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

Jazz Combo Workshop in Full Swing — Jump on in!

Join CYM for a Jazz Combo Workshop!   This summer camp is open to all guitar and piano teens.

Students will have fun learning about performing in a jazz combo! They will get a chance to try their hand at drums or bass guitar, as well as jam on their own instrument! Explore basic improvisation, learn some new music, and become familiar with techniques for jazz performance.

Click here to sign up for these sessions through Time Tap!

Sessions:

Friday, June 14 at 4 pm

Saturday, June 29 at 2 pm

Friday, July 12 at 4 pm

Saturday, July 27 at 2 pm

Friday, August 9 at 4 pm

Additionally, for teen students looking for a whole day of musical fun, check-out Crossover, a collaborative effort between CYM and Sewickley neighbor Studio419.  Click here for more details!

There’s still space for summer camps!

We have a wonderful line-up of summer programs for all ages, instruments, and levels, to keep students inspired and motivated through the summer months.

Summer Camps and Series

We have week-long camps and weekly series for students of all ages.  If you don’t see something that you are interested in, please have a look at our Custom Section below.

Here is a complete list of all of our offerings:

Guitar Chamber Music with Mark Marston
Who: Guitar students of all ages
What: In this series, guitar students of all ages can develop their reading and musicianship while playing a variety of music, such as classics by masters like Mozart, as well as jazz and popular music arranged for guitar ensemble. Music theory and improvisation skills will also be covered. Classical and steel string players are welcome.
When:  7:30-8:30 Mondays, June 10,17, 24 and July 8, 15 and 22
Where: CYM Wexford

To Register:  Register online for the Wexford Location

 

CYM Summer Choir with Amy Rucker
Who: All CYM students and children in the community ages 8-12
What: Come lend your voice to the Center for Young Musicians CHOIR!! Be a part of what is sure to become a summer tradition!
Learn to sing, or improve your singing, in this choir under the direction of CYM faculty Amy Rucker, who most recently was a director for the Columbus International Children’s Choir. Have fun singing in rounds, trying new music,
and even playing games that help us become better singers!
Gain confidence with your musicality through fun improvisation!
We will prepare music for an end-of-summer Choral Soirée, where you can show off your skills to your parents, family, and friends!
When: 5:45-6:45 Tuesdays, June 4-July 30
Where: CYM Sewickley

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

Music Discovery Camp with Rochelle Agnew and Erich Riebe
Who: Children ages 3-6
What: Music Discovery Camp is a morning of music, art and play for ages 3 – 6, held 9:30 – 12:00 noon each camp day! Have fun making music and new friends at the Center for Young Musicians.  Learn and explore music making with CYM’s trained faculty.  Based on our Early Childhood Music programs, Music Discovery camp fosters musical understanding using the same process as learning a language.  Activities include time for the children to make their own instruments, and listen to older children perform.  In the Sing, Move, Play session, the students get time to explore, touch and play rhythm instruments used in class  All activities appeal to a child’s natural desire to play, move, explore and interact through activity and song.

When and Where: Wexford, 9:30-12,  June 24-June 28,  and July 15-19
To Register:  Register online for the Wexford Location

When and Where: Sewickley, 9:30-12, June 17-June 21
To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

When and Where: Shadyside, 9:30-12 July 22-July 26
To Register: Register online for the Shadyside location

 

Guitar Hum & Strum with Mark Marston
Who: Students ages 5-9
What: This is a music and movement camp using the guitar as a tool to help learn music literacy. Learn basic chords that you can sing with right away.  A fun jump start on guitar basics, this camp is also a great first step for students who are thinking of taking guitar in the fall! Parents can learn alongside their students, and instruments are provided!

When and Where: Wexford, 2:00-4:30, June 17-21
To register: Register online for the Wexford Location

 

Music Exploration Camp with Erich Riebe
Who: Children ages 7-11
What: Does your 7-11 year old want to try their hand at guitar or keyboard? These camps are a great way to get started!
Topics covered will include basic harmony on the guitar or piano keyboard and songs from the American and European folk tradition.
The camp will include group instruction and culminates in a performance on the last day. No prior experience is necessary.

When and Where: Wexford, 9:30-12, June 24-June 28
To Register:  Register online for the Wexford Location

When and Where: Shadyside, 9:30-12, July 29-August 2
To Register:  Register online for the Shadyside Location

 

Violin Book 1 Group Fun with Chris Sforza
Who: All students currently in Suzuki Violin Book 1
What: Open to students currently in Suzuki Violin Book I this week-long camp is about making music, playing games, and having fun!
We will work on our Book I pieces while playing as a group as well as try out new ideas and musical games.
This class is perfect for strengthening and reviewing Book I material and concepts.
When:  10-11 am, July 8-July 12
Where: CYM Sewickley

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

Violin Book 2 Ensemble with Chris Sforza
Who: All students currently in Suzuki Violin Book 2
What: Open to students currently in Suzuki Violin Book II this week-long camp is about making and learning new music in a chamber ensemble style.
Activities include learning and practicing harmonies for previously learned Suzuki material, sight-reading, playing in multiple violin parts, and working as a small ensemble.
Selections from Suzuki Book 2 will also be reviewed.
When: CYM Sewickley, 11-12 noon, July 8-July 12

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

Teen Strings with Chris Sforza
Who: All string students between ages 11-17
What: Open to all string students between ages 11 and 17 this week-long camp is about making music in a chamber-group style. Material will be pre-selected and given to students in advance.
Rehearsal and practice techniques will be discussed as well as the roles that players have within an ensemble. Musical selections are subject to enrollment.
When: CYM Sewickley, 12-1 pm, July 8-July 12

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

The Cycle of Seasons: Summer with Amy Rucker
Who: Children ages 3.5-5
What: Summer fun exploring nature! Fish, frogs, kingfishers, and more! Find habitats like the meadow and meet new animal friends.
Listen to the sounds of weather, nature, and insects! Create percussion ensembles, and do some composing! Make sound games to take home!
When: CYM Wexford, 1-3:30 pm, July 8-July 12

To Register:  Register online for the Wexford Location

 

Camping at the Seashore with Amy Rucker
Who: Children ages 5-6
What: Creative play will take us to the magical seashore each day where there will be singing and dancing, movement activities, and playing instruments!
This camp will include many fun activities, such as making instruments to take home, listening to the sounds of the seashore and to the viola, harp and flute.
There will be simple nature crafts and art activities and family time with siblings to end each day.
When: CYM Sewickley, 1-3:30 pm, July 15- July 19

To Register: Register online for the Sewickley location

 

Introduction to the Keyboard with Amy Rucker
Who: Children ages 6-8
What: A perfect introduction to our year-long Music Makers at the Keyboard, the intro class will get your child playing the piano right away!
We will explore the basics, through fun singing, dancing and drumming activities.
Then we will take those songs to the keyboard and get started playing, singing, and improvising!
When: Lauri Ann West Community Center, 1-3:30 pm, July 29-August 2
Where: CYM Fox Chapel

To Register: Register online for the Fox Chapel Location

 

Custom Offerings

We have several chamber music sessions built onto the schedule, and we would be happy to build a custom session for your needs.  (We cater to pianists, string players and guitarists).  We can build Jazz Combos for you as well.   To discuss a custom group, please send an email to admissions@youngmusicians.org

 

 

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