Guitar & Ukulele


Come and join us! Registration is ongoing!

Our model continues to be a combination of virtual lessons, occasional in-person lessons and classes, as well as hybrid options. We are following the safety guidelines as set by the CDC and local agencies, as well as parent requests and comfort level. For information on returning to our campus, please visit jccotp.org/faqs. We look forward to having you join us on this musical journey!

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Lauring Guitar Master Class Auditions

The 2021 Lauring Guitar Master Class will be taught by William Kanengiser on Monday April 26 at 4:00 pmClick here to register for a Zoom link for this livestreamed event.  

Nominations and Video auditions are due Monday April 12.
Audition videos may be submitted via a private YouTube video link or by uploading to a Thurnauer Dropbox account (link to be provided upon application).

ELIGIBILITY

The Lauring Guitar Master Class is open to pre-college musicians from a wide range of ages and levels of training. The criteria for selecting participants include good preparation, serious dedication, and the ability to respond to suggestions in a class situation, whether the student is performing a standard concerto or a piece from the beginning repertoire. Students chosen to perform must be residents of New Jersey, New York or Connecticut.  Students who cannot attend on the scheduled audition day may submit their audition via video.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

• Beginning Students: one memorized piece with which the student feels comfortable
• Intermediate and Advanced Students: Two contrasting selections of the teacher’s choice.
(One movement of a sonata would constitute a selection.) 
Repertoire must be memorized.

WHO SHOULD SUBMIT THE AUDITION DETAILS

Audition fees and details may be submitted by either the families of the applicants or the teacher.  In most cases, families submit the fees and information.

HOW TO SUBMIT A REGISTRATION TO AUDITION

To participate in the Lauring Guitar Master Class auditions, teachers must tell parents of the students that it is okay for them to submit an audition registration .

Step 1: Submit the audition fee via this page (by clicking on "Add to Cart" and then clicking on "Checkout") or mail your audition fee of $50 to the Lauring Guitar Master Class, Thurnauer School of Music, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly, NJ 07670. Please note: If you have any difficulty registering online, call our office at 201.408.1466, so we can take your payment over the phone.
Step 2: Submit audition details by clicking on this link.

Lauring Guitar Master Class Auditions
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$50.00 Member
$50.00 Public
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Lauring Guitar Master Class Auditions

Call For Info
$50.00 Member
$50.00 Public
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Thurnauer Ukulele Class (Virtual)

Ages 9+ (including adults) – intermediate level

If you’re looking for a fun and easy instrument to play, the ukulele is the perfect choice.  Students who have acquired the basics of ukulele playing will further their learning about strumming patterns, proper technique and finger movements, fingerpicking patterns, chords and efficient chord changes.  Students can contact the instructor regarding purchase of ukuleles, electronic clip-on tuners, and other items.  Families welcome to join together.  Class size limited to 6 families.

15 times on Wednesday
Feb 24 - Jun 16
8:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Except: Mar 31, Apr 21
Call For Info
$370.00 Member
$410.00 Public
50UKUI01W1


15 times on Wednesday
Feb 24 - Jun 16
8:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Except: Mar 31, Apr 21


Call For Info
$370.00 Member
$410.00 Public
50UKUI01W1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

NEW! Ukulele Strummers (ages 5-7) (Virtual)

If you’re looking for a fun instrument for you and your child, the ukulele is a perfect choice. Learn the basics of ukulele playing including proper technique, strumming patterns, chords and efficient chord changes, and lots of fun songs! Participation in class and in home practice by parent or caregiver is required, for this class is designed as a shared learning experience in which the adult learns alongside the child and acts as home assistant coach. Recommended home practice for success is at least
3-5 minutes on 3-5 days each week, to help the child learn the ukulele. Class size is limited to 6. For purchase options, please email rsearles@jccotp.org.

15 times on Wednesday
Feb 10 - Jun 9
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Except: Feb 17, Mar 31, Apr 21
Call For Info
$300.00 Member
$325.00 Public
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15 times on Wednesday
Feb 10 - Jun 9
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Except: Feb 17, Mar 31, Apr 21


Call For Info
$300.00 Member
$325.00 Public
50UKUL01W1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Young Artists Programs

Available for brass, percussion, piano, strings, winds, and voice, the Young Artists Programs include opportunities for monthly recitals and celebrations. Note: Suzuki guitar requires eight parent education workshops.  Students taking private lessons for the first time can take a lessons-only program, but are encouraged to add one or more classes or ensembles. After the first year, all private lesson students are required to add one or more classes or ensembles to their program. 

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.)

ADD ONE OR. MORE CLASSES AND/OR ENSEMBLES:

  • Musikgarten or musicianship class
  • Instrumental group class
  • Performance ensemble (by audition: choruses, orchestras, jazz ensemble chamber music group, percussion ensemble, flute ensemble)

  • ADD A SECONDARY INSTRUMENT
    For students already enrolled in a Young Artists Program at Thurnauer, additional private lessons on a secondary instrument or voice may be taken. Private lesson in music theory and composition may also be taken.

    To learn more or to make an appointment with the director of the school, contact Robyn Searles at rsearles@jccotp.org.

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For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Music Theory for Guitarists (Virtual)

Ever wonder why it helps you as a musician to learn music theory? Does the stuff you learn in music theory seem like it has no relevance to learning the guitar? This class bridges the gap between theory and how it relates to what you play on guitar - for example, how to construct major, minor, augmented, diminished chords, and seventh chords and then figure out how to use this information to find chord shapes in various positions on the fingerboard. Students will do harmonic analysis of Suzuki guitar pieces and then talk about how this information helps shape our musical interpretation.

For intermediate and advanced guitarists (Suzuki Guitar Book 2+), Age 10 to Adult. Prerequisite: Students must be able to identify notes on staff, clefs, time signatures and rhythms, and know how sharps and flats work.

30 times on Sunday
Oct 18 - Jun 20
7:30 PM - 8:25 PM
Except: Nov 29, Dec 27, Mar 28, Apr 4, May 9, May 30
Call For Info
$740.00 Member
$820.00 Public
50MTFG01F0


30 times on Sunday
Oct 18 - Jun 20
7:30 PM - 8:25 PM
Except: Nov 29, Dec 27, Mar 28, Apr 4, May 9, May 30


Call For Info
$740.00 Member
$820.00 Public
50MTFG01F0

For information, please call djatovsky@jccotp.org.

NEW! Guitar Honors Ensemble (Hybrid)

Open to Suzuki guitar students (Book 3 and up). The curriculum focuses on building ensemble playing skills through learning original works and arrangements for guitar ensemble, with opportunities to perform in concerts. Students who are studying Suzuki guitar and classical guitar in lessons or programs outside the Thurnauer School are welcome to join by audition or interview to demonstrate an equivalent high standard of technical and musical facility, as well as sight-reading skills, for their level.

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 ENSEMBLE.

30 times on Sunday
Oct 18 - Jun 20
6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
Except: Nov 29, Dec 27, Mar 28, Apr 4, May 9, May 23
Call For Info
$740.00 Member
$820.00 Public
50GTRH01F0


30 times on Sunday
Oct 18 - Jun 20
6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
Except: Nov 29, Dec 27, Mar 28, Apr 4, May 9, May 23


Call For Info
$740.00 Member
$820.00 Public
50GTRH01F0

For information, please call 201.408.1465.