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Chamber Music: “The Music of Friends”

String and piano students have resumed training in one of the most beautiful of chamber music mediums, the piano trio. Participants learned their music ahead of the first rehearsal, and will spend four meetings working with members of the group and Ms. Simmi and Ms. Leah to refine and polish the repertoire for performance. Students …

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Meredith Huddock Hopkins: US National 1st Place Fiddler

Have you ever wanted to know how to play fiddle music and didn’t know where to start? Well, here’s your chance! Learn fiddle tunes by ear (and eye), study the history and traditions of the tunes you learn, and discover different fiddle cultures throughout the world in Ms. Meredith’s new CYM Course “Fiddle Time”. Students …

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Holiday Concert Band for Guitars with Tom Maroon

Join the “Holiday Concert Band for Guitars”, the course that gives students the opportunity to collaborate as each person takes on their own part of a song but work together to focus on balance and harmony. The goal of this course is to prepare a short program for an end-of-the-year holiday performance – one that …

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Guitar Students Gain at Outdoor Play-In

Four guitar students attended last weekend’s Outdoor Play-In, and a younger sibling brought her violin and capo so she was able to transpose and participate as well! Literature from Suzuki Books 1 and 2 was shared and every student played a solo for the group. Not one to miss a chance to combine learning with …

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Ms. Leah’s Student Performs Book 1 Recital

Ms. Leah’s student, Sophie, performed her Suzuki Book 1 recital for friends, classmates and neighbors on Friday afternoon.  Sophie is a student of Ms. Leah and a member of the Suzuki Violin Book 1 Fun and Book 2 Crew group with Mr. Chris. Congratulations on a job well done, Sophie!

Welcome Thomas Maroon, Guitar and Songwriting Specialist

Center for Young Musicians is excited to announce that Thomas Maroon, guitar teacher and songwriting specialist, has joined the CYM Faculty. Thomas, a native of Greensburg, PA, started taking piano lessons in 2000, began studying the guitar in 2004, then graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Berkeley College of Music in Boston, MA, earning a …

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Sign-Up Today for Guitar Play-In, October and Holiday Serenades

CYM has plenty of events planned over the next few months. To stay on top of everything new at CYM, check out the registration page, the CYM Calendar, and the Event RSVP page. And if you are a student at CYM, make sure you subscribe to the weekly Take Note newsletter for even more information. …

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Young Artist Certificate Program

CYM’s Young Artist Certificate Program recognizes 7th-12th grade students for their instrumental mastery, commitment, and refined characters. Each level asks students to challenge perceived personal limits and engage with fellow students and families at CYM and in the community at large. There are three levels of the Young Artist Certificate Program: Scholar, Ambassador, and Mentor. …

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Mr. Erich’s Serenade Summary

The Fall season kicked off with a bang at this past Saturday’s “September Serenade”! As a prelude, Mr. Erich shared paintings from the Romantic Era, one titled “Serenade”, as well as a funny clip from Tom & Jerry showing Tom the Cat singing a serenade. The student performers each played three pieces of various types, …

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October Practice Challenge

Three months of the year are designated as Practice Challenge months, October, February and May. During these months, your child is challenged by the school to practice his or her instrument every day for the length of their lesson. A school Practice Challenge Calendar is used to track the days, and each week the teacher …

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Performers Sought for Community Service Project

Many people who live in group home facilities have been cut off from those they love because of the pandemic. Would you like to provide a video or audio of your favorite and most-polished pieces so that they can be included in a DVD collection that will be given to senior care facilities in the …

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Ms. Amy Offers “Nimble and Quick” for 3 – 5 year olds

Nimble & Quick is a part of Musikgarten’s Mixed Age Curricula, “All Together, Now!” that uses nursery rhymes to set the stage for joyful learning. The rhymes lend themselves to musical activities since they are rich in rhythm, meter, inflection, and song. Likewise, nursery rhymes invite clapping, tapping, jumping, and skipping, thus making our emphasis …

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Get Your Instrument Tuned

If you have not selected to meet with your teacher in person for a while and you would like to have your stringed instrument tuned, consider dropping by the school to have it checked. Call 724-935-0505 or email rentals@youngmusicians.org if your instrument needs to be tuned and you will be contacted for the best time …

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Mr. Erich Talks About Performance

Listen in as Mr. Erich talks about the performance training which helped him broaden his musical reach and a concert that added perspective: Thank you for joining us today Mr. Erich! Please describe a performance that made an impression on you. Thanks so much for having me here! I’ll highlight my first experience performing as …

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Mr. Mark’s Outdoor Guitar Play-In

Play-Ins provide a chance to get together, have fun, and play shared repertoire. The best way to prepare is to make sure you have as many of your Suzuki pieces polished as possible. Be ready to call out your favorites – we will take requests! Students need to bring their guitar, a seat, and footrest. …

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What is the CYM Course “Access Pass”?

Not sure which level of Mr. Ryan’s Music Games is right or you? Not sure which day your baby will be awake for Family Music for Babies with Ms. Amy? Want to try a course before you fully commit? Check out the CYM Course “Access Pass”! An “Access Pass” allows you to attend two course meetings …

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Who Can Attend a “Play-In” ?

In the Suzuki world, instrumental students learn their pieces so thoroughly that they are memorized for life and can be recalled in any circumstance – truly committing the literature to heart. On Saturday, September 26, Guitar students who know how to play any of the Suzuki songs, even if only a few, are welcome to …

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(Updated) CYM Courses in September!

Chris Sforza, Ryan Ash, and Amy Rucker are happy to announce new CYM Course meeting times! “Mr. Ryan’s Music Games 2” with Mr. Ryan, features the best songs, movements, and games drawn from a wide range of curricula. Students intuitively learn musical flow, pattern recognition, improvisation, pitch and rhythm reading, vocabulary, and writing. Experienced students …

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