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The Cycle of Seasons: Summer – Featured CYM Camp

April 20, 2019

Did you know that the more experiences your child has at the early childhood level, the more likely they are to stick with an instrument when they are older?  Bring your 3.5 to 5-year-olds to this week-long camp that brings summer themes into musical play. Your child will enjoy the singing, poetry, and percussion instruments as they explore steady beat, tonal patterns, and rhythm patterns, which will become their tools for learning to read and write music in the next year or so! The imagination at this age is in a “window of growth”, as are language and story-telling! We will capitalize on all of that language development as we explore summer ideas, weaving them into in our musical experiences. And, since intentional listening is such a critical skill to develop, we will have fun making “sound games” that campers can take home! The Cycle of Seasons Summer camp will prepare your young child...

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Camping at the Seashore – Featured CYM Camp

April 20, 2019

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...

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CYM Feature Camp: Violin Book 1 Fun

April 18, 2019

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...

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CYM Summer Camp Feature: Summer Choir

April 17, 2019

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...

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Summertime…and the Learnin’ is Easy

March 30, 2019

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...

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Guitar Hum and Strum – Featured CYM Camp

March 30, 2019

  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...

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