Jonah Tedford, age 8, played a Book 1 recital this past week. Accompanied by his mother, Dr. Shasha Piastro-Tedford, Jonah played for his group class at our Wexford location. The group is taught by Ms. Rochelle, and Ms. Leah is Jonah’s private teacher. Congratulations to all!
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 event to work toward certification in National Teacher Associations such as ECMMA (Early Childhood Music and Movement Association).
Great job, Ms. Amy!
To learn more about Musikgarten at CYM, contact Ms. Amy!
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 Composition Competition in partnership with the Beo String Quartet! Up next for Mr. Ryan and the Quartet: a studio recording of This is My Scary Robot Voice!
A second selection was titled “Winter”, from String Quartet No. 5: Waníyetu by award-winning composer, Marc Mellits. “Waníyetu” is the native American Lakota word for “winter”. Listen to the music and see if you can feel and imagine the icy coldness of winter! Composed in 2015, the music alternates between calm, snowy, serene landscapes, and flurries of complex rhythms, with strident, accented motifs that take the listener into the harshness of wind, sleet, and deep snow!
Tell us what you hear in both of these pieces in the comments- we would love to get your reactions! You never know, there might be a follow-up to this blog featuring the thoughts and interpretations of our CYM students!
Congratulations, Mr. Ryan, on all your marvelous performances and collaborations this summer!
This past weekend, friends and family of Clara Yuo were treated to an evening of beautiful piano music! Clara, who is twelve years old and a rising seventh grader, has been taking piano lessons at CYM for eight years. Her Friday evening recital was held in Sewickley, where she performed on our beautiful and storied concert grand! The recital, which lasted about 25 minutes, consisted of all eleven pieces from Suzuki Piano Book 4.
Here is Clara, pictured with her teacher, Ms. Simmi:
Bravo to Clara for a beautiful book recital!
Did you happen to catch Grease at the Benedum Center this month? CYM student Jayne Miner auditioned for the show and earned a spot in the Teen Ensemble for this production! Grease was presented as part of CLO’s Summer Program at the Benedum, and featured Clay Aiken.
Jayne is a student of Ms. Simmi, and has been studying at CYM for 7 years! She also plays trumpet, and is active in her school’s concert and jazz bands, as well as PYCO’s Chamber Brass Ensemble. But wait, there’s more! Since she is also a singer, she participates in her school’s chorus!
Jayne’s previous musical experience includes Annie, Jr, The Sound of Music, and CLO Academy’s production of 9 to 5. A rising 9th grader, Jayne also participates every summer in the community’s Performing Arts Camp- a 4-week daily musical theater camp that culminates in two productions.
Congratulations, Jayne, on all your hard work and successes! We can’t wait to see what you do next!
Jayne is pictured here (front row, center) with the rest of the Teen Ensemble!
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!
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:
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 you for your part in making our soloists shine! Thank you for the extra hours you put into learning new music and playing (and following) so beautifully, and for fostering a positive environment between soloist and accompanist. You set a great example as we help our students learn more about playing with an accompanist, an aspect of solo playing that is still new to many.
And unlike the Kentucky Derby, there was no jockeying for the lime light. We had students winning trophies, framed certificates, and ribbons for their hard work in their practice commitment, as well as participating in community service and outreach events! More on these winners to come!
We also congratulated our two graduating seniors, Matthew Matisz and Joshua Faber. Watch for a feature on these two young men in the next few days.
Coming soon: pictures from all four recitals!
A big thank you to Jake Niehl for taking some great shots, to Karen Schnatterly for all of the administrative tasks and great announcing, to Leah Givelber for coordinating the event and for FOUR programs, to Victoria for the wonderful receptions, and to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsburgh for the use of their lovely sanctuary and Steinway grand!
Congratulations to all!
But the good kind of Blues! Mr. Mark delighted all with his program of blues, jazz, and more! The concert featured students of all ages and instruments, and included those students who participated in the Blues Workshop that day! Guitar faculty Mark Marston’s presentation included Blues for Classic Guitar by Charlie Byrd.
Thank you to all who participated!
Guitar students of all ages learned the chords, the techniques, and the harmonic progressions used in rock and popular music! Students experimented with some simple improvisations and riffs over the 12 bar blues. Most of the students had no previous blues experience, but took what they did know and applied it to the blues genre with the expert help of Mr Mark!
What a great way to spend a Saturday! Congrats to all!
Our Solo Recitals were captured this year with photographs of our CYM students, teachers, and staff in action! Scroll through the photos below to enjoy and relive that special day. And this is not all! Additional pictures will be uploaded soon. Our Marketing Manager, Jake Niehl, continues to be very busy documenting this important day for all of us, so stay tuned. If you see a photograph you particularly like, we will be bringing information to you soon about how you can order your own prints! For now, enjoy!