*LIMITED* Lion King Tickets!

Join CYM for a musical that is fun for the whole family.  On September 8th, bring your family to the Benedum to see the Lion King!

Tickets are limited, so click here now to get yours!

Calling all teens! Join CYM Crossover!

The Center for Young Musicians’ teen hang-out, “Off the Record,” and Studio419 join forces to create Crossover: a space for teens where they can relax, enjoy snacks, learn from each other, and express themselves freely. In this six-session music and art crossover summer series, teens will explore their own creativity through a variety of fun and engaging themes. Never played an instrument? No problem. Never picked up a paintbrush? Don’t sweat it! This all-levels series is a low-pressure opportunity for teens to connect with music and art in a new way.  We are welcoming non-CYM students to these sessions as well, so invite siblings and friends!

Join us for our second session, Blues x Monochromatic Colors on Friday, June 14th by signing up through Eventbrite!  To save for the summer, sign up for the Complete 6-Session Series (10% discount).

Be sure to check out our future sessions, too!

Pop x Pop Art

Improv x Happy Accidents

Jazz x Graffiti

Video Games x Scene Perspective

There’s still space for summer camps!

We have a wonderful line-up of summer programs for all ages, instruments, and levels, to keep students inspired and motivated through the summer months.

Summer Camps and Series

We have week-long camps and weekly series for students of all ages.  If you don’t see something that you are interested in, please have a look at our Custom Section below.

Here is a complete list of all of our offerings:

Guitar Chamber Music with Mark Marston
Who: Guitar students of all ages
What: In this series, guitar students of all ages can develop their reading and musicianship while playing a variety of music, such as classics by masters like Mozart, as well as jazz and popular music arranged for guitar ensemble. Music theory and improvisation skills will also be covered. Classical and steel string players are welcome.
When:  7:30-8:30 Mondays, June 10,17, 24 and July 8, 15 and 22
Where: CYM Wexford

To Register:  Register online for the Wexford Location

 

CYM Summer Choir with Amy Rucker
Who: All CYM students and children in the community ages 8-12
What: Come lend your voice to the Center for Young Musicians CHOIR!! Be a part of what is sure to become a summer tradition!
Learn to sing, or improve your singing, in this choir under the direction of CYM faculty Amy Rucker, who most recently was a director for the Columbus International Children’s Choir. Have fun singing in rounds, trying new music,
and even playing games that help us become better singers!
Gain confidence with your musicality through fun improvisation!
We will prepare music for an end-of-summer Choral Soirée, where you can show off your skills to your parents, family, and friends!
When: 5:45-6:45 Tuesdays, June 4-July 30
Where: CYM Sewickley

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

Music Discovery Camp with Rochelle Agnew and Erich Riebe
Who: Children ages 3-6
What: Music Discovery Camp is a morning of music, art and play for ages 3 – 6, held 9:30 – 12:00 noon each camp day! Have fun making music and new friends at the Center for Young Musicians.  Learn and explore music making with CYM’s trained faculty.  Based on our Early Childhood Music programs, Music Discovery camp fosters musical understanding using the same process as learning a language.  Activities include time for the children to make their own instruments, and listen to older children perform.  In the Sing, Move, Play session, the students get time to explore, touch and play rhythm instruments used in class  All activities appeal to a child’s natural desire to play, move, explore and interact through activity and song.

When and Where: Wexford, 9:30-12,  June 24-June 28,  and July 15-19
To Register:  Register online for the Wexford Location

When and Where: Sewickley, 9:30-12, June 17-June 21
To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

When and Where: Shadyside, 9:30-12 July 22-July 26
To Register: Register online for the Shadyside location

 

Guitar Hum & Strum with Mark Marston
Who: Students ages 5-9
What: This is a music and movement camp using the guitar as a tool to help learn music literacy. Learn basic chords that you can sing with right away.  A fun jump start on guitar basics, this camp is also a great first step for students who are thinking of taking guitar in the fall! Parents can learn alongside their students, and instruments are provided!

When and Where: Wexford, 2:00-4:30, June 17-21
To register: Register online for the Wexford Location

 

Music Exploration Camp with Erich Riebe
Who: Children ages 7-11
What: Does your 7-11 year old want to try their hand at guitar or keyboard? These camps are a great way to get started!
Topics covered will include basic harmony on the guitar or piano keyboard and songs from the American and European folk tradition.
The camp will include group instruction and culminates in a performance on the last day. No prior experience is necessary.

