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About the Zechter Music Center

Jewish Federation & Family Services' Sol & Bunny Zechter Music Center is a Connect 2 Learning Initiative launched in January 2012, in partnership with Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School, Pacific Symphony, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UCI and the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County.

And now, as of January 2014, we welcome a NEW partner in the Zechter Music Center -- the Hebrew Academy!  The Academy's campus, in the Huntington Beach/Westminster area, gives students in west and north OC an option to participate closer to home. The Hebrew Academy satellite also offers drums and violin, in addition to keyboard and guitar.  This is the Zechter Music Center's second location, in addition to his central county base in Irvine at Tarbut V'Torah, where keyboard, guitar and wind/brass studies are offered.

The Zechter Music Center offers Jewish youth in our community (5th-12th grade) an extraordinary opportunity - free of charge, thanks to the Zechter family!   Zechter Scholars, as program participants are known, receive:
   * introductory-level classes in guitar, keyboard or wind/brass (at TVT) and guitar, keyboard, drums or violin (at Hebrew Academy)
   * supervised practice (included in the two-hour class period)
   * expert guidance by first-class instructors
   * music appreciation activities that include performances at UCI, Pacific Symphony, Soka University and other venues

Cost: FREE for the first 8 classes/practice sessions. Students can reapply for subsequent sessions if space permits.

Eligibility: Open to all Jewish students in our community currently in 5th to 12th grade, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Class Size:
TVT Location: 
Limited to 8 students per session (guitar, wind/brass); 6 students per session (keyboard). 

Hebrew Academy Location:  Limited to 10 students per session (keyboard), 8 students per session (guitar, violin), 6 students per session (drums).

Registration: Online only (see link below), on a first-come, first-served basis.  If applications for a session exceed available space, the student will be placed in the next available session.  Families will receive confirmation of the session.

Class Dates/Times: 
TVT Location: 
Classes are held on Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  The two-hour period includes both specialized instruction and supervised practice and/or music appreciation activities.  

Hebrew Academy Location:  Classes are held on Wednesdays Families can choose the early (3:15-5:15pm) class or the later (5:30-7:30pm) class.

Session 8 begins on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 and runs through March.  Specific class dates will be provided in the confirmation email sent to all registered participants. 

Class Locations: Classes are held in two locations - one in west/north OC (Hebrew Academy) and one in central OC (Irvine) at the schools noted below.  You can only register for one location.

Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School, Upper School Music Department, 5 Federation Way on the Samueli Jewish Campus in Irvine.

Hebrew Academy:  14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach.

Transportation: Parents are responsible for arranging on-time student drop-off and pick-up.

are provided for use during class at both locations.  Drums are provided for use during class at Hebrew Academy.  Guitars:  A very limited number of guitars are available for use during class at both locations, and cannot be taken home.  Therefore, we recommend that students bring their own.  We can connect you with a very good resource for good quality guitars at discount prices. 
Violin (Hebrew Academy only):  We advise rental if you do not have your own instrument; and we will connect you with a wonderful resource.
Wind/Brass (TVT only):  We advise rental if you do not have your own instrument, and will connect you with a wonderful resource for rentals.

REGISTER NOW: Click here to read essential pre-registration guidelines and to access the registration forms for both TVT and Hebrew Academy locations.

The Zechter Music Center is made possible by a pacesetting endowment created by Sol (z"l) and Bunny Zechter through Jewish Federation & Family Services and the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County.

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