Pittsburgh Suzuki Workshop

It is that time of year again, and the Pittsburgh Suzuki Workshop is right around the corner! This 2-day workshop will be held in Pittsburgh once again and is for violin, cello, piano, flute, and guitar students.

Dates: Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17

Click here for the flier

Students will enjoy master classes, group classes, movement, ensemble, drumming and more. The workshop will culminate in a play-down concert at 5:00 pm Sunday evening, led by local teachers.

Questions? Talk with Mr. Erich at eriebe@youngmusicians.org

To register: https://www.pittsburghsuzukiinstitute.org



“New Waters” at CYM!


We all know about violin, cello, piano, and voice lessons, but what about exploring less familiar options at CYM?

We offer lessons in a number of instruments beyond those listed above. Consider if you will, the ukulele – perfect for younger beginners, but great for any age. A ukulele is popular at parties, so be prepared to accompany random sing-alongs once you master even just a few chords!

Or maybe you want to channel your inner Richard Starkey, a.k.a. Ringo Starr, and learn to play a drum set?

Or perhaps you love jazz and others genres and would like to explore options for electric bass. Did you know pit orchestras are often looking for electric bass players? The bass provides a crucial beat and harmonic center for any band. Why not give it a try?

And one instrument that you can play and it will always put a smile on your face: the banjo. Did you know you can’t be sad and play a banjo tune? According to Steve Martin, highly talented actor, comedian, writer, musician, and banjo player:

“The banjo is such a happy instrument–you can’t play a sad song on the banjo – it always comes out so cheerful.”

Talk with your family and see which of these instruments might tickle someone’s fancy. Let us know if you have questions – visit www.youngmusicians.org today!

Masks and Music at the Masquerade

Get your costumes ready: Mr. Chris’ Masquerade Recital is coming up!

This is a flashy and fun concert open to the whole school that invites performers to come and play their pieces in full Halloween costume.

So, calling all creative instrumentalists who have a dramatic flair or just love dressing up for Halloween! All ages, all instruments, reception to follow.

October 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Sewickley

Questions? Contact Mr. Chris at csforza@youngmusicians.org

CYM Pianists Advance to Statewide Showcase

Congratulations and a job well done to these piano students from Ms. Simmi’s piano studio. This past weekend, they participated in the local round of the Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival (held by Pennsylvania Music Teachers’ Association). Each of the students received high scores on their theory exams as well as “Superior” rankings on their performances, and have qualified to perform in the Local Honors’ Recital here in Pittsburgh and the Statewide Showcase at PSU in November.

Let’s cheer them on as they progress through this Festival– stay tuned!

An Online, Interactive, Music Dictionary

Here is a great way to keep music terminology straight: an online music dictionary! Curated by the folks at the Cincinnati Symphony, this is a tool for students to keep handy as they delve into their music studies this year.

Bookmark this link,  so it will be nearby the next time they wonder if timbre has something to do with a tree falling!

Click on a letter, then on one of the words to hear a pronunciation of the word, and to listen to a musical example. Very cool!

Quick – what’s the one word listed that starts with a U? How about X? Which letter has the most terms? How many of these words do you already know?

Share this with your teacher, and have fun!


Try Your Hand at Electric Bass and Drumset

Have you, or someone in your family, ever wondered what it takes to learn to play an electric bass, or drums? Well, Mr. Dan is here, offering an evening workshop on just that!

Who is this workshop for? Ages 10 and up- so that means you! And prior experience is not necessary. If you already have some experience, that’s great, too- there will be something for everyone in this fun, hands-on workshop!

Activities will range from how to play a simple drum beat, or bass line, to playing through song forms like a blues or a rock riff, or syncing up on group “hits”/rhythms. The goal of this workshop is to have a basic song pulled together in an hour!

Here is a fun, low-key opportunity to work with an expert. Bring your interest, your curiosity, your love of music, and get ready to have a great time! Come as a family and build some memories!

See you October 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m., at CYM Sewickley.

Take a Look at Our Refreshed Website!

If you have not visited our website  lately, please take a look and browse our updated pages!

Some things you can do on our website that you might not have known:

  • See events for this week, this month
  • Sign up for events
  • Read blog posts about our faculty, events, articles for parents, child development, event reviews, and more!
  • Check the events calendar
  • Register for additional lessons
  • Browse all curricular offerings
  • Read about our faculty, our history

Why not peruse it today- it’s a new look! Let us know what you find!

Sewickley Paving Set for this Friday-Sunday

We were informed this morning about the paving schedule by the Borough Office and are passing this along for your reference.

Milling will begin on the Green Street Parking Lot and Green Street on Friday, October 11, 2019.  Both will be closed to all traffic beginning at 5 a.m.  They will open on Saturday with NO LINES painted on the surface. 

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Division Street Lot will be closed to traffic beginning approximately at 5 a.m. and will be closed for the remainder of the day.  This lot will be opened on Sunday with NO LINES.  Duquesne Way will be closed for three hours on Saturday. 

The lots will be accessible without painted lines and feather ramps will be installed for traffic to access the lots until they are paved.

Paving will be done one day next week.  As soon as we get the information from the contractor about which day we will pass that along to you as well.

Ravi Coltrane Reaches Young Audience

One of the benefits of being a part of CYM is that you have access to curated music and arts opportunities, some of which are arranged just for our families! These are carefully selected events that we feel would be of interest, educational, and of course, entertaining!

This past Saturday was just such an event. We had the wonderful opportunity to hear a world-class musician, in a marvelous venue! Ravi Coultrane is the enormously gifted saxophone player, who is part of quite a legacy of music: he is the son of John and Alice Coltrane.  A colleague and friend of mine said: it’s like hearing from “the son of a prophet”, referencing the legend that is his father, John Coltrane.

What struck me, as a music educator, was of course, the high quality of musicians on the stage, but beyond that, I was thankful that Ravi Coltrane was motivated to involve students in this sound check. I would venture to say that most professional musicians do not allow any audience for sound check/rehearsal. In fact, these hours are typically closed to anyone outside of the tech crew of the venue and the musicians. It can be an intense time of setting sound levels, lighting cues, and making last minute changes to the music.

So it gives me hope for the future of jazz and music and culture and the arts that there are performers like Ravi who see the importance of sharing their gifts and experiences and processes with young people.

After the band finished working through all the numbers for that night’s concert, Ravi  took time to talk with the students in the audience, most of whom attended as a part of the Kente Arts Alliance. He asked them questions, heard about their music endeavors and laughed with them about practice and encouraged them to stick with it – every day!

We will keep watching for events like this for you. (Thank you Rob Rucker for making all the arrangements!) Please keep an eye out, and grab the chance when it comes around- you’ll be glad you did!

Ravi Coltrane CYM Event Update!

Ravi Coltrane event update!

CYM’s event, in partnership with Kente Arts Alliance, has been updated:

3:00-5:00 pm  – Open sound check with Ravi at the New Hazlett theater

A sound check is a great opportunity to watch professional musicians in action. Not only are they setting the technical cues and levels for the concert, but they are working together as a team as they prepare. This time often includes full run-throughs of the music for the concert! What a great way to get a glimpse behind the scenes, and hear great music for free!

5:00 pm  – Q & A with Ravi


8:00 Concert (tickets required)

Dr. Harry Clark’s Pittsburgh jazz scene presentation will be re-scheduled for a future event. In the meantime, check out Dr. Clark’s DVD documentary titled “Musicians of local 471 Anthology” about Pittsburgh Jazz musicians, produced by The African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh (of which Dr. Clark is president), available for loan through the CYM office.

No RSVP necessary. Come on out and see what it’s all about!


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