This Saturday may be your very first recital with your child, or it may be your twelfth! Either way, it is a big day. A recital is a time to celebrate, and to share musical progress with family and the CYM community. A recital gives students something to work for. It is important to take a piece of music all the way to the polished, performance-ready stage. It also helps teachers gauge a student’s progress in a tangible way. Gatherings such as this also serve to motivate. Seeing an older student play an advanced piece can help younger students have something to work toward. And the trophies, ribbons, and certificates can also be a motivating factor, giving each student a picture in their mind of where they could be this time next year! Encourage your child to enjoy the day, and to dream of tomorrow.
Big days can bring some pressures, so here are some thoughts as you get ready for Saturday:
The best way to get ready is to practice! Well, that may seem obvious. But practice performing. In other words, have a few mock recitals in your home so that your child can get used to the feeling of playing for others. In addition, you might talk to your child about the music- ask what their favorite part is, and who the composer is. Older students should be able to tell you what key the piece is written in, as well.
A dress rehearsal at home can also help get the performer past that uncomfortable feeling of playing in new clothes or shoes! Students should be a little dressed up for a recital, but if that means new shoes or suit and tie, or a dress, they should practice playing in those clothes. It will feel just a little different! You may change your mind about those clothes after trying them out in a performance. (That tutu just doesn’t look as good on the piano bench as it did in the dance recital!) Talk to your teacher if you have questions about what your student should wear.
Our recitals are held at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside (605 Morewood Avenue), in their beautiful sanctuary. Students should arrive at least 20 minutes early. The students will sit in a designated spot up front on the left side. Teachers will be on hand to direct each student, telling them when to stand, when to walk up, etc. This helps to ensure that the recital moves along swiftly, with few pauses. Pictures will be taken all day by CYM staff, so that you can enjoy the moment with your child.
All our students have worked hard to get to this day. The audience’s role is to be quiet, respectful listeners, and, of course, exuberant applauders! During the performance, keep distractions to a minimum by putting your phone on silent mode, and not moving around while students are playing. Feel free to carry an overly vocal baby out if necessary- come back in when you can. Don’t forget to smile while students are playing – it actually does help them feel at ease!
Time to celebrate! When the recital is over, we will have a small reception just across the hall from the sanctuary! Grab some coffee and sweets and go out in the courtyard as the weather allows. Take selfies with the teachers and meet other families!
All of us at the Center for Young Musicians are thankful that you have entrusted your child’s musical journey to us. We are honored to help bring the love and joy of music to your student and to your family! Congratulations on all the successes so far. Let’s mark another one this Saturday.
And another Saturday Light Brigade is “in the can”! Congratulations to our fine students on wonderful performances and interviews! Thank you Mr Erich for expanding your students’ experiences in performing! Kudos to the students for handling the interviews with poise and confidence!
Watch for the next SLB program, coming up soon with Ms Simmi and her piano students!
A few photos from the big day:
Friday Night Music Club at CYM Sewickley – Come on over – we are gathering tonight!
March 1st , 7 PM
Open to the Public… meet some other young people who enjoy playing music and meeting new friends.
Join Mr. Erich and other CYM students for an evening of music and food! Open to students ages 12-18.
Get some encouragment on the work you’ve been doing, and enjoy some fine conversation about great pieces of music that Mr. Erich brings to the table.
March 16th, 4 PM
Join us at CYM Sewickley for guitar teacher Mr. Erich’s Community Concert!
March 3rd, 1-3:30 PM
Student tickets available for CYM Students who paid the Workshop and Activities fee. Additional tickets are $31. If interested, contact Karen Schnatterly at firstname.lastname@example.org before February 15th.
February 23rd, 10 AM
The CYM Guitar Group and Guitar Chamber Music class will be performing in the Heinz Hall lobby before the Fiddlesticks concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. CYM Guitarists will be performing as part of special presentations for the children in the audience.
Discounted tickets are available for CYM families!!!
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If you have any questions please call 724-935-0505 or email Mr. Mark at email@example.com
Spread holiday cheer at CYM’s 2018 Holiday Concert!
December 21st, 7:00 P.M.
Spread some holiday cheer at the First Unitarian Church! Come and enjoy holiday music in a relaxed, concert atmosphere! The performance will take place in the Undercofler Gallery. This is a great way to kick off your holiday celebrations!
If you are interested in performing, please contact Mr. Erich at firstname.lastname@example.org
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For information, or general questions about the event, please call 724-935-0505.
Join us at PPG Wintergarden for a spectacular holiday performance of CYM guitarists and pianists! Enjoy the Ginger Bread House display and the train exhibit while listening to holiday music! After the performances, you can stay and enjoy the ice skating rink!
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If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Simmi at email@example.com.
Come as early as 5:00 to start enjoying the food trucks, music, free horse drawn carriage rides, an ice carving competition, and a fireworks show to celebrate the start of the holiday season!
Watch performances by our CYM students starting at 5:30pm!
Loads of fun for the whole family!
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IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL 724-935-0505
Take a look HERE for the “Very Merry Sewickley” line up for the holiday season in our “favorite village”.
CYM Presents a Masquerade Concert
October 27 at 4 pm
Join Mr. Chris and CYM students for a concert in costume! All students are welcome to play. Bring your favorite Halloween song or your most polished piece.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.