being a classical performer--if you go, be prepared to teach/wait tables for the rest of your life while struggling to pay rent. Most of all, do not take out private loans through their "recommended" bank, which is a total rip off. W/out a cosigner you're looking at +9% variable loans, which is about what you'd get from Tony Soprano. The school projects this image of being a pillar of society, vestal virgin carrying the flame of music across the centuries, ticket to success, etc...don't believe it, and don't sell yourself into economic slavery just to be a part of it. Seriously, the teachers at NEC have a moral responsibility to their students, and on a daily basis they take a huge salary paid for by selling false dreams--do you really want to learn music from someone whose livelihood is based on that kind of spineless devil's deal?Music school should be close to free, b/c when you get out you will not make much money, period. If you really want to get a music education, go to Europe where the tuition is subsidized and the finance industry hasn't gutted the whole system, yet. If you do, you'll be much happier(and more free to do what you want) when you get out.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Question
NEC was an extremely negative experience.Music - Performance
NEC was an extremely negative experience. In fact I have convinced several college-bound students to study elsewhere. The voice department consisted of people who had no interest in, or understanding of vocal pedagogy. After four years of inferior teaching, I had no vocal range and had developed several problems. It took study with a truly competent teacher to undo the bad teaching and begin singing again. Now I sing professionally and have no positive memories of NEC. When you are young it is fairly easy to snow you with claims of prestige. If you are a classical singer be very wary.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Question
NEC was a horrible experience for me.Quite BrightMusic - Performance
NEC was a horrible experience for me. I was a voice major and was shuffled around between teachers, told I wasn't good, and never once got to perform...all of this as one of the better singers in my class. The faculty are mostly washed-up performers who do not want to be teaching. Those that do really want to teach are often so elderly that you can't be sure they'll be there from day to day (my first teacher had a stroke four weeks into school...she was in her 90s). Not many opportunities are made available to undergrads. Do NOT attend NEC as an undergrad...you will be sorry you did!
1st Year Female -- Class 2007
Surrounding City: A+, Scholastic Success: F
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Question
Compare NECMSave NECM

StudentsReview Advice!

• What is a good school?
• Statistical Significance
• How to choose a Major
• How to choose your Career
• What you make of it?
• How Ivy League Admissions works
• On the Student/Faculty Ratio

• FAFSA: Who is a Parent?
• FAFSA: Parent Contribution
• FAFSA: Dream out of reach

• College Financial Planning
• Survive College and Graduate
• Sniffing Out Commuter Schools
• Preparing for College: A HS Roadmap
• Talking to Your Parents about College.
• Is a top college worth it?
• Why is college hard?
• Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional Schools
• Essential College Tips
Ah, college. Considered by many to be the time of a young person's lif... more→
• Cost of College Increasing Faster Than Inflation
According to NPR, the cost of college... more→
• For parents filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE (from a veteran paper slinger)
Just so you know, filling out these forms is a lot more than penciling... more→
• How to choose the right college?
My name is Esteban Correa. I am currently a second year INTERNATIONAL ... more→
• Create The Right Career Habits Now
Getting ahead in your career can be easier if you make the choice to b... more→

• Senior Year (Tips and experience)
It's the end of junior year and everyone is anticipating the arrival o... more→
• Informational Overload! What Should I Look For in a College or University?
We are in an instant information age, where you can find almost anythi... more→
• Personality Type and College Choice
Personality type is something very important to consider when deciding... more→
• A Free Application is a Good Application
As a senior finishing her scholastic year, I feel that it is my duty ... more→

• College Academic Survival Guide
The leap from high school to college academics is not an insignificant... more→
• Getting Involved: The Key to College Happiness
As a tour guide, the absolute, most frequently asked question I got wa... more→
• Choose a Path, Not a Major
Unless you're one of the fortunate souls who's already found their cal... more→
• The Scoop on State Schools
A recent college graduate, I vividly remember touring campuses as a p... more→

• The Purpose of a Higher Education
You are one of the millions of people this year applying for admission... more→
• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
One of the most important academic choices you'll make while in colleg... more→
• How to choose a college major
I was not sure what college major to choose. When you are in your late... more→
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
Are your grades are not what you think they should be from high school... more→

• Nailing the College Application Process
College applications seem to always be put on top of students procrast... more→
• What to do for a Successful Interview
Interviews seem to become more commonplace in every facet of life as o... more→
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
Preparing for college is a difficult time for every student and it?s o... more→
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
An interview is something we all have to go through when we get a job... more→

• Starting College (General College Advice)
College is a huge milestone in your life. You?ve seen the castle like ... more→