This is a 1/2-semester course (6 full sessions). The material covered will be basic harmonization of modal melodies in terms of chord choices, modulations, and harmonic rhythm/speed, with a concentration on harmonizing melodies in the classical liturgical modes (e.g, freygish) using litiurgical material and niggunim. Competence in this skill set will be recognized as part of completion of the music theory requirement.
Entry into the ALEPH Rabbinic Program and completion of the Rabbinic Pastor and Cantorial programs require a basic understanding of our liturgy and its central concepts and terms. In this course, we will explore basic terms such as matbe'a ha-t'fillah, chiyyuv, sh'ma u-virchote'ha, and heiche k'dushah. We will look at what makes a shacharit service whole and how weekday, Shabbat, and holiday services are similar to and different from each other.