Long summer nights, starry skies, campfires on the beach¦what’s not to love? The oceanside is a place of natural music – there are sounds all around you, and there is music to be heard if you are listening. Remember when you were young, and you held the conch shell up to your ear to hear the ocean? (Or maybe, like me, you still do that!) Someone shared that with you when you were young, and most likely you have passed it along to your children! Imagine the fun and lasting memories you can create about the seashore using songs, poems, crafts, and dances!
If you stop and think about it, you can probably imagine many sounds of the seashore. Maybe next time you take your family, you can play a game – close your eyes and listen for all the various sounds and see how many your child can name!
After this camp, your young child will be naming animals, imitating their sounds, singing songs, and doing a jaunty jig! Their seashore experiences will be heightened, as will their music abilities! Sea creatures, flying insects, seagulls, sea shells¦ these are all things children are naturally drawn to, and they will be the inspiration for our music activities, songs, and dances! Through the singing and playing of percussion instruments we will compose, improvise, and learn harmonies! Each day we will make instruments to take home, and the last day we will make a special instrument that will help us perform our camp songs for the families!
All these experiences will build scaffolding that will enhance learning in continued group lessons and, down the road, private instrumental study!
Camping at the Seashore is for children ages 3.5 – 5 years, in Wexford, 1:00-3:30, July 15-19, $250. “Sea” you there!
A Latin proverb states that “repetition is the mother of study”.
Musicians at every level of learning use repetition to gain insights, to secure, to memorize. Repetition brings a familiarity to the notes that makes the performer more emotionally engaged with the music.
Mr. Chris has some great ideas about how Book 1 pieces can be reviewed, solidified, and even played in new ways! Try out new ideas and have fun playing with other musicians, with expert guidance and instruction from Mr. Chris. Take the concepts in your music and explore them through Twinkle games, rhythm games, trivia games, and more! Supplement your Book 1 repertoire by learning new songs by ear. Experience playing in rounds with fellow violinists, building your listening and ensemble skills. Expand on what you know- to give you a jump start on lessons in the fall. See you in Sewickley this July!
Open to any students currently in Book 1, July 8 – 12, 2019, 10:00am – 11:00am, cost $125
Register online for the Sewickley location
Use Coupon Code Earlybird19 by May 27 to save 25% on tuition!
Singing in a choir is something everyone should do at some point! Usually, once a person has had a great choir experience, they tend to seek out opportunities for choral experiences throughout their lives! And thankfully, study after study shows the benefits of singing, and singing in a group in particular!
This choir is open to all CYM students, ages 8 – 12, no matter what instrument they study! But here’s good news- your child can bring a friend! We would love to have kids from the community join in with us- no previous choral or instrumental study necessary.
If your student is currently studying music, this a chance to refine music literacy skills with a new instrument! The voice! Learn the foundations of good choral singing, including breath support, posture, blending, facial expression, and more! If your child has ever thought about auditioning for a musical, this choir will help them prepare for that! Music choices will depend on the choir we form, but will include Broadway, folk, classical, and may incorporate percussion instruments for accompaniment! We will work on sight-singing, improvisation, and theory skills.
On the last day, we will finish with a choral concert for family and friends!
The choir meets once a week through the summer. It’s OK if you can’t make all the rehearsals!
Ages 8 – 12, 5:45-6:45 Tuesdays, June 4-July 30 at Sewickley, cost: $90
Use Coupon Code Earlybird19 by May 27 to save 25% on tuition!
What do you think of when you think summer? Sun, beach, pool, gardens, BBQ – the list goes on and on! It is a natural time for slowing down in many ways. The schedule is easier- no carpool lines, no homework. The routine eases up a bit. The long evenings almost beg us to stay outside until the fireflies come out to entertain us!
As a teacher, I long for the change in routine as well. I’ve also come to understand that summer is the perfect time to approach music study from a few different angles. It is the perfect time for enrichment, or for trying something new, or for focusing on a new style of music, or for composing and arranging! The list goes on and on!
Looking back over my own piano lessons growing up, I remember that “summer lessons” meant I could ride my bike to my lesson! That may not seem like much, but for me the thought of it brings back great memories of riding in the summer breeze, feeling a bit of independence, glad to be old enough to get myself to my teacher’s house. How fun and how freeing that was! I can still picture the bag my parents got for me to hold my music while I rode my bike. (Also memorable was the time a bee flew into my shirt without me knowing it and how, mid-lesson, it suddenly sprang to life, and escaped into the room with a buzz — much to our surprise!)
Summer isn’t really about stopping as much as it is a change of pace. It’s about having “found” time – and the opportunities abound! What your child invests in this summer will have a huge impact on the following year of music study.
It’s like planting a garden. Sure- it’s fun to plant a garden. It’s fun to plan, it’s fun to create, and let’s face it- it’s fun to dig in the dirt! So what you’re doing there is beneficial. You’re digging, planting, watering – and in so doing you have been nurtured yourself. It reminds me of this quote:
“We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” ~ Jenny Uglow
So, what’s it going to be? How will you make the most of the change of pace this summer? I say invest it! Make this summer a time to dig deep, to plant seeds of growth, to tend to and hone our skills, to try something new, to deepen understanding, and to reap the benefits in the fall!
At the Center for Young Musicians, we have camps for all ages. Find one to introduce your young child to the world of music. Or a camp to round out your student’s private lessons. We have offerings for strings, guitar, piano and more! We have early childhood music camps designed with summer themes, and the ever-popular Music Discovery Camp! So as your child continues their CYM year, why not consider adding to that study with a camp? And invite a friend!
Summer is coming — let’s dig in to the possibilities!
Visit our website for more information: www.youngmusicians.org
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
Guitar HUM & STRUM
I recently watched an episode of American Idol where a young man played guitar and sang. Not so unusual in and of itself, but it was the fact that he taught himself how to play, beginning at the age of 20! It is truly rare to find someone who has taught themselves how to play any instrument. Especially to that degree of beauty. I was moved! It was like watching August Rush (which you should watch if you haven’t!).
This summer there will be lots of opportunities to learn more about playing the guitar. Here is your chance to try something new, and gain literacy skills! Guided by our expert faculty, you can connect with your inner guitarist! You’ll learn songs to sing, and chords to strum¦hence the title HUM & STRUM!
Music is really so accessible. You can make music pretty much anywhere- and in this camp you’ll be singing, moving to music, and learning chords to strum. It only takes a few chords to sing many different songs! If you already are studying another instrument, your time in this camp will strengthen your reading, and your understanding of harmonies. You’ll be that much more ready for lessons in the fall.
We would rather you not wait until you are 20 to begin, so children ages 5-9 are invited to this camp! Together with their parents they will get a great start on guitar playing. If desired, those students will be a step ahead on private guitar lessons in the fall, where they can take their new skills to the next level and work on more advanced techniques!
Instruments will be provided – come ready to sing and make music!
See you this summer for Hum & Strum in Wexford, June 17-21, 2:00-4:30, cost $250. Use the coupon code Earlybird19 to save 25% on the tuition.