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Ravi Coltrane CYM Event Update!

Ravi Coltrane event update!

CYM’s event, in partnership with Kente Arts Alliance, has been updated:

3:00-5:00 pm  – Open sound check with Ravi at the New Hazlett theater

A sound check is a great opportunity to watch professional musicians in action. Not only are they setting the technical cues and levels for the concert, but they are working together as a team as they prepare. This time often includes full run-throughs of the music for the concert! What a great way to get a glimpse behind the scenes, and hear great music for free!

5:00 pm  – Q & A with Ravi


8:00 Concert (tickets required)

Dr. Harry Clark’s Pittsburgh jazz scene presentation will be re-scheduled for a future event. In the meantime, check out Dr. Clark’s DVD documentary titled “Musicians of local 471 Anthology” about Pittsburgh Jazz musicians, produced by The African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh (of which Dr. Clark is president), available for loan through the CYM office.

No RSVP necessary. Come on out and see what it’s all about!


Try Something New This Coming Week!

We have some openings for next week that we want to share with you! Time slots do become available, and we want to be sure you know about them when it happens!

Click here to register!

For individual instruction, we have openings for all instruments at our Sewickley, Wexford, and Fox Chapel locations. There is an open spot each day of the week! These lessons are for ages 4 and up- adults included!

For group lessons, we almost always have room for more. We have offerings in all four locations in ukulele & guitar,  and beginning piano. Don’t forget to start early with Musikgarten and Suzuki Readiness classes for our families with young learners! Makes a great gift, too! Classes are underway, but we are always ready with open arms for new budding musicians!






Hope to see you soon at one of our CYM locations! Call us if you need help deciding: 724.935.0505


Check it Out in North Park Tonight: Sixth Annual Brazilian Day!

Tonight from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Rose Barn in North Park, members of Pittsburgh’s Brazilian community will host a celebration of their country’s music, food and culture.

The Sixth Annual Brazilian Day event will feature traditional foods prepared by Casa Brasil and other vendors, and music by artists including Kenia, Lilly Abreu, and Brazilian drum ensemble, Timbeleza.

This is an event for the whole family, and we have perfect weather for the concerts, games, and activities that are sure to provide a good time for all!

More information and tickets: click here!

EXPLORE MORE: Interested in what Brazilian music is, and the composers who shaped the sound? Check out South America’s most famous composer, Villa-Lobos!

Fall Community Piano Concert


Enjoy an afternoon of music in Sewickley this month!

On Saturday, October 19th, 4:00 P.M.

Ms. Grace and CYM piano students will be performing on our beautiful, historic Steinway concert grand in the concert room at our Sewickley location.

Enjoy Preludes by Rachmaninoff, and student duets performed by several students of Ms. Grace and Ms. Simmi.

A bonus: hear a ragtime arrangement of music themes from the movie “Up”! (If you are not familiar with the movie, you should watch it, and enjoy the remarkably poignant music, composed by Michael Giacchino.)

This concert will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a reception.

See you then!


Steelers Songs: A Look at the Music of the NFL!

Last week we enjoyed a glance into the popular fight songs of universities in and around Pittsburgh. If you missed it,  and want to get in the NCAA mood, take a look and a listen here!

Now let’s turn our attention to the Steeler Nation. If I told you that professional football teams have fight songs, would you be surprised? Apparently if you are from Pittsburgh you will not be surprised at all! This Ohio-girl is learning quickly that Steelers fans have a die-hard allegiance for their songs!


“Here We Go” is the official fight song of the Steelers. Interestingly it was written just over 20 years ago in 1994, but since that time it has become wildly popular! Here is the 2014 version of the song.


But our Pittsburgh team boasts other fan favorite songs, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers Polka! The story of Jimmy Psihoulis is the classic journey of the immigrant who finds success in America. But he’s probably best remembered as Jimmy Pol, who recorded the granddaddy of Steelers fight songs- take a listen here!

And there are many more- let us know what your favorites are in the comments below!




Beautiful Music in a Beautiful Space

Sometimes you just need to hear live, acoustic music in a calm and inviting atmosphere! Folks who attended Mr. Erich’s concert were presented with all of the above. Beautiful music, eloquently presented!

Students Ayan Ganesh and Ezra White performed solos as well as duets, charming the audience with their poise, ease, and musicality! Their personalities really shone through as they connected with the audience, making their performances most pleasant and very enjoyable.

Mr. Erich performed masterfully, with a variety of tones, textures, and tempos that rang out beautifully in the grand sanctuary. Performing some of his own compositions was a highlight for the audience. Each piece was a delight!

The evening was capped off with a duet for flute and guitar by Ravi Shankar. Shankar is often considered the “Godfather of World Music”. Read up on his biography here. Leah Stevens joined Mr. Erich for the duet, and their complex performance was haunting, energetic, and virtuosic. A great way to end the program!

Congratulations to all!

Ukelele workshop

Surf’s up! Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t pretend it’s summer! Bust out your Uke and get ready to strum! Mr. Mark’s Ukulele Workshop is here!

For guitarists or novices of any age, this workshop will offer a great start on chords, progressions, and strumming, ukulele-style.

The ukulele has become a very popular instrument in recent years. So popular, in fact, that sales of ukuleles have more than doubled between 2009 and today! (Read more about the uke’s popularity in this article from Musician Authority.)

Why not catch the wave? Be there October 26th at CYM Wexford from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cowabunga dude!

Fall, Football, and Fight Songs!

Did you know that this is the 150th anniversary of college football? And the college fight song is right behind it, as the first college fight song, Boston College’s “For Boston” was composed in 1885!

Collegiate traditions have held fast through the years, thankfully! There is a stirring in our hearts when we hear our alma mater’s fight song. These songs were written for that very purpose: to tie us to our younger years, old friends, and the team we rooted for! Singing with others this music laden with history makes us feel a part of a vast, time-honored tradition!

As marching bands moved from their role in wartime maneuvers to more ceremonial functions, colleges across the country began forming bands to rally student pride for various campus activities. The first half time show featuring a college marching band was in 1907. And we as a country have enjoyed the tradition ever since!

We don’t have to look too far to find some of the best fight songs ever written! In a search for the “best college fight songs” one will consistently find the names of four schools that are a stone’s throw from Pittsburgh!

Take a listen to these great fight songs:

University of Pittsburgh

Hail to Pitt, written in 1910


Penn State University

Fight On, State, written in 1933


West Virginia University

Hail, West Virginia, written in 1915


The Ohio State University

The Buckeye Battle Cry, written in 1919, ranked #2 in the country by CBS Sports!

This weekend, take a moment to watch and listen to this wonderful musical tradition! 

Guitar Concert Featuring CYM Faculty and Students in Shadyside

So many choices for this coming weekend! If you are in the Oakland/Shadyside area of Pittsburgh Saturday evening, be sure to check out a FREE concert at Church of the Ascension, featuring our own Mr. Erich!

Come to this beautiful venue to hear works of Bach, Coste, Albeniz, as well as some of Mr. Reibe’s own compositions! Also enjoy guitar solos and duets by two of Mr. Erich’s students.

The evening will be capped off with a composition for flute and guitar by Ravi Shankar. For this, Mr. Erich will be joined by his special guest, Leah Stevens!

You don’t want to miss this evening of gorgeous music in a magnificent space!

See you at 6:00 p.m. for this free concert!

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!!!

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