There’s still space for summer camps!

We have a wonderful line-up of summer programs for all ages, instruments, and levels, to keep students inspired and motivated through the summer months.

Summer Camps and Series

We have week-long camps and weekly series for students of all ages.  If you don’t see something that you are interested in, please have a look at our Custom Section below.

Here is a complete list of all of our offerings:

Guitar Chamber Music with Mark Marston
Who: Guitar students of all ages
What: In this series, guitar students of all ages can develop their reading and musicianship while playing a variety of music, such as classics by masters like Mozart, as well as jazz and popular music arranged for guitar ensemble. Music theory and improvisation skills will also be covered. Classical and steel string players are welcome.
When:  7:30-8:30 Mondays, June 10,17, 24 and July 8, 15 and 22
Where: CYM Wexford

To Register:  Register online for the Wexford Location

 

CYM Summer Choir with Amy Rucker
Who: All CYM students and children in the community ages 8-12
What: Come lend your voice to the Center for Young Musicians CHOIR!! Be a part of what is sure to become a summer tradition!
Learn to sing, or improve your singing, in this choir under the direction of CYM faculty Amy Rucker, who most recently was a director for the Columbus International Children’s Choir. Have fun singing in rounds, trying new music,
and even playing games that help us become better singers!
Gain confidence with your musicality through fun improvisation!
We will prepare music for an end-of-summer Choral Soirée, where you can show off your skills to your parents, family, and friends!
When: 5:45-6:45 Tuesdays, June 4-July 30
Where: CYM Sewickley

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

Music Discovery Camp with Rochelle Agnew and Erich Riebe
Who: Children ages 3-6
What: Music Discovery Camp is a morning of music, art and play for ages 3 – 6, held 9:30 – 12:00 noon each camp day! Have fun making music and new friends at the Center for Young Musicians.  Learn and explore music making with CYM’s trained faculty.  Based on our Early Childhood Music programs, Music Discovery camp fosters musical understanding using the same process as learning a language.  Activities include time for the children to make their own instruments, and listen to older children perform.  In the Sing, Move, Play session, the students get time to explore, touch and play rhythm instruments used in class  All activities appeal to a child’s natural desire to play, move, explore and interact through activity and song.

When and Where: Wexford, 9:30-12,  June 24-June 28,  and July 15-19
To Register:  Register online for the Wexford Location

When and Where: Sewickley, 9:30-12, June 17-June 21
To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

When and Where: Shadyside, 9:30-12 July 22-July 26
To Register: Register online for the Shadyside location

 

Guitar Hum & Strum with Mark Marston
Who: Students ages 5-9
What: This is a music and movement camp using the guitar as a tool to help learn music literacy. Learn basic chords that you can sing with right away.  A fun jump start on guitar basics, this camp is also a great first step for students who are thinking of taking guitar in the fall! Parents can learn alongside their students, and instruments are provided!

When and Where: Wexford, 2:00-4:30, June 17-21
To register: Register online for the Wexford Location

 

Music Exploration Camp with Erich Riebe
Who: Children ages 7-11
What: Does your 7-11 year old want to try their hand at guitar or keyboard? These camps are a great way to get started!
Topics covered will include basic harmony on the guitar or piano keyboard and songs from the American and European folk tradition.
The camp will include group instruction and culminates in a performance on the last day. No prior experience is necessary.

When and Where: Wexford, 9:30-12, June 24-June 28
To Register:  Register online for the Wexford Location

When and Where: Shadyside, 9:30-12, July 29-August 2
To Register:  Register online for the Shadyside Location

 

Violin Book 1 Group Fun with Chris Sforza
Who: All students currently in Suzuki Violin Book 1
What: Open to students currently in Suzuki Violin Book I this week-long camp is about making music, playing games, and having fun!
We will work on our Book I pieces while playing as a group as well as try out new ideas and musical games.
This class is perfect for strengthening and reviewing Book I material and concepts.
When:  10-11 am, July 8-July 12
Where: CYM Sewickley

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

Violin Book 2 Ensemble with Chris Sforza
Who: All students currently in Suzuki Violin Book 2
What: Open to students currently in Suzuki Violin Book II this week-long camp is about making and learning new music in a chamber ensemble style.
Activities include learning and practicing harmonies for previously learned Suzuki material, sight-reading, playing in multiple violin parts, and working as a small ensemble.
Selections from Suzuki Book 2 will also be reviewed.
When: CYM Sewickley, 11-12 noon, July 8-July 12

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

Teen Strings with Chris Sforza
Who: All string students between ages 11-17
What: Open to all string students between ages 11 and 17 this week-long camp is about making music in a chamber-group style. Material will be pre-selected and given to students in advance.
Rehearsal and practice techniques will be discussed as well as the roles that players have within an ensemble. Musical selections are subject to enrollment.
When: CYM Sewickley, 12-1 pm, July 8-July 12

