Leonard Bernstein was not only 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 this link, Bernstein talks with great reverence and admiration for his “teachers”—Dimitri Mitropoulis, Fritz Reiner, Aaron Copland, and Serge Koussevitzky—and is seen working with young conductors during orchestral rehearsals. Bernstein’s passion for music, his genius talent and extreme intelligence are clearly demonstrated here and will serve as an antidote for the difficult times we now face.
In addition, here’s an additional link to a Bernstein YouTube video titled “The Greatest 5 Minutes in Music Education:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt2zubHcER4