When and Where: Wexford, 9:30-12, June 24-June 28
To Register:  Register online for the Wexford Location

When and Where: Shadyside, 9:30-12, July 29-August 2
To Register:  Register online for the Shadyside Location

 

Violin Book 1 Group Fun with Chris Sforza
Who: All students currently in Suzuki Violin Book 1
What: Open to students currently in Suzuki Violin Book I this week-long camp is about making music, playing games, and having fun!
We will work on our Book I pieces while playing as a group as well as try out new ideas and musical games.
This class is perfect for strengthening and reviewing Book I material and concepts.
When:  10-11 am, July 8-July 12
Where: CYM Sewickley

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

Violin Book 2 Ensemble with Chris Sforza
Who: All students currently in Suzuki Violin Book 2
What: Open to students currently in Suzuki Violin Book II this week-long camp is about making and learning new music in a chamber ensemble style.
Activities include learning and practicing harmonies for previously learned Suzuki material, sight-reading, playing in multiple violin parts, and working as a small ensemble.
Selections from Suzuki Book 2 will also be reviewed.
When: CYM Sewickley, 11-12 noon, July 8-July 12

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

Teen Strings with Chris Sforza
Who: All string students between ages 11-17
What: Open to all string students between ages 11 and 17 this week-long camp is about making music in a chamber-group style. Material will be pre-selected and given to students in advance.
Rehearsal and practice techniques will be discussed as well as the roles that players have within an ensemble. Musical selections are subject to enrollment.
When: CYM Sewickley, 12-1 pm, July 8-July 12

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

The Cycle of Seasons: Summer with Amy Rucker
Who: Children ages 3.5-5
What: Summer fun exploring nature! Fish, frogs, kingfishers, and more! Find habitats like the meadow and meet new animal friends.
Listen to the sounds of weather, nature, and insects! Create percussion ensembles, and do some composing! Make sound games to take home!
When: CYM Wexford, 1-3:30 pm, July 8-July 12

To Register:  Register online for the Wexford Location

 

Camping at the Seashore with Amy Rucker
Who: Children ages 5-6
What: Creative play will take us to the magical seashore each day where there will be singing and dancing, movement activities, and playing instruments!
This camp will include many fun activities, such as making instruments to take home, listening to the sounds of the seashore and to the viola, harp and flute.
There will be simple nature crafts and art activities and family time with siblings to end each day.
When: CYM Sewickley, 1-3:30 pm, July 15- July 19

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

Introduction to the Keyboard with Amy Rucker
Who: Children ages 6-8
What: A perfect introduction to our year-long Music Makers at the Keyboard, the intro class will get your child playing the piano right away!
We will explore the basics, through fun singing, dancing and drumming activities.
Then we will take those songs to the keyboard and get started playing, singing, and improvising!
When: Lauri Ann West Community Center, 1-3:30 pm, July 29-August 2
Where: CYM Fox Chapel

To Register: Register online for the Fox Chapel Location

 

Custom Offerings

We have several chamber music sessions built onto the schedule, and we would be happy to build a custom session for your needs.  (We cater to pianists, string players and guitarists).  We can build Jazz Combos for you as well.   To discuss a custom group, please send an email to admissions@youngmusicians.org

 

 

Tune into SLB to hear CYM trios!

Saturday, June 1st

Tune in to 88.3 at 10:05 to catch the Saturday Light Brigade with Larry Berger, featuring the students of Ms. Simmi and Ms. Leah!  Kick off your weekend with some lovely chamber music of our talented CYM students.

Tune in here: http://www.wrct.org/

Collaborate, Create, Crossover – Calling ALL Teens!

It’s time for the big announcement… 

The Center for Young Musicians is partnering with Sweetwater Center for the Arts to create a brand new space for teenagers interested in the arts.  After the grand opening of Sweetwater’s specialty teen gallery Studio419,  just a couple of doors down from CYM in Sewickley, we were excited by the possibility of collaboration.

The Center for Young Musicians’ teen hang-out, “Off the Record,” and Studio419 join forces to provide teens with a space where they can relax, enjoy snacks, learn from each other, and express themselves freely. In this six-session music and art crossover summer series, teens will explore their own creativity through a variety of fun and engaging themes. Never played an instrument? No problem. Never picked up a paintbrush? Don’t sweat it! This all-levels series is a low-pressure opportunity for teens to connect with music and art in a new way.

Sign up for the first session, which explores creating comics and listening to your favorite cartoon and movie music on Saturday, June 1st, here.

 

Spend the summer with us!

Saturday, June 1: Cartoon x Cartooning

Friday, June 14: Blues x Monochromatic Colors

Saturday, June 29: Pop x Pop Art

Friday, July 12: Improv x Happy Accidents

Saturday, July 27: Jazz x Graffiti

Friday, August 9: Video Games x Scene Perspective

*For a special discounted price, sign up for the entire summer series here!*

Plus, join us at the end of the summer for a celebratory barbecue!

