Bergen Kids Classes: Music, Drama and Instrument Lessons

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Thurnauer School of Music at Kaplen JCC on the Palisades (411 E Clinton Ave, Tenafly, 201-569-7900)  With a roster of accomplished instructors for every instrument and programming that spans all ages, levels and style, the The Thurnauer Music School is a top destination for musicians looking to grow with a program.  The school offer camps, lessons and group play and advanced students are given opportunities to perform on stages like Lincoln Center and Disneyworld- exposure to world-renowned artists like Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell is just icing on the cake. 

Piano Instruction with Irene Lafharis (Closter, 201-410-5138)
The Manhattan School of Music alum and professional pianist teaches aspiring musicians at her home conservatory, outfitted with 4 types of pianos for various types of play. With over 25 years of performing and teaching experience, the lovely and gentle Mrs. Lafharis debunks myths of crotchety old piano teachers- allowing students to choose pieces from classical to show tunes (and even pop) thereby making the experience all the more fun, while arming them with the skills they need to be competitive and professional.

Little Wing and School of Rock Tenafly (33 County Road, Tenafly, 201-568-7625)
Calling all wannabe rock-stars- lose the earbuds and get real.  At School of Rock, they develop musicians’ skills on guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, as well as vocals in a “real” band setting and take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both confidence and musicianship with programs for all skill levels. How’s that for something they won’t roll their eyes at?  The newly added, Little Wing Program lets young children participate in engaging activities set to classic songs that have inspired adults AND kids throughout history. With the most innovative music classes for your pre-schooler, the program enables creativity and confidence through the magical avenue of music. (Beware, program has been known to cause humming and foot tapping in unsuspecting parents.) 

Music for Aardvarks, (Waldwick; Glen Rock; Park Ridge; 201-615-1292)
This not-so-average music class incorporates everything from backup musicians to dance breaks to instrumental jam sessions. As seen on Nick Jr., the program for 5-months to 5 year olds is stimulating and exciting in a no-pressure setting. Tots rock out to Founder David Weinstone’s fun tunes and parent involvement is strongly encouraged (a chance for you to conquer that stage fright). And you can take it on the road with the hit CD and retail goods.  3 Bergen Locations!

Bridge Studio for the Performing Arts (344 Washington Ave., Dumont, 201-394-9697)
Young thespians and Gleeks can get training from industry execs and performers who are “in the biz” in this new company geared to arm teens and the younger set with the skills necessary to land roles or bring out their inner performer.  Fall offerings include “Teen Drama” (not the bad kind) and “Bits from Hits” offered for teens and kids who want to learn and perform skits and songs from famous musicals, movies and TV shows.  (Note: these classes are for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent.)

Music Speaks at Bergen PAC or Fair Lawn Location (1 Depot Square, Englewood or 6-01 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn.  201.390.1991)  Music Speaks is an early childhood music program that provides developmentally appropriate music for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers ages 2 months through 4 ½ years old. The music program uses a mix of traditional and contemporary songs from around the world in order to bring out the innate musical nature of young children. Plus, Music Speaks class was recently voted Top 3 Readers Choice by The Jewish Standard!

Jersey Valley Music Together, (236 Cedar Lane, Closter)
Your little star will have an absolute blast taking classes at JVMT, where families and teachers share music through songs, instruments and play. Have fun with your child as they sing and move to music that you may remember from way back when! Kids will love the chants and movement activities in a relaxed and playful family setting.

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