New Sections of Toddlers Added on Wednesdays and Thursdays!

Take a look! We now have Musikgarten classes for toddlers on Wednesdays and Thursdays!

Musikgarten’s Family Music for Toddlers is a developmentally-appropriate music and movement class for young children ages 18 months through 3 years. Children and their caregivers will enjoy singing, dancing, playing percussion instruments, stories, rhymes, finger plays and more!

Classes for this age lay the groundwork for all future music study! Capitalize on your child’s natural love for music today, and watch as they begin to echo patterns of pitch and rhythm, sing, and respond creatively to the elements of music! Through the specialized activities, they are embodying everything now that will make them musical in the future.

Toddlers and their adults absorb the beauty of folk music from around the world, as well as inspirational classical music, sprinkled with the fun swag of jazz, rags, and blues!

Come and join in on any of these sections (new ones in orange!):

Mondays

10:00am – 10:45am, Fox Chapel

4:00pm – 4:45pm, Wexford

Tuesdays

6:00pm – 6:45pm, Sewickley

Wednesdays

4:15pm – 5:00pm, Sewickley

Thursdays

4:00pm – 4:45pm, Fox Chapel

It’s not too late to join in, so please register here!

See you there!

New Group Options Added!

Still time to enroll – we are offering some more great classes this year!

At CYM, we are always laying the foundation for, and expanding upon, individual instrumental lessons. This semester we are offering two new Music Makers classes for children ages 5-9! Students will learn music concepts through engaging and developmentally appropriate activities that put the FUN in music learning!

Music Makers at the Keyboard (Mondays and Tuesdays in Sewickley, Saturdays in Wexford ) is brand new to CYM, but has been taught by Ms. Amy for over 10 years! This year, make this the path for your 6-9 year old to learn piano, because data over the last 15 years is showing 98% retention rate in private piano for graduates of MMK!  Read here for more information!

Music Makers at Home, (Mondays, Wexford) which is a pre-piano course that puts the emphasis on all things 5-6 year olds love, including animals and their habitats. Through these familiar and intrinsically interesting themes, students become purposeful listeners as they joyfully sing and learn folk songs, hear and play patterns, learn complex dances, and play instruments! All things to guide them systematically into music literacy!

This dynamic way of experiencing music sets the stage for a lifetime of music making! Check it out at www.youngmusicians.org!

See you in Music Makers- Bring a friend!

Family Music for Babies ~ Who, What, Where, When & WHY??

CYM is now offering Musikgarten’s Family Music for Babies! Let’s start with…

WHY…

          • All babies are born with music aptitude.
          • Babies absorb the sounds of music in the same way they absorb the sounds of their spoken language.
          •  Recent studies have shown that music affects the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of babies and strengthens cognitive and sensory development.
          • Patterns heard in class feed the ear-brain connection and start to form the language of music. Before long they will be imitating those patterns, developing for life their sense of pitch and rhythm.

WHO…

Who is this for? How old does the baby have to be? This class is for any baby, at any age, up to about 16 or 18 months. Some moms have signed up for the class before the baby is born, then come back later with baby in tow!

WHAT…

What happens in a babies class? Lots of singing, dancing, rocking, steady beat, instruments, scarves, rhymes, finger plays, lullabies, and games. All designed to introduce little ones to the language of music, while at the same time equipping parents with songs and rhymes for every occasion! This class developmentally addresses your babies needs, and provides bonding moments for caregivers.

WHERE and WHEN…

Ready to sign up or to give this as a gift to someone you know? Here are the options for CYM families:

Monday:

      • Fox Chapel, 9:30 am – 10:00 am
      • Wexford, 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Wednesday:

      • Wexford, 9:30 am – 10:00 am

Thursday:

      • Sewickley, 9:30 am – 10:00 am

Click here to register. Select location, then class, then time!

For more information, email Ms. Amy (CYM faculty and National Teacher Trainer for Musikgarten) at arucker@youngmusicians.org, or call CYM office at 724-935-0505.

“PJ Classes” Added for Toddlers and Preschoolers!

What is a PJ class, you might ask? Well, just as it sounds, these are classes scheduled later in the evening that may be attended in pajamas! Hence the name “PJ class”! For many toddlers and preschoolers, our Sewickley classes on Tuesday nights are a perfect opportunity for busy families, pajamas, or no! Offering later classes gives a little more flexibility, making it easier for more parents to attend. Or perhaps some parents can take turns coming to these Musikgarten classes with their little ones.

Here are our PJ class offerings:

  • 6:00-6:45 Family Music for Toddlers (ages 18 months through 3.5 with a grown-up)
  • 6:45-7:30 The Cycle of Seasons: Wind Dancers (ages 3.5 through 5 with a grown-up)

Why not schedule a free trial for one or both of these classes?

Early music learning sets the stage for all future music study!

Visit www.youngmusicians.org and click on “register” to go to the Sewickley class offerings! If you have questions about Musikgarten, call the office at 724-935-0505 or email Ms. Amy at arucker@youngmusicians.org

See you in a PJ class!

