Play a Note Name Game

Our friends at Classics for Kids have a game that will sharpen your knowledge of note names in a fun, interactive way!

Have your young student or beginner follow this link to try it out!

“SING! An Irish Christmas” Comes to Pittsburgh

Bring the whole family to a Christmas concert that will have your foot tapping, and your hands clapping! Imagine favorite carols and songs with fiddlers playing reels, plus a band of instrumentalists, and 200 voice choir singing along with you!

Our own Mr. Rob will be conducting the 200-voice choir for “Sing! An Irish Christmas” which will be held at the Benedum. Some of the choristers are coming from other states just to be a part of this concert. Recently the Gettys asked to add a children’s choir to the program, so our own Ms. Amy has been rehearsing with a 35-voice choir assembled from all over Pennsylvania and Ohio. Come concert time, she will be singing with the choir!

This tour is in its ninth year- and the first for the Pittsburgh area. Other stops in the 2019 tour include Carnegie Hall in NYC, and and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Keith and Kristyn Getty are from Ireland, and have been writing modern hymns for many years and their music is used in churches world-wide. They also have a passion for children’s music, and music in the home, and have created and published books for children and families to share, as well as song books for churches to use.

From the Getty website- a fascinating fact:

In 2017 Keith Getty was honored as an “Officer of the Order of the British Empire” (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The award, which commemorates Getty’s contribution to “Music and Modern Hymn Writing,” marks the first occasion that the award has been given to an individual involved in the world of contemporary church music.

When: Thursday, December 12, 7:30 pm

Where: Benedum Center, Pittsburgh

For more information, purchase tickets, and to watch the promo video, visit the Getty web page.

Violin Students Reach Book Recital Goals

Recently, three of our CYM violinists reached their performance goals, as demonstrated through their “Book Recitals”. Students who study in the Suzuki program work through four books, performing a recital of each book as they progress through the material.

Congratulations to Sanai Horne, John Notaro, and Nalani Brayley, and to  their teacher, Ms. Rochelle, on a job well done!


Nutcracker Ballet Features CYM Pianists at the Benedum!

This year, CYM will be sending several pianists to perform in the lobby of the Benedum Canter as a part of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker!  They will entertain the crowds before the ballet begins and also during intermission. Come see the beautiful Benedum, the glorious Nutcracker Ballet, and support our young students.

Even if you have never seen this ballet, you will recognize many of its “hits” such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Fun fact about this Dance– it was the debut for a piano-like instrument called the celeste, or celesta, in the United States. Tchaikovsky was on tour in 1891 for the opening of Carnegie Hall. His journey home took him through Paris, where he discovered a new instrument: the celesta, whose clear, bell-like tone was perfectly fitted to The Nutcracker’s fairy-tale ambience.  Listen to this famous composition here – where the celeste is featured with the melody.

For more information about these performances, contact Ms. Simmi at

See you at the ballet!

December 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Benedum Center

237 7th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222



Holiday Recital is Gearing Up

We are getting in a festive mood at CYM as we begin putting together the Holiday Concert, featuring YOUR students! Mr. Erich is busy making preparations for this yearly recital for CYM students.

If you were a part of the festivities last year you already know what an exciting event it was. You really don’t want to miss this opportunity for performing. Some of the music will be holiday-themed, and much of the performances will be of the “standard repertoire” variety!

Here are all the details from Mr. Erich:

Hello CYM families,

We are so excited for our holiday concert which is right around the corner!
The concert will be on Saturday, December 14th at 7:00 PM at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside located at 605 Morewood Avenue. 
Any student interested in playing can register either at this link:  or by e-mailing Erich at
Performers should be dressed nicely, like for school pictures. Black and white is good too. Holiday sweaters and dresses also are great attire for this event!
Please plan to arrive around 6:30 for tuning and set-up. Once you enter the church make your way downstairs to find our performance space.
See you on the 14th!

Light Up Night is Fast Approaching!

Be sure to check out Sewickley Light Up Night on December 6th!

So many great activities for the whole family, plus performances by our own CYM students in our concert room. Little ones (and maybe not-so-little ones) can make jingle bell bracelets to wear and take home.

Read here for more details.

Cellists Delight Audience at Cumberland Village

The crowd was “wowed” this weekend at Cumberland Village!

As our cellists performed holiday favorites, the crowd joined in with singing- a sure sign of a good time! Student performers represented CYM well, with excellent performances and gracious attitudes.

Bringing music into the lives of seniors is one of the best ways we can use our gifts, as well as  a great way to get performance experience. Watch for details on CYM’s next appearance at Cumberland, which will be December 20th! Check in with Mr Ryan for more details.

Watch for pictures of this event – coming soon!

Need an Idea for Holiday Gift Giving?

How about a gift of quality hand percussion instruments?

Musikgarten is having their one-time-a-year special for families and teachers!

Musikgarten Musical Instrument Sets

For ages 18 months and up

Set 1

  • Instruments provide a wide range of sounds. Scarves for dancing and exploring.
  • Perfect size instruments for children’s small hands to use in group or individual play.
  • Natural wood and environmentally friendly.
  • Two instruments for you and your child to play together.
  • Drawstring carrying bag.

Price: $14.95, plus shipping


Set 2

  • Add a drum! Wood frame, natural calf skin 

Price: $28.95, plus shipping


Set 3

  • Add grooved sticks for a unique sound, sand blocks, wood rattles, and a bean bag!


Price: $39.95, plus shipping

All items appropriate for ages 18 months to 5 year olds

To order:

Call Musikgarten directly, 800-216-6864, or email at

Questions? Ask Ms. Amy at

NOTE: Shipping prices are for USA. Call for shipping prices on international orders.

Statewide Showcase Performance by High-Scoring CYM Pianists

Over the past weekend, four CYM piano students from Ms. Simmi’s studio performed at Penn State University for the Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival Statewide Showcase, held by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers’ Association.

Earlier this Fall, the students entered the local round of this festival. Each scored highly on their theory exams and received a Superior rating on their performances, qualifying them to perform at this statewide concert. Read more about their journey here.

It was a truly a fantastic event filled with countless young musicians from all over the state who all share the same love and dedication for piano and music-making! What an opportunity to see how hard work and perseverance can bring success and accomplishment.  Thank you, students, for sharing this experience with us- we are very proud of you!

Congratulations to our students, Clara Yuo, Yazan Alissa, Sami Alissa & Siena Smith, and to Ms. Simmi!

Be a Part of the Fun at Sewickley Light Up Night!

The Center for Young Musicians will once again be fully participatory in the festivities of Sewickley Light Up Night!

When: Friday, December 6, 5:30 pm- 8:30 pm

Where: CYM Sewickley, 437 Beaver Street

Who: Everyone!

What:  A fantastic fireworks show, live music & performances, free horse drawn carriage rides, an ice carving competition, seasonal brews, and lots of food vendors.

And what is happening inside CYM? Performances in our Concert Room (email to see if performance slots are still available). And for the younger ones, jingle bell bracelet-making in the front room!

See you then!

The Center for Young Musicians