School of Music and Performing Arts
Director: Marianna Udler, MA, ext 110
School of Music and Performing Arts is a comprehensive program of music and theater instruction for children and adults. Within our warm and supportive atmosphere students, from beginners to pre-professionals, develop new skills and unique ways to express themselves through music.
The teachers, who are artists themselves, provide inspiration and guidance in a relaxed and open atmosphere where learning is fun, challenging and creative.
We offer private instrumental and voice lessons, group lessons, theater classes, performance opportunities, and art camps. In line with the JCC philosophy, we offer affordable rates, scholarships and discounts to families.
Private Lessons 4 Years-Adult
Experienced professionals offer one-on-one instruction in piano, violin, guitar, flute, saxophone, clarinet, cello, viola, and voice. Recital performances are held toward the end of each semester.
Private Lessons : Adult
Flexible scheduling, with morning and afternoon classes, offers adults with busy lifestyles an opportunity to pursue musical interests at their convenience. Schedule weekly lessons to learn a new instrument, improve skills and/or take advantage of performance opportunities.
Fee: 30 minute lesson $40
Westchester Klezmer Program (WKP) (Youth, teen & adult)
We welcome musicians in fifth grade and up with at least one year of instrumental instruction, the ability to read music, play accidentals (sharps & flats), and play in a band setting with other musicians. Rehearsals for youth musicians are held on alternating Wednesday evenings 7:15-8:30pm. The teen/adult band is also held on alternating Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm. Both WKP ensembles perform numerous times over the course of the school-year at synagogues, nursing homes, libraries, and other community venues. Instructor: Kenny Green
Little Pianists (5-6 years)
Little Pianists is a fun-filled introduction to piano based on the Suzuki method, which holds that young children can develop instrumental skills through listening, imitation and repetition. Intended to prepare children for private music lessons. Class size is limited. Instructor: Bonnie Dietrich
16 Mondays 4:00-4:45 p.m., begins 9/8 16 Wednesdays 4:00-4:45 p.m., begins 9/10
Theater- Adults and Children
Fairy Tale Theater (4-6 years)
Using acting techniques, improv, and pantomime, kids will play, laugh and have fun while learning to use their bodies and voices on stage. Students will have the opportunity to act out some of their favorite fairy tales and share their work with an invited audience during the final class. Instructor: Bonnie Kelley-Young
16 Wednesdays 4:00-4:45 p.m. begins 9/10
Junior Productions on Broadway (7 Years and up)
Students are trained in every aspect of staging a musical theatre production. While rehearsing for the show, which will be performed live onstage, students are encouraged to abandon their inhibitions as they learn voice, movement, acting technique, characterization, improv, mime, audition technique, and much more! Students will go through the audition process and everyone will be cast in an appropriate role chosen to stretch, challenge, and showcase their individual unique talents. Instructor: Bonnie Kelley-Young
16 Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 p.m. begins 9/10
Reader’s Theater (Adults)
Stretch your imagination muscles through acting exercises and improvisational theater games. Learn to develop characters through scenes, monologues and short plays (no memorization necessary). Make friends and laugh! No previous experience necessary. Instructor: Ellen FIlaks, Director, You Are The Star
10 Fridays 1:00-2:00, begins 9/12