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Grade 6 – Trop Update

Posted on September 29, 2016

Great to see the kids on Tuesday & Wednesday and to meet with some parents/grandparents as well!  

A reminder that the next Tuesday class is on November 1 due to all the holidays; the Wednesday class will meet each week except for Yom Kippur.  Classes going forward are 5:30-6:00.
During October, I’ll email the assignments to the whole class, and ask the Tuesday kids to do their best to keep up, with the understanding that the Wednesday kids may temporarily get a little ahead.  
Shana tova— wishing you a sweet, healthy, happy new year!  Below is the assignment–
Cantor Ken
1) Learn/Review trope families 1-3, tracks 1-3 on the CD/website and pages 3-4 in the packet.  Please make flashcards for these three trope families; the flashcard should have ONLY the symbol on one side of the card, and the name (in Hebrew and/or English letters) on the other side.  The goal is to be able to see the symbol, know the name, and sing the melody, so as later to be able to apply these melodies to the words of Torah readings.  You should now have 10 flashcards: mercha, tipcha, munach, etnachta from the 1st family, sof pasuk from the 2nd family (the others are repeats), and the new ones– kadma, mapach, pashta, katon, and yetiv from the 3rd family. 
Here is a picture of the trope from family 3 (note that this image calls the two dots above the word “Zakef Katon”, while I call this trope “Katon.”. 
     To distinguish between Kadma and Pashta, which look the same, draw a box on your flashcards, so that you can put Kadma above the middle of the box, and pashta above the left of the box.  Same thing for Mapach and Yetiv; draw a box so that you can put Mapach under the middle, and Yetiv below and to the right. This indicates the placement of each trope over or under a Hebrew word.
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2) Please bring your binder or folder with the packet every Tuesday or Wednesday, and also bring your highlighters (blue, green, yellow, pink, orange, and purple) each time.

3) Next time we’ll review trope families 1-3 (which will get you through about 2/3 of any Torah portion), and go on to families 4-5.  
If you get stuck or have questions, please call 508-650-3521, ext. 107, or email  Email is generally the quickest way to reach me.
Here is the initial letter with info on the class and some important dates to save.
Here are trope images of the first two trope families in case they are helpful: 

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