New Sections of Toddlers Added on Wednesdays and Thursdays!

September 18, 2019

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...

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New Group Options Added!

September 12, 2019

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...

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

September 9, 2019

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...

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“PJ Classes” Added for Toddlers and Preschoolers!

September 5, 2019

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 and click on “register” to go...

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Prelude Classes and Excitement at Sewickley’s Night Mart!

September 3, 2019

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...

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Coming Attractions

August 30, 2019

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...

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New at CYM this fall: Group Piano Classes!

August 28, 2019

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:...

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New “Prelude” Classes Available!

August 21, 2019

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!

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CYM Teachers Invest in Musikgarten Training

August 16, 2019

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....

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