Shpil offers an expansive history of klezmer, from its medieval origins through the present era. Individual chapters concentrate on the most common instruments found in a typical klezmer ensemble: violin, clarinet, accordion, bass, percussion, and even voice. Contributors include a cast of musicians who have recorded, performed, and studied klezmer for years. Each chapter concludes with a selection of three songs that illustrate and exemplify the history and techniques already described. Shpil includes a "klezmer glossary" of mostly musical terms and a discography of both classic and new klezmer and Yiddish recordings, all designed to guide readers in the appreciation of this remarkable musical genre and the art of playing and singing klezmer tunes.
Yale Strom is one of the world's leading ethnographers of klezmer culture. He has been conducting field research in Central and Eastern Europe on the topic since 1981.
Preface Acknowledgments Part I: Foundations 1. Who Are We Teaching? 2. Learning the Language of Music Part II: Developing Fundamental Sounds and Music Decoding Skills 3. First Sounds on Wind Instruments 4. Developing Solid Percussion Fundamentals 5. From Rote to Note - Reading Music 6. Music and Materials for Young Bands Part III: Moving Beyond the Basics 7. Advanced Instrumental Pedagogy 8. Rehearsing and Performing with Young Ensembles 9. Getting Help Part IV: Planning, Management, and Assessment 10. Recruiting and Retaining Students and Their Families 11. Selecting Great Equipment 12. Philosophy, Curriculum, and Planning 13. Rules, Procedures, and Classroom Management 14. Assessment Appendix A: Sample Band Handbook Appendix B: Sample Discipline Log Appendix C: Beginning Snare Method Books Appendix D: Beginning Band Method Books Appendix E: Sample Trip Itinerary Index