Nelly Berman School of Music



One thing I remember from my early early childhood is the piano lessons I took.  


I remember it just like it was yesterday.


This little-old lady who lived down the street was my teacher.  


I was about 4 or 5 years old.  Funny cause I can completely put the picture in my mind of an episode I had with her.  


She taught me the 'middle C' key-and I went from there.  


I actually loved piano lessons.  To the point that I think it was what kickstarted me into my love for music.  


To being in the being on the radio.  Music has always played an important role in my life.



Did you know about this amazing music school that is right in our backyard?





I have a friend who has a daughter taking piano lessons there.  And LOVES it!


Maybe I'll take a step back into my childhood again.  And take piano lessons myself.



Till then-check out this fabulous concert scheduled on November 2nd!







HAVERFORD, PA  - - The revered Nelly Berman School of Music will present its 2011-2012 Distinguished Musicians Concert Series November 2nd, 2011 at 8pm at West Chester University’s Madeleine Wing Adler Theater, West Chester, PA.

 Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow Concerto Competition winners will perform with the West Chester University Orchestra.

Founded by Nelly Berman in 1983, her namesake school seeks to awaken the natural creative instincts of its students through music in a warm, support atmosphere.

“This concert series serves several goals,” Berman explained. “To introduce young people to the excitement, variety of emotions, and depth of feelings which classical music has the power to evoke in the listener, to familiarize young people with the broad range of instruments, musical styles and composers and to motivate young people to realize their own potential in music.”

Berman said music helps children develop a sense of individuality, self-esteem and responsibility. “Through our goal oriented and disciplined approach, the school provides a serious, well rounded musical education in a fun oriented and pleasurable environment that engages the students and their families,” she added.

“This is our first concert of the season and will include the five young winners of the Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow Concerto Competition as soloists with the West Chester University Orchestra conducted by Ovidiu Marinescu.  The performers are7 year-old  Sara Yamada who will perform Haydn, 12 year-old pianist Janet Wu, who will perform Chopin Piano Concerto, 16 year-old pianist Jonathan Adler who will perform Prokofiev Piano Concerto, 24 year old violinist Sho Omagari of the Julliard School MA, who will perform Brahms Violin Concerto, 23 year-old pianist Ana Cristea a student at Rowan University who will perform Rachmaninoff Concerto No.3.

Tickets are available at the Nelly Berman School of Music located at 461 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford and are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens.

Berman started the school as a single teacher with only seven students.  Over the years her unique ability to unlock the musical potential of students, as well as her passion and intensity for children’s musical education has been inspirational in the development of the school.  She has raised the bar for high achievement and self accomplishment, encouraging children and teachers to seek and attain their personal best.  Today the school has over 40 faculty members and 400 students from Philadelphia and surrounding areas.  The school’s instructors have studied at many of the finest conservatories throughout Europe and the U.S.

Berman and her faculty have developed a unique method of instrumental and chamber music instruction that enables students to achieve a high level of proficiency early in their musical education.  This involves the Russian approach to music in which technical mastery of the instrument is combined with a keen understanding of the composer’s intent and the student’s own emotions.  Students of the Nelly Berman School have appeared in music festivals in Italy, France, Monaco, Israel, Russia, Germany, Tanglewood, and the Van Cliburn Institute, among others. They have appeared at Carnegie Hall and The Kimmel Center as well as on NPR’s “From the TOP”. Students have also won numerous prizes from competitions such as the West Chester Piano Competition, the Tri-County Competition, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Korean Music Association Competition, and the Delaware County Youth Orchestra.  In addition, students have performed as soloists with The Philadelphia Orchestra as well as the Delaware, Ocean City, Ambler, Pottstown and Old York Symphonies.

For more information, log onto or call 610-896-5105. Please LIKE us on  This concert is made possible in part by the West Chester University School of Music, Dr. Timothy Blair, Dean and the NBS Classical Music Institute, Irene Lane, President, Board of Directors