"The Harvard/NEC program is a joint five-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (AB) at Harvard College and a Master of Music (MM) at New England Conservatory. During the first three years of the program, students pursue the AB curriculum in the concentration of their choice at Harvard and take studio instruction each semester at NEC. Ensemble participation at either institution is encouraged for these three years. In the fourth year of study, students will complete all requirements for the AB degree at Harvard (and graduate) while beginning to fulfill NEC's MM degree requirements. Students will receive the MM degree from New England Conservatory after successful completion of the fifth year of study."