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CYM Faculty at the International Musikgarten Festival in NC

July 1, 2019

Our Musikgarten and Piano faculty, Amy Rucker, recently coordinated an international biennial event for Musikgarten. Held in Charlotte, NC, Musikgarten’s Festival, which celebrated Musikgarten’s 25th year, featured four National Teacher Trainers, pictured here: Ms. Amy, far right, presented an active session on movement, which explored the purpose and application of movement at all levels of the Musikgarten Curriculum.  The focus in the Babies and Toddler curriculum  was identifying characteristics of the music that can be experienced through moving, such as tiptoeing every time the strings play pizzicato.  Looking at Music Makers  levels, Ms. Amy had the teachers create a “movement round” which puts characteristics of movement into a story-telling experience, then mixing the levels of movement by forming groups that begin the “movement story” at different times. CYM uses Musikgarten to instill musical experiences in young children, through movement, listening, playing instruments, and singing! Teachers use this kind of continuing education...

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THIS IS MY SCARY ROBOT VOICE

June 27, 2019

Did we get your attention? This is not just something your 7 year old says, this is the title of one of two pieces performed recently in a music festival in North Carolina! CYM faculty member, Mr. Ryan, performs with the Beo String Quartet, which was featured in the Charlotte New Music Festival and the Small Batch Concert Series in Charlotte, NC. The quartet performed in a radio broadcast in the John Clark Performance Studio; the link to that interview and performance is here. Hosted by WDAV General Manager and Content Director, Frank Dominguez, the show highlighted two new compositions for string quartet, including the title above, composed by Kerrith Livengood. Livengood’s website describes her composition this way: This is My Scary Robot Voice “features speech rhythms intoning an anxious inner monologue, which the New York Times described as ‘sketchy seeming.'” This composition won 1st place in the CNM National...

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CYM Students to Study at the PGH Suzuki Institute

June 19, 2019

Four of our young guitar students will be broadening their music studies this summer! Ayan Ganesh (9), Josh Laman (10), Libby Laman (8), and Ezra White (7) are enrolled in the Suzuki Student Institute, which will take place in August. Students will gain experience in performing through Masterclasses as well as group classes. The institute also offers each student one elective such as visual art, theory, introductions to other instruments, or an ensemble! All the best to our guitarists, as well as their teacher, Mr. Erich, who will be attending the Guitar Practicum for teachers. We look forward to an update this August from each of you!

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CYM Graduate Feature: Joshua Faber

June 19, 2019

Continuing with our senior spotlight, we are delighted today to feature Joshua Faber. Joshua began his studies at the Center for Young Musicians when he was just five years old. He began with an early childhood music class taught by Ms. Kara. When he moved into private piano lessons, he studied with Ms. Sonia, and eventually with his current teacher, Ms. Simmi. He recalls enjoying taking theory and guitar, but piano was always his main instrument at CYM. Joshua really enjoyed the group piano class with Ms. Simmi that he attended with his friends in the piano department. A highlight for Joshua this last past year of study was having the option of choosing some of his own music to work on. Some of his favorites include selections from video game music, such as Death By Glamour from Undertale. Joshua also plays the clarinet, and was active in his high...

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Calling all teens! Join CYM Crossover!

June 14, 2019

The Center for Young Musicians’ teen hang-out, “Off the Record,” and Studio419 join forces to create Crossover: a space for teens where they can relax, enjoy snacks, learn from each other, and express themselves freely. In this six-session music and art crossover summer series, teens will explore their own creativity through a variety of fun and engaging themes. Never played an instrument? No problem. Never picked up a paintbrush? Don’t sweat it! This all-levels series is a low-pressure opportunity for teens to connect with music and art in a new way.  We are welcoming non-CYM students to these sessions as well, so invite siblings and friends! Join us for our second session, Blues x Monochromatic Colors on Friday, June 14th by signing up through Eventbrite!  To save for the summer, sign up for the Complete 6-Session Series (10% discount). Be sure to check out our future sessions, too! Pop x Pop...

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Mr. Chris, Mr. Jake Wow the Crowd in Community Concert!

June 11, 2019

Another great summer event is in the history books! Concert goers were treated to violin performances from students of Mr. Chris. Students of all ages performed a variety of selections, to the delight of all in attendance! Congratulations, students! The second half featured Mr. Chris and Mr. Jake (cello and piano faculty) playing the Dvořák Sonatina for Violin and Piano. Hearing our faculty perform is a great motivator for all of our students.  See you at the next Community Concert! As CYM family, all of you have access to any of these events all through the year! Please take advantage of attending these free events whenever you can! Mr. Chris Mr. Jake By the way, here is a glimpse of how the Sonatina looked when it was composed in 1893. Dvořák was a student at the National Conservatory at the time, and this is in his own handwriting:    

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CYM Graduate Feature: Matthew Matisz

June 11, 2019

It is an exciting time for CYM when we have graduating seniors. Today we put a spotlight on Matthew Matisz, student of Erich Reibe. Our marketing department caught up with Matthew to get his perspective on growing as a musician through Center for Young Musicians. Matthew started in CYM’s Early Childhood Music program with Victoria, in order to lay the foundation for joyful music making, music learning, and literacy. Matthew recalls stepping away to Duquesne for beginning cello lessons, and reflected on a period shortly after where he took some time to be sure he knew what instrument he really wanted to play. He started to explore his instrument options, and began listening to music for fun, honing his musical tastes.  Soon he became captivated by guitar music, and felt motivated to learn some of the rock songs he was hearing. Matthew and his family decided to come back to...

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There’s still space for summer camps!

June 11, 2019

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...

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

June 6, 2019

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...

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Tune into SLB to hear CYM trios!

May 20, 2019

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/

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