Group classes for private-lesson students are a key component of instrumental instruction. Classes are offered in cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, percussion, piano, saxophone, violin and viola. Concurrent private lessons, either at the Thurnauer School or elsewhere, are required.
Thurnauer offers a variety of music classes to enhance your child’s music education experience. Theory and Ear Training classes teach students how to read and hear music.
Students learn the fundamentals of rhythm and harmony. Composition classes give students the knowledge to compose their own original music. Our Instrumental group classes for private-lesson students are a key component of instrumental instruction and provide an outstanding academic and social experience for our students. We offer groups in clarinet, percussion, piano, and saxophone.
For information, please call 201.408.1466.
FluteStars ® Summer Intensive is a 3-day workshop for intermediate and advanced flutists which includes masterclass-style lessons with piano accompanist, private practice time, and small and large ensemble rehearsals with an emphasis on developing musical expression, beautiful tone and refined technique. The rehearsal schedule is mixed with free time for socializing and recreation. This exciting workshop culminates with a celebratory concert in which flutists perform their polished solos, duets and trios on stage for family and friends.
The workshop includes:
Lessons and Private Practice Sessions
Chamber Music & Large Ensembles
Audition is required. Schedule an audition with Noelle Perrin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp director NOELLE PERRIN is head of the Suzuki Flute Program at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music and founder of the FluteStars® Summer Camp, now in its 25th year of success. Ms. Perrin has extensive formal teaching experience as well as Dalcroze, Suzuki, and Montessori training. She holds a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 1994, sponsored by Artists International.
Flutestars® Summer Intensive 2021
Members $270/ Non-Members $300
Guitar Group Suzuki Book 1 Sun
Advanced Piano Seminar 2021-22
Violin Group 2 Bartok: Twinkle to Suzuki mid-book 1
Violin Group 1 Mozart: Pre-Twinkle to Twinkle
Piano Group 1 & Duos 2021-22
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.
- For children who are not yet ready to begin private lessons, we recommend our early childhood classes: Musical Explorers, Instrument Exploration, Piano Partners, and Young Drummers.
- 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 email@example.com
- 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 ina 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are discounts available?
Yes. The following discounts are available for you and your family to enjoy the gift of music.
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