Out of a desire to share both the traditional music of eastern Europe and modern music, Guillaume Dettmar-Vital and the PARIS KLEZMER BAND hold master classes for the cultural and personal enrichment of music students.

Although klezmer is a form of dance music, which can be synonymous with “popular music”, the master classes are not simply about musical entertainment. The group’s artists are both teachers and professional musicians. They pay attention to all elements of traditional music and its basic purpose, which is at once musical, cultural and historical.

The master class leaders use methods from traditional music teaching to enable pupils with classical training to approach music from a new angle. Particular attention is paid to the quality of listening and the ability to reproduce a sound, ornamentation, melody or gesture. Students must observe, listen, memorise, analyse and rehearse before being able to reproduce a melody. They will learn to find their own technical and musical solutions.

Rhythms and melodies must be learned through singing and dancing. Song and dance occupy a special place in the learning process and offer particularly effective teaching solutions in terms of rhythm and physically relating to the instrument.

Improvisation also plays an important role in traditional music. It is included as part of the training and often acts as a source of motivation. For this reason, the master classes involve moments of improvisation in small groups based on traditional themes of klezmer music, enabling the students to learn the language and codes of this music in an entertaining way that helps develop their imagination.

The master class leaders also demonstrate the creative revolutions that have helped transform klezmer music, linked to the use of amplified instruments, new techniques and fusions with other musical genres throughout history.

Students will discover the instruments involved and develop a spirit of initiative and creativity through group work, culminating in a concert. Group practice frequently removes inhibitions, helping students to overcome certain obstacles to individual progress towards mastering their instrument. It is a means of developing listening qualities and group learning abilities.

The master class project is open to a wide range of students, including those from instrumental training, musical training, chamber music, orchestra and dance classes. Some preparatory work is carried out beforehand by means of discussions between the class leaders and the conservatoire’s teaching staff, based on a successfully tested work programme.


The organisational structure of the master classes can take several different forms:


The classes take place over one day. Workshops are run individually by the various leaders, who are selected by the conservatoire’s teaching staff. The emphasis is on improvisation work based on variations on traditional musical themes suggested by the class leaders. The day ends with a concert by the Paris Klezmer Band.


Prior to the classes, the conservatoire’s teaching staff are presented with a series of scores and arrangements of traditional themes.
The class leaders propose arrangements for choir (chant – ensemble), for orchestra and for dance classes.

For the first three half-days, the leaders, either individually or with other leaders, hold workshops dealing with the fundamental aspects of the chosen musical themes: the origin of the melodies, the peculiarities of the ornamentations, the different musical modes, the rhythmic peculiarities, the role of the instruments, the pronunciation of the Yiddish language and the history of the people who play this style of music.

The final half-day is dedicated to rehearsing with the students’ orchestra and culminates in a concert by the Paris Klezmer Band, preceded by a concert by the students.


The conservatoire’s teaching staff are presented with a series of scores and arrangements. The module is based on a course of three classes spread throughout a three-month period, allowing for a more ambitious choice of traditional pieces.

The spacing of the classes should enable the conservatoire’s teaching staff to fully participate in the project by carrying out preparatory work with the students to discover the repertoire chosen for the master classes. The leaders hold workshops once a month, dealing with the fundamental aspects of the chosen musical themes in more depth than is possible in three half-days.

The monitoring process put in place enables students to carry out in-depth work as part of a traditional training course, whilst being introduced to a new musical world and adopting a novel approach to learning musical techniques.The fourth and final day is dedicated to rehearsals for the students’ concert, conducted by the head of the conservatoire’s orchestra.  The class leaders also take part in the students’ concert. The day culminates in a concert by the Paris Klezmer Band.

The Paris Klezmer Band offers flexible concert formats involving between five and 10 musicians.

Spec sheet
Available on request after the chosen format has been identified.

For artistic and/or teaching enquiries:
Guillaume Dettmar – +33(0)6 86 78 62 18

For administrative enquiries:
Sébastien Dettmar – +33(0)6 13 29 44 86 –