Summer Programs


Private Summer Lessons: Summer is the perfect time to begin learning an instrument or continue studying one. Lessons are available for all instruments and voice, and are offered both in person and virtually. Please call 201.408.1466 or email rsearles@jccotp.org to schedule an appointment.

Summer Music Classes: A summer class is a great opportunity to learn new skills and refine existing techniques. All classes will be held virtually, except as noted.

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FluteStars® Summer Intensive

FluteStars® Summer Intensive is for flutists of all levels, ages 7+. 

The workshops include master classes, flute choir, swimming and socializing. The three day workshop concludes with a celebratory concert. 
 
Please direct all inquiries to Noelle Perrin at flutestars@aol.com

Daily
Aug 29 - Aug 31
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Three Days
Register
$270.00 Member
$300.00 Public
50FLST01S1

Three Days

Daily
Aug 29 - Aug 31
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Register
$270.00 Member
$300.00 Public
50FLST01S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Virtual Music Theory for Guitarists

Ages 10+ (including adults)
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? In this class, you will learn how music theory 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+). Prerequisite: Students must be able to identify notes on staff, clefs, time signatures and rhythms, and know how sharps and flats work.

This class will be taught by faculty member Jonathan Trotta. Read more about Mr. Trotta by clicking here.

Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 to 5:45 pm except for July 5.

14 times
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
On dates: Jul 7, Jul 12, Jul 14, Jul 19, Jul 21, Jul 26, Jul 28, Aug 2, Aug 4, Aug 9, Aug 11, Aug 16, Aug 18, Aug 23
Music Theory for Guitar
Stand alone class
Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50MTFG01S1

Music Theory for Guitar
Stand alone class

14 times
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
On dates: Jul 7, Jul 12, Jul 14, Jul 19, Jul 21, Jul 26, Jul 28, Aug 2, Aug 4, Aug 9, Aug 11, Aug 16, Aug 18, Aug 23


Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50MTFG01S1


Taken with private lessons
Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50MTFG02S1

Taken with private lessons

Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50MTFG02S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Virtual Emotion and Imagination in Musical Performance

For ages 10 to adult

What does it really mean to express music with feeling? There is a reason that composers have poured their heart and soul into creating their music. It is the musician’s job to express the emotional intention of their music and bring their music to life. This means the musician must understand how their own expressive mechanics work in real life and how it can be channeled into the expression of musical ideas. This class takes ideas developed by the great acting teacher-director, Constanin Stanislavsky, and shows how his ideas on acting, the search for real human behavior in given emotional circumstances, can be applied to musical performance. Just like actors, you can’t do an emotional state; instead, you do actions. In a nutshell, you recall the kinetic feeling of doing actions from your emotional memories and imagination, your attached reason for communicating your intention through your actions to another person or persons, and the sensory stimuli attached to the circumstances, and transfer that information into your expression of musical movement. Through fun activities and games involving using your imagination and sense memory, you will learn to explore the different ways to transfer human behavior into musical behavior.

For all musicians with at least two years playing and performing experience. Students will need their instruments and will use music they are comfortable playing to learn these new concepts.

This class will be taught by faculty member Jonathan Trotta. Read more about Mr. Trotta by clicking here.

Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 4:45 pm except for July 5.

14 times
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
On dates: Jul 7, Jul 12, Jul 14, Jul 19, Jul 21, Jul 26, Jul 28, Aug 2, Aug 4, Aug 9, Aug 11, Aug 16, Aug 18, Aug 23
Emotion and Imagination in Musical Performance
Stand alone class
Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50EIMP01S1

Emotion and Imagination in Musical Performance
Stand alone class

14 times
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
On dates: Jul 7, Jul 12, Jul 14, Jul 19, Jul 21, Jul 26, Jul 28, Aug 2, Aug 4, Aug 9, Aug 11, Aug 16, Aug 18, Aug 23


Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50EIMP01S1


Taken with private lessons
Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50EIMP02S1

Taken with private lessons

Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50EIMP02S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Virtual Ukulele Class

Ages 9+ (including adults)
Beginner and Beginner/Intermediate level
If you’re looking for a fun and easy instrument to learn, the ukulele is the perfect choice.  Students learn the basics of ukulele playing including 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 is limited to 6.

