This past weekend, several area children took part in a free Musikgarten Nature’s Music virtual class. Many of the children who participated came from the Discovery School at Beechwood, where nature is an integral part of the curriculum. The aim of the class was to introduce families to CYM’s group offering for early learners, utilizing Musikgarten’s curricular emphasis on the natural world.
The adventure began with participants receiving a “Scavenger Hunt” checklist, which included such items as flowers, gardens, frogs, and worms. I collected photographs of each student’s “finds”, and was happy to hear of their excitement in discovering things on the list.
Along with the list, I included directions for leaf and bark rubbings, and a couple of families sent in pictures of their amazing designs!
Once the class began, we set off for a garden, where we found worms, webs, and flowers. Singing and movement were accompanied by photographs of each of the scavenger hunt items. For forty-five minutes we sang about and moved in the garden, and became worms, squirrels, and frogs! We learned a poem about a flower, which we “made” with our homemade scarves. We ended with all of our “found” instruments in a jam to Bluehill, and a dance called Underneath the Willow Tree. So thankful for my new friends who met me online for this beautiful, joyful time of music making and celebrating nature!Read the details >>
Book 2 Violin Recital
Sydney, student of Ms. Rochelle, performed her Book 2 recital this past week. Ms. Rochelle confirms that Sydney was very polished and gave a fabulous performance of all of the pieces.
Her family joined her at home, and Ms. Rochelle joined by Zoom. At the end, Sydney said she was excited to move on to Book 3. Congratulations, Sydney!
Violin Department Group
The violin department held their last group class of the CYM school year on Saturday, June 6th. CYM would like to offer a sincere thank you to all students who were able to attend the Department Group classes throughout the past year. These classes are an important and fun way to develop not only musical technique, but social skills as well.
Ms. Leah had this to say about the department group: “The last violin Department Group of the CYM school year was a success! During the groups this year students had a chance to play as a group, practice performing and listen to selections from the wider violin repertoire. “
Thank you again to all the CYM students who were able to participate in a Department Group lesson this year!Read the details >>
Ten CYM piano students participated in the recent Piano Department Class! The students took turns performing their pieces, and as they were playing, their peers wrote down encouraging, positive remarks about what they heard. Those comments will be shared with students in their next lessons. It was a great class and I received positive feedback from many of the parents who were appreciative of the opportunity for their child to virtually connect with their CYM piano peers!
This photo was taken at the end of the class and includes the smiles of: Julianna, Sofi, Nick, Will, Sami, Yazan, Kenzie, Hanna, Akshay, and Clara. Congratulations students, for your dedication, drive, and your encouragement to one another!
This past Saturday, a CYM Saturday Serenade with several guitar, piano, and violin students took place. The students ranged in age from 6 to 16, and there was a nice mix of classical, folk, fiddle tunes and pop music. I got things started by talking about how to start and end a performance, and then demonstrated with a performance of an Etude by Aguado.
Next up were the students:
Thomas, guitar, played Song of the Wind, Go Tell Aunt Rhody and Ode to Joy.
Eli, guitar, played A Toye, Corrente by Paganini, and the theme from Star Wars.
Lily, violin, played Concerto I, by Seitz, The Swallow Tail Jig, and Witches’ Dance (which she decided to play after Mr. Mark talked about how Paganini was one of the few composers who wrote music for both the instruments that she and her brother play).
Carson, piano, played Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” and Prelude by Arens.
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Family and friends from as far away as New York were able to watch and applaud, as well as send their feedback by chat. One family member pointed out that he learned some of the same music on dulcimer as a child. Sharing music across generations and miles is enriching for performers and audience alike. Thank you, students, for your diligence in preparation and willingness to allow others to enter into your world of music!
Last Saturday, CYM students Lily, Elijah, Sydney, Daniel, and Rosa participated in a call-in to the Saturday Light Brigade radio program called Youth Express. The program allows K-12 Pittsburgh-area students to showcase their performing arts skills. Each of the five students performed individually and were asked about their other interests and hobbies. They also explained how lessons and classes are taking place online at CYM. Lily, Sydney, and Daniel each played the violin, while Rosa played cello, and Elijah played the guitar. The musicians performed and spoke with poise and professionalism – we are proud of you! Listen to the broadcast here.
This Saturday, April 18, piano students of Simmi Tripathi will be featured on the same show, that starts at 10:05 am. These students also are ready to play, having enjoyed this performance experience before, and excited to be interviewed, rehearsing their pieces and practicing their answers to potential interview questions. Compositions by Williams, Bober, and Debussy will be featured. We look forward to hearing them play and speak on the airwaves – good luck! Listen to the live broadcast here.
Ask us about upcoming opportunities to perform live with your CYM Friends on the Saturday Light Brigade Radio Show!Read the details >>
A packed audience at our Sewickley concert room recently enjoyed performances by CYM faculty and students.
The faculty trio shared music of Haydn, and thrilled the audience with delightful Tango music!
Student performers included beginners to advanced, and performed well for the receptive crowd.
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Ten of our amazing CYM string players took time out of Martin Luther King day to bring music into the lives of the residents of Masonic Village at Sewickley. Everyone benefited from the time together- audience and performers alike!
Thank you students and teachers for using music to bring joy to those in our community. Sharing our music is one of the most valuable things we do as musicians.
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On Thursday, December 19th, CYM students and their teachers regaled museum-goers with beautiful holiday music, giving patrons an aural feast to complement the visual!
Performers enjoyed being a part of the current exhibit of Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan Presepio. This exhibit runs through January 5th, so there is still time to take advantage of the display. Visit here for more information.
Congratulations to our performers and teachers- thank you for using your gifts to bring quality music to area events!
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CYM families enjoyed a beautiful recital that showcased the hard work of many of our CYM students. Guitar, piano, cello and violin were all represented. Some of our youngest performers had the opportunity to try out their pieces for a warm and receptive audience for the very first time!
Faculty duets included arrangements by Mr. Chris, and featured Ms. Leah and Mr. Chris on violin, Ms. Amy, piano, and Mr. Jake, cello, and Mr. Erich, guitar.
Congratulations to all of our performers!
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A report from Ms. Simmi: CYM students performed at the Benedum during the pre-show and intermission of the Nutcracker on Saturday, and it was a spectacular night all around! Our pianists and violinist did such a beautiful job with their holiday pieces, they were well-prepared, and had a great crowd to perform for in the lobby. We all enjoyed the magical Nutcracker performance, as well! All of us here at CYM hope to make this a new holiday tradition!
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