Music as the Mirror of Western Culture

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This course will introduce you to the magnificent world of western classical music. The course is suited for students without any background in music as well as for advanced students who wish to explore the origins of western music.

The course offers an overview of the main classical composers and musical works from the Middle ages, through the Renaissance and the Baroque, the Classical and Romantic periods until the Modern era. Moreover, the course provides a multidisciplinary and historical understanding of classical music in its larger cultural context.

The course is taught in a uniquely intuitive approach to experiencing music. You will learn how to listen and to develop your own personal point of view as an active listener. You will acquire key concepts and basic music foundations that will allow you to recognize music forms, instruments, rhythm etc. The course will provide you with tools for further exploration in any musical field you may wish to focus on in the future.

Join us in this journey and fall in love with the incredible and outstanding world of classical music!


Michael Klinghoffer
Michael Klinghoffer

Michael Klinghoffer is the author of “Mr. Karr, Would You Teach Me How to Drive a Double Bass?”, a book devoted to the technique and philosophy of his mentor, Maestro Gary Karr. His repertoire ranges from contemporary music (much of it composed for him) to his own transcriptions that have been published in print and recorded on four CDs. Michael is often touring as a bass performer and teacher, as a conductor and is a sought-after lecturer.

Prof. Klinghoffer has earned a Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Hartt School, University of Hartford. He has also done Post-Doctoral work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Professor Klinghoffer has been at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance since 1987, where in addition to his Double Bass studio he also conducted several orchestras, coached chamber music and taught classes on Music History, Aesthetics and Pedagogy. He has served as Head of the String Department, as Dean of Students, as Dean of Performing Arts, and as Vice President for Academic Affairs. As of October 2021 Prof. Klinghoffer is the President of JAMD.