Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein was one of the world’s great conductors and composers with a unique voice whose works are frequently performed worldwide. He was also one of the greatest music educators of the 20th century. His programs dedicated to informing the public of the essential aspects of music and how to listen to music—Omnibus, Young People’s Concerts, Harvard Lectures—transformed the perception of music for generations and motivated young kids like me to dream of making a life in music. In the video shown above from 1973 at the Norton Lectures at Harvard, Bernstein demonstrates his unique ability to communicate and teach in this brief discussion of the evolution of the harmonic series.

In addition, here’s an additional link to a Bernstein YouTube video titled “The Greatest 5 Minutes in Music Education.”


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