This class will be taught by faculty member Jonathan Trotta. Read more about Mr. Trotta by clicking here.

Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 3:45 pm except for July 5.

14 times
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
On dates: Jul 7, Jul 12, Jul 14, Jul 19, Jul 21, Jul 26, Jul 28, Aug 2, Aug 4, Aug 9, Aug 11, Aug 16, Aug 18, Aug 23
Ukulele Class
Stand alone class
Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50UKGC01S1

Ukulele Class
Stand alone class

14 times
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
On dates: Jul 7, Jul 12, Jul 14, Jul 19, Jul 21, Jul 26, Jul 28, Aug 2, Aug 4, Aug 9, Aug 11, Aug 16, Aug 18, Aug 23


Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50UKGC01S1


Taken with private lessons
Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50UKGC02S1

Taken with private lessons

Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50UKGC02S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Virtual Basic Popular Style Guitar

The guitar class will be a beginning and beginning-intermediate level guitar class (not classical style); for roughly ages 10 and up. The class will cover the ABCs of guitar playing, with emphasis on correct sitting position and finger mechanics through simple technical exercises. Students will be playing actual songs, mainly classic rock/popular songs, such as Sweet Home Alabama, Dust in the Wind, Landslide, Heart of Gold, Wish You Were Here, Over the Hills and Far Away, Hotel California, and so forth (subject to change depending on the whim of the instructor each day). Students will need a guitar, an electronic clip-on tuner, and flat picks.

This class will be taught by faculty member Jonathan Trotta. Read more about Mr. Trotta by clicking here.

Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00 to 2:45 pm except for July 5.

14 times
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
On dates: Jul 7, Jul 12, Jul 14, Jul 19, Jul 21, Jul 26, Jul 28, Aug 2, Aug 4, Aug 9, Aug 11, Aug 16, Aug 18, Aug 23
Basic Popular Style Guitar
Stand alone class
Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50BPSG01S1

Basic Popular Style Guitar
Stand alone class

14 times
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
On dates: Jul 7, Jul 12, Jul 14, Jul 19, Jul 21, Jul 26, Jul 28, Aug 2, Aug 4, Aug 9, Aug 11, Aug 16, Aug 18, Aug 23


Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50BPSG01S1


Taken with private lessons
Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50BPSG02S1

Taken with private lessons

Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50BPSG02S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Virtual Ensemble X - Contemporary Music

Ages 13+, with roughly 4+ years of experience playing music

Students explore contemporary music creation through composition, improvisation and performance in this twice-weekly class.  The program focuses on creating new music through collaboration between student instrumentalists and student composers.  Students explore modern composition styles and performance techniques — learning some history, creating their own new approaches, and thinking beyond traditional formats to create music that is uniquely theirs.  Classes include ensemble rehearsal (online, Zoom), lessons on history and performance technique, and masterclasses with special guest faculty. The program culminates in the creation of a digital ensemble performance video of a newly composed piece of classical music.

Requirements: For intermediate and advanced musicians and composers.  Performance applicants must submit a video performance of a piece of their choice. Composer applicants must submit a PDF score (and if possible a recording or digital rendering) of an original composition.  Applicants will be reviewed by director Zach Herchen. 

Click here to upload application submission prior to enrolling

Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 6:45 pm.

14 times
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
On dates: Jul 6, Jul 8, Jul 13, Jul 15, Jul 20, Jul 22, Jul 27, Jul 29, Aug 3, Aug 5, Aug 10, Aug 12, Aug 17, Aug 19
Ensemble X
Stand alone class
Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50EXCM01S1

Ensemble X
Stand alone class

14 times
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
On dates: Jul 6, Jul 8, Jul 13, Jul 15, Jul 20, Jul 22, Jul 27, Jul 29, Aug 3, Aug 5, Aug 10, Aug 12, Aug 17, Aug 19


Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50EXCM01S1


Taken with private lessons
Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50EXCM02S1

Taken with private lessons

Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50EXCM02S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Virtual Video Game Music Ensemble

Ages 13 +

The Video Game Music Ensemble is a performance group that explores the variety of music in video games. From orchestral melodies, to 8-bit chip tunes, jazz, and more, this ensemble will engage students in the music they love and recognize from games. As we learn to perform each piece, students will expand their understanding of rhythm, harmony, and musical composition. Audition is required. Applications must submit a video performance of 1 piece of their choice, to be reviewed by director Zach Herchen. 

Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 to 6:00 pm

14 times
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
On dates: Jul 6, Jul 8, Jul 13, Jul 15, Jul 20, Jul 22, Jul 27, Jul 29, Aug 3, Aug 5, Aug 10, Aug 12, Aug 17, Aug 19
Ensemble X
Stand alone class
Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50VGME01S1

Ensemble X
Stand alone class

14 times
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
On dates: Jul 6, Jul 8, Jul 13, Jul 15, Jul 20, Jul 22, Jul 27, Jul 29, Aug 3, Aug 5, Aug 10, Aug 12, Aug 17, Aug 19


Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50VGME01S1


Taken with private lessons
Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50VGME02S1

Taken with private lessons

Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50VGME02S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Saxophone Summer Workshop

The Saxophone Summer Workshop is a program for saxophonists of all ages interested in developing their skills and artistry. Students will be grouped by skill level and classes will include ensemble practice, one-on-one lessons, special guest masterclasses, and studio classes where students perform for each other. Students will learn to develop their musicality and pursue individual artistry across multiple genres, while strengthening their technical abilities and pursuing advanced playing techniques. The program will culminate in the creation of an ensemble performance video. Audition is required. Applications must submit a video performance of a piece of their choice, to be reviewed by director Zach Herchen.

Age and Skill Level: 10+ years old, with experience playing saxophone

Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30-5:15pm

14 times
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
On dates: Jul 6, Jul 8, Jul 13, Jul 15, Jul 20, Jul 22, Jul 27, Jul 29, Aug 3, Aug 5, Aug 10, Aug 12, Aug 17, Aug 19
Saxophone Workshop
Stand alone class
Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50SAXW01S1

Saxophone Workshop
Stand alone class

14 times
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
On dates: Jul 6, Jul 8, Jul 13, Jul 15, Jul 20, Jul 22, Jul 27, Jul 29, Aug 3, Aug 5, Aug 10, Aug 12, Aug 17, Aug 19


Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50SAXW01S1


Taken with private lessons
Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50SAXW02S1

Taken with private lessons

Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50SAXW02S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Music Technology (Virtual)

Ages 13+, comfort reading music and playing an instrument, plus enthusiasm for science and technology!

This class blends music, science, and technology.  Students learn how to record and produce music using microphones, synthesizers, computers, and recording software, and are taught a range of musical science and technology, including acoustics, instrument design, fundamentals of digital music, audio recording, and music production.  The program culminates in each student producing their own musical song from start to finish. 

Program director Zach Herchen explains:


Technical Requirements: Students need access to a computer or smart device (tablet or phone), plus headphones.  Examples are Apple computer, iPad, Windows laptop, or an android device. We will use free software for these devices and free websites in class.

Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00-4:30 pm

14 times
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
On dates: Jul 6, Jul 8, Jul 13, Jul 15, Jul 20, Jul 22, Jul 27, Jul 29, Aug 3, Aug 5, Aug 10, Aug 12, Aug 17, Aug 19
Music Technology
Stand alone class
Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50COMT01S1

Music Technology
Stand alone class

14 times
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
On dates: Jul 6, Jul 8, Jul 13, Jul 15, Jul 20, Jul 22, Jul 27, Jul 29, Aug 3, Aug 5, Aug 10, Aug 12, Aug 17, Aug 19


Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50COMT01S1


Taken with private lessons
Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50COMT02S1

Taken with private lessons

Register
$248.00 Member
$275.00 Public
50COMT02S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Beginning Piano for Adults

Piano playing – your dream becomes true this summer at the JCC!  If you know how to run or swim, or ride a bicycle or play with a ball, you already have the skills to play piano.  Now all you need to bring to class is your enthusiasm!  Ideal for adults who have always wanted to play the piano and are ready to begin, or continue, their musical journey.  With summer vacation or travel, students who miss up to two classes may make them up on Tuesday, September 7 and Tuesday, September 14.   

