“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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Nature’s Music – Free Online Family Class

May 29, 2020

This free class, taught by Ms. Amy, is coming up on June 6 at 10:00-10:45 am. Area families are signing up quickly, but there is always room for more! All ages and parents are welcome. Families will receive a “Nature Scavenger Hunt” checklist ahead of the class, for spotting animals, insect, frogs, for fun art and nature tasks, and an instrument-making activity. Highlights from these hunts will be shared in class on the 6th and used in our activities that day, which will include playing instruments, creative moving, singing, and dancing. Join in the fun by signing up here!

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Memorial Day

May 22, 2020

Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor those who gave their lives for our country. All of us at the Center for Young Musicians wish you a wonderful weekend of family, remembrance, and gratitude, no matter how you plan to commemorate the holiday. A number of lessons and classes will be held as usual, so check with your teacher if you have any question about your Monday schedule! Here, History.com gives us Eight Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day that might be interesting for your family to read and watch. Have a good weekend!

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Music and Nature for all Ages – Free Pop-Up Class

May 15, 2020

The Center for Young Musicians staff is busy creating a memorable family music and nature day! Please join us for a free, online, pop-up music class Saturday, June 6 that will incorporate nature, singing, listening, make-at-home instruments and more! When you sign up, we will send you details for how you can have fun preparing for the class. Scavenger hunt, anyone? And since this is online, please invite family and friends to join from their homes across the country. Nature and music really do go hand in hand. Read on to get the big picture on the nature and music connection: Have you ever noticed how naturally connected children are to nature? Have you stopped to think about how much nature exposure our kiddos are actually getting? Studies have shown the benefits to our well-being. For all of us, time in nature provides measurable improvement in mental health, heart health,...

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Share Your Favorite Practice Photo With Fellow Students

April 24, 2020

Do you have a snapshot of yourself playing on the front step or in the yard for your neighbors, the postal person, the birds? Have a picture of yourself sitting on the bench of your home piano visualizing how to successfully untangle a tricky passage? Have a photo of the big smile on your face as you sing and/or play a well-known piece for your family? Email the photo to jniehl@youngmusicians.org and we will close post it on the music school’s website. You are not alone in sticking to the daily regimen: your music friends continue to practice, enjoy, and advance as well, and your teachers are proud each one of you for your continued efforts! A parent who answered our survey suggested this thoughtful idea (share practice photos) as a means to connect students to one another. Thank you! We look forward to building your “Practice Gallery”.

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Updated Website Coming Soon

March 11, 2020

Keep an eye out for a refreshed website for the Center for Young Musicians! We want our page to be useful, fun, and easy to navigate for parents and families! Make www.youngmusicians.org  your “go-to” for helpful information about CYM events, educational content, and great Pittsburgh events for families! Let us know what you think!

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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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Openings for Voice Lessons

January 24, 2020

Center for Young Musicians has openings for lessons in singing. Why not schedule a four lesson trial for your student! In that time, our voice teacher, Ms. Lindsay, can coach for upcoming auditions, work on a school performance, or just get your student started on the right track! When you think about it, all music students should have these major goals for their studies: that they can 1) look at a page of music and hear it in their head, and 2) to be able to sing their part! All musicians, of every instrument, should be able to match pitch and sing their music. This is the perfect time to round out your student’s musical studies. Call or visit the website to schedule a four lesson trial today! (724) 935-0505 

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Reminder: Lessons on Monday, January 20th (MLK Day)

January 15, 2020

Just a reminder that we do have lessons and classes on MLK Monday!

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New Year is Coming… Ready for New Lessons?

January 3, 2020

Happy Holidays! We will see you soon when CYM starts up again on January 6th! Meanwhile, this might be the most wonderful time to think about adding new lessons or group classes to your student’s music studies! Did you know that beyond piano, violin, cello, guitar, and voice we offer…. Banjo? Drum Set? Ukulele? Adult Lessons and Classes? CYM offers something for everyone in your household. Call us for a consult! THINKING AHEAD: Do you have a request for summer programming? Let us know in the comments below- we will begin preparations for summer course offerings soon!

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