This week will see our own Ms. Amy in the Chicago area, doing what she loves to do! Music teachers from around the country, along with music majors from Wheaton College, are taking Musikgarten training with Ms. Amy to become certified teachers in the preschool level of the Musikgarten curriculum. This workshop is being offered through Wheaton’s Community School for the Arts, where Musikgarten has been taught for years.
Have fun, Ms. Amy!
Bring the whole family to a Christmas concert that will have your foot tapping, and your hands clapping! Imagine favorite carols and songs with fiddlers playing reels, plus a band of instrumentalists, and 200 voice choir singing along with you!
Our own Mr. Rob will be conducting the 200-voice choir for “Sing! An Irish Christmas” which will be held at the Benedum. Some of the choristers are coming from other states just to be a part of this concert. Recently the Gettys asked to add a children’s choir to the program, so our own Ms. Amy has been rehearsing with a 35-voice choir assembled from all over Pennsylvania and Ohio. Come concert time, she will be singing with the choir!
This tour is in its ninth year- and the first for the Pittsburgh area. Other stops in the 2019 tour include Carnegie Hall in NYC, and and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Keith and Kristyn Getty are from Ireland, and have been writing modern hymns for many years and their music is used in churches world-wide. They also have a passion for children’s music, and music in the home, and have created and published books for children and families to share, as well as song books for churches to use.
From the Getty website- a fascinating fact:
In 2017 Keith Getty was honored as an “Officer of the Order of the British Empire” (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The award, which commemorates Getty’s contribution to “Music and Modern Hymn Writing,” marks the first occasion that the award has been given to an individual involved in the world of contemporary church music.
When: Thursday, December 12, 7:30 pm
Where: Benedum Center, Pittsburgh
For more information, purchase tickets, and to watch the promo video, visit the Getty web page.
UniSound, a Pittsburgh organization dedicated to youth arts education and performance in Pittsburgh, recently invited our own Ms. Amy to write a guest blog.
Check it out here!
For more information about our offerings for babies, take a look at our Early Childhood Music and Movement department!
Readers of our website and newsletter may recall an article I wrote last spring featuring the Beo String Quartet. Our own Mr. Ryan is a member of this forward-thinking, 21st century group that is becoming one of the top ensembles performing today! If you missed that first installment, check it out here.
Mr. Ryan, center stage
The quartet is making a stop in Pittsburgh on November 6th. Their tour includes concerts in Las Vegas, New York, Long Island, Louisville, Philadelphia, and Ambler. The program, called Refractions, is a Beo String Quartet original production that showcases four unique and exciting works, each with a link to light and its transformation. Each of the featured works offers a colorful variety of sounds, styles, and sentiments.
The Beo String Quartet
The pieces include “live electronics, immersive staging, and unusual playing techniques that create very pleasing sounds”, according to Mr. Ryan. Three of the four compositions on the program will be premiers.
This is a unique event you won’t want to miss, so here is what you need to know:
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, 7pm-8:30pm
Bar Marco 2216 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tickets available online/cash at the door: General Admission $20, Student $9
For more information, please visit: http://www.beostringquartet.
For tickets, please visit: https://www.artful.ly/store/
We are thrilled to announce the addition of voice teacher, Lindsay McGinnis!
Lindsay studied music at The Ohio State University where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, and then at Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance.
Lindsay brings a broad experience of teaching and performing to this position. Having a background in musical theater as an actor as well as director and teacher, she is ready to welcome new students with a variety of goals. Her performances range from opera to oratorio to musical theater to sacred choral music!
Ms. McGinnis looks forward to building her studio here at CYM, and we are looking forward to welcoming her to our family.
Call the office if you would like more information about Lindsay’s schedule and locations.
CYM is thrilled to announce Mr. Rob Rucker as our new Program Manager! Rob has a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, as well as additional MBA coursework.
As a certified music educator and K-12 public school teacher, he has also served as music director for non-profits in Dallas, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio. His achievements include providing dynamic non-profit leadership in western Pennsylvania, and receiving a Fortune 500 company’s Excellence in Community Engagement award.
We are excited to welcome Rob to our CYM family!
As you may have read in the last few days, the Center for Young Musicians hosted a National Teacher Training Workshop for Musikgarten. Two of our teachers enrolled for this training, earning certification in the Music Makers at the Keyboard curriculum!
Ms. Grace, piano faculty, and Mr. Ryan, cello and piano faculty, attended the 17-hour training, held at our Sewickley location, along with four teachers from the northeast region of United States. Our CYM teachers are excited to be offering the first Music Makers at the Keyboard classes, along with Ms. Amy, this year at CYM!
Ms. Grace said about the training: “The Music Makers at the Keyboard training was a positive, whirlwind of a weekend! The training was full of hands-on experience, getting useful information on how children develop and learn, and being surrounded by other teachers who are so passionate about providing quality music education.”
Mr. Ryan made this observation about the Musikgarten philosophy, which takes children on a pathway to music literacy: “Musikgarten’s approach first connects students to the instinctive, singing flow at the center of all artistic expression– and maintains this focus as they progress through practical piano skills. Through the three-year program, students learn music from the inside outward, with the piano merely a simple extension of their natural, singing selves.”
Congratulations on your certifications, Mr. Ryan and Ms. Grace!
Click here to register your child for one of these group piano classes! And get ready to see your child experience deep learning and joyful music making at the piano!
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: WanÃyetu by award-winning composer, Marc Mellits. “WanÃyetu” 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!
The Center for Young Musicians is proud to announce that Jake Niehl has joined our team as Communications Manager! Jake came to us on a part-time basis a few months ago to work on graphic design and marketing, but recently was promoted to be the manager over all CYM communications. You have probably already noticed his amazing artwork on our website, our posters, and our social media. Here is a little background on Jake:
Jake hails from Irwin, PA. He attended Penn-Trafford High School and graduated from Robert Morris University in 2013 with a degree in Media Arts with a focus in Graphic Design. Mr. Niehl worked for three years as a camera operator/floor director for WPXI Channel 11 News, one year as the Social Media Manager/Graphic Designer for Premier Promotional Solutions, and most recently worked for My BFF Social before accepting his new position at CYM.
Jake says: “While I do not have a music degree, I’ve been involved in music since I was a child. In high school, I played the trumpet, trombone, and baritone. I was an assistant drum major of the marching band, and was in the musicals my junior and senior years (even learned how to tap dance!). I’m extremely excited to formally become a part of the CYM family and cannot wait to begin my journey here.”
Jake is pictured below with his sister, Julie. Enjoy a sampling of his artwork to date: