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

 

 

CYM Summer Camp Feature – Intro to Keyboard

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 the stage for music reading and performance! For children ages 6 through 8, this camp will use songs children love to sing while they explore the keyboard, using tonal patterns to build harmonies as they sing! Using multiple keyboards will make this a fun, safe environment which will foster cooperation with others! Drumming will help with beat awareness, and dancing will help with coordination and feeling the music, and all its elements, with our whole bodies. We will celebrate music from all over the world as we sing, dance, listen, and play! This is a joyful way to get a start on the piano. Students who come to the keyboard camp will be ready in the fall to continue in a group setting, in a class called Music Makers at the Keyboard, or to begin or continue private study on the piano or any instrument! 

This camp is taught by Ms Amy, who holds a master’s degree in piano pedagogy, and is a National Teacher Trainer for the Musikgarten curriculum.  

Sign up now- spaces are limited!  

Ages: 6-8, July 29 through August 2, 1:00pm – 3:30pm  

Use the coupon code Earlybird19 to save 25% on the tuition 

Register online for the Fox Chapel Location  

Teen Strings – Featured CYM Camp

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 conductor. Learn how to create gestures and cues for others to follow, such as for entrances, fermatas, and cut-offs. Hone your listening skills as you work together to tell the story as one. This is a great opportunity to focus on playing in an ensemble for one fabulous week. Join Mr. Chris this July!  

July 8-12, 12:00 – 1:00pm, Sewickley, ages 11-17, COST $125  

Register online for the Sewickley location
Use Coupon Code Earlybird19 by May 27 to save 25% on tuition! 

Music Exploration Camp – Featured CYM Camp

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 of folk songs, and how to play those harmonies while you sing! This will give you a jump start on two new instruments, and if you decide to go deeper in the fall, you can sign up for private lessons on guitar, piano, or both! This camp will culminate in a performance on the last day, where you can try out playing your new instruments for your family!  

See you this summer for Music Exploration Camp! For students ages 7-11, it meets at 9:30 and goes until 12 noon.  

Register online for the Wexford Location (June 24 –28) 

Register online for the Shadyside location (June 29 – August 2) 

Use the coupon code Earlybird19 to save 25% on the tuition 

The Cycle of Seasons: Summer – Featured CYM Camp

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 – not only for the next level of early childhood music study – but also by continuing to lay the foundation that paves the way for a life-long love of music! 

Summertime and music….nothing could be finer! See you and your child this summer for the Cycle of Seasons: Summer camp! 

July 8 – July 12, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, ages 3.5 – 5 

Register online for the Wexford Location 

Use the coupon code Earlybird19 to save 25% on the tuition 

Camping at the Seashore – Featured CYM Camp

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! 

Register online for the Wexford Location 

CYM Feature Camp: Violin Book 2 Ensemble Camp

The most social thing we can do as musicians is to play in an ensemble. Private lessons are fantastic for one-on-one learning. But joining in with others makes everything come alive with new sounds and a new energy! 

The Violin Book 2 Ensemble camp is all about musicians coming together to create something new. Use your Book 2 pieces as you explore what it takes to perform with an ensemble of fellow violinists. Improve your reading skills by sight-reading music together, and play tunes in two and three parts! Gain confidence in your repertoire as you perform for each other in a fun, relaxed environment. The more you play with others, the easier it becomes. Not only will you improve as a soloist, but you will improve every musicianship skill as you blend your sound with others. Who knows- some of the things you play this summer could be featured next fall in the Ensemble Recital! 

Grab a friend and make some music in July! July 8 – 12, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Sewickley, COST $125 

Register online for the Sewickley location
Use Coupon Code Earlybird19 by May 27 to save 25% on tuition! 

CYM Feature Camp: Violin Book 1 Fun

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! 

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