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CG-CANTR 519 Spring 2014 – 3 credits - 9:00-11:15 Fridays
*Office Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday by appointment
Phone: 617-559-8647 (Hebrew College); 617-699-8864 (cell in case of emergency only)
*Email: [email protected] (best way to reach me)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class is an introduction to the basic concepts of Torah cantillation. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring the skills needed to chant Torah on weekdays, Sabbaths and Festivals using a common Ashkenazi trope. Topics will also include the rituals surrounding the Torah service, the history of cantillation/trope, correct contemporary pronunciation of biblical Hebrew, and the underlying syntactic structure of the system of cantillation. Prerequisite: Hebrew 4 or permission of the instructor Cannot count for graduate credit for Cantorial Ordination students While this course is primarily for rabbinical students, others are welcome (depending on size of the class), provided they have adequate sense of musical pitch and the ability to read and translate biblical Hebrew. REQUIREMENTS:
● Attendance: Students are expected to attend each class session and to participate fully. Problems
affecting attendance should be brought to the instructors' attention immediately.
● Learning cantillation melodies (with the voice that you have been given): Students are expected
to go over chanting from class; prepare texts as required.
● In-class performances will take place on a weekly basis: Singing cantillation patterns together,
and then in chevruta and then individually.
EVALUATION: The final grade will be based on:
● Attendance, class participation, weekly preparation and performance of assigned texts 20% ● Quiz (March 14th) 20%; Written final exam (May 2nd) 20% ● Individual oral final exam (by appointments May 9th & 16th) 40%
○ Students are expected to perform smoothly and confidently, demonstrating mastery of formal
pronunciation, appropriate phrasing of conjunctives and disjunctives, expressive reading, and a deep understanding of the text.
○ Each student will chant assigned Rosh Hodesh Torah reading from unpunctuated tikkun (also in
Beit Midrash Rosh Hodesh Iyyar-April 30/May 1)
○ Each student will prepare to cantillate assigned aliyah of a Torah portion. ○ First three verses (only) will be read from unpunctuated column of a tikkun. ○ Each student will chant (with 10 minutes preparation) several verses of Torah (sight-chanting)
This course is primarily "skill-based" in nature, so academic papers are not required.
Chanting the Hebrew Bible - Student Edition by Joshua R. Jacobson
2005, Jewish Publication Society Available to purchase from Cantor Treitman. Please purchase on campus.
*(Preferred) Koren edition of the Torah (suggested is The Koren Humash: Hebrew/English
Five Books of Moses. Koren Publishers Jerusalem 2010)
Or JPS Hebrew-English TaNaKh The New JPS Translation
2000, Jewish Publication Society ISBN 0-8276-0697-4 (vinyl cover)
Very Strongly recommended. These should be in your Jewish personal library:
Chanting the Hebrew Bible by Joshua R. Jacobson
2002, Jewish Publication Society ISBN 0-827-0693-1 (hardback)
Tikkun Kor'im "Simanim" newest edition and largest size is highly recommended
Trope Trainer TM (Windows or Macintosh) made by Kinnor Software - www.Kinnor.com (large
student discount available - information on how to order available by contacting Cantor Treitman or at first class)
Keshet Te-amim Flash Cards published by Cantor Linda Sue Sohn (will be available to use in class or
CLASS SCHEDULE: subject to adjustment CLASS 1: February 7 Why we chant the Torah; time-lines of history, texts and personalities; Jewish migrations. Present Torah texts without markings; identify "problem-solving" issues; meet the "Toolbox". Segments Siluk and Etnahta (JJ pages 1-12, 41-43) CLASS 2: February 14 Preliminary grammar concepts; development of Tiberian notation; resolving text ambiguity. Segments Siluk and Etnahta, with Tippeha, with Joiners Munah and Merekha (JJ pages 12-20, 41-45, charts on 213ff) CLASS 3: February 21 Segments Tevir and Zakef Katon with Joiner Munah (JJ pages 21-36, 45 and 50-51) Review of previously learned melodies. CLASS 4: February 28 Pronunciation issues: syllabification, accentuation, prefixes/suffixes, word-pairs, pre-/postpositives, Four- step method. Segment Tevir, with Joiners Darga/Merekha/Kadmah, Segments Zakef Katon/Gadol, with Metigah-Zakef, Pashta / Yetiv, and Joiners Mahpakh/Merekha/Kadmah (JJ pages 45-48, 52-57). Choose verses for Torah reading assignment for Bet Midrash. CLASS 5: March 7 Finishing up Tevir segment with up to five words preceding, including Telishah; Finishing up Zakef Katon with up to five words preceding; Segments Segol,Revia, Zarka, Shalshelet (JJ pages 48-50, 58-59, 59-66). Receive verses for quiz. CLASS 6: March 14 Cadence/End of Aliyah Procedures for Torah Service; resources for Gabbai roles; Torah blessings and Kaddish; choreography and hand-signs. (JJ pages 76-78, 37-40, 87-91 and JJ Complete 532-546 hand-out) QUIZ (include names of tropes, preparation of a few verses to be given on March 7) CLASS 7: March 21 Legarmeh, Geresh, and Gereshayim. (JJ pages 66-73)
CLASS 8: March 28 Telishah Gedolah, Pazer and Pazer-Gadol. (JJ pages 73-76) Review of all patterns learned so far. Hevruta work on patterns and verses. CLASS 9: April 4 TAKE A LOOK at these variations: "Jubilation Motif", end of a Book, Creation story on Simhat Torah, Shirat HaYam motifs, and Ta'amey ha-'elyon and Ta'amey ha-tahton, Journeys and Chiefs motifs, use of 'Ekhah and Yamim Nora-im motifs. (JJ pages 78-87) CLASS 10: April 11 Review concepts of pronunciation, grammar, parsing; melodic motifs / variations; history. Preparation of assigned verses in hevruta. Review for written test. Schedule times for individual oral final appointments. PASSOVER BREAK - no class on April 18 CLASS 11: April 25 Work on Rosh Hodesh readings scheduled for services on Rosh Hodesh Iyyar - April 30st and May 1st. You must be at services both days to support your Torah reading classmates CLASS 12: May 2 Written test. Review for oral final test. CLASS 13: May 9 Oral tests individually scheduled CLASS 14: May 16 Oral tests individually scheduled
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