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 We look forward to having you join us on this musical journey!

Please see the Guide to Programs and Registration for full details of all lesson and class offerings.

2020-21 Schedule of Semi-Private Lessons, Classes and Ensembles

Registration instructions and forms for the 2020-2021 school year are available for download below.

Our curriculum is designed as a full-year 30-week program to give each child the best possible music education. Fall semester classes will begin on October 5, 2020. The tuition for students who enroll after the beginning of the school year will be prorated. Whenever feasible, lessons and classes will be held on site, but if necessary, we will provide comparable instruction online.

Schedule a consultation with the music director at any time to discuss your child’s individual needs and how Thurnauer can best suit them. We have many programs available to choose from and flexibility to design your own.

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Scholarship Form - PDF format
Scholarship Form - Excel format
Important Dates 2020-21

General Information
Children may begin studying an instrument as early as age 3.

Our faculty uses a variety of teaching methods including the Suzuki approach.

Instrumental studies may involve participation of a parent.

Each student is carefully matched with an appropriate instrument and teacher.

An interview with the director of the school is required to enroll in instrumental program or to change programs or teachers.

All instrumental students must own or rent an instrument for daily practice (piano students must have an acoustic piano in their home; electronic keyboards are not acceptable.)

Students studying privately outside the Thurnauer School may enroll in a musicianship class, group class, and/or performance ensemble.

All students taking private lessons at the Thurnauer School must also enroll in musicianship classes, and/or group classes, and/or an ensemble.

Enrollment includes regular recital performances throughout the year.

Tuition and fees
To be eligible to enroll in the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, a family may not have any overdue balances owed for any JCC programs or services.

Tuition for the school year (30 weeks) or semester (15 weeks) may be paid by cash, check, debit or credit card.  For credit and debit card payments, a processing fee of 3% will be added to each payment.
Tuition for the school year (30 weeks) may also be paid with a series of up to eight equal electronic payments (September-April) deducted automatically from your bank account or by credit card.

Any returned payment will incur a $25 fee.  Once the semester has begun, a $10 administrative fee will be charged for each change of class or program that has not been recommended by the instructor or school.

Students may not start the school semester without making full payment OR selecting a payment option.

For students enrolling after the school year has begun, tuition will be prorated.

1. Sibling Discount
Register more than one child in your family: For each additional child, save $25 off total tuition of an Elective, and $90 off total tuition of an Instrumental, Vocal or Jazz Program.

2. Referral Discount
If you are enrolled in an Instrumental, Vocal or Jazz Program and refer a family to an Instrumental, Vocal or Jazz Program, both you and your friend will receive a $100 tuition discount for one year.

Please see the Guide to Programs and Registration to learn of other discounts for which you may be eligible.

If you need to withdraw from a program, class or ensemble, you must notify the Music School in writing. Notifying the teacher of the intent to withdraw is not sufficient.

Students who withdraw prior to the end of the fifth week of classes are eligible for a prorated tuition refund based on the date the written notice of withdrawal is received by the Music School. Students who withdraw in writing by December 15 will receive a 50% refund. Students who withdraw by March 15 will receive a 25% refund.

Limited scholarship assistance is available to students with documented financial need. Scholarship applications with all necessary documentation must be submitted to the office.

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