On our first day of music class, we took the time in each grade to go around and introduce ourselves, and each tell the class something that connects us to music (whether it’s an instrument we play, an instrument we wish to play, our favorite band or song, etc.) We then had a discussion on the importance of music in Judaism, including brainstorming Jewish spaces that we hear music in (synagogue, bar/bat mitzvahs, shabbat, holidays) and why the students think we have a whole class in Sunday School devoted to learning Jewish music! Each grade came up with some very insightful thoughts. At the end of the class, we learned the song “Shalom Chaverim”, which is the song that we sing when we are all saying goodbye to each other at the end of every class.
In this music class, the kids learned some Hebrew words for ‘family' from the catchy song “I love my mishpachah.”
The song goes:
Oh I love my Mishpachah (X2)
I love my Aba (Father) and my Ima (Mother)
and my Saba (Grandfather) and Savta (Grandmother)
I love my Ach (brother) and my Achot (sister)
When we're riding in the boat
I love my Kelev (boat) and my Hatul
when we're swimming in the pool
I love my Dod (uncle) and my Doda (aunt)
Cause they teach me the Torah
Oh I really love my whole Mishpachah
We learned a dance to go along with the song, including some sign language for father, mother, grandfather and grandmother! Everyone had so much fun.
Today, we learned the song “The Tree of Life” and the hand movements that go along with it.
The words to the song are:
It is a tree of life to them who