Yes, you will still need to spend focused time in studying grammar and memorizing vocabulary, but not as grammarians who love grammar for grammar's sake. Our approach will be to learn what is needed to get you reading (and singing), leaving out what can wait until later.
Instead of memorizing endless paradigms, we will bank on the intuitive part of our brains. To illustrate, consider the word “do” in English. How do you decide when is appropriate to use the word “do”? Do you think you could produce a valid set of rules or paradigms that would answer this question? Probably not. Yet, you do use the word “do” quite often and, if you are a native English speaker, you can spot a misuse of it instantly. The reason is that we do not speak, read and understand language naturally via paradigms and rules, but through extensive exposure.
“But I am not a native Hebrew speaker,” you may contend. True, but non-native English speakers can master “do” as well. They do so by living in English far more than through academic study (though academic study has its place). And the more you surround yourself with Hebrew worship and reading, the more you will master it, with academic study of grammar essentials as accompaniment.
This is one of the reasons that we also will be simplifying certain aspects of Biblical Hebrew for this course, much in the way that Modern Hebrew does. This includes vowels distinctions, cantillation marks, doubled letters, and more. Doing so, we will be skipping over about 25 pages in your typical Biblical Hebrew grammar book and get to reading the text far more quickly. The other reason for this simplification is that all these details are actually not original, but were added centuries later by masoretic scribes. They can certainly be helpful once you have learned them, but they can also be cumbersome to learn and our priority lies in immersing ourselves in the text itself.