Course Information

for Cantorial Department

 

Weekday Nusach (CN3100)

Credits:3

Year-long course introducing the nature of cantorial work, including basic skills to begin to work in congregations and build the accomplishments necessary to meet criteria for performance; along with practice in traditional prayer motifs for weekdays, Rosh Chodesh, and fast days.

Weekday Nusach I (CN3101)

Credits:3

Year-long course introducing the nature of cantorial work, including basic skills to begin to work in congregations and build the accomplishments necessary to meet criteria for performance; along with practice in traditional prayer motifs for weekdays, Rosh Chodesh, and fast days.

Weekday Nusach II (CN3102)

Credits:3

Continuation of CN 3101

Musicianship (CN3105)

Credits:3

Music theory and practice, including reading and understanding music, sight-singing, ear training, transposing, arranging, and other skills. (Requirement for some students).

Repertoire Coaching (CN3110)

Credits:1

Individual training with a vocal coach appointed by the Academy; four semesters required, 1 credit each semester, normally while enrolled in Shabbat and High Holiday Repertoire. Unique tuition schedule.

Guitar and Song Leading (CN3115)

Credits:1.5

Basic guitar competency and song leading repertoire for synagogues and other contexts. Strongly recommended.

History of the Cantorate (CN3150)

Credits:3

Development of the cantorate from the Talmudic period to the present, focusing on the changing status and functions of the profession and its denominational variations

Shabbat Nusach I (CN3201)

Credits:3

Two-semester sequence teaching traditional prayer motifs for Shabbat.

Shabbat Nusach II (CN3202)

Credits:3

Continuation of CN 3201.

Shabbat Repertoire II (CN3212)

Credits:3

Continuation of CN 3211.

Music in the Hebrew Bible (CN3250)

Credits:3

Survey of musical references in the Hebrew Bible, with emphasis on the roles of music in devotional and everyday life.

Jewish Music History I (CN3251)

Credits:3

The history of Jewish music from ancient times to the present.

Jewish Music History II (CN3252)

Credits:3

A continuation of CN 3251.

Cantillation I (CN3281)

Credits:3

Two-semester course incuding skills and tools needed to chant from Torah and Haftarah in the traditional Ashkenazic form; history and sources of cantillation; varieties of cantillation needed for different occasions in the Jewish calendar; methods of teaching cantillation for bar and bat mitzvah students

Cantillation I Exam (CN3281X)

Credits:3

Cantillation II (CN3282)

Credits:3

A continuation of CN 3281.

High Holiday Nusach I (CN3301)

Credits:3

Two-semester sequence teaching traditional prayer motifs for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

High Holiday Nusach II (CN3302)

Credits:3

Continuation of CN 3301.

High Holiday Repertoire I (CN3311)

Credits:3

A variety of modern prayer motifs for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

High Holiday Repertoire II (CN3312)

Credits:3

A continuation of CN 3311.

Musical Diversity (CN3320)

Credits:3

Survey of music from diverse locations, movements and historical periods; designed to enhance listening enjoyment, appreciation, and knowledge

Music for the Jewish Lifecycle (CN3360)

Credits:3

Study of traditional and contemporary music of life-cycle passages, including study of the halacha and Jewish calendar as applicable.

Choir Direction (CN3365)

Credits:3

Techniques and resources for directing youth and adult synagogue choirs, with special topics related to the use of music in Jewish schools.

Improvisation & Recitative (CN3395)

Credits:3

Techniques of improvisation in a variety of musical environments and independent study in recitative, for students in final year only. Repeatable with permission of instructor.

Shalosh Regalim Nusach (CN3400)

Credits:3

Traditional and modern prayer motifs for Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot, and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah.

Jewish Musicology (CN3410)

Credits:3

Theories and methods in the critical study of Jewish music, past and present.

Concert Repertoires (CN3420)

Credits:3

Advanced study of various repertoires, including Yiddish, Ladino, and other concert music; and modern folk repertoire, including music from Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Debbie Friedman, Craig Taubman, Julie Silver, and others. Repeatable with permission of instructor

Independent Cantorial Studies (CN4000)

Credits:3

Independent work in cantorial studies.

Cantillation Tutorial (CN4001)

Credits:1

Independent Cantorial Studies (CN4001)

Credits:3

Independent Cantorial Studies