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February 10th, 2015

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Baroque Summer Camp

Week 1: Monday July 13th- Friday July 17th

Week 2: Monday August 3rd- Friday August 7th

The week long summer camp at The Nelly Berman School of Music, for students ages 8-16, offers an unusually high-quality, personalized program for up to 20 students, providing unparalleled one-on-one attention. The emphasis is on the quality of instruction, the results of which can be heard by the parents and friends themselves at the concert on end of camp concert on the final Friday of each week. Students taking both weeks of camp will have the opportunity to participate in different chamber groups, learn more repertoire, and go more in depth in the course work offered.

Classes Offered
Introduction to Baroque Music History
Introduction to Baroque Dance with a baroque dance specialist (either participate or observe)
Composition using figured bass and improvisation
Baroque Performance Practice in Keyboard, String and Wind Instruments
Chamber Music for keyboard (including harpsichord), strings, winds, and four-hand duets
Capture the Flag and other outside activities
Broadway Tunes
Lunch and Movies

Course Description
The Baroque era was an exciting time in musical history. Composers produced music that was full of fantasy, whimsy, and deep emotion.

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Instrumentalists and vocalists alike reached new levels of virtuosity and expressiveness. The rhythms of the dance pervaded all aspects of musical life, from the grace and elegance of the French court dances, to the fiery audacity of the Southern Italian Tarantella, and Spanish Folia. This 5 day course explores Baroque music, instruments, dance, theory, and history. Students will investigate the music of the Baroque by playing solo and chamber music, practicing baroque improvisation, trying out baroque dance steps, and asking the same questions about music-making that Baroque musicians asked: Is it better to amaze or move the audience? What is good taste in music and how do you know if you have it? How is music similar to or different from other artistic disciplines?

In each lesson, students will learn about the colorful history surrounding baroque musical life including the musical orphans of Naples (boys) and Venice (girls), and illustrations of folk music, stories, and nature in sound form. Students will learn to identify defining characteristics of baroque music, understand and practice the art of basso continuo (music improvised from a bass-line), and tell the difference between national styles of music making in the baroque era. By the end of the course we will ask ourselves how knowledge of the Baroque era can affect how we think about and perform music of later eras. After this course, students will be able to play Bach’s music with a new sense of historical context, to more fully understand Beethoven’s love of Handel and C.P.E. Bach, and to trace the influence of baroque musical idioms from Brahms and Mendelssohn to the present day.

8:45-9:00 Check In
9:00-10:00 Dance Class (observation optional)/Baroque History, Theory and Figured Bass
10:00-10:15 BREAK
10:15-11:15 Dance Class (observation optional)/Baroque History, Theory and Figured Bass
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 or Show Choir for younger students
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:30 Chamber music

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!

Summer Camp 2015 Registration Form






Whether you look to have an intensive music experience or a little mix of arts and music, this is the place for you. Our faculty and exquisite programs provide each student with a memorable experience that is proven in their progress. Our summer camps draw students from the Mainline, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, Lower Merion Township, Delaware County, Bucks Count, Ardmore, Radnor, and as far as Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

2014-2015 Open Enrollment

August 1st, 2014

Featuring the Following Programs:


Jazz Improvisation Ensemble

Solo Vocal Audition Prep

Chamber Music

Private Lessons

Vocal Ensemble

What if Brahms had an iPad: Music Creation Through Technology



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The NBS Orchestra provides a unique opportunity for younger students to gain experience in ensemble playing which will help the students to develop a greater sense of phrasing melodic and harmonic lines, rhythm, intonation, and tone quality. Students will also discover the orchestral music of great composers, learn repertoire quickly, and be motivated to practice to stay on the level of their peers in the ensemble. Repertoire highlights from the past two years include selections from Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

Please make a note on your registration form, e-mail or call us at 610-896-5105 if interested in this program.

The 2013-2014 orchestra, students ages 6-16, performing “Toccata” and “La Musica” from Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo.”


Jazz Improvisation Ensemble

Monday Evenings from 7PM-8PM Starting September 22, 2014

Dr. Matthew Clayton, Faculty Instructor

This class and ensemble will provide students of all levels with the opportunity to learn the practical and theoretical aspects of playing jazz. Improvisation is at the heart of this genre, a genre that has been a part of American music for more than a century. Special attention will be given to an understanding of the harmonic, rhythmic and melodic underpinnings of jazz as well as the structural norms of the music (blues, 32 bar song forms, etc). In addition, listening – both to recordings and live performances – will be a central component of this class; the best way to learn to play jazz is by listening to those that have done and continue to do it best. Guided by Dr. Clayton’s expertise as a performer and scholar of jazz music, with special Master Classes from professional jazz musicians, this class will foster a love for jazz – one that is rooted in the knowledge of how the music works and continues to thrive in the 21st century.

