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Academic Events

“Music by Black Composers” – New Class Led By Ms. Rochelle

June 12, 2020

This weekly online violin class will play works from the “Music by Black Composers” collection developed by the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation. We are honored to feature this rich repertoire that is too often absent from music studies. Violin students will meet one hour weekly via Zoom to prepare pieces for ensemble performance. The 5-week session will conclude with an online recital or recording. Classes also will feature discussion of Black composers and their significant contributions. Rachel Barton Pine is an internationally acclaimed violin soloist. Her foundation works to advance awareness and appreciation of classical music. The “Music by Black Composers” project has collected 900 works by more than 350 composers of African descent from around the world. In 2018, it released the “MBC Violin Volume 1” book as the start of a supplemental curriculum for strings. The project website includes audio recordings and articles to learn more about artists like Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (pictured above),...

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This is Piano Jam

June 12, 2020

Have you seen our summer camp listing for Piano Jam? In case you are curious, which I hope you are, I’ll give you some history behind “the jam”. My first experience with a multiple piano event was in 1976, when, to celebrate the country’s bicentennial, the National Guild of Piano Teachers organized a massive piano performance. I was selected to participate, and it was one of the highlights of my life. Eight pianos, sixteen students, and thirty-two hands. It was thrilling to say the least! These concerts continued to be popular through the seventies and eighties, and were called Monster Concerts. If you look back in piano concert history you’ll see that in in 1953 there was a monster piano concert at Carnegie Hall, when Steinway and Sons celebrated its 100th anniversary. And one can go way back to the Moszkowski benefits in the 1920’s and the Gottschalk piano festivals...

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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 , 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! 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  

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