Stories of Music

Sharing the Sounds and Stories that Embody the American Jewish Experience

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Engage your congregants and constituents to think about their lives and histories in America in new and different ways. Stories of Music is a turnkey adult education project of the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. The curriculum was developed in partnership with the Cantors Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors, and our colleagues at the Milken Archive of Jewish Music. Our goal is to provide prepared lesson plans on a broad range of musically related topics to engage participants in adult education programs to think about the American Jewish experience through stories of the evolving nature of Jewish music.


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What We Offer

  • 90-minute lesson plans prepared by a master educator on a broad range of musically related topics
  • A teacher’s lesson plan and guide, presentation materials, and audio and video clips that highlight each lesson’s ideas and themes
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Other Lesson Topics in Development

  • Returning to Zion: Impact of Israeli Music on American Synagogue Music and Jewish Life

Special Thanks

We are deeply grateful to the following people for their help in creating these classes:

Cantor Hinda Labovitz (Ohr Kodesh)
Cantor Matthew Austerklein (Beth El Congregation)
Cantor David Berger (KAM Isaiah Israel)
Cantor Kenny Feibush (Temple Sholom of West Essex)
Jeff Janeczko, PhD, Curator and COO of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music
Mark Kligman, PhD, Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music, UCLA
Lorry Black, DMA, Associate Director, Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience
Rabbi Barry Lutz, Educational Specialist
Rabbi Dr. J.B. Sacks, Educational and Curriculum Specialist