10 times on Tuesday
Jun 29 - Aug 31
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Beginning Piano for Adults
Register
$180.00 Member
$200.00 Public
50BPFA01S1

Beginning Piano for Adults

10 times on Tuesday
Jun 29 - Aug 31
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


Register
$180.00 Member
$200.00 Public
50BPFA01S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Summer Private Lessons

Summer is the perfect time to begin learning an instrument or continue studying one.  One-on-one lessons, both in person and virtual, are available in all instruments for classical and jazz musicians – piano, guitar, strings, winds, brass, and percussion – as well as voice, theory/ear training, and composition.  Whether you are a beginner looking to start a new experience or an advanced student, we have a teacher who is right for you.  

Choice of: two 30-minute lessons per week; one or two 45-minute lessons per week; and one or two 60-minute lessons per week – based on teacher recommendation.

Tuition below is based on a seven-week session. Additional lessons can be added on a prorated basis.

Students taking private lessons can add a summer music class (see below) for a special discounted price.

Two 30 minute lessons per week
Register
$720.00 Member
$800.00 Public
50SPLE01S1

Two 30 minute lessons per week

Register
$720.00 Member
$800.00 Public
50SPLE01S1

One 45 minute lesson per week
Register
$567.00 Member
$630.00 Public
50SPLE02S1

One 45 minute lesson per week

Register
$567.00 Member
$630.00 Public
50SPLE02S1

Two 45 minute lessons per week
Register
$1,080.00 Member
$1,200.00 Public
50SPLE03S1

Two 45 minute lessons per week

Register
$1,080.00 Member
$1,200.00 Public
50SPLE03S1

One 60 minute lesson per week
Register
$720.00 Member
$800.00 Public
50SPLE04S1

One 60 minute lesson per week

Register
$720.00 Member
$800.00 Public
50SPLE04S1

Two 60 minute lessons per week
Register
$1,395.00 Member
$1,550.00 Public
50SPLE05S1

Two 60 minute lessons per week

Register
$1,395.00 Member
$1,550.00 Public
50SPLE05S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

LIVE!: Jewish Music and Movement Exploration - Summer

Our 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, we help children find their singing voices, learn to keep the beat, and develop their imagination and creativity.

For more information, contact Emma Brondolo at ebrondolo@jccotp.org.

This class will be held live in the outside courtyard at the JCC.

6 times on Friday
Jun 25 - Jul 30
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
For Ages 6 mos to 2.5 years
Register
$160.00 Member
$180.00 Public
50JMML01S1

For Ages 6 mos to 2.5 years

6 times on Friday
Jun 25 - Jul 30
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM


Register
$160.00 Member
$180.00 Public
50JMML01S1

6 times on Friday
Jun 25 - Jul 30
11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Full
$160.00 Member
$180.00 Public
50JMML02S1


6 times on Friday
Jun 25 - Jul 30
11:30 AM - 12:10 PM


Full
$160.00 Member
$180.00 Public
50JMML02S1

6 times on Monday
Jun 28 - Aug 9
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
Except: Jul 5
Register
$160.00 Member
$180.00 Public
50JMML03S1


6 times on Monday
Jun 28 - Aug 9
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
Except: Jul 5


Register
$160.00 Member
$180.00 Public
50JMML03S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.

Summer Chamber Music

Study and play some of the most beautiful music ever written. This course offers instrumentalists the opportunity to play together in small ensembles, where they will focus on valuable skills in musical expression, listening, leadership and responsibility.  Online audition required for placement.

45 minutes twice a week, either virtually or in person; days and times to be determined after audition.

For an example of a virtual video performance, watch this performance by three Thurnauer students.

Chamber Music
Stand alone class
Register
$405.00 Member
$450.00 Public
50CHAM01S1

Chamber Music
Stand alone class

Register
$405.00 Member
$450.00 Public
50CHAM01S1


Taken with private lessons
Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50CHAM02S1

Taken with private lessons

Register
$315.00 Member
$350.00 Public
50CHAM02S1

For information, please call 201.408.1466.