Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Torah Trope Audio and Visual Guide

Hello Parents, Amitim-niks, and Friends,

The Torah Trope Audio Guide is now available!  Here are the links below.  This is the resource we will be using in class, and I encourage you to support your Amitim student in practicing on a regular basis.
Let me know if you have any questions!  

Torah Trope Audio Guide

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Some Updates and...Trope: A Walk in the Park

The mp3 players are ordered and arriving this week!  We will start with audio and partnered learning on Tuesday, February 12th.  You will also be able to access all of the materials we are using on this blog.  If you have questions about that, let me know!

In the meantime, we have been learning, building community, and having fun at Amitim in various ways.  

This past Tuesday, Amitim 5774 took a walk outside with cameras.  What were they taking pictures of?  Trope symbols.  How in the world would they do that?  We spent the first part of the session exploring trope symbol names and what they look like.  Then, the kids went out with symbol guides and took pictures of branches, car emblems, rocks, and other objects outside that resemble the symbols on the page.  We also spent time learning the meaning and history behind each symbol.  The names of the symbols usually reveal something about their appearance or musical nature.  Here are a few of my favorites that the Amitim students found on cars, trees, the ground, and even their bodies (symbol can be above, below, or on the side of a letter which is represented by a box in these examples).

Telisha Ketannah/Gedolah: "Detached" because they are never linked to the following note as one musical phrase; Ketannah = small (short); Gedolah = big (long).[9]



"Bunch of grapes" (from its shape, which looks like a bunch of grapes).

Darga: "Trill" from its sound, or "step" from its shape.  

Stay tuned for more updates.  Looking forward to our continued journey of learning together!