Online Programs

The Nelly Berman School of Music will be offering a number of online music programs, including online music lessons, online group theory classes, online performance classes, and an online “Practice-a-thon” Practice Challenge from March 13, 2020, until MontCo businesses reopen.

According to our teachers who have been teaching online for years, there are many benefits to online lessons, including:

  • Lessons can be recorded and students see their own posture and hands on the screen, which allows them to correct it better.
  • Recording and listening back allows students to hear themselves from an audience perspective – they’ll hear the incorrect phrasings, issues with balance and tone, and will be able to refine their pieces, and give themselves suggestions, as they do to others in performance classes. 

If you are an orchestra, band, or vocal ensemble student who would like to use this time to improve your music skills, our teachers are available to help! Please contact us for availability and pricing at

The Nelly Berman School of Music will also be offering online group theory & music history lessons starting next week! The classes will be taught by piano/theory faculty member Dr. Ariane Alexander, whose theory/composition student recently won the PA MTNA Composition Competition.

  • These classes are interactive – students will be able to talk with each other and with Dr. Alexander in an online classroom format.
  • In music theory – offered Saturdays at 4PM – students will cover theory topics including: key signatures, major & minor scale structures, intervals, simple, compound and asymmetrical meters, basic modulation, and easy rhythmic and melodic dictation.
  • In music history – offered Wednesdays at 5:30pm – students will learn about some of the historical periods of music, including Medieval & Renaissance, Baroque, Early Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and 20th & 21st Centuries
  • Classes will be $36 per student and the curriculum for each class is 10 weeks long (total tuition: $360).

If you are interested in learning more about how music is written and learning more about the inspiration and historical context behind the works of famous composers, contact to sign up for online group theory/music history!

Starting on Saturday, February 21st, we’ll be holding our first online performance class!

  • Join our private Facebook group, upload your child’s video to the group (only viewable to group members) and leave (kind and constructive) comments on others’ videos.
  • Tune into our live “watch parties” at 3:00PM on Saturdays, where all viewers can listen and leave comments in real time!

The Nelly Berman School of Music will also be holding a few online competitions and challenges to make sure our students stay motivated:

  • Czerny studies competition for pianists
    • NBS faculty member Anna Kislitsyna will choose out Czerny studies and piano faculty members will assign interested students by their current level
    • All students will submit a recording, to be shared in a private playlist with all NBS community members.
  • Studies competition for strings (violin, viola, and cello)
    • NBS faculty members will choose out studies and assign interested students by their current level
    • All students will submit a recording, to be shared in a private playlist with all NBS community members.
  • Weekly “Practice-a-Thon” Practice Challenges
    • All interested students can submit their weekly “Practice-a-thon” practice charts; the top three will be listed every Monday on the website and on Facebook
    • All “Practice-a-Thon” participants are encouraged to participate in the weekly performance classes online!

While lessons move online, the Nelly Berman School of Music will be offering recording audio files of accompaniment parts by our accompanist, Yanzhima.

These accompaniment recordings can be used by students to aid their practice at home. In Russia, all strings, winds, brass, and voice teachers had an accompanist present at all lessons; students would rehearse with accompaniment, hear how the piece was written, and hear themselves as a melody in a larger harmonic structure, instead of as a single line.
Though the experience differs from the work that an accompanist does with a student in in-person accompaniment rehearsals, where the student learns how to perform with another person, give and receive cues, and feel the piece as it is meant to be performed live, there are a lot of benefits:

  • Students learn rhythms quicker
  • They figure out where they were out of tune or had a wrong note sooner
  • They are able to learn their pieces at a much faster pace.

Please see below for pricing:

Recording of accompaniment part:

  • $10 for a piece from Suzuki Volume I
  • $15 for a piece from Suzuki Volume II
  • $20 for a piece from Suzuki Volume III
  • $30 for a piece from Suzuki Volume IV
  • $40 for non-Suzuki & more difficult pieces

*Discounts are available if students would like to request recordings for multiple pieces; all desired pieces must be requested at the same time for discount to apply. We encourage students to request more than one piece at once. Please inquire at