Summer Lessons and Camps

Jump Into Summer Camps at CYM!

March 11, 2020

It is time to turn our thoughts to warmer days ahead! Summer is a wonderful time to refresh, try something new, or expand on what you love! Always wanted to play the ukulele? How about the guitar? Want to join a choir?  For these opportunities and more, we have a great line up for you this summer! Summer Ukulele Workshop Children (and their parents) will learn the basics rhythm and harmony while having fun strumming and singing familiar songs. No previous experience with ukulele or any other instruments necessary.  Children can use their own instruments, or purchase one from CYM. 5 sessions, $125. Sign up here! Music Discovery Camp 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...

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Summer Camps and Events…Time to Begin Planning

January 31, 2020

CYM will be hosting several camps and classes this summer, for all ages. Old favorites will be back, and you will want to keep an eye out for a few new offerings. Summer Choir, Discovery Camps, Musikgarten, Guitar and more! Stay tuned, because summer is the perfect time for building on your students’ regular lessons, and expanding their experiences! It provides a time for trying new adventures, or going deeper into music skills such as improvising, or composing, or playing with an ensemble. We will have camps at both Sewickley and Wexford locations, and we will offer an early bird discount, so watch for the official announcement in the next couple of weeks!

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CYM Summer Choir Presentation

July 31, 2019

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...

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Calling all teens! Join CYM Crossover!

June 14, 2019

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...

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Jazz Combo Workshop in Full Swing — Jump on in!

June 13, 2019

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!

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There’s still space for summer camps!

June 11, 2019

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...

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CYM Summer Camp Feature – Intro to Keyboard

April 22, 2019

One thing we hear from adults on a regular basis is “I wish I had learned to play the piano when I was young!” The ability to play the piano not only makes you popular at parties, but also provides wonderful brain development! Here are just a few of the benefits of piano study:  Prevents Hearing Loss and Memory Loss (this is very new and exciting research!)  Improved counting and math skills and overall school performance  Exercising new language acquisition skills   Improves reading comprehension  Improves bilateral coordination  Promotes listening acuity and aural memory  Is your child at the age where he or she is ready for the application of early childhood concepts to an instrument? Or maybe you have just been thinking about starting your early elementary student on the piano! This camp is the perfect starting point.   Let your child go on a keyboard adventure this summer to set...

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Teen Strings – Featured CYM Camp

April 22, 2019

Playing music in an ensemble of any size takes copious application of many senses at once! It’s not a race mentality, with a feel of “every man for himself!”, which would result in total cacophony. Rather, musicians work together to create the whole of the music. They take turns leading the melody and providing the hushed accompaniment. They must breathe together as one in order to begin together. Music created in an ensemble has motion – and the story that an ensemble can tell is a vibrant one, with many layers and textures. Come to the Teen Strings Camp and explore what it takes to play with others and tell a story. Follow a conductor’s gestures – how to come in together, when to get louder, quieter, faster, and slower, and when to bring your part out, and when to be the accompaniment! Work on these aspects of musicianship as you also try playing as an ensemble without a...

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Music Exploration Camp – Featured CYM Camp

April 20, 2019

I remember my father taking my rented clarinet back to the music store, to trade it in for a flute. “She’s mastered this one” my dad said in his usual dry wit, as he placed the clarinet case on the counter.  Sometimes students know what instrument they want to play from a very young age. Oftentimes, though, a student might start on one instrument and then really get interested in another instrument! That is precisely why we have designed summer camps at CYM: to offer a time of instrumental exploration!  “Music Exploration Camp” is the perfect way to try out two instruments in a fun, engaging atmosphere! Have you ever wanted to see what it is like to play the piano or the guitar? Find out by jumping into our one week-long camp. Activities will include singing, playing percussion instruments, and listening to different styles of music. Learn basic harmonies...

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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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