Begin Violin Anew

Rochelle Agnew has envisioned this gathering for a while now. Saturdays in May, she will present Pre-Twinkle Violin: Readying Families for Success! The course is Rochelle’s fresh take on classical violin playing and the Philosophy of the Suzuki Method, first brought to the United States in the late 1950’s. She will offer this opportunity monthly …

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Motivated to Practice

Two third grade beginner cellists had great fun in March as they participated in Cello Practice Club, a new course offered each month at CYM. Highlights included playing exercises and songs from the Essential Elements Book 1, playing bingo to review concepts such as note names and rhythms, and learning tricks to help with techniques …

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Graduating With Smiles – Aarnav and Elijah Present Joint Recital

This past weekend, two guitar students advanced to the next levels. Aarnav, student of Mark Marston, and Elijah, a student of Erich Riebe, performed for friends and family to demonstrate their mastery of Book One and Book Two, respectively. They presented the programs on Saturday afternoon, March 27th, with Aarnav performing first, followed by Eli. …

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Practicing Well – “Every Day That You Eat” – Kenzie’s Goals Met

A heartfelt “Bravo!” to Kenzie, who practices the piano diligently everyday! The picture here shows Kenzie with the 200 Day Practice Challenge trophy that she earned in 2020. Kenzie will complete another 200 Day Challenge at the end of this month and she has every intention of keeping up these regular habits and becoming an …

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Modern Piano Event

Buddy at Modern Piano has reached out to CYM to share information about an exciting virtual concert being held TODAY! On Thursday, March 25th, Modern Piano will present an event on Facebook Live at 7:00 pm, hosted by Craig Knudsen (tech guy for “The Piano Guys”. We hope you will enjoy the opportunity to learn …

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Claudia’s Cello Recital

We invite you to Claudia’s Suzuki Cello Book 4 Graduation Recital this coming Saturday, March 27th at 10am! A graduation recital is a capstone to nearly a year’s worth of work–a snapshot of pieces and techniques that become part of the student’s permanent musical vocabulary–performed for fellow students, friends, and family. Claudia’s recital will be the …

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April’s Suzuki Graduation

Months and months of refinement and then what? We celebrate together! Riya and Sara have learned all of the pieces in Suzuki Book One and in Book Three and will matriculate jointly during a special performance of the literature presented in each level. If you would like to learn how to prepare your own Graduation …

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Netflix Films In Sewickley

The Center for Young Musicians provided socially distanced quiet space at 437 Beaver Street for Netflix personel this past chilly Monday, where actors and crew rested, read books, and drank coffee between filming takes of scenes from “The Chair”. Read about the project here:

Lindsay McGinnis “My Vocal Basics”

What could be better than getting together to sing your heart out with a friend? In My Vocal Basics, Lindsay McGinnis offers a relaxed start for the natural, no-rental fee, take anywhere instrument – your voice! Learn warm-ups and self care habits that invigorate, elegant posture that will bring out your most beautiful sounds – …

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Three Upcoming Serenades

Numerous skills are exercised through making the goal to master a new piece by a specific date, and performing it even better than one anticipated. Most notably a student gains reason, and, with the guidance of an exceptional teacher, the means to expect and experience focused practice daily. We hope you will sign up to …

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Tom Teaches Tuning

Watch this lively video where Tom Maroon shows you how to tune the strings on your guitar with one of his favorite apps!

Ukulele Sing-Along Set Undertakes New Valentine Rep

With four “repeat” participants, Mark and Lindsay’s Valentine Ukulele Sing-Along moved quickly beyond the basics. Branching out into chord structures less predictable and intervals less familiar, students worked through material difficult to physically coordinate and tricky to vocally place in tune. Ms. Lindsay pointed out how well students developed the ability to sing acapella, hearing …

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Cellist Julia Solomon Joins Faculty

Julia Solomon believes strongly in the power of music. It has the ability to change a person’s life, and connect all humans emotionally through a universal language. She believes that music can positively impact the lives of children, and wishes to share her passion for music through teaching.  Julia began her cello studies at the …

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Leah’s Students Shine in Studio Recital

Congratulations to all of Ms. Leah’s students who took part in her Studio Recital last Sunday!  Avi, Melina, Chloe, Sophie, Jonah, Cecilia, Luke, Alexa and Alena performed on Zoom with a dozen guests listening to their beautiful music.  Pieces performed ranged from Twinkle Theme to the Bach Concerto in A Minor and a movement from …

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Alena’s Achievement

Congratulations to Alena for passing her Grade 8 ABRSM exam!  The ABRSM (Associated Boards of the Royal School of Music) is a curriculum started in the United Kingdom over 100 years ago.  There are eight levels.  The curriculum is available to many students and is used worldwide.  To play the exam students are given a choice …

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Mark’s Robust Serenade

Just eight students performed at the CYM Serenade on Saturday, February 28, though they shared a great deal of music among those in attendance, filling the hour. Giulia, Charlie, Sonia, Thomas, Aarnav, Eli, Caroline, and Lily each performed the two or three pieces they had prepared, and since even then time remained, some played “encores”! …

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Simmi’s “See You Later” Studio Recital

Wonderful News! Simmi Tripathi, CYM Piano Faculty, and her husband Dave have welcomed their new baby boy to the world! We are so happy for them and the entire Tripathi Family! Rallying around their beautiful life-changing event, and in honor of her efforts and the dedication of students and their parents, we went ahead with …

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Lily Shares Recording/Blues with Classmates

One of the most exciting things for an educator to experience is how well a lesson resonates with a student. Mr. Mark has had quite the busy week in preparation for his upcoming Serenade on February 27th, but wanted to take time to share this feedback from one of his students: “In class (in school) …

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