Cantorial School Curriculum

When you enroll at JSLI, you become part of our community- now more than one hundred Rabbis and two Cantors strong. We are a vibrant, forward thinking group of Jewish professionals who are always available to help one another through our private chat group and our online continuing education Lunch and Learns. We offer an optimum environment for study for the modern Jewish Cantorate.
There are four major musical modules of study at the JSLI Cantorial School:

  • High Holidays
  • Shabbat
  • Weekdays
  • Festivals

 

Each musical module must be studied until the student is proficient at leading those Services. Students are mentored online in semi-monthly classes which are held from September through June.

 

During classes you have the opportunity to sing and demonstrate your progress. In this way learning is low-pressure (no commute) and high-value (maximum learning in a short time).

 

When a student is ready to proceed to another module his/her proficiency must be demonstrated by leading all of the module’s Services online for a professional Cantor/Hazzan. If the student successfully leads the relevant Services then the student may proceed.

 

Our curriculum derives from our Jewish musical tradition. Each module’s “nusach” has been selected from the Cantorial text books of some of the most important Hazzanim in our Jewish liturgical music tradition. All have been chosen as beautiful and representative of our musical traditions. 

All of the selections have been newly recorded and match the notated music in the text books that you will purchase. Most selections are not overly complex and if you can play a melody on piano, you can pick out the notes. Even if you cannot play an instrument, you can be guided visually by the written notes.

 

And of course, you can take as long as you need to learn each module.