Hebrew Music and Culture
Students will select a topic of interest, craft a thesis, and develop the paper and presentation during the first half of the semester. Sign-ups for a presentation date will occur during the first day of classes.
Details follow, below.
- Topics for paper are the student’s choice, to range from a particular area within a genre or composer’s output (such as “Jewish themes in the music of Aaron Copland”), to a topic within a Jewish genre of music (such as “Development of the Chassidic Nigun during the Nineteenth Century,” or “Evolution of Klezmer from Eastern Europe to the Eastern Seaboard”), to discussion of a particular instrument (“Use of the Oud in Israeli Music”).
- The paper can also explore an interdisciplinary topic, involving poetry, literature, political science, anthropology, or another area of interest.
- The paper should revolve around a central thesis, which is a primary point or argument about your topic that you wish to make.
- Musical Example(s): The paper must include some discussion and analysis of at least one musical example (not from the class listening), that helps to illustrate or support your thesis
- Discussion of the musical example reflect your understanding of the music, the text (if applicable), and the connection to Jewish tradition