Group Classes for Instruments and Voice

Group classes are a key component of instrumental instruction, including the Suzuki approach. Classes are offered in cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, viola and voice.  Classes may be taken without being part of a Young Artists Program, but concurrent private lessons, either at the Thurnauer School or elsewhere, are required.

Call to schedule a placement evaluation to determine level.


    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Young People's Chorus @Thurnauer

Join our award-winning youth chorus! YPC@T is an affiliate of the world-renowned Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Sing at weekly rehearsals and participate in numerous performance opportunities throughout the year. Repertoire ranges from classical and contemporary to jazz and pop. Note: Tuition includes a $75 fee to offset the costs of chorus uniforms, sheet music & trips.


Audition required for new students. Auditions for 2019-20 will be held on September 8. Contact Robyn Searles at rsearles@jccotp.org to schedule an audition.


PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER BELOW UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE CHORUS.



Registration for EPSD students and learning tracks for all choristers.

30 times on Mondays
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Oct 7 - Jun 22
Except: Oct 14, Oct 21, Dec 23, Dec 30, Feb 17, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 25
Prelude Choir: 6-9 yrs
$665.00 Member
$725.00 Public
50YPCT01F9

30 times on Mondays
5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Oct 7 - Jun 22
Except: Oct 14, Oct 21, Dec 23, Dec 30, Feb 17, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 25
Concert Choir: 10+ yrs
$825.00 Member
$905.00 Public
50YPCT02F9

30 times on Tuesdays
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Oct 29 - Jun 23
Except: Dec 24, Dec 31, Feb 18, Mar 10, Apr 14
Young Men's Chorus (for boys with changing/changed voices) 11+ yrs
$665.00 Member
$725.00 Public
50YPCT03F9

  
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Young Artists Programs

Available for brass, percussion, piano, strings, winds, and voice. All private lesson programs include student performance opportunities for soloists and ensembles, student admission to all concerts and master classes held at Thurnauer, and accompanist fee. (Note: Suzuki guitar requires eight "teacher training" workshops for parents.)

Choose a 30-, 45-, 60-, 75-, 90-, or 120-min. private lesson per week.
(Note: 60, 75, 90, and 120 min options can be divided into two lessons per week. Beginning students in violin, cello and piano are required to take two 30 min lessons per week.)

INTRODUCTORY LESSONS

Are you interested in learning how to play an instrument? Do you know which one you want to study or do you want to try one out to decide if you like it? Did you ever want to explore different music styles including classical, jazz and rock? Sign up today and begin your musical journey at Thurnauer!

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS PLUS 1
Learning how to play an instrument the right way is only the beginning. What better way to expand your musical journey than to practice your skills with other students, learn how music is structured OR join a performance ensemble to refine technique and perform on stage? This is an amazing opportunity to become a well-rounded musician.

Choose from 30-, 45-, 60-, 75-, or 90-min. private lesson per week
And add either an instrumental group class, a Musical Explorers class, a musicianship class, OR a performance ensemble (by audition: choruses, orchestras, jazz combo, jazz big band, chamber music group)

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS PLUS 2
A more comprehensive opportunity to study an instrument, learn about music AND join fellow musicians to perform together.

Choose from 30-, 45-, 60-, 75-, 90-, or 120-min. private lesson per week
And Add:
+ Musikgarten or musicianship class
+ Instrumental group class OR performance ensemble (by audition: choruses, orchestras, jazz combo, jazz big band, chamber music group)

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS PLUS 3
The most comprehensive program available at Thurnauer for an aspiring musician. Study an instrument of your choice, take a class to learn about music and rhythm AND join both an instrumental group class and a performance ensemble to build skills, refine technique and experience different aspects of playing music.

Choose from 30-, 45-, 60-, 75-, 90-, or 120-min. private lesson per week
And Add:
+ Musikgarten or musicianship class
+ Instrumental group class
+ Performance ensemble (by audition: choruses, orchestras, jazz combo, jazz big band, chamber music group)

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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Divas and Divos in the Making

Ages 10+ │ Grades 5-12
Sing and perform opera, musical theater excerpts and classical songs. Develop confidence and an understanding of the voice and enjoy singing with friends. Divas and Divos may be taken as an individual class without being part of a Young Artists Program.

30 times on Thursdays
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Oct 3 - Jun 11
Except: Nov 28, Dec 26, Jan 2, Feb 20, Apr 9, Apr 16, May 28
$740.00 Member
$820.00 Public
50VDDM00F9
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Theory and Ear Training

Hear the sounds of written music before it is played (sight-singing), translate heard sounds into notation (dictation), and connect those experiences to instrumental study. 

In Beginning A, students learn basic notation on the Treble clef, playing/singing and hearing intervals, basic rhythms and time signatures, and some improvisation and composition. Purchase of the Alfred Complete Essentials of Music Theory is required.

In Beginning B, students learn to hear, play and distinguish among four different types of triads and their inversions, more advanced rhythms such as 16th notes and triplets, and the major scales and key signatures.  They also learn to write and read in both treble and bass clef and write small compositions.  Purchase of the Alfred Complete Essentials of Theory is required.

In Intermediate A, students learn to put triads together into cycles, more advanced rhythm (3 against 2), odd meters, more advanced repertoire, basic 4-part voice leading, 7th chords and inversions, and basic composition. Purchase of the Alfred Complete Essentials of Theory is required.

In Intermediate B, students learn the Dorian modal system and modal harmony. They learn to improvise and become fluent in writing, playing and hearing these progressions and scales.  They also write small compositions and analyze modes in orchestral pieces.

