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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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