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CYM Summer Camp Feature: Summer Choir

April 17, 2019

Singing in a choir is something everyone should do at some point! Usually, once a person has had a great choir experience, they tend to seek out opportunities for choral experiences throughout their lives! And thankfully, study after study shows the benefits of singing, and singing in a group in particular!   This choir is open to all CYM students, ages 8 – 12, no matter what instrument they study! But here’s good news- your child can bring a friend! We would love to have kids from the community join in with us- no previous choral or instrumental study necessary.   If your student is currently studying music, this a chance to refine music literacy skills with a new instrument! The voice! Learn the foundations of good choral singing, including breath support, posture, blending, facial expression, and more! If your child has ever thought about auditioning for a musical, this choir will...

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Summertime…and the Learnin’ is Easy

March 30, 2019

What do you think of when you think summer? Sun, beach, pool, gardens, BBQ – the list goes on and on! It is a natural time for slowing down in many ways. The schedule is easier- no carpool lines, no homework. The routine eases up a bit. The long evenings almost beg us to stay outside until the fireflies come out to entertain us!  As a teacher, I long for the change in routine as well. I’ve also come to understand that summer is the perfect time to approach music study from a few different angles. It is the perfect time for enrichment, or for trying something new, or for focusing on a new style of music, or for composing and arranging! The list goes on and on!  Looking back over my own piano lessons growing up, I remember that “summer lessons” meant I could ride my bike to my lesson! That may not...

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Guitar Hum and Strum – Featured CYM Camp

March 30, 2019

  Guitar HUM & STRUM I recently watched an episode of American Idol where a young man played guitar and sang. Not so unusual in and of itself, but it was the fact that he taught himself how to play, beginning at the age of 20! It is truly rare to find someone who has taught themselves how to play any instrument. Especially to that degree of beauty. I was moved! It was like watching August Rush (which you should watch if you haven’t!).  This summer there will be lots of opportunities to learn more about playing the guitar. Here is your chance to try something new, and gain literacy skills! Guided by our expert faculty, you can connect with your inner guitarist! You’ll learn songs to sing, and chords to strum€¦hence the title HUM & STRUM!   Music is really so accessible. You can make music pretty much anywhere- and in this...

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Mr. Erich’s Community Concert

March 22, 2019

Our first Community Concert of 2019 with Mr Erich was a grand success! CYM guitarists and violinists took the stage in our beautiful Sewickley location to the delight of audience members! Thank you to all who played, and to our teachers Mr Erich and Mr Chris, and for our attentive audience! Couldn’t make this Community Concert? Ms. Grace’s Community Concert is coming up on March 30th! See you there!

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Happy Birthday J.S. Bach featuring Google A.I.

March 19, 2019

Born March 21, 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach is the “Bang” of the musical universe’ s “big bang” beginning.  Much of the structure of the music we listen to today traces back to elements found in his massive body of work. So it’s super cool that a group of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning specialists at Google studied his harmonic output to program this Google Doodle that greets visitors today on Google’s homepage. Google Take a look and try your hand at sketching some melodies and sit back to listen to the machine’s harmonization based on having analyzed hundreds of Bach’s works. We’re so excited that the beauty and structure of the universe reflected in Bach’s works is nurturing a whole new generation of intelligence on the planet.  Machine learning and artificial intelligence – meet the master of structure, still teaching us these many centuries later. Happy Birthday, JSB!

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Piano Department Group

March 14, 2019

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

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CYM Guitar Students Wow Pittsburgh Radio Station!

March 7, 2019

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!

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February 22, 2019

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...

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CYM Students Entertain Clients from Beaver County Rehab Services!

February 16, 2019

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!  

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Phantom of the Opera

February 15, 2019

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!

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