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Youth & Family

Early Childhood Music Classes

Ages3 months - 7 years

Our early childhood music classes are designed to encourage joy, fun, and active participation. Through singing, poetry, rhythmic exploration, and movement, we help children discover music, learn to keep the beat, and develop their imagination and creativity. An ideal introduction of music to young children in a fun and welcoming environment!

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The JCC Thurnauer School of Music is renowned as a center of artistic and educational excellence open to all.

The school has inspired thousands of students and families—transforming lives and sharing the joy of music through outstanding instruction, concerts, master classes, community events, and partnerships with local schools.

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Baby crawling on a drum.
Group of toddlers playing with a xylophone.
Baby touching a guitar.
Young boy playing a bongo.
Three children playing a drum.

Classes

Jewish Music and Movement Exploration
AGES 6 MONTHS-2.5 YEARS

Classes are designed to encourage joy, fun, and active participation and play with a parent or caregiver through music, both Jewish and secular! Through singing games, fingerplays, poetry, rhythmic exploration, and movement, children find their singing voices and develop their musical ‘ear’ for matching pitches, their beat and rhythmic skills, exploration of artistic qualities in music, and their creativity.

6 WEEKS $160/$180

Musikgarten®

Musikgarten® classes are an ideal introduction of music to young children in a fun and welcoming environment filled with exciting songs, musical movement, dramatic play and storytelling. Complete with wonderful  CDs of the songs sung in class, age-appropriate instruments, and parent guidebooks, the full collection of home materials reinforces lessons and involves the whole family in the fun. All of our teachers are highly-experienced music and early childhood educators who bring their love and knowledge of music and share it with children, parents, and caregivers, making sure that children’s musical, physical, emotional, social, and cognitive well-being are met..

Musikgarten’s® Music for Babies
AGES 3-12 MONTHS

Designed for babies, parents and caregivers, each class features bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peekaboo games, a dance party, and other fun activities. Continue the music party at home with a superb CD recorded by a fine children’s choir and outstanding instrumentalists. Guidebooks, rhythm sticks, a Musikgarten® rattle, and a colorful scarf give your child hours of enjoyment.

• Increases your baby’s curiosity about music
• Develops listening skills and a sense of beat
• Establishes a foundation for singing and musical thought
• Gives your baby a chance to interact with other babies, parents and caregivers

Our 6-week sessions are structured as a way for new parents to experience music with their babies, with understanding that there are many changes at the beginning of a child’s life. If you like the program, we encourage you to sign up for multiple 6-week sessions. This will ensure the highest quality of education for your child

6 WEEKS $160/$180
 
An additional $35 materials fee is required for the first time you enroll in a class.

Musikgarten’s® Music for Toddlers: My Day and Animal Friends
AGES 12-36 MONTHS

Toddlers, parents, and caregivers sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments, all activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement. Each lesson features activities for coordination, body awareness and control, exploration of space, and instruments such as rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, drums, and xylophones. The year is divided into two themes. Children explore “My Day” in the first semester and “Animal Friends” in the second semester. For each theme, families receive a special CD with digital download, a parent activity book, and an instrument or scarf to use at home for more fun time together.

Our 6-week sessions are structured as a way for new parents to experience music with their babies, with understanding that there are many changes at the beginning of a child’s life. If you like the program, we encourage you to sign up for multiple 6-week sessions. This will ensure the highest quality of education for your child

6 WEEKS $160/$180
 
An additional $35 materials fee is required for the first time you enroll in a class.


Musikgarten’s® Cycle of Seasons: Wind Dancers and Sun Catchers
AGES 3-4 YEARS

Explore the seasons through musical activities that build attention and self-expression. Children sing, chant, move, participate in focused listening, play musical games, explore instruments, improvise and listen to great storytelling. The Cycle of Seasons nurtures your child’s ability to use language and participate in dramatic play within the musical context of the four seasons. Fun family packets with wonderful music CDs are included for use at home to increase family involvement in the learning process.

Wind Dancers (semester 1) 15 WEEKS $380/$425
Sun Catchers (semester 2) 15 WEEKS $380/$425
Wind Dancers & Sun Catchers 30 WEEKS $735/$820 (SAVE $30!)

Price includes a $55 non-refundable materials fee per semester.

Musikgarten’s® Music Makers: In the Wild!
AGES 5-6

Learn about animals, plants and the environment around us through music! Children in this class develop their singing voice, participate in improvised and structured movement, play instruments, and do guided listening activities. The children start to work with written musical patterns and create their own simple songs. This developmentally sound approach to music literacy builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory, and self-expression. Families receive song books, posters, game pieces, and a parent book.

30 WEEKS $735/$820
Taken with private lessons: $680/$730
Price includes a non-refundable $55 materials fee per semester.

Musikgarten’s® Music Makers: Around the World
AGES 6-7

Explore the music of the world and our own Native American and African American heritage. Children learn songs, dances, stories, rituals, and customs of these cultures to help them feel and understand others around the world. By the end of the year, students are able to read and compose with simple notation. This class is excellent for preparing students for Beginning Theory and Ear Training and private instrumental lessons. Families receive recordings, games, song pages, and a viewfinder.

30 WEEKS $735/$820
Taken with private lessons: $680/$730
Price includes a non-refundable $55 materials fee per semester.

INTRODUCTORY INSTRUMENTAL CLASSES

Instrument Exploration!
AGES 4-6

Come explore guitar, piano and violin in a small-group setting. Students receive 10 weeks of instruction on each instrument and rotate through all three over the 30-week school year. Instruments are provided. Parents are encouraged but not required to attend class.  Class size is limited to three groups of 4 students each.

