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Jewish Sacred Music Curriculum

for Students Enrolling at IUB Before Summer 2013

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

  • JSTU-H 100 Elementary Hebrew I (Fall)
  • JSTU-H 150 Elementary Hebrew II (usually Spring)
  • JSTU-J 251 or HIST-H 251 Introduction to Jewish History: From the Bible to Spanish Expulsion (Fall) (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) (must be taken on the IUB campus)

Four courses in Religion and Thought Area of Specialization:

  • A course on the Hebrew Bible
  • A course on rabbinic literature at the 300 or 400 level
  • A course on music in Judaism at the 300 or 400 level
  • A course on Jewish thought or culture at the 300 or 400 level (approved by Professor Cohen)

Two courses outside of Religion and Thought Area of Specialization (Please note that Jewish Studies majors must complete 9 credit hours of 300-400 credit in the major.):

  • JSTU-H 200 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (usually Fall)
  • JSTU-H 250 Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (Spring)

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 Jerusalem Sounds 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 (not special credit nor language testing) in Jewish Studies on the IU Bloomington campus. A maximum of 3 courses may be credited toward the Jewish Studies major from either language testing or from transfer credit from universities other than IU’s Rothberg School at Hebrew University program.

Jewish Sacred Music Students Matriculating at IU Becore Summer 2013 Should Take the Following Basic Music Courses:

  • Take or test out of T 109 Rudiments of Music (3 cr.)
    Note: The Basic Musicianship test is given prior to the start of the fall & spring semesters. Contact the Music Advising Office (musug@indiana.edu) for specifics. Students who receive a grade of 70 or above will place out of T 109. Students who score between 50-68 on the test, may take T 109 Rudiments of Music simultaneously with T 151 Music Theory and Literature I. Students who score 50 or below must pass T 109 BEFORE they can take T 151.  We strongly recommend that all students who need to take T 109 instead complete the Music Fundamentals Online tutorial offered by the Jacobs School of Music, which will make them eligible for T 151.  Details can be found at http://www.music.indiana.edu/departments/academic/music-theory/mfo.shtml.
  • Music Theory courses:
    • 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:
    • 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: musug@indiana.edu.

Note: Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are only allowed to take a total of 22 credit hours outside the College that will count toward the 122 credit hours needed for graduation. Students will need to take 19 credit hours outside the College to complete these required courses. The recommended courses of MUS-T 251 (3 cr.), MUS-T 252 (3 cr.), and MUS-T 232 (1 cr.) are in addtion to the 19 required credit hours in the Jewish sacred music curriculum.

Jewish Studies majors in the Jewish sacred music track 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.

One course that counts as a College of Arts and Sciences course and is advantageous for Jewish sacred music students is M 401 History and Literature of Music I (4 cr.)