Yiddish Music & Heritage Class 

Culture & Music Program

This 8-week session will familiarize you with the traditional folk and professional music of Yiddish-speaking, Ashkenazic Jews (those whose ancestors lived in Eastern Europe), with an emphasis on instrumental music.


We will use a handful of old melodies and songs as a vehicle to learn about Yiddish music, history, and culture. We’ll explore melodic style, accompaniment methods, klezmer modes, and Yiddish dance while discussing significant culture bearers and social movements in Yiddish culture. By the end, you’ll be able to hop into a klezmer jam at least a few tunes.

This class is for youth and adults, ages twelve and older. We recommend you know how to play three major scales and one minor scale on your instrument. Yiddish music is traditionally played using an extraordinary variety of musical instruments; players of all pitched instruments are welcome to attend.


Accessibility and COVID-19: 
This class will be taught in person with an alternative online option. Any students attending in person must be vaccinated and wear a mask. Please email a picture of your vaccination card or other proof of vaccination to info@therhapsodyproject.org any time.

Players of wind instruments can find masks compatible with their instruments here. If you need help acquiring or paying for an instrument mask, email us.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can join us online! There will be a shorter live class for online students combined with selected recordings of the in-person class.


To register, please fill out the information below.

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for ages 12+

format is semi-synchronous

duration 90-minutes per session

classes run Mondays, 11/1-12/20 from 7pm - 8:30pm

sliding scale $0 - $200

facilitated by Jimmy Austin & Tate Linden (TRP intern)

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