In Intermediate C, students begin to synthesize prior knowledge and learn how to use and resolve chords in functional harmony.  They connect the chord cycles they learned earlier to harmonic progressions and discover the effect of key signatures on cycles.  They also learn to play harmonies within a key and handle non-harmonic tones in composition and analysis.

In Advanced A, students analyze pieces written during the Common Practice Period and learn to identify secondary dominant chords, modulations, and form.

In Advanced B, they learn augmented 6 chords, and more advanced chromaticism and analysis.

Call to schedule a placement evaluation to determine appropriate level.


    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Add a Secondary Instrument

For students already enrolled in a program at the Thurnauer School, additional private secondary instrument or voice lessons may be taken.

    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Pre-College Honors Program

For advanced students of cello, piano and violin, by audition.
• Three one-hour individual coachings with guest artists faculty, which includes competition and audition preparation.
• Opportunities for solo recitals.
Consult with Music School director for dates and times of individual coachings.


Current TSM students $1050
JCC members/public $1150


    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

String Camerata

The youth String Camerata, led by Matthew Lucero, is a first orchestral experience for intermediate string players. Students learn how to follow a conductor and develop ensemble skills such as listening and playing together. This is a great preparatory orchestral opportunity where young musicians experience the joys and challenges of performing as a group in a small ensemble setting.


Audition required for new students. Contact Robyn Searles at rsearles@jccotp.org to schedule an audition.

PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER BELOW UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO CAMERATA.


30 times on Mondays
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Oct 7 - Jun 22
Except: Oct 14, Oct 21, Dec 23, Dec 30, Feb 17, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 25
$580.00 Member
$640.00 Public
50CSCA00F9
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Chamber Music

Working in small groups for one hour per week, students cultivate sophisticated listening skills, individual expressiveness, and ensemble cohesion.

Audition required for new students. Auditions for 2019-20 will be held on September 8. Contact Robyn Searles at rsearles@jccotp.org to schedule an audition.


    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Flute Choir

For advanced flutists who perform standard Flute Choir repertoire. Both solo and group concert opportunities are offered.

Audition required for new students. Contact Robyn Searles at rsearles@jccotp.org to schedule an audition.

30 times on Tuesdays
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Oct 29 - Jun 23
Except: Dec 24, Dec 31, Feb 18, Mar 10, Apr 14
Junior Flute Choir
$740.00 Member
$820.00 Public
50CFCH01F9

30 times on Tuesdays
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Oct 29 - Jun 23
Except: Dec 24, Dec 31, Feb 18, Mar 10, Apr 14
Senior Flute Choir
$740.00 Member
$820.00 Public
50CFCH02F9

  
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Percussion Ensemble

The notion of drummers playing together harks back to the beginning of mankind. Percussion Ensemble comes from that energy combined with the wealth of written pieces over the past century and fills a need for young players to have their own chamber music outlet.  Students share melody, harmony and rhythm playing drums, marimba, timpani and many other instruments. Young percussionists improve overall musicianship, especially their skill in following a conductor.

Audition required for new students.  Contact Robyn Searles at rsearles@jccotp.org to schedule an audition.


30 times on Thursdays
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Oct 3 - Jun 11
Except: Nov 28, Dec 26, Jan 2, Feb 20, Apr 9, Apr 16, May 28
$1,025.00 Member
$1,130.00 Public
50PENS00F9
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Teen Town Jazz Combo

Ages 12+
Play jazz standards in various styles including blues, swing, bebop, Afro-Cuban, modern and fusion in a small group of 4-8 musicians, comprising brass, woodwind and rhythm sections. Students develop ensemble playing and solo improvisation skills, learn how to express themselves and collaborate musically, and memorize songs, melodies, harmonies and chord progressions. Students also learn basic jazz theory: intervals, chords, basic harmonic progressions, voice-leading, scale theory, and form.  Students observe, listen to, and learn about historical jazz figures, genres, and styles to provide the basis for understanding the evolution of musical trends and ideas.

Teen Town Jazz Combo may be taken on its own without being part of a jazz program.


Minimum 2 years instrumental experience required. Audition required for new students. Contact Robyn Searles at rsearles@jccotp.org to schedule an audition.

PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER BELOW UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE COMBO.



30 times on Sundays
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Oct 6 - Jun 21
Except: Oct 13, Oct 20, Dec 1, Dec 22, Dec 29, Feb 9, Mar 8, May 24
$1,025.00 Member
$1,130.00 Public
50JTTC00F9
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Teen Town Jazz Big Band

Ages 12+
Play in a standard big band with arrangements from various styles of jazz including blues, swing, bebop, afro-cuban, modern and fusion in a 15-20 piece large ensemble comprising brass, woodwind and rhythm sections. Students develop reading and improvisation skills, with opportunities for section playing, blending, interpretation and soloing.

Minimum of two years instrumental experience required.

Audition required for new students. Contact Robyn Searles at rsearles@jccotp.org to schedule an audition.

PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER BELOW UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE BIG BAND.


30 times on Sundays
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Oct 6 - Jun 21
Except: Oct 13, Oct 20, Dec 1, Dec 22, Dec 29, Feb 9, Mar 8, May 24
$740.00 Member
$820.00 Public
50JTTB00F9
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Teen Town Jazz Combo + Big Band

Ages 12+
Play in both the jazz combo and the big band for a reduced price. See the descriptions above.

Minimum of two years instrumental experience required.

Audition required for new students. Contact Robyn Searles at rsearles@jccotp.org to schedule an audition.

PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER BELOW UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE BIG BAND AND COMBO.


30 times on Sundays
2:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Oct 6 - Jun 21
Except: Oct 13, Oct 20, Dec 1, Dec 22, Dec 29, Feb 9, Mar 8, May 24
$1,675.00 Member
$1,850.00 Public
50JTTA00F9
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.



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