“New Waters” at CYM!

 

We all know about violin, cello, piano, and voice lessons, but what about exploring less familiar options at CYM?

We offer lessons in a number of instruments beyond those listed above. Consider if you will, the ukulele – perfect for younger beginners, but great for any age. A ukulele is popular at parties, so be prepared to accompany random sing-alongs once you master even just a few chords!

Or maybe you want to channel your inner Richard Starkey, a.k.a. Ringo Starr, and learn to play a drum set?

Or perhaps you love jazz and others genres and would like to explore options for electric bass. Did you know pit orchestras are often looking for electric bass players? The bass provides a crucial beat and harmonic center for any band. Why not give it a try?

And one instrument that you can play and it will always put a smile on your face: the banjo. Did you know you can’t be sad and play a banjo tune? According to Steve Martin, highly talented actor, comedian, writer, musician, and banjo player:

“The banjo is such a happy instrument–you can’t play a sad song on the banjo – it always comes out so cheerful.”

Talk with your family and see which of these instruments might tickle someone’s fancy. Let us know if you have questions – visit www.youngmusicians.org today!

Try Something New This Coming Week!

We have some openings for next week that we want to share with you! Time slots do become available, and we want to be sure you know about them when it happens!

Click here to register!

For individual instruction, we have openings for all instruments at our Sewickley, Wexford, and Fox Chapel locations. There is an open spot each day of the week! These lessons are for ages 4 and up- adults included!

For group lessons, we almost always have room for more. We have offerings in all four locations in ukulele & guitar,  and beginning piano. Don’t forget to start early with Musikgarten and Suzuki Readiness classes for our families with young learners! Makes a great gift, too! Classes are underway, but we are always ready with open arms for new budding musicians!

 

 

 

 

 

Hope to see you soon at one of our CYM locations! Call us if you need help deciding: 724.935.0505

 

Cello Crew is Here!

A new performing group for cellists is here! Led by Mr. Ryan, this class meets Mondays evenings at our Sewickley location.

Cellists ages 13 to 18 are encouraged to join this group which will provide opportunities to develop musicianship skills as well as performing experience. Not to mention that music is more fun when you get to collaborate with friends!

Make time to join in with something new at CYM, and get ready for some amazing music-making this year!

Mondays, 7:00-8:00 PM, Sewickley

Contact Mr. Ryan for more details!

Ready to join? Sign up here!

“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!

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 “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!

Coming Soon to CYM!

With the fall semester on the horizon, the faculty at CYM has prepared all sorts of new and exciting group lessons, just for you! Check out our “Coming Attractions” below!

Enroll today at www.youngmusicians.org!

Call our office for more information  (724) 935-0505

CYM Summer Choir Presentation

On Tuesday night, our CYM Summer Choir gave a performance, demonstrating a sampling of what was learned over the summer. Having only met eight times, the children were eager to present their hard work to the parents, who were delighted and amazed at all that had been accomplished.

The program began with a demonstration of vocal exercises and rounds, followed by a selection of songs. Students had chosen different “poses” for each piece, and one song was even accompanied by percussion instruments!

Kristin Butler, parent of Abigail said: “It was a great show! We loved hearing their voices. Thank you for your time with them, sharing your gifts, and especially your patience!”

During the reception, Mrs. Rucker presented a piano recital of of Irish and American folk songs arranged for piano solo! Thank you to all the parents and family members who came to support these young singers.

Watch for future opportunities for a CYM choir!

Early Childhood Music Classes: More Than Just Fun and Games!

Because there is FUN, and there are some GAMES….but why stop there?

If you are going to invest in music for your young child, then you will want to be sure there is more to it than just fun and games. But you might not know what that “more” is! That’s OK, most people don’t! After all, what could be taking place in a class of toddlers? Sounds pretty much like a recipe for mayhem, amirite?

Thankfully, the research has been going on for decades regarding young children and music, and we know a lot about what that early childhood music and movement class should look like. Much of what we do in the early years at the Center for Young Musicians is driven by the work of Dr. Lorna Heyge, who wrote one of the first childhood music programs in the United States. Working in Germany in the 1970s, she and other music educators pulled together the best of Kodaly, Orff, Suzuki, Jacques-Dalcroze, and others, to build a comprehensive music program designed to create lifelong lovers of music!  More recent studies in the neurological development of children and music language acquisition have informed our work as ECM educators, and Musikgarten has put this all together to create an up-to-date, essential program for early learning.

So it’s OK- we know what to do, and we do it well. Our music classes for little ones include:

  • Active, thoughtful participation
  • Focused Listening
  • Steady Beat Development
  • Purposeful Movement
  • Language Learning
  • Singing
  • Instruments and Ensembles…..and more!

Our lessons are designed to meet the needs of your growing child at every stage of their development, laying a foundation for success in future instrumental study!

And the fun and the games are all included; and OK, maybe a little mayhem here and there.

For a good time, visit www.youngmusicians.org

 

Calling all teens! Join CYM Crossover!

The Center for Young Musicians’ teen hang-out, “Off the Record,” and Studio419 join forces to create Crossover: a space for teens where they can relax, enjoy snacks, learn from each other, and express themselves freely. In this six-session music and art crossover summer series, teens will explore their own creativity through a variety of fun and engaging themes. Never played an instrument? No problem. Never picked up a paintbrush? Don’t sweat it! This all-levels series is a low-pressure opportunity for teens to connect with music and art in a new way.  We are welcoming non-CYM students to these sessions as well, so invite siblings and friends!

Join us for our second session, Blues x Monochromatic Colors on Friday, June 14th by signing up through Eventbrite!  To save for the summer, sign up for the Complete 6-Session Series (10% discount).

Be sure to check out our future sessions, too!

Pop x Pop Art

Improv x Happy Accidents

Jazz x Graffiti

Video Games x Scene Perspective

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