Courses

The New Klezmer Courses

Winter 2021-2 klezmer courses are here!


Building on more than a decade of study and work with Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band and at festivals, reading groups, jam sessions, and in the practice room, I've created the classes that I always wished I could take as I was learning about klezmer music.


Each is roughly equivalent to an undergraduate course and is designed for advanced students or for serious amateur or professional musicians looking for a deeper grounding in klezmer.


Each course runs weekly for 10 Wednesdays between December 8th and February 23rd. Attending the full sequence will give you the most complete educational experience, but you may elect to sign up for specific sessions on the registration form.


All classes will take place over Zoom and are open to interested learners from anywhere in the world. I’ll be limiting the class size so we can maintain a proper workshop atmosphere, so sign up early to confirm your spot.


(Existing times or subjects don't work for you? Consider filling out a new course request form and we'll do our best to accommodate your schedule!)



Composition Workshop

Composition Workshop is a weekly session for klezmer musicians looking to develop a voice in writing their own music. We'll combine a model-based approach to tune writing with in-class critiques to build our personal tunebooks together. By the end of the semester, you'll have a book full of original tunes in different dance forms, ready to pull out on a gig or recording session.

Price: $300/semester or $35/individual class

Time: Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am EST (Boston time) or semi-synchronous*

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The Classic Klezmer

The Classic Klezmer is a semester-long introduction to klezmer music. We review the history of our music, key musicians, recordings, and readings you need to know, and learn some of the core repertoire you’ll use for concert or simcha performances. We also cover the basic music theory of klezmer, including modes, cadences, time feel, and ornamentation. By the end of the course, you’ll be prepared to perform with a traditional klezmer band, or maybe even start your own!

Price: $300/semester or $35/individual class

Time: Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm EST (Boston time) or semi-synchronous*

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Repertoire Builder

The Repertoire Builder is exactly what it sounds like: each week, we will explore a different tune from the standard klezmer repertoire. We'll dig into the history of the tune, learning where it was recorded and by whom. Where possible, we'll know who wrote it and when. Then, we'll practicing applying ornamentation, master the phrasing, and build a sense of style as we build our repertoire.

Price: $300/semester or $35/individual class

Time: Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST (Boston time) or semi-synchronous*

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*Semi-synchronous

Wednesdays don't work as well for you? That's why we've added the semi-synchronous option. Here's how it works.

- You receive the class videos and any supplemental materials each week by Thursday afternoon.

- You schedule 3 20-minute check-ins with the instructor at mutually agreed upon times, once near the beginning, once near the middle, and once near the end of the course.

Available only for full semester.

Price: $200/semester

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