The Classical Program develops well-rounded, highly-skilled musicians by upholding careful performance standards for instrumental study and by providing thorough music literacy training. The Classical Program is the most sequential and comprehensive program at CYM. It provides an excellent background for further study in Jazz or Modern music. Instruments taught include piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello and voice with technical proficiency standards appropriate for music conservatory preparation. Music literacy study using nationally-recognized pedagogical sources rounds out the development of the whole musician.
A CYM Classical student participates in a Group Class and Technique Class each week. The Group Class teaches listening and collaborative skills and provides music theory instruction. Students learn to support one another and to enjoy making music together. A gentle, cooperative approach to motivation effectively propels students to steady achievement. The Technique Class, usually conducted as a private lesson, provides personalized instruction on the student’s instrument.
The Suzuki Method underlies CYM’s Classical instruction. It relies on a sequential series of pieces which is consistent throughout the world, affording students the advantages of a shared repertoire and experience. A unique attribute, studying the same literature and philosophy, allows CYM’s Classical students to easily create music together at Suzuki summer institutes held across the globe.
The students’ performance skills will likely grow so quickly that they outpace the student's music comprehension and reading skills. Our faculty is attentive to cognitive musical development, and sensitive to the process in which these skills catch up to the student's physical prowess. Motivated students become advanced performers at a very early age and excellent readers soon afterward.
This program meets weekly for eleven months of the year with breaks at holidays, and comprises:
CYM’s highly trained faculty teaches both Group Class and Technique Class. You may read more about our faculty here.
A group and private lesson work in tandem so that music literacy and comprehension are given due diligence in the motivating atmosphere of a peer group, giving the student freedom to move at their own pace in learning the technique of their chosen instrument in a focused one-on-one teaching session. This provides a varied and well-rounded approach to learning that can be tailored to each student’s individual needs
Group Class: Proper technique on the instrument, and review of the repertoire is best handled in an enjoyable and supportive classroom environment. An added benefit is that CYM students join a peer group at their developmental level with whom to share a long-term commitment to music-making.
Private Lesson: Students may also choose to study an instrument in a private lesson. The purpose of a private lesson is to discover a students’ unique “voice” through instrumental expression. Combining the technical skills needed to play an instrument or sing while developing a student’s musicality through performance is a challenging and exciting journey. Focused time spent with CYM instructors is necessary to achieving this goal.
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The Classical Program, with the group class in conjunction with a private lesson, is the ideal foundation for a thorough and balanced education for CYM’s instrumental and vocal students in CYM’s. However, the Solo Studies Program, with a weekly private lesson, is also available for students who require an individualized structure
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It is fantastic that you are eager and enthusiastic about your child’s musical studies! It is especially great to see young children showing a natural inclination toward music and the support of their caregivers in nurturing that spark. Families at CYM need guidance in choosing the right path, pace, and overall fit for their child’s musical journey. Here are a few FAQ’s for those interested in their child’s early beginning...
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