Testimonials

“Truly inspiring”

“Thank you for another wonderful year of music. [Elena’s] commitment to the school and the way [she] treat[s] every child and their potential is truly inspiring!”

The Roses, NBS Family

“I consider my time [at the Nelly Berman School of Music] to be the most valuable of my musical upbringing”

“I knew from the moment I stepped through the door and played my first note that it was the place. I felt completely at home. I studied there for four years and couldn’t have wished for a better introduction to music. I consider my time [at the Nelly Berman School of Music] to be the most valuable of my musical upbringing.”

Eliza McCarthy, Alumna & British Contemporary Piano Competition Winner, 2013

“We are ever so grateful to NBS for creating such a nurturing environment to develop musical talent and setting high standards for musical achievement.”

Sunil and Suneeta Shende, parents

“Thank you, Elena, for welcoming me so warmly to the NBS community.”

“Your encouragement and support over the years have helped me grow as a musician. Thank you for your guidance and the many opportunities you have given me.”

Jordyn Hurly, alumna

“What a great thing has been done here at NBS.”

“What a great thing has been done here at NBS. One woman’s vision and hard work has turned into a wonderful endeavor that encourages the love of music among it students and further encourages performance for all who are willing to work hard to achieve great things.”

Frank Friedman, Alumnus

“We absolutely love the school and Elena!”

My son has been taking piano classes at NBS since 2008 and he has grown up with music, along with all the wonderful memories of many beautiful concerts throughout the year! It has been such a privilege to be part of NBS community. The director, Elena was my son’s first piano teacher when he was young and she found several perfect teachers for him after she taught him. She puts so much love and dedication into music education and children she works with and to make sure students have a good connection with their teacher. It is amazing to watch what she does wonder to help kids accomplish a high level of musical achievement with passion and commitment.  We absolutely love the school and Elena!”

 

Helen Xing, Parent

“Truly a unique place like no other.”

“The Nelly Berman School provided me with a myriad of opportunities, from performance classes, the scholarship fund, concerts, and chamber groups, to develop my skills in piano. Playing piano has not only given me an emotional outlet, but has taught me life lessons in discipline and perseverance that will stay with me forever… The school is truly a unique place like no other.”

Ashwini Shende, alumna

“We have not been able to find the caliber of teaching which Nelly was able to assemble at NBS”

“We have not been able to find the caliber of teaching which Nelly was able to assemble at NBS — certainly part of her gift and her magic.”

Susie and Cedric Woindrich, Parents

“The teaching I received changed music from an activity to an integral pillar of my identity”

“Studying at the Nelly Berman School of Music was one of the most formative experiences of my life…The teaching I received changed music from an activity to an integral pillar of my identity, to the extent that looking back on those years, or reflecting on my life today, it’s hard to imagine my life without music in it. For this I will certainly be forever grateful.”

Stephen Gliatto, Alumnus

“Fabulous instructors.”

“Both of my children studied music with various teachers, developed skill and confidence. Both children are now adults still playing music.”

Laura Bennett Blau, parent

“This is a local icon for classical music education!”

Elizabeth Wang-Hsu, parent

“[Elena] you have been both a great teacher and mentor to me in the past many years, and I truly do not believe that I would be where I am today without you.”

“Your constant support…through both good and bad performances, helped build my confidence…which although child me used to always complain about it, I can now look back to as valuable experiences.”

Chris Jung, alumnus

“Exquisite teachers”

“[A] great music school with exquisite teachers for many instruments.”

Pinar Cicalese, Parent