Teen Klezmer Band

Ages: 12-18

Type: Instrumental

Terms: Fall, Spring

Duration: 15 Weeks

Tuesday: 6:45pm-7:45pm

Price:  $630 / $315 with private lessons


Location: BKCM

This class has been postponed. Please call our registrars to join the waitlist and check back here for updates.


Open to teens who play strings, winds, brass, percussion and keyboard at an intermediate level, this ensemble explores Jewish dance music from Eastern Europe, alongside music for singing and meditative exploration.  Students learn primarily by ear, and explore the Klezmer modes, ornamentation, and styles of improvisation and expression.

This ensemble will emphasize the social and community dimensions of klezmer, including playing at BKCM events!

To find out if you are ready for the BKCM Teen Klezmer Ensemble please email the Community Music School administrative team at cmsadmin@bkcm.org or speak with your private lesson teacher. 

Auditions for the BKCM Teen Klezmer Band are January 16th from 6:45 – 7:45 pm. Please contact the Community Music School administrative team at cmsadmin@bkcm.org to schedule an audition. No experience in Klezmer is required. Must be able to play a major scale in 2 keys minimum.

Spring Semester
February 6th to May 28th from 6:45 – 7:45 pm

Students participate in a final concert at the end of the semester!

About Ira Temple – Klezmer Faculty
Ira Khonen Temple is a multi-instrumentalist, music director, and embedded cultural organizer living in Brooklyn, NY. Recent credits include accordionist for Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish off Broadway, and music director of Indecent at the Weston Playhouse, Great Small Works’ Muntergang and Other Cheerful Downfalls, the Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee Purimshpiel, and Zoe Beloff’s Days of the Commune. Ira was a founder of the radical-traditional Yiddish music group Tsibele. Ira creates music that is a doorway between past, present and possible futures. Working with people of diverse ages and backgrounds, Ira develops new Jewish culture that is politically fresh, relevant, and un-nostalgic while building connections between languages, communities, and time periods. Click here for more information on Ira!

Registration Info
Please call 718-622-3300 to speak to one of our registrars who will guide you through the registration process and answer any questions you might have. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. To apply please contact kris.mandapat@bkcm.org and fill out the financial aid application.

For complete information on our registration process and policies please click here