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The Early Childhood Music program offers children from ages two to five a wonderful way to connect to other families, enjoy music together and begin learning this unique language.

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The American Legends program is a comprehensive, 11 month long curriculum intended to lead a beginning musician through the foundations of musicianship on which to build their instrumental or vocal education.

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The Classical Program develops well-rounded, highly-skilled musicians by upholding careful performance standards for instrumental study and by providing thorough music literacy training.

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The Solo Studies program features one-on-one instruction in on piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar or voice with an experienced faculty member who can provide instruction and motivation for your child.

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You are an adult (18 or older) who played as a child and would like to return to music study. Learning to play an instrument is something that you have always wanted to do and you are ready to treat yourself.

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“We joined the CYM family when our daughter was just 3 years old. It didn’t take long for us to know that CYM was the place for us to help us foster our love of music within our daughter. CYM is not simply a place to learn how to play an instrument. It truly is a unique place that provides multiple methods for learning and just as importantly, appreciating music – from individual instrument lessons to group classes to community performances. The instructors are tremendously talented and committed to teaching. CYM also fosters a sense of a community within the school. It was wonderful to not only see our daughter grow musically, but also her peers. We have moved away from the area after spending several years with CYM, and we sincerely can say that we truly miss it!”

Shweta Gupta

“As a parent, I often question the choices that I make. Choosing a quality music education for my kids is the one decision that I haven’t second guessed. Over the past decade, CYM has become a second home for my family. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely and frequently with caring, patient, and expert instructors. My kids are learning about more than music. They are learning helpfulness, tenacity, respect, discipline, and concentration. They are learning how to approach seemingly intractable problems by breaking those problems into smaller, more manageable tasks, a skill that can be applied throughout their lives.”


“We could not be more pleased with our CYM experience thus far. Our five-year old daughter has thrived in her first year of classical instrumental study with Mr. Ryan, both in her weekly private lesson and her group class. Her father and I have been pleased to see how far she has come musically in a short period of time and how much her focus and determination have improved as a result. The group class has been a wonderful way for her to meet children of her own age with common perspectives and interests. We have also found that her musical study is benefiting us as a family. We are grateful for the togetherness that the lesson and class time provide, the regular practice time together at home, and the sharing of a common musical goal. Another unexpected benefit? Our three-year old has started to pick up the various twinkles and can’t wait to choose an instrument of her own! We look forward to getting her started in the Early Childhood Music program in September. We appreciate the approachability of the CYM faculty and staff, the way in which the school provides a fun and secure learning environment, and the thought given to preparing the children for performance in a comfortable and calm way.”


“CYM isn’t just a place to take piano lessons. It’s become a social center for my family, where my children and I have formed lasting friendships and find constant support. The group classes are the core of this. The kids work hard together and also have fun, organizing after-class parties and — with the encouragement of a very skillful teacher — preparing their own works of music and movement to perform for parents. They learn from each other and support one another, as do the parents. Our years at CYM have been one of the very best experiences we’ve given our family.”

Kim Capozzi, mom to Ben and Matthew

“For me, the favorite part of my music career began after finishing the Faber practice books. I was able to grow as a musician through the tutelage of Ms. Sonia and the Center for Young Musician staff. When growing up, I could always earmark my favorite pieces in the different levels of books. They weren’t the pieces inspired by Bach or Mozart, but rather the Maple Leaf Rag and other songs in that nature. Once graduating to my own choice in ensembles, I made it known that I preferred to play jazz or blues above a classical piece. Through the efforts Ms. Sonia put in for me, Center for Young Musicians allowed me to perform on stage everything from Boogie Woogie Blues to Mariah Carey Medleys at the Wintergarten performance. All the while still learning and perfecting technique, but also giving me a chance to get lost in and love the music I practiced every day.”

Alexandra Spallek (18), CYM piano student and 2016 graduate

“Throughout the years in which I played piano at CYM, I went from counting the lines and spaces in order to find notes on the staff, to taking on pieces that I never expected to be successful with. One of my recent challenges was one of the longest pieces I’d ever played, and it was definitely the most difficult. With amazing guidance and coaching from my teacher, Ms. Sonia, I had a tremendous amount of fun working my way through the piece. I’m still so proud of myself for achieving my goal, but it wouldn’t have been possible on my own. Both Ms. Sonia and the encouraging atmosphere of CYM motivated me to set big goals for myself, and to, of course: practice, practice, practice. Playing piano at CYM has allowed me to learn in my own way, choose my pieces, and also have great instruction. I’m so thankful for everyone there who helped me reach the level at which I am playing now.”

Sophia Spallek (15), CYM piano student

“We have been very satisfied and impressed with the CYM program- teachers are talented, knowledgeable, experienced and personable, their curriculum is well sequenced and comprehensive, incorporating technique as well as musicianship, literacy, and artistry. They truly teach the whole music student. They do an excellent job of keeping any student regardless of how old on track to make progress toward goals and not be stagnant, offering a variety of performance opportunities that help students stay motivated and inspired – Big recitals like spring solo or fall ensemble, and with other smaller community recitals, and exciting performances like children’s museum radio program, Pittsburgh symphony fiddlesticks, or Apple Fest; my daughter has enjoyed them all. Thank you CYM for helping us give her a love of making music.”

