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Jerusalem Sounds


Introduction Admission Requirements Extracurricular Activity Package Security
Program Applications Health and Counseling Services The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
Program Dates Financial Aid Madrichim - Counselors
Music Curriculum Housing Sports Center  



Jerusalem Sounds is a new, unique initiative of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School (RIS). Studies include a full music program consisting of individual instruction, performance in small and large ensembles and classes in Jewish and Israeli music. Students also choose from a wide range of university courses in Religious, Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, Behavioral Sciences and Environmental Studies, as well as Hebrew Language. For details see the online course list.



Year Option 


Undergraduate Summer Ulpan 


Intensive Hebrew language program (RIS – 5 credits) 

and Music in Israel: An Introduction (JAMD – 1 credit) 


Autumn Semester (October–January): 

Music classes (JAMD – minimum 9 credits) 

and two academic classes (RIS – 6 credits) 

Spring Semester

Music classes (JAMD – minimum 9 credits) 

and 2 academic classes (RIS – 6 credits) 

Autumn Semester Option 


This program consists of the Undergraduate Summer 

Ulpan and Autumn Semester as listed above. 

Spring Semester Option 


Winter Ulpan (mid-January–mid-February): 

Intensive Hebrew language program (RIS – 5 credits) 

and Music in Israel: An Introduction (JAMD 1 credit) 

Spring Semester (mid-FebruaryJune): 

Music classes (JAMD minimum 9 credits) 

and two academic classes (RIS 6 credits) 



Program Dates
See  academic calendar

Music Curriculum

Music in Israel: An Introduction (1 credit – required) 

Music, in all its diversity, is a unique and inseparable part of the contemporary Israeli experience. The creation of new Israeli music continues to be inspired and influenced by tradition, idealism and the reality of a social “melting pot.” This course offers a first glance at 

the dazzling palette of styles, genre and media which make up Israeli concert and popular music. This course is only offered during the Ulpan. 


Courses per Semester (9 credits): 


Required (6 credits) 

East and West in Israeli Music (2 credits) 

Israeli music, both in its classic and popular forms, has been shaped by many influences: popular music from Europe, North Africa, Yemen and Iraq as well as Arabic and European art music. The course surveys the application and expression of this rich diversity of styles and sources in Israeli art music. 


Jewish Music (2 credits) 

This course offers an overview of the various streams in Jewish art music as typified in the lives, the scores, the recordings and the videos of those who in the past and the present have contributed to the continuation of this form – composers, cantors, Yiddish singers, instrumentalists and the various schools of music in Europe and America – die Goldene Medina. The course deals with various aspects of the modes (nusach) and their role in making this music uniquely Jewish. 


Individual Lessons (2 credits) 

Instrumentalists and voice students will receive weekly individual instruction by the JAMD faculty. 


Electives  (3 credits) 

Choir (by audition – 1 credit) 

Orchestra (by audition – 3 credits) 

Workshop in Chamber Music (1 credit) 

RIS Courses 

Students are required to take 6 credits per semester. 

For the list of courses, see: 

Admission Requirements
Music majors studying instruments, voice, composition or conducting who have completed 28 semester credits with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 and above (or itsequivalent) are eligible to apply. Applicants will be required to auditionstudentsmustprepare a 20 minute up-to-date audition video. The video must contain at least 3 styles of music. The video should be uploaded to YouTube and the link forwarded to the Division of Undergraduate Studies by email.Applications will be jointly reviewed by the RIS and the JAMD

Applications for Autumn /Year must be submitted by April 15 and for Spring semester by November 15. Applications can be made through the RIS website. Please
note on the application that you are applying for Jerusalem Sounds.



All fees are listed in US dollars at the following link:


Financial Aid
A limited number of scholarships, based on demonstrated need or merit, are available from the offices listed below. Applicants should follow the procedure as delineated by their local office.


Participants are housed in the modern Scopus Student Village, adjacent to the Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus. Each student is allocated a private air-conditioned bedroom in a suite with 4 other bedrooms as well as a living room, a kitchen and bathroom facilities. A high-speed Internet connection and telephone landline are available for an additional fee. Linens, blankets, pillows, dinnerware and cooking utensils can be purchased locally. A supermarket and self-service laundry are located in the Student Village. Reasonably priced meals and snacks may be purchased on campus as well as in the nearby French Hill shopping center.


Extracurricular Activity Package
Students receive a full activity package, which includes opportunities for touring the country, attending seminars and workshops, and participating in cultural and social events as well as holiday celebrations and recreational clubs. Popular tours in the past have included Cave Day in the Judean Hills, Galilee/Golan Weekend, Masada, Negev Desert tour, and the 4-day Sea-to-Sea Hike from the Mediterranean to the Sea of Galilee.


Health and Counseling Services
Comprehensive health insurance is included in the tuition fee. Students also have access to an in-house psychologist.


Madrichim Counselors
A team of specially selected Israeli students called madrichim reside in the Student Village and facilitate the acclimation of international students to life and society in Israel. In the event of an emergency, a counselor is on call 24-hours-a-day.


Sports Center
The Lerner Family Indoor Sports Complex, located near the Student Village, includes a semi-Olympic swimming pool, sauna, gym, weight room, spinning studio and aerobic center. Adjacent to the complex are the Sir Arthur Gilbert tennis courts. Students may participate in a wide variety of classes offered at the center. Membership entails an extra fee.


The safety, security and well-being of its students are of primary concern to the JAMD and the Hebrew University. A comprehensive security orientation is given to all students upon arrival. Entrances to the Student Village as well as the Edmond J. Safra and Mount Scopus campuses are guarded, and all of these facilities are patrolled around the clock. Shuttles and buses connect the two campuses. Student activities, whether on- or off-campus, meet the strictest security requirements.


The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance is Israel's creative center for performing artists and has hosted renowned performers: Honorary Fellows include Maestri Daniel Barenboim and Mstislav Rostropovich. JAMD faculty and graduates are among the leading conductors, performers, dancers, choreographers and music educators throughout Israel, Europe and North America.

With over 300 concerts and performances scheduled during the year, JAMD provides ample opportunity for its students to appear on stage. Student and teacher ensembles, orchestras, dance groups and choirs have received international acclaim and participate in festivals and special projects all over the world. The JAMD is recognized by the Council for Higher Education as in Israel as an Institute of Higher Education with the authority to grant the following degrees: B.Dance, B.Mus., B.Ed.Mus. and M.Mus. The Academy also awards the following joint degrees with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: B.A.Dance, B.A.Mus. and M.A.Mus. The JAMD is located on the Hebrew University’s Edmond J. Safra Campus in Jerusalem.


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