• Belz School of Jewish Music

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    The Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music, the foremost center in the United States for the preservation of Jewish Music is dedicated to preparing aspiring professional Cantors, Ba'alei Tefillah, Music Educators and synagogue laymen as well, to serve the Jewish community throughout the world

    A division of the Yeshiva University-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), the student body of the BSJM consists primarily of undergraduate men who hail from North America and around the world. 

    The philosophy of the Belz School emphasizes synagogue service and community activities as a whole. Its curriculum includes preparation for leadership in synagogue prayer, music education, and other educational endeavors that help meet vital Jewish communal needs.

    The Belz program serves to counter the serious shortage of professionally educated cantors, ba'alei tefillah, and music teachers. Courses are offered in Nusah (prayer-chants), Hazzanut; Biblical cantillation; shofar blowing; choral & instrumental ensemble; congregational singing; and group leading. Students receive intensive work in theory and harmony, voice, piano, and history of Jewish music. Study takes place in the Schottenstein Center on YU's Wilf Campus in Washington Heights. The professional facility includes classrooms, soundproof practice rooms, pianos and a library of cantorial, liturgical, educational, Israeli, Hasidic and general music.

    Courses are open to the general public as well as to Yeshiva College undergraduate students with an interest in Jewish Music. Preparatory Jewish music courses are also available as electives to qualified high school students.

    For more information contact Cantors Bernard Beer or Eric Freeman @ (212) 960-5353, or email belz@yu.edu.


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