Grade 6 – Trope Update
Posted on December 1, 2017
Update after class on November 28 and 29:
We reviewed the five trope families and worked on families 6 and 7, (tracks 1-7 here: https://tiofnatick.org/Torah), which give us the ability to chant about 90% of any Torah portion.
Family #7 included some of the fanciest trope including the rare shalshelet.
We’ll aim to finish up the trope next week and start working on portions to read for Junior Congregation in 2018.
Here’s the assignment for this week:
1) Review the first 7 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 appears 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 8 and 9, on page 6 in the packet, which we’ll work on next week in class. You can go ahead and make flash cards for these trope. (Azla Geresh, Gershayim, Zakef Gadol, Zarka, & Segol)
3) Practice the trope using the v’ahavta paragraph of the Shema on page 12 and/or the “tzitzit” paragraph of the Shema on page 14. Read the words out loud, sing the trope names (for trope you know), and then put them together. You can use tracks 33, 34 (for page 12) and 36 (for page 14) on the website to check yourself.
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.