Andy & Carol Bronkaj on the wide range of musical experiences offered to the CYM student

“CYM has been a wonderful fit for our young child. The instructors have worked closely with him to develop an understanding of music theory and the instrument in a fun and relaxed manner, while treating him with respect and kindness. Additionally, CYM’s frequent performances and opportunities for the children to perform gives each child invaluable real-world experience and confidence. We plan on being members of the CYM community throughout his childhood and will recommend the program for any of our friends interested in music lessons”.

Sarah and Jay Miller on the ECM program

Upcoming Events

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July 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Parent Education: How to Help Your Young Musician

Do you have a budding young musician at home? Want some tips and tricks on how to practice at home as a family? Join us for this helpful workshop on …

July 28
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Community Concert with Ryan Ash

Community Concert with Ryan Ash

July 29
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Mark Marston Community Concert

Mark Marston Community Concert Another in our series of Community Concerts Join Mark Marston, CYM guitar faculty member, and students at our Sewickley site.  Enjoy hearing some new pieces and …

August 27
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Fall 2018 Term Begins

The start of the 2018 Fall Term is here! For any questions, please give us a call at 724-935-0505.

September 3
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Labor Day – No School

Labor Day – No School

November 20 - November 24
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Thanksgiving Break – No School

Thanksgiving Break – No School Happy Thanksgiving!

December 22
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Fall Term 2018 Ends

End of the Fall Term. Have a great holiday break!

December 23, 2018 - January 5, 2019
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Winter Break – No School

Winter Break – No School Enjoy your winter break!

About the Center for Young Musicians

The Center for Young Musicians develops a community of students with liberated ability, refined character, and a life-long love of music through a comprehensive, long-term curriculum emphasizing an early-start, an expert faculty, a dynamic support staff, and a mutual commitment between the families and the school.

Because we know every child is unique, our programs can be customized to fit each child's need. To better understand the opportunities CYM provides your child, please view the 'New Students' option (above) — the accompanying links lead to a thorough explanation of each program CYM offers.

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News & Updates

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Study Music to Understand One Another Better!

July 10, 2018

  Here’s a interesting article that highlights how music and empathy are closely related. http://www.newsweek.com/empathic-people-experience-music-differently-pleasure-973784 I’d like to highlight the value of being able to understand others’ perspectives and anticipate …

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Simmi Tripathi’s Students Performing Around Town

June 22, 2018

  Ms. Simmi’s students have been busy of late performing at her Sizzling Summer Music Community Concert, in the lobby of Heinz Hall and at the Veteran’s Administration hospital. Many …

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Sizzling Summer Mewsic Simmi Tripathi Community Concert June 16

Students from our Solo Studies and Classical programs performed at CYM Sewickley in the Sizzling Summer Mewsic Community Concert this past Saturday, June 16. Clara Yuo, Hanna Singhi, Jayne Miner, …

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CYM Pianists perform at PSO pre-concert event

June 11, 2018

PIano students Andrew Li, Clara Yuo, Lakshmi Mulgund, Jayne Miner & Abby Bojalad enjoy an afternoon at Heinz Hall before a PSO concert. On Sunday, June 10, Ms. Simmi Tripathi …

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CYM Cellists Cool Off the Crowd at Millie’s Ice Cream

June 9, 2018

CYM Cellists Cool Off the Crowd at Millie’s Ice Cream Cello Faculty Member, Ryan Ash, and students performed June 8 at Millie’s Ice Cream in Shadyside.  Not much can compare …

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2016-2017 Year in Review

June 4, 2018

What a marvelous year we have had! From new experiences to old favorites, from new faces and new families to our proud graduates, our community celebrates the joyful feeling of …

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Early Childhood Community Concert

Come enjoy a special “concert” on Sunday, May 21 at 3:00pm at CYM Sewickley in a format specifically designed with our youngest musicians in mind! Students will enjoy a series …

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In the Name of Music Community Concert on May 13

In the Name of Music Community Concert on May 13

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Spring Solo Recitals held this Saturday, April 22- in review!

We are excited that our Annual Solo Recital is this coming Saturday, April 22! The recital will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, 605 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh …

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CYM at WT Community Concert with Ms. Simmi Tripathi

Join us on Saturday, May 27 at 2:00pm for an afternoon of music featuring Ms. Elisabeth Franzetta, students from the Center for Young Musicians, and a special guest performer!

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CYM at WT Community Concert with Ms. Simmi Tripathi

CYM at WT Community Concert with Ms. Simmi Tripathi

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Mewsical Moments Community Concert with Ms. Simmi

Mewsical Moments Community Concert with Ms. Simmi

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Swan’s Song Community Concert with Mr. Jake

Swan’s Song Community Concert with Mr. Jake

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Who’s Who at the Center for Young Musicians- Grace Burns

May 8, 2018

Grace Burns received her Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado – Boulder, where she studied with Dr. David Korevaar and was a graduate assistant for the collaborative piano department. …

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