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

The Cycle of Seasons: Summer with Amy Rucker
Who: Children ages 3.5-5
What: Summer fun exploring nature! Fish, frogs, kingfishers, and more! Find habitats like the meadow and meet new animal friends.
Listen to the sounds of weather, nature, and insects! Create percussion ensembles, and do some composing! Make sound games to take home!
When: CYM Wexford, 1-3:30 pm, July 8-July 12

To Register:  Register online for the Wexford Location

 

Camping at the Seashore with Amy Rucker
Who: Children ages 5-6
What: Creative play will take us to the magical seashore each day where there will be singing and dancing, movement activities, and playing instruments!
This camp will include many fun activities, such as making instruments to take home, listening to the sounds of the seashore and to the viola, harp and flute.
There will be simple nature crafts and art activities and family time with siblings to end each day.
When: CYM Sewickley, 1-3:30 pm, July 15- July 19

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

Introduction to the Keyboard with Amy Rucker
Who: Children ages 6-8
What: A perfect introduction to our year-long Music Makers at the Keyboard, the intro class will get your child playing the piano right away!
We will explore the basics, through fun singing, dancing and drumming activities.
Then we will take those songs to the keyboard and get started playing, singing, and improvising!
When: Lauri Ann West Community Center, 1-3:30 pm, July 29-August 2
Where: CYM Fox Chapel

To Register: Register online for the Fox Chapel Location

 

Custom Offerings

We have several chamber music sessions built onto the schedule, and we would be happy to build a custom session for your needs.  (We cater to pianists, string players and guitarists).  We can build Jazz Combos for you as well.   To discuss a custom group, please send an email to admissions@youngmusicians.org

 

 

Solo Recitals a Big Hit, Right Out of the Gate!

From the very first note at 9:30 AM, to the last chord of the 3:30 recital, our solo recitals were a huge success! What a wonderful community we have here at CYM. The atmosphere was one of joyful music making which brought delight to all in attendance. Parents, we thank you for all you do to give your child a great music education. Moments like these on Saturday make the carpooling, the practice hours, the instrument rentals, and the instrument repairs very much worth it, as your child takes center stage and shares their work with us all!

 

Students, a big thank you for your preparation. Setting the goal of performing was the first step, but every hour you gave over to practice leading up to the recital is what made your time on that stage so enjoyable for everyone. Keep listening to your fine teachers!

Piano faculty, thank you for your part in making our soloists shine! Thank you for the extra hours you put into learning new music and playing (and following) so beautifully, and for fostering a positive environment between soloist and accompanist. You set a great example as we help our students learn more about playing with an accompanist, an aspect of solo playing that is still new to many.

And unlike the Kentucky Derby, there was no jockeying for the lime light. We had students winning trophies, framed certificates, and ribbons for their hard work in their practice commitment, as well as participating in community service and outreach events! More on these winners to come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also congratulated our two graduating seniors, Matthew Matisz and Joshua Faber. Watch for a feature on these two young men in the next few days.

Coming soon: pictures from all four recitals!

A big thank you to Jake Niehl for taking some great shots, to Karen Schnatterly for all of the administrative tasks and great announcing, to Leah Givelber for coordinating the event and for FOUR programs, to Victoria for the wonderful receptions, and to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsburgh for the use of their lovely sanctuary and Steinway grand!

Congratulations to all!

Tune into SLB to hear CYM trios!

Saturday, June 1st

Tune in to 88.3 at 10:05 to catch the Saturday Light Brigade with Larry Berger, featuring the students of Ms. Simmi and Ms. Leah!  Kick off your weekend with some lovely chamber music of our talented CYM students.

Tune in here: http://www.wrct.org/

CYM Welcomes New Communications Manager, Jake Niehl!

The Center for Young Musicians is proud to announce that Jake Niehl has joined our team as Communications Manager! Jake came to us on a part-time basis a few months ago to work on graphic design and marketing, but recently was promoted to be the manager over all CYM communications. You have probably already noticed his amazing artwork on our website, our posters, and our social media. Here is a little background on Jake:

Jake hails from Irwin, PA. He attended Penn-Trafford High School and graduated from Robert Morris University in 2013 with a degree in Media Arts with a focus in Graphic Design. Mr. Niehl worked for three years as a camera operator/floor director for WPXI Channel 11 News, one year as the Social Media Manager/Graphic Designer for Premier Promotional Solutions, and most recently worked for My BFF Social before accepting his new position at CYM.

