News & Updates

Free Prelude Classes Coming Up!

Come to Sewickley on Saturday afternoon and evening for our second round of music making for the whole family! Prelude sessions are fun, interactive demo classes that allow budding musicians to explore potential programs and instruments.

Come listen, touch, and learn about the different instruments offered at CYM and then take part in a group music class which will have your child singing, dancing, and creating music! Prelude is available for children ages 4 to 12, and no prior experience is needed. Parents can watch, listen, or simply relax in our lobby. Professionals will be on hand to answer questions about all of the instruction available at CYM.

This is a wonderful opportunity to tell your friends about CYM! Bring them in, and we’ll show how engaging music study can be!

To register for Prelude clink the link below to go to CYM’s Timetap page. From there, select the Sewickley location. After that, select the Prelude option and fill in the necessary information:

Register here! See you on the 28th!

Happy National Talk Like a Pirate Day!

ARRRRGH!!! AHOY YE SCALLYWAGS! It’s National Talk Like a Pirate Day! Now normally on the good ship CYM we keep our sails focused on music. Alas! We managed to stumble upon a treasure greater than three gold doubloons! Captain Chris Sforza and the merry crew of the Crimson Pirates dropped anchor at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival a few weeks ago and performed for the lads and lasses! And what better day than today to celebrate a jolly band of pirates?! So hoist the Jolly Rodger and enjoy the Crimson Pirates as they perform a medley from the Legend of Zelda video game series while you set sail for your next adventure! AAAARRRGGGHHH!!!

New Sections of Toddlers Added on Wednesdays and Thursdays!

Take a look! We now have Musikgarten classes for toddlers on Wednesdays and Thursdays!

Musikgarten’s Family Music for Toddlers is a developmentally-appropriate music and movement class for young children ages 18 months through 3 years. Children and their caregivers will enjoy singing, dancing, playing percussion instruments, stories, rhymes, finger plays and more!

Classes for this age lay the groundwork for all future music study! Capitalize on your child’s natural love for music today, and watch as they begin to echo patterns of pitch and rhythm, sing, and respond creatively to the elements of music! Through the specialized activities, they are embodying everything now that will make them musical in the future.

Toddlers and their adults absorb the beauty of folk music from around the world, as well as inspirational classical music, sprinkled with the fun swag of jazz, rags, and blues!

Come and join in on any of these sections (new ones in orange!):


10:00am – 10:45am, Fox Chapel

4:00pm – 4:45pm, Wexford


6:00pm – 6:45pm, Sewickley


4:15pm – 5:00pm, Sewickley


4:00pm – 4:45pm, Fox Chapel

It’s not too late to join in, so please register here!

See you there!

Cello Crew is Here!

A new performing group for cellists is here! Led by Mr. Ryan, this class meets Mondays evenings at our Sewickley location.

Cellists ages 13 to 18 are encouraged to join this group which will provide opportunities to develop musicianship skills as well as performing experience. Not to mention that music is more fun when you get to collaborate with friends!

Make time to join in with something new at CYM, and get ready for some amazing music-making this year!

Mondays, 7:00-8:00 PM, Sewickley

Contact Mr. Ryan for more details!

Ready to join? Sign up here!

New Group Options Added!

Still time to enroll – we are offering some more great classes this year!

At CYM, we are always laying the foundation for, and expanding upon, individual instrumental lessons. This semester we are offering two new Music Makers classes for children ages 5-9! Students will learn music concepts through engaging and developmentally appropriate activities that put the FUN in music learning!

Music Makers at the Keyboard (Mondays and Tuesdays in Sewickley, Saturdays in Wexford ) is brand new to CYM, but has been taught by Ms. Amy for over 10 years! This year, make this the path for your 6-9 year old to learn piano, because data over the last 15 years is showing 98% retention rate in private piano for graduates of MMK!  Read here for more information!

Music Makers at Home, (Mondays, Wexford) which is a pre-piano course that puts the emphasis on all things 5-6 year olds love, including animals and their habitats. Through these familiar and intrinsically interesting themes, students become purposeful listeners as they joyfully sing and learn folk songs, hear and play patterns, learn complex dances, and play instruments! All things to guide them systematically into music literacy!

This dynamic way of experiencing music sets the stage for a lifetime of music making! Check it out at!

See you in Music Makers- Bring a friend!

Alumni Spotlight: CYM’s First Student, Meredith Hudock Hopkins, Part 3

Hopefully you have been following along on this three part interview with CYM’s first student, Meredith Hudock Hopkins! If not, you can catch up with part one here, and part two here! Then come back for the finale:

My last couple of questions for Meredith required more personal reflection on the impact of the Center for Young Musicians, as well as what she is doing today.

I asked Meredith what she wished people knew about CYM.  Here is her answer, which really embraces our philosophy!

I wish people knew about the community/family aspect of CYM. CYM is my family. They are supportive, encouraging, and caring to the growth and development of the students. CYM really embraces Dr. Suzuki’s vision that Every Child Can and that music is a gift that anyone can receive.

Looking more deeply into CYM’s impact, I asked how her time here prepared her for where she is now:

CYM helped in many ways in preparing for “adult life”. Discipline of practicing is one. Doing something every day and seeing your progress was a major component of CYM’s vision and mission. I also decided to take Suzuki Teacher training courses because of CYM. Seeing how my teachers taught, and what they could accomplish with a student, made me want to be like them. My technique of the instrument would not have been possible without the instruction I got from the school. Playing with other people/ensembles may scare most people, but because I was raised in group classes, I always thought it was a normal thing to play with other musicians.

Well said, Meredith! And what happened after life at CYM?

