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Benjamin Solomon Graduates

May 15, 2020

Ben attends Pine-Richland High School where he is a senior. He plays acoustic and electric guitar, tenor sax, ukulele, banjo, and piano. Ben began his academic career at CYM in the “Babies” class when he was not even one year old, and has been continuously enrolled at CYM for eighteen years! Ben could read notes before he could recognize letters. After the Toddlers class, Ben began with Mark Marston as a Twinkler, then took up Classical Guitar in the Suzuki program. Aside from CYM, Marching Band was a favorite school activity. At school Ben was a member of the National Honor Society and Ski Club, Vice President of Math Club, and Founder and President of Bike Club. Ben volunteered his time playing guitar and helping with Sunday School at Temple Ohav Shalom. He played Soccer and Tennis for his school teams, and holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do....

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Focus On The Good Things Happening In Your Child

May 8, 2020

It is said that Dr. Suzuki lived with “a kind heart and unshakable belief in a brighter future.”  Mentors and role models are helping us so much in these difficult times – many kids find themselves more reliant on parent encouragement than they were earlier in the year and what a difference it makes to call out the positives!  Sharing what you notice about hoped-for changes taking place can quickly shift music practice (and family life) from burdensome to pleasant. To that end, we hope that regardless the program, instrument, or class type in which you are enrolled at CYM, you take a minute to check out the free resources available from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Just go to suzukiassociation.org , tap News, then Videos. Material there includes 181 videos that provide tips for more effective practice, advice from teachers, interviews with students, inspiring reflections and performances, and...

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Mr. Chris Announces Weekly Open Studio

May 1, 2020

Violinists, Violists, and Pianists who study with Christopher Sforza can now connect with him, and one another, every Sunday from 4:00 – 5:00 during Open Studio, where students get practice support upon request.  Mr. Chris’s studio members can join a unique Zoom meeting at any time during the hour, popping in to ask a question, tell a story, play something that they are working on, get help on an assignment from their week’s lesson, or perform one of their favorite pieces.  Students will come and go as they please and have the opportunity to observe and learn from others.  If you study with Mr. Chris and want to discuss or join his Open Studio, there is no need to RSVP, just reach out to him directly.

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Guitar Department Group Saturday, April 18

April 10, 2020

Individual lessons go by so quickly, so isn’t it great that more time is available to spend on the myriad components of music study? During the CYM Department Group you have an additional opportunity to refine your repertoire, prepare for performances, learn about composers, improve listening etiquette, and meet up with friends! Next on the Calendar: Guitar Department Group, April 18th at 10:00 A.M. with Mr. Mark. Check your email for an invitation to register. Talk with your teacher about the benefits of attending the next Department Group!

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What’s Happening At CYM in March?

March 6, 2020

Spring has begun to sprung! Soon, the trees will have grown new leaves, birds will be singing merrily, and the sun will be shining. In the midst of the seasons changing, CYM will be hosting a number of exciting opportunities. If you are interested in either of these upcoming events, you can click on this link to go directly to the Register for Events page and sign up today. First, CYM is proud to be partnering with local musician Matt Price for the “Experience the Drummer in You” Drum Circle! Join Mr. Matt on Saturday, March 14th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at CYM Sewickley for CYM’s first official Drum Circle. Come create music with friends and family in a supportive and welcoming environment. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome. Free for CYM students, $10 for adults, and $5 for kids 12 and under. You can read...

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Violin Department Group This Weekend; Guitar, Piano Groups Scheduled

January 24, 2020

Calling all CYM violinists! Reminder that there is a Department Group this Saturday, January 25th, 10:00 am in Wexford. Calling ALL Young Musicians: Department Groups are open to all ages and levels! What is a Department Group? It’s a place to perform with and for other students to gain confidence in a friendly environment. Try out a piece, test your memory, or play something you are working on for a recital or contest. Pieces do not have to be performance-ready. Faculty will be on hand to offer feedback and coaching. Department Groups are a time to focus on performances, composers, repertoire, performance etiquette, audience etiquette, and more.                           Talk with your teacher to sign up! Upcoming Department Groups: Violin Department Group: January 25, 10:00 am in Wexford Guitar Department Group: February 15th, 10:30 am, Wexford Piano Department Group: February 22,...

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Coming Soon to CYM!

August 15, 2019

With the fall semester on the horizon, the faculty at CYM has prepared all sorts of new and exciting group lessons, just for you! Check out our “Coming Attractions” below! Enroll today at www.youngmusicians.org! Call our office for more information  (724) 935-0505

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Free Piano Classes!

July 25, 2019

Who doesn’t like free?! The Center for Young Musicians is offering FREE Musikgarten Group Piano sessions for any child between the ages of 6 to 9 years old. Classes will be held August 4th and 5th from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at CYM Sewickley. Sign up for both days; parents join in for last 15 minutes of class each day. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED! These classes are presented as a part of a National Teacher Training for Musikgarten. Teachers in attendance will observe these classes taught by Amy Rucker. If you’re interested in registering, please e-mail Amy at arucker@youngmusicians.org.  

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Young Artists’ Ambassadors Astound Audience!

July 23, 2019

The Young Artists Ambassadors Recital was an astounding success! All who attended were treated to a fantastic night of music. Ms. Hafsah Shahzad started the evening’s activities with stunning renditions of Rhapsody in G minor by Johannes Brahms, Nuages Gris, S. 199 by Franz Liszt, and Prelude in E minor, Op. 28 No. 4 by Frédéric Chopin. Mr. Manus McGinnis continued the night’s festivities with excellent performances of  Linus and Lucy by Vincent Guaraldi, Clarinet Blues by Martha Mier, Vivace from Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36 No. 1 by Muzio Clementi, and “Pizza Time” by Luigi Denza. Lastly, Ms. Réka Götz finished the evening with a stellar finale! She performed two pieces from George Gershwin’s Three Preludes (II. Andante con moto and III. Agitato), and Prelude in B minor, Op. 32 No. 10 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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Community Concert Thrills Crowd!

July 22, 2019

Ms. Grace and Ms. Rochelle organized an incredible concert on Sunday July 21st.  It was an evening filled with spectacular performances from a number of students and even Ms. Grace and Ms. Rochelle, too! Agnes Picarsic began the evening with two folk songs, Song of the Wind and O Come Little Children. After this, Nico Alfaro performed Lightly Row and Go Tell Aunt Rhody, followed by Sophie Godbey’s renditions of Long Long Ago and Allegro. Next, Elijah Haberman also performed Go Tell Aunt Rhody, and the folk song With Steady Hands. After Elijah, Amanda Smith played Canon in D by Pachelbel. Nalani Brayley then serenaded the audience with Hunter’s Chorus and Minuet in G. Lily Haberman was next, performing Gavotte in G Minor and Humoresque. Finally, Sanai Horne concluded the student portion of the evening with her rendition of Perpetual Motion. Once the students had concluded their portion of the...

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