Jake says: “While I do not have a music degree, I’ve been involved in music since I was a child. In high school, I played the trumpet, trombone, and baritone. I was an assistant drum major of the marching band, and was in the musicals my junior and senior years (even learned how to tap dance!). I’m extremely excited to formally become a part of the CYM family and cannot wait to begin my journey here.”

Jake is pictured below with his sister, Julie. Enjoy a sampling of his artwork to date:

 

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Welcome, Jake!

CYM Solo Recitals: A Parent’s Guide 

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:

Preparation

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.

Performing

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.

The Audience

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!

The Reception

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.

Now Announcing… Off The Record!

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!”

Where to Start Music? In the Home!

Did you ever find yourself saying, I wonder when I’ll start talking to my child? Or, I’m thinking of letting my child hear a story- I wonder who could tell one? Or, Let’s see, they should be reading by age 5 or 6, so I’ll be sure and buy some books in a few years! Of course not! We talk, we babble, we coo, we explain, we converse all the time with our children from day one! Our nurseries are filled with books, giant letters on the walls, and the bedtime story is a common ritual. But did you know that music is acquired the same way we learn our spoken language?

music is acquired the same way we learn  our spoken language

 

So sing, dance, move to the beat, and hit those pots and pans! Surround your child with quality music. They will soak it all up like a sponge! They will begin to differentiate pitches, and will begin to associate steady beat moves- like hitting that pan- with the music they are hearing! This ear-brain connection feeds the pathways already in place for learning this amazing, fulfilling language of music!

And the beauty of it is, your child will love hearing YOUR voice, and making music with you. Come to a class made just for this at the Center for Young Musicians! We will give you lots of ideas for making music with your child. Not only that, but our developmentally appropriate curriculum will put your child on a pathway to music literacy that creates lifelong lovers of music! And to think- YOU started it!

Check us out at www.youngmusicians.org See you there!

CYM Summer Camp Feature – Intro to Keyboard

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 the stage for music reading and performance! For children ages 6 through 8, this camp will use songs children love to sing while they explore the keyboard, using tonal patterns to build harmonies as they sing! Using multiple keyboards will make this a fun, safe environment which will foster cooperation with others! Drumming will help with beat awareness, and dancing will help with coordination and feeling the music, and all its elements, with our whole bodies. We will celebrate music from all over the world as we sing, dance, listen, and play! This is a joyful way to get a start on the piano. Students who come to the keyboard camp will be ready in the fall to continue in a group setting, in a class called Music Makers at the Keyboard, or to begin or continue private study on the piano or any instrument! 

This camp is taught by Ms Amy, who holds a master’s degree in piano pedagogy, and is a National Teacher Trainer for the Musikgarten curriculum.  

Sign up now- spaces are limited!  

Ages: 6-8, July 29 through August 2, 1:00pm – 3:30pm€¯ 

Use the coupon code Earlybird19 to save 25% on the tuition 

Register online for the Fox Chapel Location  

Teen Strings – Featured CYM Camp

Playing music in an ensemble of any size takes copious application of many senses at once! It’s not a race mentality, with a feel of every man for himself!”, which would result in total cacophony. Rather, musicians work together to create the whole of the music. They take turns leading the melody and providing the hushed accompaniment. They must breathe together as one in order to begin together. Music created in an ensemble has motion – and the story that an ensemble can tell is a vibrant one, with many layers and textures. Come to the Teen Strings Camp and explore what it takes to play with others and tell a story. Follow a conductor’s gestures – how to come in together, when to get louder, quieter, faster, and slower, and when to bring your part out, and when to be the accompaniment! Work on these aspects of musicianship as you also try playing as an ensemble without a conductor. Learn how to create gestures and cues for others to follow, such as for entrances, fermatas, and cut-offs. Hone your listening skills as you work together to tell the story as one. This is a great opportunity to focus on playing in an ensemble for one fabulous week. Join Mr. Chris this July!  

July 8-12, 12:00 – 1:00pm, Sewickley, ages 11-17, COST $125  

Register online for the Sewickley location
Use Coupon Code Earlybird19 by May 27 to save 25% on tuition! 

Music Exploration Camp – Featured CYM Camp

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 of folk songs, and how to play those harmonies while you sing! This will give you a jump start on two new instruments, and if you decide to go deeper in the fall, you can sign up for private lessons on guitar, piano, or both! This camp will culminate in a performance on the last day, where you can try out playing your new instruments for your family!  

See you this summer for Music Exploration Camp! For students ages 7-11, it meets at 9:30 and goes until 12 noon.  

Register online for the Wexford Location (June 24 –28) 

Register online for the Shadyside location (June 29 – August 2) 

Use the coupon code Earlybird19 to save 25% on the tuition 

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