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The New England Conservatory of Music

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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
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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
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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 will be sorry you did!
1st Year Female -- Class 2007
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