 

 

Now Announcing… Off The Record!

You voted, and the results are in!  Formally known as “Friday Night Club,” this teen meet-up received a makeover, and we can’t wait to share it with you!  “Off the Record” is a low-pressure environment for teens to enjoy in snacks, meet new friends, and share their favorite music, guided by one of our expert CYM faculty.

Teens spend a lot of time hard at work with an immense amount of pressure on their shoulders, whether its practicing their music, studying for exams, participating in extracurricular activities, volunteering, and more.  Sometimes we all need a break, and that’s okay!  Join CYM to re-ignite the sense of fun and curiosity that lead to the first time of picking up that instrument.

Plus… we have a very special partnership that we can’t wait to announce!  Tune in to the Take Note each week for more special updates on “Off the Record!”

Father of CYM Student Named Sewickley Herald Citizen of the Year

The Center for Young Musicians sends its warmest congratulations to Bob Patternson Jr. (father of cello student Bobby Patterson), for being awarded with Sewickley Herald Citizen of the Year.  Bob has been president of the Sewickley Community Center for over a year, which is a center of African-American recreational programs, including athletics, crafts, clubs and early childhood education.  He is the fourth generation of his family to be involved, with his great-grandparents helping found the center in 1935.  Thank you Bob for making  Sewickley a vibrant community to be a part of!

To read more and watch a video featuring Bob, check out this link!

https://sewickley.triblive.com/sewickley-native-chosen-as-citizen-of-the-year/

CYM Welcomes New Sewickley Neighbor – Studio419!

On April 4th, Thursday evening, there was a buzzing of excitement near the Center for Young Musicians Sewickley location.  Ranging from little kids in jeans to men in suits, all were welcomed by Studio419 for its grand opening, “Spill the Tea Party.”  Formally known as Barberry Handmade, the space has been transformed into a gallery outbranch of Sweetwater Center for the Arts, through a partnership with Barberry Handmade owner Kirsten Recker.

For over 35 years, Sweetwater has offered a multitude of art classes, workshops, and lectures for all ages, as well as displaying the artwork in exhibitions throughout the greater Pittsburgh area.  While these programs have thrived, executive director Thomas Walter recognized their classes were missing a key demographic- teens and young adults.

As teens develop, their voices strengthen, as well as their quest for individualism and greater autonomy; art and music become integral as a means for expressive and creative power.  Studio419 provides a platform for teens to transform and curate the space with only partial adult guidance, connecting them to their surrounding community in an impactful and empowering way.  The opening night was a brilliant display of what the space is and could be, featuring a slew of incredible paintings, sculptures, and other mediums that came from a very successful call for submissions.  Most notably, there were several large-scale interactive art pieces, which really drove home how art knows no boundaries- through collaboration, inclusivity, and whimsicality, it encourages all to tap into their creative side.

The Center for Young Musicians welcomes its new Sewickley neighbors with open arms. Why? Too often, there is a divide between visual art and aural art (music).  It is tempting to think of them as separate worlds rather than outgrowths of many of the same values.  As musicians hone their skills in the practice rooms, artists practice their fundamentals in the studio.  We take classes, lessons, and receive feedback so that we may best be able to express ourselves with clarity and vigor.  As the art world progresses, it is becoming more and more common to see musicians in museums, artists creating sound worlds, and many more examples of artistic innovation that break down the barriers between art and music.

So, next time you’re in Sewickley, say hello to our new neighbors! Bring your young musician to meet with an artist!  Let’s create a world where the next generation sees artistic opportunity around every corner.

Cello Department Group

March 30 @ 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

CYM cellists, this is for you! Private lessons always go by so quickly, and it is tough to find time to spend on the myriad components of music study! That’s why we have our department groups! We can focus on performances, composers, repertoire, performance etiquette, audience etiquette and more! Talk with your teacher about signing up for the next Cello Department Group.

 

CYM Guitar Students Wow Pittsburgh Radio Station!

Last week, Mr. Erich and several of his students joined host of the Saturday Light Brigade, Larry Berger, for a special presentation on WCRT 88.3.  Guitarists Ezra White (6), Libby and Josh Laman (7 and 9), and Isla and William Wiegand-Hammond (9 and 10), presented a variety of music, including Suzuki song favorites, original compositions, A-ha, and David Bowie.

Not only did these young pros give entertaining performances, they were interviewed, answering questions pertaining to the joy, challenges, and fun of playing the guitar.

Didn’t catch the live broadcast? You can catch the recording here!

The Center for Young Musicians