It’s time for the big announcement…
The Center for Young Musicians is partnering with Sweetwater Center for the Arts to create a brand new space for teenagers interested in the arts. After the grand opening of Sweetwater’s specialty teen gallery Studio419, just a couple of doors down from CYM in Sewickley, we were excited by the possibility of collaboration.
The Center for Young Musicians’ teen hang-out, “Off the Record,” and Studio419 join forces to provide teens with a space 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.
Sign up for the first session, which explores creating comics and listening to your favorite cartoon and movie music on Saturday, June 1st, here.
Spend the summer with us!
Saturday, June 1: Cartoon x Cartooning
Friday, June 14: Blues x Monochromatic Colors
Saturday, June 29: Pop x Pop Art
Friday, July 12: Improv x Happy Accidents
Saturday, July 27: Jazz x Graffiti
Friday, August 9: Video Games x Scene Perspective
*For a special discounted price, sign up for the entire summer series here!*
Plus, join us at the end of the summer for a celebratory barbecue!
Join Mr. Mark on Saturday, May 18th for a workshop on playing the blues! Guitar students of all ages will learn the chords, the techniques, and the harmonic progressions used in rock and popular music! Try out some simple improvisations over the 12 bar blues. Open to classical and pick-style players. No previous blues experience necessary. The workshop will be followed by a community concert where students will have a chance to perform. Grab your shades and head to Sewickley on the 18th at 1:30!
Be sure to RSVP on Eventbrite!
You voted, and the results are in! Formally known as “Friday Night Club,” this teen meet-up received a makeover, and we can’t wait to share it with you! “Off the Record” is a low-pressure environment for teens to enjoy in snacks, meet new friends, and share their favorite music, guided by one of our expert CYM faculty.
Teens spend a lot of time hard at work with an immense amount of pressure on their shoulders, whether its practicing their music, studying for exams, participating in extracurricular activities, volunteering, and more. Sometimes we all need a break, and that’s okay! Join CYM to re-ignite the sense of fun and curiosity that lead to the first time of picking up that instrument.
Plus… we have a very special partnership that we can’t wait to announce! Tune in to the Take Note each week for more special updates on “Off the Record!”
Ms. Grace and CYM students enjoyed exploring what it takes to gain confidence in performance! Strategies were discussed for the weeks that lead up to a performance. Preparation is the key! Practical strategies for the day of a performance were also presented. The audience enjoyed works by Brahms, Gillock, and Faber. Good work, students, for taking the time to improve your preparation and presentation!
I remember as I was growing up I would love to hear my teachers play their instruments. As a high school student I was mesmerized hearing the Dayton Philharmonic perform, knowing that my band director was principal trumpet! Seeing and hearing your teacher in action is so valuable. It gives families valuable insights into the artistry of their teacher. For the student, the moment can provide a lifetime of motivation as they think Wow, that could be me one day! And it really can! Our students just need to know what to aim for. And to see the joy it brings to our teachers to be able to share confidently their musical accomplishments with others.
Ms Grace has done just that in her recent CYM Community Concert! Congratulations to Ms. Grace and her student performers!
Ms. Simmi and her students took to the airwaves for an awesome SLB show this weekend! Just what is the Saturday Light Brigade, you ask?
SLB is a public radio program featuring acoustic music and family programming including participatory puzzles and games as well as on-air telephone calls from children and adults. Broadcast since 1978, it is one of the longest-running public radio programs in the United States.
Piano students from the Center for Young Musicians demonstrated their public speaking and performance confidence in a segment devoted entirely to them! As always, the host (Mr. Larry Berger) made the students feel very comfortable and at ease playing on air and chatting about themselves.
Listeners enjoyed beautiful classical pieces as well as some Disney favorites! Participating in SLB gives our musicians an inside look at the broadcasting environment, including everything it takes to produce a show. A huge thank you to Ms Simmi for organizing this event and for giving our musicians yet another performing arts arena that they can feel confident in. This is one of the many ways the Center for Young Musicians aims to develop well-rounded artists!
Talk with your teacher to find out about future SLB Saturdays!
Several of our teens met Friday night, March 2, at our Sewickley site to enjoy one another’s experiences and comments on life as well as to share pieces that they are working on.
A lively and engaged review of selected music by Johannes Brahms ensued as two student performers shared pieces by the beloved Romantic composer.
CYM faculty members, Alicia McGinnis and Erich RIebe, hosted students to pizza and soft drinks as the teens shared insightful comments on practicing, homework and life in general.
For the next meeting, the faculty would like to move the event to Saturday afternoon, since the general consensus is that sometimes Friday nights can be problematic after a busy week with schoolwork. Please keep an eye out for a scheduling survey to see what day might work best.
We are also shopping for a new name for the group, so please keep watching this space for more information on a great opportunity to meet new friends and keep up with others whom you may have known for years now!
By the way, students are permitted to bring friends along who do not attend CYM. They just have to be interested in music.
What a great time with our guitar students at Fiddlesticks! Be sure to watch for the next Fiddlesticks event. See below for more information on this fun, engaging program for families!
Pittsburgh is home to one of the top symphonies in the United States! But the thought of taking younger children to a long concert strikes fear in most of us! Still, we have a desire to introduce our little ones to the richness of the orchestra and the beauty of Heinz Hall! So… how do we do that? Enter “Fiddlesticks”! Sounds like fun already, doesn’t it? Fiddlesticks Family Concerts are Saturday morning events designed for your children ages 3 to 8! Come enjoy a warm, relaxed, interactive environment. See the symphony members up close and personal – ask questions about their instruments! Move to the music, explore rhythms, and make a craft to take home! Then hear the full symphony orchestra, and get Fiddlesticks’ autograph afterward!
We have the perfect time for you and your family to try Fiddlesticks: On February 23rd, the Center for Young Musicians Guitar Group and Guitar Chamber Music Class will be performing in the Heinz Hall lobby prior to the concert! Performance starts at 10:00. CYM families can get discounted tickets by using code 74150 when purchasing tickets!
Bring a friend, and have a blast. Fiddlesticks and CYM are ready for you!
March 3rd, 1-3:30 PM
Student tickets available for CYM Students who paid the Workshop and Activities fee. Additional tickets are $31. If interested, contact Karen Schnatterly at firstname.lastname@example.org before February 15th.
POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBA
Watch this space for an update on the rescheduled date for the Fall Achievement Day.
Register to come and play your latest piece for three of our faculty members for some helpful feedback.