Community Klezmer Band


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Age: Adults & Students, Ages 12+
Type: Ensemble
Term: Fall | Spring
Term Length: 15 Weeks
Schedule: Mondays at 7:30pm
Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Class Size: 10
Price: $500 | Free for Students Enrolled in Private Lessons
Prerequisite: 2 Years of Private Lessons
Instructor: Zoê Aqua

Strings, winds, brass, percussion and accordion players are invited to join our celebrated Community Klezmer Band in the Klezmer capital of the world–New York City. Explore a century’s worth of Klezmer, examining how the music grew and changed with the migration of Jews from Eastern Europe to North America. No previous background in Klezmer or reading music is required and learning by ear is encouraged and charts and written resources are available for those who would like to read notation. Students perform alongside master Klezmer musicians in events throughout the year such as the annual Klezmer Hanukkah Party.


Join us for Semester 2 of our Klezmer Atlas class! You do not have to have been in the Semester 1 class to take this class– we will cover all new material. The class is open to musicians of all levels and all instruments, with no previous knowledge of klezmer music necessary.

This semester, we will cover two exciting new regions, Turkey and Hungary. As in the first semester, we will learn “co-territorial” tunes that appear in local recordings from those regions, but that you could also expect to hear at your neighborhood klezmer jam as well. We’ll use these tunes and other recordings to explore differences in style and what makes klezmer unique as a melting pot of many different regional influences. We’ll also continue our exploration of chazzones (cantorial music) as a deep dive into ornamentation, and a perennial class favorite: Hasidic tunes that will get your toes tapping!

BKCM offers reduced-tuition enrollment for this class to all students currently taking private lessons. For further details on this program, please speak to a registrar.


BKCM offers a wide range of ensembles for students of all ages, levels and experience. Students are motivated to practice repertoire outside of class and encouraged by their peers to take on new challenges. Taught by experts in the field, our ensembles include performance opportunities and a chance to connect with a community of other instrumentalists who are interested in developing their artistry. Students enrolled in our private lessons are eligible to join many ensembles at a highly discounted rate. Contact our registration desk for more information.

Registration Info

Do you want to register for a class? 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.

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