Prelude Classes and Excitement at Sewickley’s Night Mart!

A buzz filled the air at CYM’s Sewickley location this past Friday night!

Mr. Jake rolled up the white carpet, then promptly “rolled out the red carpet” for curious children and their families! Our colorful front window piano caught folks’ attention, as did Mr. Jake and Mr. Rob, who ushered students in to attend a petting zoo of stringed instruments with Mr. Ryan! Parents stood by and enjoyed seeing their children explore violins and cellos, learning about how to sit, handle instruments, and play! Meanwhile Mr. Rob talked with parents, answering questions about CYM offerings and philosophy, and encouraging folks to sign up for the CYM newsletter. Then with an eye to the back room, where Ms. Amy was leading Musikgarten activities, Mr. Rob would lead students and their parents from the petting zoo to their next adventure! Ms. Amy then led the children in songs, dances, singing games, and drumming activities! For two hours or so, non-stop, Mr. Ryan and Ms. Amy taught dozens of curious budding musicians! Whew!

Stay tuned for similar events at our Sewickley location- we would love to have  word-of-mouth advertising from our current CYM families!

Coming Attractions

It’s time to enroll in one of our new classes!

You’ve probably read about our Crossover series that began this summer. If not, follow this link to read up on the ways visual art and music intersect! This is a group for teens in Sewickley. If your student has interest in the visual arts, video game music, anime music, etc. they should definitely check out these sessions!

Musikgarten is here!  So glad to be offering this curriculum with expanded options this year! Music Makers at the Keyboard is brand new to CYM, but has been taught by Ms. Amy for over 10 years! This year, make this the path for your 6-9 year old to learn piano, because data over the last 15 years is showing 98% retention rate in private piano for graduates of MMK!  Read here for more information! Continue reading below for other new offerings in Musikgarten including Music Makers at Home for 4-6 year olds, and Family Music for Babies (birth to 18 months)! Call our office for more info, or email Ms. Amy at arucker@youngmusicians.org

Prelude Classes are informal classes in Sewickley held in conjunction with Night Mart! Come explore instruments with CYM faculty Mr. Ryan, and enjoy participating in dancing, singing, and ensemble activities with Ms. Amy! Click here for more details.

Cello Crew is here and ready to go for all cellists! What a great opportunity to develop ensemble skills, and learn from Mr. Ryan as well as other cellists! Read a recent blog about this new Monday class here!

More NEW groups in Musikgarten:  Family Music for Babies is a class designed for babies up to 16 months with a caregiver. To learn more about the importance of this early music learning, please visit Ms. Amy’s blog post here. Rock, bounce, sing, dance, finger plays, instruments abound in this delightful class aimed to envelop your baby in the language of music! Also check out Music Makers at Home, (Mondays, Wexford) which is a pre-piano course that puts the emphasis on all things 5-6 year olds love, including animals and their habitats. Through these familiar and intrinsically interesting themes, students become purposeful listeners as they joyfully sing and learn folk songs, hear and play patterns, learn complex dances, and play instruments! All things to guide them systematically into music literacy!

Visit our website to get enrolled – there is still time to join in on the group dynamic – a great way to learn and have fun with friends!

Oh, and spread the word!

New at CYM this fall: Group Piano Classes!

Now enrolling!

We are thrilled to announce new sections of group piano designed for beginners! Starting this fall, Music Makers at the Keyboard will be offered in our Sewickley and Wexford locations. This Musikgarten curriculum is designed to capitalize on the dynamic of a group environment to instill music skills that are applied to the piano. A three year method, Music Makers at the Keyboard focuses on singing, movement, ensemble, writing, notation games, and more, in a fun group setting. Concepts are applied to the piano from day one, resulting in fluid sight reading, creative improvisation, composition, ensemble playing, and performance.

Sign your child up to learn in an engaging environment with certified Musikgarten instructors! Classes are for beginners ages 7-9, and will be offered in Wexford on Saturdays at 1:30, and Sewickley on Mondays at 5:30, and Tuesdays at 4:30.

For more information about these classes, contact Amy Rucker: arucker@youngmusicians.org.

Spaces are limited, so visit CYM today!

New “Prelude” Classes Available!

Do you happen to live around the Sewickley area? Good news! CYM is now offering free classes called Prelude. Prelude sessions are fun, interactive demo classes that allow budding musicians to explore potential programs and instruments. Come listen, touch, and learn about the different instruments offered at CYM and then take part in a group music class which will have your child singing, dancing, and creating music! Prelude is available for children ages 4 to 12, and no prior experience is needed.

To register for Prelude clink the link below to go to CYM’s Timetap page. From there, select the Sewickley location. After that, select the Prelude option and fill in the necessary information.

Our next classes will be at CYM Sewickley in September. Be sure to check this website and CYM’s social media for the date. To register, click the link here!

CYM Teachers Invest in Musikgarten Training

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!

 

The Center for Young Musicians