After graduating from high school and CYM, Meredith received her BM in Violin Performance from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. After graduation, she traveled overseas to study toward her masters degree in Traditional Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Masters in hand, Meredith returned to the states and soon married. Today she teaches and performs full time in East Lansing, Michigan. She loves to play Scottish fiddle music whenever she can, and reaches the next generation of musicians through private and group instruction in the schools.

Congratulations, Meredith, and thank you for sharing your journey with us! You are an encouragement and inspiration to every parent, teacher, and student at CYM!

Meeting Sarah Chang, with Ms. Victoria, Ms. Alicia, and Madeline Marco-Scanlin

With instructor, Ms. Leah


Family Music for Babies ~ Who, What, Where, When & WHY??

CYM is now offering Musikgarten’s Family Music for Babies! Let’s start with…


          • All babies are born with music aptitude.
          • Babies absorb the sounds of music in the same way they absorb the sounds of their spoken language.
          •  Recent studies have shown that music affects the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of babies and strengthens cognitive and sensory development.
          • Patterns heard in class feed the ear-brain connection and start to form the language of music. Before long they will be imitating those patterns, developing for life their sense of pitch and rhythm.


Who is this for? How old does the baby have to be? This class is for any baby, at any age, up to about 16 or 18 months. Some moms have signed up for the class before the baby is born, then come back later with baby in tow!


What happens in a babies class? Lots of singing, dancing, rocking, steady beat, instruments, scarves, rhymes, finger plays, lullabies, and games. All designed to introduce little ones to the language of music, while at the same time equipping parents with songs and rhymes for every occasion! This class developmentally addresses your babies needs, and provides bonding moments for caregivers.


Ready to sign up or to give this as a gift to someone you know? Here are the options for CYM families:


      • Fox Chapel, 9:30 am – 10:00 am
      • Wexford, 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm


      • Wexford, 9:30 am – 10:00 am


      • Sewickley, 9:30 am – 10:00 am

Click here to register. Select location, then class, then time!

For more information, email Ms. Amy (CYM faculty and National Teacher Trainer for Musikgarten) at, or call CYM office at 724-935-0505.

Alumni Spotlight: CYM’s First Student, Meredith Hudock Hopkins, Part 2

In case you missed Part 1 of this series in three parts, check it out here!

I asked Meredith about highlights from her years at CYM. She replied that there were “honestly so many to choose from” – but here are a few she described:

-Playing at the White House Christmas party in 2006. Such an amazing experience and the whole process of rehearsals, to traveling there, to the behind the scenes tour of the White House we got after our performance was just so special.

-Playing in front of the PSO in Hienz Hall. This was for a Fiddlesticks concert …and a group of us were chosen to play the 1st mvt. of the Bach double. That rush of excitement when you walk onto the stage and the sound of the orchestra behind you, is a memory I will never forget!

A truly unique experience involved animals:

…there was one performance at an outdoor venue … where my group class and I were playing in a tent with a stage. Little did we know, we would be sharing the stage with a zoo keeper with animals for a later event time. One animal was a leopard…..The cat was in a cage! However, the leopard did not appreciate the “sound of music” and it started to get upset and banged the side of its cage. Unfortunately, we were in front of it, so none of us knew what was happening behind us! We eventually had to stop playing in order for the leopard to be moved off stage.

Since Meredith is a professional musician, I asked her to reflect on CYM and what she wishes people knew about it. The family and community atmosphere came immediately to her mind. CYM became her family, due to the fact that the faculty are supportive, encouraging, and caring, which all contribute to the growth and development of the students.  “CYM really embraces Dr. Suzuki’s vision that Every Child Can and that music is a gift that anyone can receive.”

Thank you, Meredith for that insight into CYM’s philosophy of music education! You are a gift to us!

Stay tuned for Part 3 of Meredith’s story, including how CYM prepared her for her profession, and what she is doing now!

“PJ Classes” Added for Toddlers and Preschoolers!

What is a PJ class, you might ask? Well, just as it sounds, these are classes scheduled later in the evening that may be attended in pajamas! Hence the name “PJ class”! For many toddlers and preschoolers, our Sewickley classes on Tuesday nights are a perfect opportunity for busy families, pajamas, or no! Offering later classes gives a little more flexibility, making it easier for more parents to attend. Or perhaps some parents can take turns coming to these Musikgarten classes with their little ones.

Here are our PJ class offerings:

  • 6:00-6:45 Family Music for Toddlers (ages 18 months through 3.5 with a grown-up)
  • 6:45-7:30 The Cycle of Seasons: Wind Dancers (ages 3.5 through 5 with a grown-up)

Why not schedule a free trial for one or both of these classes?

Early music learning sets the stage for all future music study!

Visit and click on “register” to go to the Sewickley class offerings! If you have questions about Musikgarten, call the office at 724-935-0505 or email Ms. Amy at

See you in a PJ class!

Summer Camp Highlight: Lochlan McGinnis

CYM student Lochlan McGinnis spent a week at the Chautauqua Music Camps this summer. This was Lochlan’s first experience with this well-known institution, where he studied with a private instructor and played in a chamber group and an orchestra. Instructors at the camps include members of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, as well as highly skilled teachers from around Western New York and Pennsylvania. The camp culminated in a concert that delighted family, friends, and area arts patrons.

Lochlan appreciated being able to spend time with his friends on the beautiful campus . He was pleasantly surprised at the friendliness of the staff of the institution, and feels the biggest take away from the experience was learning how to play with confidence music that he felt was beyond his range of abilities!

Chautauqua Institution is home to the world-class Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Opera Company, and Chautauqua School of Music.

For more information on the Chautauqua Institution and programs for youth, visit Chautauqua Festival Schools 

Photos below from the Chautauqua Institution website:



The Center for Young Musicians