30 WEEKS $1150/$1280

Piano Partners
AGES 5-6

Discover the fun of playing the piano and learning simple songs in a small-class setting. Students acquire basic keyboard and reading skills, preparing them for individual study. For beginning students. Parents are required to attend class. Class size limited to 4.

30 WEEKS $1150/$1280

Young Drummers
AGES 4-6

Students love this fun “drumtastic” class where they learn to improvise, keep a steady beat, play in a group and develop their own rhythmic and dynamic musical ideas! Parents are encouraged but not required to attend class. Instruments are provided. Class size is limited to 6.

30 WEEKS $1150/$1280

Ukulele Strummers
AGES 5-7

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 10 minutes on five days each week, to help the child learn the ukulele.

Class size is limited to 6. For ukulele purchase options, please email rsarles@jccotp.org.

30 WEEKS $1150/$1280

Schedule

Thurnauer School of Music

Musikgarten's® Music for Toddlers Sun Session 1

Date
Time
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$165 Member
$185 Non-Member

Thurnauer School of Music

Musikgarten Around the World 2021-22 Sun

Date
Time
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Member $845 as Elective;
Non-Member $930 as Elective;
Member $680 taken with private lessons;
Non-Member $730 taken with private lessons

Thurnauer School of Music

Musikgarten: In the Wild 2021-22 Sun 12:40 pm

Date
Time
Register

Member $845 as Elective;
Non-Member $930 as Elective;
Member $680 taken with private lessons;
Non-Member $730 taken with private lessons

Thurnauer School of Music

Jewish Music & Movement Exploration Mon Session 1

Date
Time
Register

$165 Member
$185 Non-Member

Thurnauer School of Music

Musikgarten's® Music for Toddlers Tue Session 1

Date
Time
Register

$165 Member
$185 Non-Member

Thurnauer School of Music

Musikgarten's® Music for Babies Tue Session 1

Date
Time
Register

$165 Member
$185 Non-Member

FAQs

Why should my child study music?

  • In addition to the enormous personal enjoyment music brings, music study helps children learn how to learn.
  • Attending lessons and practicing an instrument each day teaches focus, concentration, patience, critical thinking and reflection – skills we use throughout our lives.
  • Studies have shown that “students engaged in music programs outperformed their peers on every indicator: grade-point average, graduation rate, Act scores, attendance and discipline referrals.”
  • KU research establishes link between music education and academic achievement.

Why should my child study at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music?

  • A school environment creates a community of musicians who inspire, motivate and befriend each other.
  • Students benefit musically and psychologically from the expertise of our excellent faculty, the School’s warm, nurturing atmosphere and the experience of hearing other students make music at different levels of musical development.
  • The Thurnauer School offers a stimulating variety of classes, performances, workshops, and recital opportunities.

Can my child just take private lessons at the Thurnauer School?

  • As an introduction to learning an instrument, students can take just a private lesson, but only during their first year at the school. Thereafter, all students must take one or more components as part of their music program.
  • Making music with others quickens the pace of learning and accomplishment. We also find that students have fun in these classes and that this is not only enriching but also highly motivational to them.
  • Children in a full program of music study are “stretched”, musically and intellectually, as they learn new things and exchange musical and verbal ideas with their peers.
  • A program that is limited to private lessons lacks the richness of learning about music. The more we understand, the more joy there is in playing and listening.

When should my child begin the study of music?

  • Learning about music can begin at birth. However, the best age to start an instrument varies with the instrument and the child’s physical development. For example, violinists and flutists can begin as young as 3, whereas trumpet players should be at least 8.
  • Our classes for young children stand on their own, but they are also developmental and will introduce skills to help your child with further musical study if it’s desired. “Developmental” also means dynamic; each week builds on the previous lesson.

How should we help our child select an instrument?

  • The choice of instrument depends on the child’s interests, temperament and size. Most children have a natural affinity for a particular instrument or sound and, if given the chance to choose, will know what they like.
  • We encourage sitting in on lessons and classes at our School. Please contact our scheduling director to arrange for a visit or a trial lesson: 201-567-7900 Ext. 375 or rsearles@jccopt.org
  • Attending professional concerts and student recitals with your child can also spark interest in a particular instrument. Children are welcome to attend any of our student recitals.

How do we select an instrumental teacher for your child?

At the Thurnauer School, a great deal of care is given to finding the best “match” from among our fine faculty. Music School Director Dorothy Roffman meets individually with each new student and parent(s) prior to enrollment, observing the child and learning about the family before assigning a teacher.

What is the registration process for new students?

The process is all handled online. It includes completing the registration form, enrolling in your choice of lessons and class, completing the scheduling forms, submitting a tuition deposit and, if you are enrolling in a private lesson program, scheduling a meeting with the Music School Director.

Do I need to register for the entire year?

With the exception of some early childhood classes, our curriculum is designed as a full, 30 week program. That said, you can withdraw within the first five weeks of classes for a prorated tuition and a $75 processing charge. Thereafter, partial refunds are available as stipulated in our Terms and Conditions.

Does the Music School offer a payment plan?

Yes. You can set up an eight month payment plan that withdraws funds from your bank account or charges your credit card automatically each month.

Does the Music School offer Financial Aid?

Yes. The Music School has a number of endowed funds earmarked for this purpose, and over 15%of our students receive some form of tuition scholarship. Scholarship forms are available online, or you may request one from the Financial Manager, Dan Jatovsky at djatovsky@jccotp.org.

Are discounts available?

Yes. The following discounts are available for you and your family to enjoy the gift of music.

Sibling Discount
SAVE $25 off total tuition for a class or performance ensemble (if not part of a Private Lesson Program) SAVE $90 off total tuition for a Private Lesson Program

Refer a Friend Discount
Refer a new family who registers for private music lessons and you both get $100 OFF TUITION

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