Composing Nigunim with Joey Weisenberg

Composition is like musical midrash — filling in the gaps of an old musical story so that it answers today’s questions. That’s what you’ll learn here: how to compose new melodies from an ancient tradition.

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This Course Explores How To...

Catch a Melody

Exercises to facilitate musical inspiration.

Craft a Melody

Turning a musical idea into a complete song.


Finding Inspiration

Learn how to hear the melodies flowing within your own head and heart so that you can bring them out into the world. Using a range of practical exercises based on timeless wisdom, you can discover the songs hidden within.

Crafting Melodies

Turn a moment of musical inspiration into a crafted composition. Building your compositional skillset and toolkit so that you can complete the process that began with an inspiring moment.

Harmony & Lyrics

Learn to identify the essential musical elements of a nigun and to discern when a melody needs something more, like harmony. Get guidance for when and how to incorporate words into your songs.

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Jump into music, prayer, and artistry today! Explore all of the master classes in Jewish song and prayer with Joey Weisenberg, including 18 comprehensive courses (1000+ videos) in the Jewish spiritual soundscape, from communal song (nigun) and prayer-leading (nusach), to musical wisdom (Torah), composition, and playing of instruments, as well as virtual events for members and an extensive archive of live performance videos.

 “This is an incredible resource for aspiring songwriters! These videos helped me understand how to translate the musical ideas in my head into real songs that people can sing.” 

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Frequently Asked Questions


If you’re not ready to delve into the process of composing your own songs and would rather start by learning how to sing melodies written by other people, try the opening chapter of the Art of the Nigun series, where Joey sings and teaches 18 beautiful melodies, explaining the tunes’ origins and uses. This series is a great chance to revisit some of Joey’s most beloved nigunim and to discover older melodies from Hasidic tradition, to get a foundational understanding of how this music works, and to begin to use melody as a spiritual practice on your own and in communal contexts.

Yes! Subscribers to Joey’s master class library get access to an extensive live performance archive with videos from album recording sessions and complete concerts with the Hadar Ensemble. Many of these videos are only available on this site.

In the opening chapter of the Art of the Nigun series, Joey sings 18 beautiful melodies, explaining the tunes’ origins and uses. This series is a great chance to revisit some of Joey’s most beloved nigunim and to discover older melodies from Hasidic tradition.

The Torah of Music is another great video series to explore for music fans. This course is designed for anyone who would like to learn about the musical-spiritual dreamscape of the Jewish tradition through stories and teachings. These videos are for inspiration rather than skill building. 

A subscription of $18 per month includes access to all courses (1,000+ videos) in the master class library, as well as periodic Zoom gatherings, recordings of all past webinars, an archive of live performance videos, and a community message board.

No long-term commitment is required. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

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