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What is TIMPO?

Our philosophy is music belongs to everyone.

TIMPO stands for Temple Israel Music & Programming Outreach. It is the newest music initiative to bring music to our congregation through classes, ensembles, and other creative opportunities.

We will send you updates about future classes and you will receive early bird access to registration.

Upcoming Classes at TIMPO

Adult Beginner Piano

Wednesday, January 24- May 1,2024

Discover the joy of music with our Adult Beginner Piano Classes at Temple Israel. Guided by Natalia Vanegas Escobar, a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate, you’ll learn the basics through a delightful mix of secular and Jewish melodies. Perfect for both first-timers and those rekindling their piano skills, these classes promise a journey of musical discovery and lifelong enjoyment. Join us on Wednesdays, starting January 24, at 7 PM – your path to musical fulfillment awaits!

  • 18+
  • Wednesdays at 7 PM at Temple Israel

Side-by-Side Piano

Sunday, January 21- April 28, 2024

Join us for a unique bonding experience with our TIMPO Side-by-Side Piano class! Instead of waiting outside during your 4-6-year-old’s piano lessons, sit alongside them and learn together. Taught by Music and Cantorial Director Emily Groff Heilborn, this class is a wonderful opportunity for you and your child to develop a new skill side-by-side! Classes begin January 21, every Sunday from 11 AM-12 PM PM at Temple Israel – where learning music becomes a family affair!

  • 4-6 yo + parent
  • Sundays from 11 AM-12 PM at Temple Israel

Ongoing at TIMPO

TI Memphis Jewish Choir


The choir is a vocal ensemble for those who want to sing in community with others, develop their singing ability, and experience the diverse and beautiful world of Jewish music. Led by David Schnell, a Memphis-based vocalist and teacher, the TI Memphis Jewish Choir will be a part of various Friday Night Services and musical events that happen at Temple and in the community.

  • Open to 18+ and all skill levels
  • Weekly rehearsals on Thursdays from 7 – 8 PM Babysitting will be provided for ages 4 and up.



Bring your voice or your instrument and jam with other members of the TI community interested in music.  No prior experience is necessary! A google drive with lead sheets and lyrics will be sent out the week of the event to those who RSVP. If you are interested in joining the next TIMPO Jam session, fill out the form below.

  • Open to 18+ and all skill levels

Classes are currently in session.

Beginner Guitar

Sundays from 12:15-1:15 PM | Grades 4-7

Taught by Stan Harris, this beginner class is geared towards kids who want to learn guitar for the first time or are self-taught and want to learn more formally in a class setting.

By the end of the class, participants will know the parts of the guitar, how to hold the guitar, how to play basic chords and notes, basic strumming patterns, transitions, as well as how to play with a pick.

Making Music 101

Sundays from 11 AM-12 PM | Ages 16 and up!

Taught by Emily Groff Heilborn and Nick Heilborn on Sunday mornings, this class is geared towards providing people an opportunity to learn about how music is made, both in the writing process and production process.

By the end of the course, class participants will understand the basics of rhythm, the musical alphabet, scales, chords, & basic progressions. Participants will also learn about Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) and how to use them to create music. No prior experience is necessary to join the class!

Meet Emily Groff Heilborn

Emily Groff Heilborn joined the Temple Israel clergy team in the Fall of 2022 as the Temple’s first Music and Cantorial Director. Born and raised in Miami Beach, Emily moved to Tennessee to study at Vanderbilt University, earning a Bachelor of Music and Master of Education in Instrumental Music degrees.  Before coming to Temple Israel, Emily taught music in Metro Nashville Public Schools.  She also led services and other music programs in the Nashville Jewish community, including the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, JCC, Vanderbilt University Hillel, and Jewsic City (a monthly Shabbat experience for young adults). 

Emily has always been passionate about creating and nurturing community through music, especially Jewish music. As a camp and youth song leader in the Reform Movement, she has mentored and taught young musicians in camps, youth conferences, and communities. Through her teaching, song leading, and songwriting, Emily seeks to make music accessible to everyone – listeners, creators, and performers. She released her debut EP “Breathe” in 2021 and has written several camp theme songs. 

Questions? Email Emily Groff Heilborn, Music & Cantorial Director, at emilyh@timemphis.org.

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