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Grade 6 Trope Update from Ken

Posted on November 17, 2017

Great to see the 6th graders this week.  

We reviewed the first three trope families and worked on families 4 and 5, (tracks 1-5 here:, which give us the ability to chant about 3/4 of any Torah portion.
Here’s the assignment for this week: 
1) Review the first 5 trope families, being sure that you can recognize each symbol, know the name, and be able to sing the tune.  Be careful of the pairs of trope that look the same (and are placed differently around the word) and also the trope that appear in more than one family, sometimes with a different tune.  (Most of you are doing well with this– if you can’t recognize, name, and sing the trope for the first few families, this would be a good week to catch up)
2) Go ahead and listen to trope families 6 and 7, on page 5 in the packet, which we’ll work on next week in class.  You can go ahead and make flash cards for these trope.  (Darga, Tevir, Pazer, Telisha Gedola, Telisha Ketana, & Shalshelet)
3) Practice the trope using the v’ahavta paragraph of the Shema on page 12.  Read the words out loud, sing the trope names (for trope you know), and then put them together.  Note that my version of the trope melodies are slightly different from the most common trope variants used to sing v’ahavta, though I always lead it using my trope.  You can use tracks 33 and 34 on the website to check yourself– in the first one I sing the words, and the second just the trope names.  Also spend a little time with the “Tzitzit” paragraph of the Shema on page 14 (track 36).
Note: I’m starting as of today to include the assignments (today’s and future ones) in this Google Doc as well as emailing the update:
Please aim for 10-15 minutes of practicing a day if you haven’t started individual lessons yet, and 20-30 minutes for those who have.
I’ll see just the Tuesday class next week and will see both classes the following week.  Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving!