Ms. Grace and CYM students enjoyed exploring what it takes to gain confidence in performance! Strategies were discussed for the weeks that lead up to a performance. Preparation is the key! Practical strategies for the day of a performance were also presented. The audience enjoyed works by Brahms, Gillock, and Faber. Good work, students, for taking the time to improve your preparation and presentation!
I remember as I was growing up I would love to hear my teachers play their instruments. As a high school student I was mesmerized hearing the Dayton Philharmonic perform, knowing that my band director was principal trumpet! Seeing and hearing your teacher in action is so valuable. It gives families valuable insights into the artistry of their teacher. For the student, the moment can provide a lifetime of motivation as they think Wow, that could be me one day! And it really can! Our students just need to know what to aim for. And to see the joy it brings to our teachers to be able to share confidently their musical accomplishments with others.
Ms Grace has done just that in her recent CYM Community Concert! Congratulations to Ms. Grace and her student performers!
Ms. Simmi and her students took to the airwaves for an awesome SLB show this weekend! Just what is the Saturday Light Brigade, you ask?
SLB is a public radio program featuring acoustic music and family programming including participatory puzzles and games as well as on-air telephone calls from children and adults. Broadcast since 1978, it is one of the longest-running public radio programs in the United States.
Piano students from the Center for Young Musicians demonstrated their public speaking and performance confidence in a segment devoted entirely to them! As always, the host (Mr. Larry Berger) made the students feel very comfortable and at ease playing on air and chatting about themselves.
Listeners enjoyed beautiful classical pieces as well as some Disney favorites! Participating in SLB gives our musicians an inside look at the broadcasting environment, including everything it takes to produce a show. A huge thank you to Ms Simmi for organizing this event and for giving our musicians yet another performing arts arena that they can feel confident in. This is one of the many ways the Center for Young Musicians aims to develop well-rounded artists!
Talk with your teacher to find out about future SLB Saturdays!
Ms. Grace’s Community Concert a Grand Success!
Ms Grace and her CYM piano students presented a wonderful Community Concert at our Sewickley location! Music of Bach, Debussy and Respighi filled the air. Thank you to all who performed, and to Ms Grace, for showcasing all your hard work!
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!
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
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!
And another Saturday Light Brigade is “in the can”! Congratulations to our fine students on wonderful performances and interviews! Thank you Mr Erich for expanding your students’ experiences in performing! Kudos to the students for handling the interviews with poise and confidence!
Watch for the next SLB program, coming up soon with Ms Simmi and her piano students!
A few photos from the big day:
Several of our teens met Friday night, March 2, at our Sewickley site to enjoy one another’s experiences and comments on life as well as to share pieces that they are working on.
A lively and engaged review of selected music by Johannes Brahms ensued as two student performers shared pieces by the beloved Romantic composer.
CYM faculty members, Alicia McGinnis and Erich RIebe, hosted students to pizza and soft drinks as the teens shared insightful comments on practicing, homework and life in general.
For the next meeting, the faculty would like to move the event to Saturday afternoon, since the general consensus is that sometimes Friday nights can be problematic after a busy week with schoolwork. Please keep an eye out for a scheduling survey to see what day might work best.
We are also shopping for a new name for the group, so please keep watching this space for more information on a great opportunity to meet new friends and keep up with others whom you may have known for years now!
By the way, students are permitted to bring friends along who do not attend CYM. They just have to be interested in music.
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!