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Easy Pick Up – Practice Challenge Medals and Trophies

A belated congratulations to all students who completed the February and 200 Day Practice Challenges! Good Job! You were not able to be recognized at the recital, and we really missed seeing you with your teachers up on stage, smiling proudly. If you would like to receive your trophy or medal now, and can drive …

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Mr. Ryan’s Student Presents Suzuki Book 3 Recital

Book recitals are a celebratory time for all students at CYM and we are thrilled to tell you that one of Mr. Ryan’s students has completed his Suzuki Book 3 Graduation requirements. Here’s what Mr. Ryan had to say: “Congratulations to Yazan on a successful Cello Book 3 Graduation Recital this past Saturday!A graduation recital …

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Mr. Mark’s New Courses Start This Week

It’s almost time! Mr. Mark’s two new courses, Learn to Play the Blues, and also, Recording/Chamber Music, start this week. In Learn to Play the Blues, students learn basic blues progressions, and the history of the blues and how it has helped shape modern music. The worlds of B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, will …

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Conversation with Chris Sforza: Suzuki & Online Learning

The Suzuki Method for music education is transcending the traditional classroom setting and proving effective in the virtual environment. It might seem surprising that a method emphasizing ear-training and performance can translate over the computer. For sure, we all miss our in-person lessons and recitals. But there is so much more to the Suzuki philosophy, …

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Turning the Corner into August

As the world continues to adjust to the pandemic and with rhetoric and research findings seeming to change from day to day, CYM strives to provide the best musical experience for your family, under the circumstances. We appreciate how you have stayed connected and continued to practice and work with the caring and talented teachers …

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Ms. Amy’s “Family Music for Babies” Pop-Up Re-Cap!

By last Friday, “Word of Mouth” about CYM’s free babies class had reached parents in Ambridge and Imperial, crossed into Mason and Cincinnati, Ohio, was heard in Chicago, Knoxville, Houston, and the Bronx, and was also received in India and Great Britain – and families rsvp-ed to attend! Ms. Amy held the virtual class, Family …

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CYM Practice Points

Part of being a good musician means keeping your instrument finely tuned and in “ready” condition. This is especially true for vocalists. Taking proper care of the vocal cords not only will help you create beautiful music, but it can also save you from unnecessary injury. Thankfully Ms. Lindsay is here to share a few …

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Upcoming Events and Courses

Nature Trail Camp Ages 4 – 9 July 27-31 10:00 am Register here Start of Academic School Year August 3 — Register here Learn to Play the Blues July 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28 2:00 pm Register here Chamber Music/Recording Course August 1, 8, 15, 22, 19 10:00 am Register here

Two New 5-Day Courses Presented in August

A “Learn to Play the Blues” Course, taught by Mark Marston, is open to all guitar and piano students who want to learn to play blues chord progressions and to use these to improvise in many keys. Background and history of blues music and its relationship to other popular music will also be discussed. This …

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Ms. Simmi’s Sensational Saturday Serenade Recap!

Over the weekend, I held a Saturday Serenade and am excited to share that it a huge success! Sixteen pianists, two cellists, and countless extended family members from across the country were able to join the Zoom call and enjoy the performances. The program for this virtual event was led by the students; each took …

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Young Artists Certificate Recipients

Those seeking recognition of any level through CYM’s Young Artists Certificate Program will show consistent effort, musical growth, and personal commitment to their program of study; they model good musicianship and musical knowledge, and demonstrate refined character by encouraging others through music. Carson, student of Ms. Grace, began lessons in the ECMM program in 2005 …

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How to select the best musical recordings? There is no wrong answer!

A big part of music study at CYM is regular listening to beautiful recordings. While there really is no “wrong” music to listen to, there are ways to make the most of your music selections. Our instrumental students listen to recordings of the pieces they are studying to learn proper tone, rhythm and dynamics. Ideally, …

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Musical Bonding Time for Babies – Online Lessons Make it Easy!

Imagine the ease of having a class come to you! Especially in the early months of parenthood, with the diapers, the binkies, car seats, bottles…It can be a feat just to get out of the house with all the proper gear -plus the baby, of course. Babies have developmental needs that are supported in our …

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Grace Burns on Practicing Performance at Home

As musicians, we practice our pieces until they are perfect. But we also need to practice performing. In between big recitals, at-home performances can be important opportunities to become better at playing for others. Performance is a whole skill in and of itself. It’s where all the details we’ve been working on in lessons come …

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New School Year begins August 1

CYM is dedicated to maintaining safety measures concurrent with the CDC and guidelines laid out by Governor Tom Wolf. As such, we have reopened the Sewickley and Wexford locations for lessons for those who have requested to meet with their teachers in person. We will continue to take every precaution to prepare CYM operated locations …

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Black Composers Class

Rachel Barton Pine, the world renown violin soloist, worked for over 15 years to put together the collection of music that is presented in “Music by Black Composers”. Rochelle Agnew will use this material in a new class that meets every Wednesday in July, beginning on the 1st. The class is available to violinists who …

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Piano Students Present Polished Book Recitals

On Thursday, June 18, Siena performed her Piano Book 3 Recital on Zoom for her family, friends and fellow CYM piano-mates! At this level of playing, piano students develop their left-hand technique, in pieces like “Theme” from Symphony No. 3, by Beethoven. In “The Wild Rider”, by Schumann, and in Sonatina in C Major Op. …

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Conversation with Mark Marston: Finding the Best Apps for Music Study

Paper flash cards used to be my go-to method for teaching notes on the guitar, with limited success at best. Today, kids can dive into a game on a smart phone or tablet to practice those same skills. Fun sounds and features can help hold a young student’s attention long enough to get in some …

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