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Now Announcing… Off The Record!

May 2, 2019

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!”

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CYM Summer Camp Feature – Intro to Keyboard

April 22, 2019

One thing we hear from adults on a regular basis is “I wish I had learned to play the piano when I was young!” The ability to play the piano not only makes you popular at parties, but also provides wonderful brain development! Here are just a few of the benefits of piano study:  Prevents Hearing Loss and Memory Loss (this is very new and exciting research!)  Improved counting and math skills and overall school performance  Exercising new language acquisition skills   Improves reading comprehension  Improves bilateral coordination  Promotes listening acuity and aural memory  Is your child at the age where he or she is ready for the application of early childhood concepts to an instrument? Or maybe you have just been thinking about starting your early elementary student on the piano! This camp is the perfect starting point.   Let your child go on a keyboard adventure this summer to set...

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Music Exploration Camp – Featured CYM Camp

April 20, 2019

I remember my father taking my rented clarinet back to the music store, to trade it in for a flute. “She’s mastered this one” my dad said in his usual dry wit, as he placed the clarinet case on the counter.  Sometimes students know what instrument they want to play from a very young age. Oftentimes, though, a student might start on one instrument and then really get interested in another instrument! That is precisely why we have designed summer camps at CYM: to offer a time of instrumental exploration!  “Music Exploration Camp” is the perfect way to try out two instruments in a fun, engaging atmosphere! Have you ever wanted to see what it is like to play the piano or the guitar? Find out by jumping into our one week-long camp. Activities will include singing, playing percussion instruments, and listening to different styles of music. Learn basic harmonies...

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The Cycle of Seasons: Summer – Featured CYM Camp

April 20, 2019

Did you know that the more experiences your child has at the early childhood level, the more likely they are to stick with an instrument when they are older?  Bring your 3.5 to 5-year-olds to this week-long camp that brings summer themes into musical play. Your child will enjoy the singing, poetry, and percussion instruments as they explore steady beat, tonal patterns, and rhythm patterns, which will become their tools for learning to read and write music in the next year or so! The imagination at this age is in a “window of growth”, as are language and story-telling! We will capitalize on all of that language development as we explore summer ideas, weaving them into in our musical experiences. And, since intentional listening is such a critical skill to develop, we will have fun making “sound games” that campers can take home! The Cycle of Seasons Summer camp will prepare your young child...

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CYM Summer Camp Feature: Summer Choir

April 17, 2019

Singing in a choir is something everyone should do at some point! Usually, once a person has had a great choir experience, they tend to seek out opportunities for choral experiences throughout their lives! And thankfully, study after study shows the benefits of singing, and singing in a group in particular!   This choir is open to all CYM students, ages 8 – 12, no matter what instrument they study! But here’s good news- your child can bring a friend! We would love to have kids from the community join in with us- no previous choral or instrumental study necessary.   If your student is currently studying music, this a chance to refine music literacy skills with a new instrument! The voice! Learn the foundations of good choral singing, including breath support, posture, blending, facial expression, and more! If your child has ever thought about auditioning for a musical, this choir will...

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Guitar Hum and Strum – Featured CYM Camp

March 30, 2019

  Guitar HUM & STRUM I recently watched an episode of American Idol where a young man played guitar and sang. Not so unusual in and of itself, but it was the fact that he taught himself how to play, beginning at the age of 20! It is truly rare to find someone who has taught themselves how to play any instrument. Especially to that degree of beauty. I was moved! It was like watching August Rush (which you should watch if you haven’t!).  This summer there will be lots of opportunities to learn more about playing the guitar. Here is your chance to try something new, and gain literacy skills! Guided by our expert faculty, you can connect with your inner guitarist! You’ll learn songs to sing, and chords to strum€¦hence the title HUM & STRUM!   Music is really so accessible. You can make music pretty much anywhere- and in this...

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Cello Department Group

March 29, 2019

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.  

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CYM Guitar Students Wow Pittsburgh Radio Station!

March 7, 2019

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!

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Violin Department Group

February 10, 2019

Calling All CYM Violinists! Join Ms Leah in Wexford this Saturday, February 16 at 9 am for a review of pieces and practice tips.

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