Piano Department Group

Calling all CYM pianists! Our Piano Department Groups are open to all ages and levels! Perform with and for other pianists to gain confidence in a friendly environment! Try out a piece, test your memory, or play something you’re working on for a recital or contest!  Pieces do not have to be performance-ready. Faculty will be on hand to offer feedback, and to address other music–related issues with the group! Talk with your teacher to sign up!

Next Piano Department Group: April 27th in Sewickley

CYM Guitar Students Wow Pittsburgh Radio Station!

Last week, Mr. Erich and several of his students joined host of the Saturday Light Brigade, Larry Berger, for a special presentation on WCRT 88.3.  Guitarists Ezra White (6), Libby and Josh Laman (7 and 9), and Isla and William Wiegand-Hammond (9 and 10), presented a variety of music, including Suzuki song favorites, original compositions, A-ha, and David Bowie.

Not only did these young pros give entertaining performances, they were interviewed, answering questions pertaining to the joy, challenges, and fun of playing the guitar.

Didn’t catch the live broadcast? You can catch the recording here!


What a great time with our guitar students at Fiddlesticks! Be sure to watch for the next Fiddlesticks event. See below for more information on this fun, engaging program for families!

Pittsburgh is home to one of the top symphonies in the United States! But the thought of taking younger children to a long concert strikes fear in most of us! Still, we have a desire to introduce our little ones to the richness of the orchestra and the beauty of Heinz Hall! So… how do we do that? Enter “Fiddlesticks”! Sounds like fun already, doesn’t it? Fiddlesticks Family Concerts are Saturday morning events designed for your children ages 3 to 8! Come enjoy a warm, relaxed, interactive environment. See the symphony members up close and personal – ask questions about their instruments! Move to the music, explore rhythms, and make a craft to take home! Then hear the full symphony orchestra, and get Fiddlesticks’ autograph afterward!

We have the perfect time for you and your family to try Fiddlesticks: On February 23rd, the Center for Young Musicians Guitar Group and Guitar Chamber Music Class will be performing in the Heinz Hall lobby prior to the concert! Performance starts at 10:00. CYM families can get discounted tickets by using code 74150 when purchasing tickets!

Bring a friend, and have a blast. Fiddlesticks and CYM are ready for you!

CYM Students Entertain Clients from Beaver County Rehab Services!

At CYM, we place great value on helping students share their musical gifts with others in the community. Opportunities like this one are special. Many adults benefited today from the music presentations of our fine and generous students!

Music can provide healing, calming, and can smooth frayed edges for adults overcoming addictions. What a wonderful way to use musical ability, considering these facts! For more on the healing benefits of music, read here and here !

A big thank you to Leah Givelber for organizing this event, and to our students and teachers for taking time from your day to bring joy to so many!


Phantom of the Opera

Did you know….

…Phantom has played to over 140 million people in 35 countries in 166 cities around the world ?

…Phantom has played in 15 different languages?

…Phantom of the Opera has won 7 Tony Awards?

…Each performance has 230 costumes, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 candles and uses 250 kg of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines?

Watch for future shows and concerts that we can help your family enjoy! When you go, tag us in a post about the event!

See you next time!

Parent and Child Classes: The Role of the Parent, according to Dr. Montessori

When parents first begin attending a class with their child, it is a normal desire for those parents to want to encourage, to prompt, to ensure that their child engages and “gets” what is happening around them.

At CYM we would like to offer a bit of a “break” for parents of early music learners! Because your child is naturally inquisitive, your role during class may be easier than you think! Assuming normal development is taking place, your child will see, hear, and feel what is happening around them in class!  So take a deep breath, a step back, and I give you permission to observe! You are there to model, to participate, and to be an anchor for your child!

Much of this philosophy is guided by the writings of Dr. Maria Montessori. Montessori’s granddaughter, in fact, has recently compiled her grandmother’s writings on the parents’ role  in Montessori Speaks to Parents, (2017, Montessori-Pierson Publishing).

Our curriculum here at CYM is designed to provide interesting moments to explore, to hear, to manipulate. Most of our activities will be things your child is trying for the very first time! Let them experience the moment on their own time-table, without pushing for quick understanding. Allow time to explore, time to try, again and again. Children develop intelligence through activity – so when they want to do something over and over, you know it is something developmentally beneficial!

And they will watch you, as well as the teacher, and others in class, to gain understanding. Parents model the playing of rhythm sticks, or drums, or singing, or dancing, and let the children do these things for themselves in order to develop intellect, will, and internal discipline.

I am inspired every day here at CYM when I see parents providing this kind of guidance in my Musikgarten classes! It’s happening all the time. Come check out one of our classes and see for yourself how these young children are learning with the nurturing, and modeling, of their amazing parents!




2019 – New Year, New Goals!

New Year, New Goals! One of the best ways to make progress in anything is to set goals for yourself. January is a natural time to think about a path of success and how to achieve all that your heart desires! At Center for Young Musicians, we believe in having our students set goals – for performance, for musicianship, and for bringing music into the lives of others! Every student has a “CYM Annual Goals” card. How many items has your student checked off in “Performance and Event Goals”? Three? Four? Check the calendar for upcoming events, and talk with your teacher! Let’s see 7 check-marks on your card this session! Reach for the stars!

Another 200-Day Practice Challenge Winner!

Congratulations to piano student of Ms. Simmi, Kenzie Bucchi, for being awarded with a 200-Day Practice Challenge trophy!  Not only did Kenzie give a great performance at the Holiday Concert, but she worked very hard for 200 straight days to achieve this huge accomplishment.  Keep it up, Kenzie!

A Holiday Highlight: CYM Holiday Concert 2018

The evening of December 21st, the First Unitarian Church of Shadyside was bustling with activity- several meetings and a dance recital were going on upstairs, and downstairs, was CYM’s 2018 Holiday Concert.  With 34 student performers, this concert was well over double the size of last year’s Holiday Concert.  The space was packed with proud parents, dedicated students, and young children, who sat up front admiring and learning from the performers.  The hour long performance lead by guitar teacher Mr. Erich included piano, violin, cello, and guitar students.  We are so proud of everyone for closing out the 2018 year with smiling faces, beautiful music, and an atmosphere of positive energy.


CYM Students Play at the Nutcracker

Our cello and violin students entertained concert-goers of the Nutcracker at the beautiful Heinz Hall.  They gave pre-concert and intermission performances, and got to watch the Nutcracker.  It has been so fun to see our young musicians perform all through Pittsburgh this holiday season; and we are so proud of all who have participated.


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