Unit 5: Klezmer Music with Dan

Melody now takes us on a journey from Charleston, South Carolina to Athens, Georgia to meet our next singer, Dan. Use SG34–36 to meet Dan and prepare students to learn about klezmer music.

Genre Overview

Klezmer music is the folk music of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. The Yiddish word “klezmer” originally meant “musician.” Klezmer music dates back to the 9th century and, although secular, is rooted in the music sung by cantors in synagogues (Jewish congregations), as well as other folk musics of Eastern Europe. Originally it was played with whatever instruments were available, but now is most closely associated with the fiddle, clarinet, and accordion. It was most often played at joyful celebrations, such as weddings, and is now played around the world.

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Listening & Viewing:

Additional Teaching Resources:

  • Klezmer Academy is an online resource for learning more about playing klezmer music, as well as sound files of historical recordings and links to further resources.

PDF Downloads

SG34 ↓ Download File

SG35 ↓ Download File

SG36 ↓ Download File


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