Please make a note on your registration form, e-mail or call us at 610-896-5105 if interested in this program.

Members of the 2013-2014 Jazz Improvisation ensemble performing “Footprints.”



Solo Vocal Audition Prep

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Have an upcoming school musical, choir, or college entrance audition? NBS offers special 4‐6
week sessions for students who wish to polish a piece for any audition. Get a head start for the
upcoming school year by preparing your audition materials this fall, winter and spring! Experienced faculty specializing in classical, jazz and musical theater work with all levels from beginners through advanced to choose repertoire, solidify technique, and build confidence. The first step toward your curtain call begins TODAY!

Please make a note on your registration form, e-mail or call us at 610-896-5105 if interested in this program.


Chamber Music

The Nelly Berman School offers a varied and rich program of chamber music for strings, winds, brass, and four-hand piano duets. Chamber music has been described as “the music of friends,” playing chamber music requires special skills, both musical and social, that differ from the skills required for playing solo or symphonic works. The small nature of the group allows for detailed and focused attention to rhythm, phrasing, communication, intonation, as well as introducing young musicians to the treasures of music literature.

Please make a note on your registration form, e-mail or call us at 610-896-5105 if interested in this program.

Members of a chamber music group, ages 9 through 11, performing a Beethoven Piano Quartet from memory.



Vocal Ensemble

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Featuring repertoire from jazz pieces and pop tunes to musical theater, the vocal ensemble provides a chance for students to gain confidence in their own voice through working with their peers as part of a group. Students will work on ear training, sing a Capella and accompanied pieces, learn diction through tongue twisters, practice basic acting and body expression, play vocal games, and learn vocal techniques to project the voice and hone intonation. Singing greatly helps instrumental students with phrasing, sight reading, and emotional expression. “If you can sing it, you can play it.” Please make a note on your registration form, or e-mail if interested in this program.


What if Brahms had an iPad?

Music Creation Through Technology

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We live in an age where it is hard to imagine our daily lives and jobs without the technology we use: smart phones, iPads, tablets, laptops, gps, etc. The music world has had rapid advances in technology as well, and the Nelly Berman School is pleased to offer classes to give students exposure to music notation software from a young age. The student will write songs, compose music for different instruments in pop and classical styles, and learn the fundamentals of music theory all while simultaneously learning how to use the software Garageband and Noteflight. A personal computer or iPad is required for this course. Please send an e-mail to or make a note on your fall registration form if interested in this program.



Private Lessons

Individual instruction is offered at all levels in keyboard, string, brass, woodwind, guitar, percussion and voice. The school director will design a program of study according to the individual student’s needs and inclination. Instrumental instruction is offered in all of the following areas:

Piano Double Bass Flute French Horn
Voice Bass Guitar Clarinet Trombone
Drum Set
Violin Trumpet Recorder
Electric Guitar Viola Saxophone Oboe
Cello Composition

Click here to see a list of our student’s accolades from the 2013-2014 school year.

Click here to download a fall 2014 registration form

Pianist Ethan Lee, age 16, previous winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Cellist Alex Wu and pianist Maria Zhdankina, winners of the 2013 Tri County chamber music competition.

Pianist Chris Jung, age 11, first prize winner of his age division at the 2014 Tri County Competition

Pianist Emma Lo, age 10, 1st prize winner of her age division in the 2014 West Chester Piano Competition as well as a winner in the Kennett Symphony, Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony, and Warminster Symphony competitions.





2013-2014 Hall of Fame

June 5th, 2014

5th International Chopin Competition
Melody Yu, 1st Prize, Junior Division

Ambler Symphony Concerto Competition
Alex Wu
Melody Yu

American Protégé International Competition
Erica Clarke
Sreejata Munsi

Crescendo International Competition
Athena Wang, First Place
Chris Jung, First Place
Felicia Zhu, First Place
Jordyn Hurly, First Place
Justin Suh, First Place
Katie Sharbaugh, First Place
Michael Zhou, First Place
Sahil Purohit, First Place
Sharon Hsu, First Place
William Ge, First Place

Episcopal Academy Dora Khayatt Music Award
Felicia Zhu

Golden Key Music Festival
Annie Liang, Piano, Gold Prize
Billy Broker and Michael Zhou, Piano Duet, Gold Prize
Elena Lee, Gold Prize
Emma Lo, Gold Prize
Felicia Zhu, Gold Prize
Felix Zhu, Gold Prize
Jordyn Hurly, Silver Prize
Nahoko Okamoto, Gold Prize
Rachel Wang, Gold Prize
Sharon Hsu, Gold Prize
Tessie Katz, Gold Prize
William Hyland, Gold Prize

Kennett Symphony Instrumental Competition
Alex Wu, Second Place
Emma Lo, First Place, Junior Competition
Andy Wu, Honorable Mention, Junior Competition
Ashwini Shende, Honorable Mention, Junior Competition

