Monday, August 1st through Friday, August 5th.
The Romantic era was an exciting time in musical history. Composers produced music that was full of feeling and individuality. The poet William Wordsworth described writing of the era as poetry that should begin as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” and the composer and great symphonist, Gustav Mahler said of the music: “if a composer could say what he had to say in words, he would not compose music.” This 5 day music camp explores romantic music, literature, and art. Students ages 8 through 16 (split into two age groups, 8-11 and 12-16) will investigate the Romantic era by playing solo and chamber music, learning about art through hands-on projects, reviewing romantic era literature, and asking the same questions about music-making that Romantic era musicians asked: How does the music move me? How do I express my feelings through the composition and expand upon compositional forms? How is music similar to or different from other artistic disciplines?
In each class, students will learn about the colorful history surrounding Romantic era life. The vivacious fire of the French Revolution –the development of the individual and breakdown of the preexisting socioeconomic hierarchical structures. The beginning of the industrial era. The glorification of nature, the absurd, beautiful and sad. The exploration of the emotions of glory, majesty, apprehension, fright, and awe. Students will learn to identify how each composer, artist, and writers expressed their individual feelings and thoughts.
By the end of the camp students will ask themselves how knowledge of the romantic era ideas can help them as performers and artists. Students will be able to play the music of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Schubert and Schumann with a new sense of historical context, to more fully understand what emotional and individualistic ideas shaped their compositions, and in turn share that with audiences. Prior to camp, age and level appropriate pieces will be assigned for each individual student, following an audition with the director. Students will see international movies and documentaries during lunch, learn to dance a Mazurka and Polonaise, analyze poems by Lord Byron, Sir William Blake and George Sand, learn excerpts from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, draw in the style of Delacroix and Goya. Chamber Music is assigned one month in advance based on audition.
*For the morning classes, students will be separated into two age groups, ages 8-11 and 12-16. Individual lessons are scheduled after camp hours.
8:45-9:00: Check In
9:00-10:00: Romantic Art, Literature, and Dance Class (observation optional)* or History of Romantic Music
10:15-11:15: History of Romantic Music* or Romantic Art, Literature, and Dance Class (observation optional)
11:15-11:30: Ice Cream Break
11:30-12:15: Outside Activity
12:15-1:00: Lunch and Movie
1:00-1:15: Prepare Instruments
1:15-2:15: Chamber Groups or Choir
2:30-3:30: Chamber Groups
3:30-3:45: Check Out/Dismissal
Friday Family Concert
Our week-long camp will culminate in a concert featuring the Choir and Chamber Groups. The concert will be held at 2PM on Friday.
Material covered will include:
J. M. W. Turner
Caspar David Friedrich
Sir William Blake
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Alfred De Musset
*material covered will be different according to age group
Instruments Offered: piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, flute, clarinet, oboe, and drums.
Individual Lessons: Each student will receive two, 30 minute lessons. Additional lessons are available upon request (additional fees apply). A full listing of NBS Faculty can be found here.
Chamber Music: The camp offers a rich tradition of chamber music, including duets, trios, quartets, and small string orchestras.
Try a New Instrument: Summer Camp is the perfect opportunity to try a new lessons. You can use your two, 30 minute lessons to try a new instrument, or purchase an additional lesson or two to try a new instrument!
Pictures and video from last summer’s camp: “Baroque and Beyond!”
Created with flickr slideshow.
Nelly Berman, founder and director of the Nelly Berman School of Music on the Mainline, is no longer with us. On Sunday, October 16th, 2016 at 3:00 PM, students, faculty, alumni and international guest musicians will come together to honor this great lady in a memorial gala concert.
Mrs. Berman came to America from Odessa 39 years ago, carrying musical scores and a few belongings in three cardboard suitcases, with only $17 in her pocket. Her dream was to teach music to talented children here. She accomplished this dream with the Nelly Berman School of Music, which she established in 1983 with seven students, and has now grown to 400 students. At her school, she set a new level of high standards for American music students to work hard and dedicate themselves to classical music. She believed that young people who overcome technical difficulties and learn to persevere and work through frustration achieve the most in life — and so it was. One after another, the Nelly Berman School of Music students have succeeded in many different spheres of life: as investment bankers on Wall Street, as medical researchers at Harvard, as eye surgeons, opera composers and music professionals.
“There is no song, once sung, made still forever:” Nelly has made music sing with a full voice and her achievements still resound in the halls of the Nelly Berman School of Music. Sounds of piano, voice, strings, winds, and brass sing to her in testimony of her contribution to classical music in Philadelphia. For gifted and hardworking students to achieve their full potential, Nelly believed that they needed two or more lessons a week, as was common practice in Russia. Realizing that having two lessons a week was not financially possible for all families, Nelly created a merit based scholarship program which has supported hundreds of talented children. We invite you to make a tax-deductible donation to the Nelly Berman Scholarship Fund, the NBSCMI a 501 (c) (3) that supports extraordinarily gifted and hard-working students in a serious, well rounded music curriculum, so that “Nelly’s song will be sung forever.”
We hope you can join us in commemorating Nelly and paying respects to one of the most influential music educators in Philadelphia.