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Jewish Sacred Music Curriculum

for Jewish Studies Majors

Jewish sacred music students should (at minimum) take the following courses for a grade to complete the Jewish Studies major:

  • Four semesters of Modern Hebrew, completing either JSTU-H 250 Intermediate Modern Hebrew (Spring) (3 cr.). By petition, the Modern Hebrew requirement may be replaced by equivalent level courses in Biblical Hebrew (JSTU-B 250) or Yiddish (GER-Y 250)
  •  JSTU-J 251 or HIST-H 251 Introduction to Jewish History: From the Bible to Spanish Expulsion (Fall) (3 cr.) (must be taken on the IUB campus)
  • JSTU-J 252 or HIST-H 252 Introduction to Jewish History: From Spanish Expulsion to the Present (Spring) (3 cr.) (must be taken on the IUB campus)
  • A course on the Hebrew Bible (3 cr.)
  • A course on rabbinic literature at the 300 or 400 level (3 cr.)
  • A course on music in Judaism at the 300 or 400 level (3 cr.)
  • A course on Jewish thought or culture at the 300 or 400 level (3 cr.) (approved by Professor Cohen)
  • Two courses of Jewish history or culture at the 300-400 level (6 cr.)
  • An addtional Jewish Studies course at the 300-400 level (3 cr.).

Jewish sacred music students are encouraged to study for at least one semester of their junior year at Indiana University’s Overseas Study program at the Rothberg School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem (especially Rothberg’s Sounds Jerusalem program). Students may also transfer back credit to Indiana University from Haifa University, Ben-Gurion University, Tel Aviv University, and the CET Jewish Studies Prague program. A Jewish Studies major must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work in Jewish Studies on the IU Bloomington campus. Students may apply a maximum of 9 credits earned for transfer coursework or performance on a Hebrew language proficiency test towards completion of the Jewish Studies major. Courses taken at Hebrew University (via IU Overseas Study) count as IUB courses.

Jewish Sacred Music Students Should Take the Following Basic Music Courses:

  • Complete Music Fundamentals Online (MFO available online until AUGUST 12 at, MUS-T109 Rudiments of Music (3 cr.), or MUS-Z211 Music Theory II (3 cr. but counts inside the College).
    Note: We strongly recommend that all students complete the Jacobs School of Music’s Music Fundamentals Online (MFO) in the summer before matriculation if at all possible.  Please go to to start the process; MFO MUST be completed by August 12, 2018 in order to take MUS-T 151 in the Fall.Those who cannot complete MFO will need to take T109 (either as a traditional course or as an online 8-week course) or MUS-Z 211 (with grade C or higher) in order to be eligible to take T151 the following Fall. MFO CREDIT: MFO is a non-credit course for non-Music School students. However, upon completing T151, T109 credit can be awarded retroactive by petition to the School of Music.
  • Music Theory courses (these courses award credit inside the College of Arts and Sciences Credit):
    • T 151 Music Theory and Literature I (3 cr.) (fall) Grade of C- or higher
    • T 152 Music Theory and Literature II (3 cr.) (spring) Grade of C- or higher
  • Ear Training/Sight Singing (these courses award credit outside the College of Arts and Sciences):
    • In same semester taking T 152, take T 132 Musical Skills I (1 cr.)
    • T 231 Musical Skills II (1 cr.)
  • Music History: MUS-M 402 Music History and Literature (4 cr.) (spring) (M 402 has a written prerequisite of MUS-T 252. Students who have not completed T 251 and T 252, however, may register for M 402 with permission of the instructor.  This course awards credit inside the College, and counts toward the 18 credit hour 300-400 level requirement for the Jewish Studies major.) 

The above list of courses constitutes a minimum of music courses. Other music courses that would be advantageous and recommended (but not required) for Jewish sacred music students: 1 or 2 music theory and literature courses (T 251 Music Theory and Literature III and T 252 Music Theory and Literature IV) (3 cr. each), and M 401 History and Literature of Music I (4 cr.)  All of these can be accepted as part of the College’s credit requirements.

Performance Study (credits count outside the College of Arts and Sciences):

Students are expected to take 4 semesters of secondary voice lessons - MUS-Z 110 (2 credits each) (Extra cost of approx. $495 each semester) Contact the Music Advising Office for more information about setting up lessons:

Note: Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are only allowed to take a total of 20 credit hours outside the College that will count toward the 120 credit hours needed for graduation. Students who complete MFO (0 cr.) or Z 211 (3 credits that count in the College) in place of T 109 will need to take, at minimum, 16 credit hours outside the College to complete the required music courses for the Jewish sacred music curriculum. Students who take T 109 in any form will need to take 19 credit hours outside the College to complete these required courses  (Note: 1. The credit hours outside the College presume that a student does not pass MFO and retroactively petition the School of Music for 3 credits for T 151; 2. students wishing to take voice lessons for credit beyond the second year will add two credits per semester to these totals.)

Jewish Studies majors in the Jewish sacred music curriculum should not enroll in non-College credit offered by other schools — Public Health, Education, Business, Social Work, SPEA or other Music School courses that don’t count as inside the College of Arts and Sciences so that they can take some of the recommended School of Music courses.