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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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Present Your Piece to Faculty Panel on Achievement Day

April 24, 2020

Achievement Day has been rescheduled for April 25th at 2:00 p.m. online. Check your email for your invitation! What is Achievement Day? It is an opportunity for students to present their work to faculty and receive feedback that can be integrated immediately into the performer’s goal planning, lesson practice, technique, and outlook as a musician. This is a perfect event for teacher and student to use to set specific performance objectives. Setting a goal helps students work more intentionally in their practice time. It lifts them up to strive for better technique and better musicality. Practicing performing is crucial for all students so that they gain poise and control when playing for others. Receiving feedback that can be applied immediately can bring about turning points in a student’s studies. Talk to your teacher to see if Achievement Day is a good choice for you right now.

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CYM Faculty Teaches Webinar on the Purpose of Movement in Musikgarten

April 24, 2020

Teachers from around the country have signed up to take an online webinar with CYM faculty, Ms. Amy. This presentation was originally made during a Musikgarten Festival in Charlotte, NC, in 2019, and is now open to any teachers who have interest in learning more about movement and the important role it plays in the Musikgarten curriculum. If you have ever had a student in our Suzuki Readiness group lessons or in a Musikgarten class, you have experienced, first hand, the emphasis on large muscle movements, dances, and moving to the beat. Or maybe you have walked by the group room in Sewickley and casually wondered what was happening in there! Movement in these classes is a means to embody musical concepts. The very young babies and toddlers are feeling the beat, while hearing the music. They swing with an adult, or move around the room, changing direction and actions...

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Students Learn Performance Tip at Mr. Mark’s Serenade

April 24, 2020

Three guitarists attended the Saturday Serenade last week: Ayan, Carson, and Aarnav. Everyone had family watching them. They each shared a polished piece, then I played Waltz Espanol by Ferrer to demonstrate how to end a piece and where to keep your eyes when you perform. Everyone then played another piece to demonstrate that they understood and had integrated this technique. The results were that the performers improved their overall focus and could offer a smoother presentation, and the audience listened with less visual distraction. We had extra time, so each student played another two or three pieces after that, and everyone gave feedback on what they liked about each student’s performance. Great job everyone!

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Joyful Benefits: Teachers’ Reflections on the Exciting Surprises in Online Teaching

April 24, 2020

We are several weeks into this journey of making music across the miles. Students and teachers have settled into routines, having their tech abilities stretched to new heights. Along the way, our students are the ones surprising us- they are making it work, with great attitudes, steady progress, and joyful music making. This is the word coming from our teachers, who were asked recently to reflect on the things that surprised them the most in their online teaching. And the benefits have been numerous, helping us all to see the value of the virtual lesson. We can honestly say it gives certain benefits that are unique to the venue of delivery. Teachers were asked to reflect on at least one thing that has been a positive, a surprise, or an unanticipated benefit as they teach online. The responses came in quickly, and with enthusiasm. There was a sense of happiness...

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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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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust- Looking Ahead

April 17, 2020

Everything is shifting during these weeks, and we all feel it. Center for Young Musicians is here to help keep you connected so students grow and take advantage of all the arts resources around them – no matter what! Some changes to our plans can’t be avoided, and some events must be postponed, or sometimes even cancelled. But it is all for the sake of keeping everyone safe and healthy! The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has made difficult decisions about upcoming events, like cancelling the Three Rivers Arts Festival and the EQT Children’s Theater Festival. All events through June 14 have been suspended. We will surely miss gathering with one another for events like these that have become a tradition in the Pittsburgh arts scene. Accolades to our friends at the Cultural Trust who are thinking creatively and diligently to bring continued arts activities and resources to Pittsburgh families. They inspire...

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RSVP for Achievement Day

April 11, 2020

Achievement Day is this Saturday, April 25th at 2:00 p.m. online. Check your email for the invitation! What is Achievement Day? It is an opportunity for students to perform for CYM Faculty and receive immediate feedback. Achievement Day is forum in which students can demonstrate a specific performance goal. Setting a goal helps students work deliberately in their practice time; they more readily focus on improving technique and deepening musicality. Practicing performing is crucial for all students so that they gain poise and control when playing for others. Receiving feedback that can be applied immediately can bring about turning points in a student’s studies. Make sure to RSVP to the invitation to participate!

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April’s Upcoming Events

April 10, 2020

We look forward to being together virtually and hearing you play! April 18th, 10:00 a.m. Guitar Department Group with Mr. MarkApril 18th, 10:35 a.m. Saturday Light Brigade with Ms. Simmi April 18th, 11:30 a.m. Saturday Serenade with Mr. MarkApril 19th, 2:00 p.m. Sunday Serenade with Mr. ChrisApril 25th, 2:00 p.m. Achievement Day with Ms. Grace, Ms. Rochelle, and Mr. Mark

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Survey Coming Your Way…

April 10, 2020

Please fill out the survey to communicate what you would like to see taking place at CYM. Have feedback to share about your virtual lesson? Have an idea for an outreach concert? Want to take part in a new 30 minute class? Let us know! CYM is dedicated to developing musical skills and inspiring your family. Check your email for a link to the survey. We appreciate you taking 3-4 minutes out of your day to fill it out.

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