Landsdowne Symphony Concerto Competition
Alex Wu

Little Mozart Competition

Suzanne Carpenter, First Place
Alex Gu, First Place
Lily Schwalb, First Place

Moscow Central Conservatory Summer Program
Sharon Hsu

Music-Fest Rising Talent Competition
Kail Yuan, Cello, Grand Prix

Olney Symphony Orchestra
Alex Wu
Ethan Lee
Sara Yamada

Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition
Sara Yamada, First Place

Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Concerto Competition
Melody Yu

Philadelphia Sinfonia  Member
Alex Wu

Philadelphia Sinfonia Players Member
Annie Liang
Bronson Heath
Eric Liang
Jonathan Lee
Kail Yuan
Myles Heath

Schuylkill Valley Honor Band
Eric Liang, 1st chair clarinet
Priya Ganesh, 2nd chair clarinet
Remi Beltran, 1st chair trumpet
Sophie Rebbeck, flute.

The Curtis Institute Young Artists Summer Program
William Hyland

Tri-County Competition 2013
Alex Wu and Maria Zhadankina, Piano and Cello Duet, Second Place
Ashwini Shende, Piano, Second Place

West Chester Piano  Competition
Emma Lo, First Place, 9-12 age group
Chris Jung, Second Place, 9-12 age group
Erica Clarke, First Honorable Mention, 9-12 age group
Rachel Wang, Second Honorable Mention, 9-12 age group
Ethan Lee, First Place, 16-18 age group
Stephen Yi, Third Place, 16-18 age group

Tri-County Competition 2014
Stephen Yi: Second Place, Senior Piano
Alison Tatsuoka: Honorable Mention
Alex Wu: First Place, Junior Strings
Chris Jung: First Place, Junior Piano

Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition
Ashwini Shende
Emma Lo

Old York Road Symphony Young Artist Competition
Alex Wu: Winner
Athena Wang: Winner. Children’s Division
Sharon Hsu: Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Melody Yu, 1st Prize Winner in the children’s division of the 2014 Greenfield Competition!

January 10th, 2014

MelodyThe Nelly Berman School of Music would like to send a big congratulations to Melody Yu, age 11, who won first prize in the final round of the children’s division of the Greenfield Competition of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  This is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world, and was originally formed as the Philadelphia Orchestra Student Concerto Competition in  1933 under Leopold Stokowski. The final round of the competition was held on Tuesday, March 18th,  at 2PM at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in center city Philadelphia.  More information can be found here:

Melody has been a student at the Nelly Berman School since age 5, when she first began studying here with Nelly Berman.  Since her studies with Nelly, she has taken lessons with Dr. Igor Resnianski, and is now a student of Anna Kislytsina and Maxim Mogilevsky. She takes two, one hour lesson per week to supplement her four-to-eight-hour daily practice schedule because of her status as a scholarship recipient

“People often ask me how long I play piano each day. I don’t think the length of the practice would make huge difference. The key point is how much I can improve during the practice, even though I do play eight hours daily in the summer and four hours during the school year,” Melody said. “Music is a part of me, as are my joyfulness, tears, hopes and dreams. My teachers, starting with Mrs. Nelly Berman, taught me that every piece of music I play is really an inside story of a composer’s life. I often feel blessed that I am able to use the sound that I create to share and interpret those great composers’ dreams and imaginations, sorrows and fears.” In addition to her outstanding piano abilities and writing abilities, Melody often calls the NBS Office on her own to schedule lessons and book accompanists for competitions!

Before her March 18th appearance in the Greenfield Finals,  Melody won first prize at the Hartford International Chopin Competition, Junior Category. She also performed as a soloist with the Ambler Symphony in their Menges Scholarship Competition Winner’s Concert on Sunday, February 23.

Introducing Orchestra, Jazz Improv, Suzuki Violin and Chamber Music

August 21st, 2013

Orchestra Brochure Final Proof

Orchestra | Performing Everything from Bach to Mussorgsky

Strings, Woodwinds and Brass ages 8-15 | auditions by appointment
Saturdays | October 12th-April 5th
3:15-4:00, Sectionals | 4:15-5:00, Full Orchestra
Two Concerts | 23 rehearsals
Some scholarship available

Jazz Improv | Explore the practical and theoretical heart of Jazz

Ages 11 and up
Mondays, 7PM-8PM, beginning October 7th | three semester sessions
Special Master Classes by professional jazz musicians

Suzuki Violin | Unique program for young musicians ages 4.5 to 6

3:45-4:30 p.m. Thursdays | Group Class I, starting October 3rd | three semester sessions
Time TBA Saturdays | Group Class II, starting September 28th  | three semester sessions
Includes one, 30-minute private lesson per week, scheduled at your convenience
Note reading gradually introduced

Chamber Music | Piano, Strings, Wind and Brass trios and quartets