• Belz School of Jewish Music

  • Programs of Study

    The Belz School offers courses leading up to:

    • Cantorial diploma
    • Associate cantorial certificate

    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, and piano, and the 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.

Yeshiva University
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
212.960.5400

Connect With YU