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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

The Music of the Orthodox Jew from Antiquity through the Twentieth Century (MUS-301)


Version 1 and 2: Varies (self-study; self-paced). 

Various; distance learning format.

Version 1: June 2017 - January 2022. Version 2: February 2022- Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify the essential components of traditional Jewish music; compare and contrast Jewish music to the music of other ethnic groups amongst whom Jews have lived; link various trends in Jewish music to common roots; describe the theological and philosophical background to Jewish musical tendencies; compare and contrast the synagogue and folk music of different Jewish communities; apply knowledge of Jewish music to understand the historical underpinnings of any given piece of music; identify the changes that have occurred to Jewish music throughout the years and trace their sources; and provide historical background for the state of Jewish music today.


Version 1: Major topics include: the music of the Orthodox Jew from antiquity through the end of the twentieth century, including the instruments known from the First and Second Temple and how they were used, the history of synagogue music for prayer and cantillation of the Bible and traces the development of the art of chazzanus and the folk song, numerous Jewish cultures, both Ashkenazic and Sephardic, how Jewish music developed in different circumstances and how the music of the Orthodox community became what it is today. Version 2: Same as Version 1 with expanded depth, breadth and scope. 

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Music, Jewish History, or History of Music (6/17). Version 2: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Music, Jewish History, or History of Music (2/22 revalidation).