Curriculum

Cantorial Certification Program – Courses

(Last revised August 15, 2012)

Year One

Liturgical Arts Core – Shabbat (Contemporary and Traditional Repertoire; Modes; Siddur structure, history, translation and interpretation) (Kallot and online) 4 credits
Judaic Studies – Tanach (Kallot and online) 2 credits
The Cantor and the Congregational Voice (Kallot plus reading and preparatory time in between) 1 credit
Self and System: Reflective Practice (Kallot plus assigned reading and preparation in between) 1 credit
Coaching (weekly online or in person) 1 credit
Mentoring (non-credit requirement)
Voice Lessons (non-credit requirement)

Year Two

Liturgical Arts Core – High Holy Days (Contemporary and Traditional Repertoire; Modes; Makhzor structure, history, translation and interpretation) (Kallot and online) 4 credits
Judaic Studies – Rabbinic Literature (Mishnah through end of 18th century, including Midrash and historical context) (Kallot and online) 2 credits
Jewish Music Education (Kallot plus preparatory time in between) 1 credit
Self and System: Reflective Practice (Kallot plus assigned reading and preparation in between) 1 credit
Coaching (weekly online or in person) 1 credit
Mentoring (non-credit requirement)
Voice Lessons (non-credit requirement)

Year Three

Liturgical Arts Core – Shalosh Regalim and Life Cycle Liturgy (Contemporary and Traditional Repertoire; Modes; Liturgical structure, history, translation and interpretation) (Kallot and online) 4 credits
History of the Cantorate/American Jewish History (kallot and online) 2 credits
Harmonizing Jewish Modes/Arranging (Kallot plus preparatory time in between) 1 credit
Self and System: Reflective Practice (Kallot plus assigned reading and preparation in between) 1 credit
Coaching (weekly online or in person) 1 credit
Mentoring (non-credit requirement)
Voice Lessons (non-credit requirement)

Year Four

Preparation for Oral Comprehensive Exams
Final Project (to be presented in one’s own congregation)
General Educational Theory 1 credit
Judaic Studies – Contemporary J. Philosophy/Theology (Kallot and online) 2 credits
Conducting 1 credit
Self and System 1 credit
Coaching (non-credit requirement)
Voice Lessons (non-credit requirement)

All four years will include Professional and Spiritual Development sessions, Practica and Tefilah facilitation which will be communally processed, exploration of choral repertoire and Art Song, and monthly meetings with one’s mentor for purposes of evaluation and further professional development.

It is expected that each student’s Hebrew and Musicianship skills will improve during the course of the program, and individuals will be tested at the conclusion of the 4th year for evidence of such growth. Certain individuals may be required to take advantage of outside courses or tutoring in order to further improve such skills.

Summer in Israel

Hebrew
Cantillation (High Holy Days, Megillot)
Israel’s History Through Music
Bible Seminar and Field Trips