Encore Music

The Communal Hub For Making Music

The Center’s Encore Music program includes an array of offerings for the whole community! We offer group classes and private lessons for all ages, early music, programming for senior citizens, community performances, and concerts. Encore Music Outreach brings our music programming and faculty to schools and other sites in Brooklyn and Deal, offering embedded daytime and afterschool classes.

The Center is the communal hub, where we come together to make music!

Group Classes

Encore Early Jammers (ages 3-4, 5-6)

This fun and engaging group class gets our youngest learners moving and grooving, with different levels based on early age groups. Participants build fundamental music skills through music games, movement activities, reading and rhythm exercises, singing, and music appreciation/listening skill-building. Parents are welcome to join in for the younger group too!
Sundays 10:00–10:45 AM (ages 3-4), 11:00–11:45 AM (ages 5-6)
$275 for 10 weeks + $25/instrument kit (shaker, bells, and rhythm sticks)
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Encore Bucket and Grooves (ages 7+)

Drumming on buckets is super fun and exciting. Let’s make some jams, playing in a group. This is a great intro to drumming techniques, and to the drumset.
Sundays 10:00 AM (60 min) or Thursdays 5:00 PM (60 min)
$275 for 10 weeks + $25/starter kit (drumsticks, bucket)
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Encore Intro to Violin (ages 7+)

Study violin, a popular string instrument in European and Arabic music. Get started exploring this central string instrument, learn how to handle the instrument, read music, play as part of an ensemble, and develop a repertoire of classic early pieces.
Tuesdays 5:00 PM (60 min)
$275 for 10 weeks + $20/starter kit (method book, rosin, pad; violin not-included)
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Encore Intro Guitar (ages 9+)

One of the most popular and versatile instruments around, the guitar accompanies everything. Young strummers learn to play chords, read popular song melodies, and how to accompany themselves singing in this dynamic group class.
Sundays 10:00 AM (60 min) or Thursdays 6:00 PM (60 min)
$275 for 10 weeks + $20/starter kit (method book, 3 guitar picks; guitar non-included)
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Encore Digital Music Workshop (ages 11+)

Learn how to make beats, remixes, and sequences, all on your very own computer! Build your tech production skills from scratch, make computer-generated tracks, and discover your personal voice!
Sundays 11:30AM (60 min)
$275 for 10 weeks + $10/starter kit (software license for laptop or tablet)
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Encore Rock Ensemble (ages 14+)

Jam out in this rock/pop ensemble, and get set to perform. Work with an ensemble coach who is active on the New York City music scene! This ensemble is for intermediate to advanced players. Registration is by audition.
Tuesdays 8:00–10:00 PM (2 hours)
$425 for 10 weeks
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Beginning Oud (16+)

Learn how to play the oud, the king of Arabic instruments, in this intro class. Learn basic oud techniques, maqam theory, and repertoire from the Middle East and North Africa.
Tuesdays 7:00–8:00 PM
$300 for 10 weeks
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Encore Maqam Ensemble (16+)

Work with master musicians of Arabic maqam from the New York City music scene! This ensemble is for intermediate to advanced players of Arabic instruments, to learn a repertoire of instrumental pieces and to work on taqsim (improvisation). Registration is open for audition.
Tuesdays 8:00–10:00 PM
$425 for 10 weeks

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Encore Ḥazzanut Workshop (12+)

Work with master ḥazzanim from Brooklyn’s Sephardic community, on approaches to leading tefilot according to the Arabic maqam system. Learn how to apply the maqam of the week, important melodies, and techniques for muwwallim.
TBA, 90 min
$325 for 10 weeks
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Private Lessons

The Center offers private lessons on a number of instruments: guitar, piano, violin, drumset, Arabic instruments, and more. Private lessons are held ON-SITE at the Center and TBD in Deal. By coming together on-site, students have access to our top-notch facilities, proper equipment, and are able to confer with others in a conducive and nurturing environment.

All private students are encouraged to perform. The Center hosts a culminating recital at the end of each session, in person and live-stream, for families and community members far and wide to come together to experience and celebrate their growth and achievements.

Private lessons are offered in 30 min, 45 min, or 60 min timeslots. Featured instruments include: piano, guitar, violin, vocals, drumset, ans Arabic instruments (oud, nay, darbuka, qanun). Registrations are typically for 12-week sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer). Pay in full at registration to receive a 5% discount. Late registrations are welcome, and will be pro-rated.

Registration fees for private lessons are:
$52 – 30 minutes
$70 – 45 minutes
$85 – 60 minutes

Students are allowed one (1) makeup lesson per registration session, IF cancelled with 24-hour notice. Less than 24-hour notice and you will be charged for the private lesson slot.

ZOOM private lessons are available for COVID quarantine or for those unable to come to the Center.

Private Lessons Form

Please click here to fill out this PRIVATE LESSON INQUIRY form to better gauge your interest and scheduling availability.


The Encore Outreach program brings the Center’s wealth of specialized music programming to your school or organization. We provide embedded music education programming daytime and afterschool, with a team of faculty members who specialize in different areas and subjects, as well as concerts, single-even programs, and more.

As part of the Encore Outreach network, students, participants, and families get the added benefit of calling the Center home. Musicians, students, and music lovers come together at the Center for recitals, special programming, and to take advantage of incentives for greater music collaboration.


Music Outreach Inquiry

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About the Director of Musical Arts

Dr. Samuel Torjman Thomas is a professional musician, CUNY professor of music and Sephardic Studies, and an associate program developer for several NYC cultural institutions. He and his family are members of the Brooklyn Sephardic community, residing nearby to the Center and connected with several synagogues. “I’m deeply committed to Sephardic culture and music. I am super excited to see the Center serve as a nexus for musical life for our beloved community.”


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