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Get to Know Your Faculty: “Favorite Halloween Candy” Edition

October 31, 2019

We are thinking you would like to know more about the faculty and staff at CYM. Insight into their personalities might be ascertained by revealing their favorite Halloween candy, might it not? Who likes candy? A Good & Plenty number of teachers, I would say. So, without further ado, here are the results, including favorite autumn-time treats: Mr. Chris: Peanut Butter Cups (Jason’s, preferred!)    Ms. Amy: m&m’s  Mr. Erich: Kit Kat    Ms. Grace: Skittles  Ms. Leah: Candy Corn  Ms. Lindsay: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups  Mr. Mark: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Ms. Rochelle: Apple Cider  Mr. Ryan: Peanut Butter Cups, “any and all”    Ms. Simmi: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Mr. Jake: Milky Way Mr. Rob: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Anyone else seeing a trend? Happy Halloween! Hope you get your favorite treats!

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An Online, Interactive, Music Dictionary

October 11, 2019

Here is a great way to keep music terminology straight: an online music dictionary! Curated by the folks at the Cincinnati Symphony, this is a tool for students to keep handy as they delve into their music studies this year. Bookmark this link,  so it will be nearby the next time they wonder if timbre has something to do with a tree falling! Click on a letter, then on one of the words to hear a pronunciation of the word, and to listen to a musical example. Very cool! Quick – what’s the one word listed that starts with a U? How about X? Which letter has the most terms? How many of these words do you already know? Share this with your teacher, and have fun!  

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Steelers Songs: A Look at the Music of the NFL!

October 3, 2019

Last week we enjoyed a glance into the popular fight songs of universities in and around Pittsburgh. If you missed it,  and want to get in the NCAA mood, take a look and a listen here! Now let’s turn our attention to the Steeler Nation. If I told you that professional football teams have fight songs, would you be surprised? Apparently if you are from Pittsburgh you will not be surprised at all! This Ohio-girl is learning quickly that Steelers fans have a die-hard allegiance for their songs!   “Here We Go” is the official fight song of the Steelers. Interestingly it was written just over 20 years ago in 1994, but since that time it has become wildly popular! Here is the 2014 version of the song.   But our Pittsburgh team boasts other fan favorite songs, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers Polka! The story of Jimmy Psihoulis is...

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Alumni Spotlight: CYM’s First Student, Meredith Hudock Hopkins, Part I

August 30, 2019

As most of you know, Center for Young Musicians recently celebrated 25 years of teaching music and touching lives here in Pittsburgh! We have a treat in store, as we hear from CYM’s very first student Meredith Hudock, now Mrs. Meredith Hopkins! Let’s go back to the beginning of Alicia and Victoria’s dream, and follow the path of one little toddler, whose mother understood the importance of learning the language of music in the early years! Meredith began her studies at CYM in what was then called Kindermusik, now known as  ECM/Musikgarten. She was 17 months old, a great age to begin absorbing the sounds of music and developing steady beat! Her classes were held in the basement of Northland Library, before the Wexford location came to be. After laying the foundation of music learning through her toddler years, Meredith moved into violin at 3.5 years old. Apparently young Meredith...

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Coming Attractions

August 30, 2019

It’s time to enroll in one of our new classes! You’ve probably read about our Crossover series that began this summer. If not, follow this link to read up on the ways visual art and music intersect! This is a group for teens in Sewickley. If your student has interest in the visual arts, video game music, anime music, etc. they should definitely check out these sessions! Musikgarten is here!  So glad to be offering this curriculum with expanded options this year! Music Makers at the Keyboard is brand new to CYM, but has been taught by Ms. Amy for over 10 years! This year, make this the path for your 6-9 year old to learn piano, because data over the last 15 years is showing 98% retention rate in private piano for graduates of MMK!  Read here for more information! Continue reading below for other new offerings in Musikgarten...

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New at CYM this fall: Group Piano Classes!

August 28, 2019

Now enrolling! We are thrilled to announce new sections of group piano designed for beginners! Starting this fall, Music Makers at the Keyboard will be offered in our Sewickley and Wexford locations. This Musikgarten curriculum is designed to capitalize on the dynamic of a group environment to instill music skills that are applied to the piano. A three year method, Music Makers at the Keyboard focuses on singing, movement, ensemble, writing, notation games, and more, in a fun group setting. Concepts are applied to the piano from day one, resulting in fluid sight reading, creative improvisation, composition, ensemble playing, and performance. Sign your child up to learn in an engaging environment with certified Musikgarten instructors! Classes are for beginners ages 7-9, and will be offered in Wexford on Saturdays at 1:30, and Sewickley on Mondays at 5:30, and Tuesdays at 4:30. For more information about these classes, contact Amy Rucker:...

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Coming Soon to CYM!

August 15, 2019

With the fall semester on the horizon, the faculty at CYM has prepared all sorts of new and exciting group lessons, just for you! Check out our “Coming Attractions” below! Enroll today at! Call our office for more information  (724) 935-0505

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New Research Points to the Simplicity and Necessity of Child’s Play

August 13, 2019

You don’t have to look too far to find the latest research on children and the necessity of play. More and more studies are showing that it is play, and not early reading, early math, or memorizing facts, that the young child needs for healthy and natural development. We see more and more that this play is crucial, not just for the immediacy of the moment in childhood, or the joy that it brings, but for the feeding of the brain in ways that translate into healthy, well-adjusted adults. Two articles that came out within months of each other proved to have significant overlap. One was about having too many toys. With multiple toys to explore, the child stays in exploration mode and rarely makes it to the creative thinking and imaginative play side of the toys. So the fewer, and simpler, the toys, the better. In the other research...

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Which animal has the best hearing in the world?!

August 7, 2019

Believe it or not, biologists and entomologists around the world have found that moths have the best hearing in the world! But what about the human ear? Let’s look at the facts about our fascinating sense of hearing, and CYM’s philosophy of developing listening skills through music:

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Early Childhood Music Classes: More Than Just Fun and Games!

July 29, 2019

Because there is FUN, and there are some GAMES….but why stop there? If you are going to invest in music for your young child, then you will want to be sure there is more to it than just fun and games. But you might not know what that “more” is! That’s OK, most people don’t! After all, what could be taking place in a class of toddlers? Sounds pretty much like a recipe for mayhem, amirite? Thankfully, the research has been going on for decades regarding young children and music, and we know a lot about what that early childhood music and movement class should look like. Much of what we do in the early years at the Center for Young Musicians is driven by the work of Dr. Lorna Heyge, who wrote one of the first childhood music programs in the United States. Working in Germany in the 1970s,...

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