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Mr. Mark’s Ukulele Workshop

July 3, 2019

Tune up your ukulele and strum along! Mr. Mark will be working with students of all ages refining their ukulele skills. This event is covered by the CYM workshop and activities fee, and is designed for current guitar students, or students who have had prior lessons on a fretted instrument. Ukuleles have seen a rise in popularity in the last few years. So here is your opportunity to catch that wave! Ukuleles provided, but space is limited, so visit here to sign up for this fun workshop. October 26th at CYM Wexford from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact Mr Mark with any questions.

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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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Collaborate, Create, Crossover – Calling ALL Teens!

May 16, 2019

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...

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Now Announcing… Off The Record!

May 2, 2019

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!”

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Confidence Workshop a Big Success!

April 18, 2019

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!  

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Ms Grace’s Community Concert Fills the Day with Beauty!

April 17, 2019

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!

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3….2…..1…..Saturday Light Brigade!

April 17, 2019

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...

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Friday Night Club – Watch for a new name and new day!

March 2, 2019

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...

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Fiddlesticks

February 22, 2019

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...

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CYM Goes to Phantom of the Opera

January 29, 2019

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 kschnatterly@youngmusicians.org before February 15th.

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