Registration instructions and forms for the 2017-2018 school year are available for download below.

Our curriculum is designed as a full-year 30-week program to give each child the best possible music education. Fall semester classes began on September 24, 2017. The tuition for students who enroll after the beginning of the school year will be prorated.

Schedule a consultation with the music director at any time to discuss your child’s individual needs and how Thurnauer can best suit them. We have many programs available to choose from and flexibility to design your own.

Call for more information 201.408.1465 or email

Scholarship Form - PDF format
Scholarship Form - Excel format
Guide to Programs and Registration
Important Dates 2017-2018
Automatic Payment Plan

General Information
Children may begin studying an instrument as early as age 3.

Our faculty uses a variety of teaching methods including the Suzuki approach.

Instrumental studies may involve participation of a parent.

Each student is carefully matched with an appropriate instrument and teacher.

An interview with the director of the school is required to enroll in instrumental program or to change programs or teachers.

All instrumental students must own or rent an instrument for daily practice (piano students must have an acoustic piano in their home; electronic keyboards are not acceptable.)

Students studying privately outside the Thurnauer School may enroll in a musicianship class, group class, and/or performance ensemble.

All students taking private lessons at the Thurnauer School must also enroll in musicianship classes, and/or group classes, and/or an ensemble.

Enrollment includes regular recital performances throughout the year.

Tuition and fees
To be eligible to enroll in the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, a family may not have any overdue balances owed for any JCC programs or services.

Tuition for the school year (30 weeks) or semester (15 weeks) may be paid by cash, check, debit or credit card.  For credit and debit card payments, a processing fee of 3% will be added to each payment.
Tuition for the school year (30 weeks) may also be paid with a series of up to eight equal electronic payments (September-April) deducted automatically from your bank account or by credit card.

Any returned payment will incur a $25 fee.  Once the semester has begun, a $10 administrative fee will be charged for each change of class or program that has not been recommended by the instructor or school.

Students may not start the school semester without making full payment OR selecting a payment option.

For students enrolling after the school year has begun, tuition will be prorated.

1. Sibling Discount
Register more than one child in your family: For each additional child, save $25 off total tuition of an Elective, and $90 off total tuition of an Instrumental, Vocal or Jazz Program.

2. Referral Discount
If you are enrolled in an Instrumental, Vocal or Jazz Program and refer a family to an Instrumental, Vocal or Jazz Program, both you and your friend will receive a $100 tuition discount for one year.

Please see the inside front cover of the Registration Form to learn of other discounts for which you may be eligible.

If you need to withdraw from a program or elective, you must notify the Music School in writing no later than the end of the fifth week from the date of enrollment. If you fail to do so, you will be responsible for paying for the full school year (30 weeks) or semester (15 weeks).  Notifying the teacher of the intent to withdraw is not sufficient. 

Refunds and Cancelation Fees
All withdrawals are subject to cancelation fees: $75 per program and $25 per elective.  No refunds will be given after the end of the student’s fifth week of school.  Students are eligible for a prorated tuition refund based on the date the written notice of withdrawal is received by the Music School, provided it is received no later than the end of the fifth week of the student’s enrollment.

Limited scholarship assistance is available to students with documented financial need. Scholarship applications with all necessary documentation must be submitted to the office.

Private Lesson Program Deposit

Students taking private lesson programs at the Thurnauer School of Music are required to remit a $150 deposit for each student. Lesson times can only be scheduled for students who have remitted a deposit. Checks may be sent to the Music School office, or you can pay online for a 3% convenience fee.


For more information, or to register, please call 201.569.7900.

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