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(Published: August 16, 2011)

Tenafly, N.J., August 16, 2011-The JCC Thurnauer School of Music, New Jersey's leading community music school, named a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, is pleased to announce its Fall 2011 Open House, Sunday, September 18, 1 to 4 p.m., part of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades' (411 East Clinton Avenue) Fall Open House. The schedule will feature activities for students of all ages, including registration for the fall semester, which begins Wednesday, October 5.

The Open House will include music classes for young children, aged 18 months to 9 years, designed to teach music through movement. Classes include Musical Toddlers (ages 18 to 35 months, with adult supervision); I've Got Rhythm (ages 3 to 4 and 4 to 5); and Do You Hear What I Hear? (ages 4 to 5 and 8 to 9).

Activities will also include a multi-instrument student recital; an instrumental "petting zoo," where students and parents can try different instruments and speak to faculty members, including founding director Dorothy Kaplan Roffman; a jazz jam session; and much more. Auditions for the music school's flute choir will take place after the Open House, at 4 p.m. Please see below for a complete schedule.

"We are very excited to host our Fall Open House and to be a part of the Fall Open House at the JCC," Roffman said. "This event is a wonderful way to meet prospective students and their parents and share with them the fun, wonder, and sense of camaraderie and achievement that comes through the study of music. We invite everyone to join us on September 18 to learn more about our school."

At the Fall Open House, students of all ages, adults included, may register for the music school's 2011-2012 season. The school's in-depth curriculum, offering lessons, classes, and ensembles, is meticulously designed to develop not only complete musicians and but also well-rounded people, using the study of music to cultivate skills applicable to any profession or endeavor.

"The school's curriculum ensures that all students, regardless of prior experience, reach their highest levels of proficiency," Roffman said. "Our students acquire skills that will contribute to lifelong achievement no matter what their pursuits."

For information about the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, contact the school at (201) 408 1465 or thurnauer@jccotp.org. Or, visit www.jccotp.org/thurnauer.

JCC Thurnauer School of Music Fall 2011 Open House
(updated 8/16/11 - subject to change)

Sunday, September 18
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. jazz jam session with faculty (Vinnie Sperrazza, jazz program director)
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. instrumental petting zoo and meet-and-greet with faculty members
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. music classes for young children with faculty members
Leslie Upchurch, Emma Brondolo, and Arina Baranova
1-1:40 Ages 6-7: I've Got Rhythm/Advanced Dalcroze (Upchurch)
Ages 4-5: I've Got Rhythm (Baranova)
1:40-2:20 Ages 3-4: I've Got Rhythm (Upchurch)
Ages 4-5: Do You Hear What I Hear? (Brondolo)
Ages 18-35 mos.: Musical Toddlers (Baranova)
2:20-3:00 Ages 18-35 mos.: Musical Toddlers (Upchurch)
Ages 8-9: Do You Hear What I Hear? (Brondolo)
Ages 4-5: Do You Hear What I Hear? (Baranova)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. multi-instrument student recital
4 p.m. auditions for flute choir with faculty member Noelle Perrin

About the JCC Thurnauer School of Music
The JCC Thurnauer School of Music, New Jersey's leading community music school, has been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Open to everyone with a desire to learn music, it offers a comprehensive program of private lessons for students of all ages on every instrument and voice, plus musicianship classes and orchestral, choral, jazz, and chamber ensembles. Concert and master class artists have included Glenn Dicterow, Pinchas Zukerman, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Paquito D'Rivera, Mark O'Connor, and Alan Gilbert and musicians from the New York Philharmonic. Recipient of a special award for "excellence and high standards" from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the JCC Thurnauer School of Music is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. It is an integral part of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, a non-profit organization serving more than 20,000 people annually from Bergen County and beyond.

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More Information: http://www.jccotp.org/thurnauer

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