Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hullabaloo! It's not too late!

We have such a fun looking group for the 3rd annual Hullabaloo!
It's not too late to sign up to perform... we are adding perfomers to our line up until performance time on Saturday. We would LOVE to have you and your family come listen or perform and join in on the fun!
Send an email to or call us at 724-935-0505- you can even just leave us a message about who and what you'll be performing and we'll add you to the line up.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Julia Freeman Graduates Suzuki Violin Book Four

Julia at Saturday's Chamber Music Concert
Julia Freeman will celebrate her graduation from Suzuki Violin Book Four with a recital set for Tuesday, March 19 at 6:35pm in CYM's Wexford location. Friends, family, and CYM families are invited to attend!

Fantastic work, Julia!

Monday, February 4, 2013

CYM at Vincentian Home with Ms. Ashley

Vincentian Home Performance 

Ms. Ashley and Ms. Rochelle are all smiles.

This coming Friday, February 8th, at 7:00 pm. Ms. Ashley Buckley and CYM students will perform for the residents of Vincentian Home assisted living facility in the North Hills. The concert will features students from CYM's violin, piano, cello, and guitar departments. 

February is a Practice Challenge Month!

Print out the CYM Practice Challenge Calendar above, and get started toward earning your Practice Challenge medal!

Parents as Partners 2013- a CYM Parent Shares her Experience.

Parents as Partners Online will return February 18!

Parents as Partners Online is a series of short online videos for Suzuki parents and teachers, with topics including practicing tips and ideas, getting the most out of Summer Institutes, guiding your child in problem solving and goal setting, and Suzuki philosophy.

This year’s event will include many new video talks for parents, as well as the return of favorites from the past. A list of presenters will be published soon. Aimed to provide a dose of parent education on Suzuki-related topics, all sessions can be viewed online at the Suzuki Association of the Americas website at your convenience, 24-7.

A few new talks will be added each Monday, and you will be notified by email. Once posted, everything can be viewed until June 30.

Are you a parent in need of rejuvenation? Want to hear from others on how to make practice more effective? Need some input on how to make review fun? Or wondering how to balance a busy schedule? If so, then Parents as Partners Online is for you!

CYM is happy to offer Parents as Partners to CYM families for $8.  Please enroll by February 15th by replying to this email to
The Drake Bunch at Sewickley Light Up Night 2012

CYM and Suzuki Parent Melanie Drake shares her experience in years past with Parents as Partners...


I'd like to share my experience with the SAA Parents As Partners Online sessions.  These presentations are offered online, on demand, and are easily accessible, even to busy families on the go!  The series is viewable on any web-enabled device.

While I have watched many Parents As Partners Online presentations, a few stand out in my memory.  Favorites include practice games by James Hutchins and presentations by Edmund Sprunger, author of Helping Parents Practice.  In addition, I've enjoyed presentations which allow teenagers to recount their experience with the Suzuki method and explain what worked and what didn't.  I don't remember the specific presentation, but I recall having a revelation during one which was that progress shouldn't be marked by how quickly a child is able to blow through the repertoire (i.e., quality should be emphasized over quantity).  

Most memorable to me is Michele Horner's Listening Like a Maniac! presentation.  It's no secret that listening is a cornerstone of the Suzuki method.  In this presentation, Michele shares the secret for quick memorization of new pieces.  The technique is simple and involves repeated, concentrated listening of upcoming pieces.  I believe the formula is working piece + new piece + next (preview) piece on repeat.  This concentrated listening is thought to facilitate internalization of new pieces.  I implemented this system in my household with the help of several wifi radios.  Each child has a radio in their bedroom and their very own 'listening like a maniac' playlist.  A combined playlist starts playing in a common area on a timer at 6 a.m. when the kids start to wake up.  When a new piece is started, I update their playlist by deleting the old working piece and adding the next preview piece; this update takes less than a minute of my time.  I can use an iPad to modify their playlists (and to turn off their radios once I suspect they are asleep).  It really couldn't be simpler.  While we are not home much during the week, I feel that we are making the most of our limited listening time.  One side benefit of easy memorization is less frustrating practice sessions.  And who doesn't want that?

For more information on Parents As Partners, visit:

Third Annual HULLABALOO!

CYM Concerts in Community at the Legacy review!

Saturday's Chmaber Music Concert was fantastic! Here is  review of the program:
Concerto in C Major by A. Vivaldi


(Britta Lagerquist, Annie Chimera, Mr. Ryan Ash)

Trio for Violin Piano and Cello by R. Fuchs


(Julia Freeman, Alexandra   Schnatterly,  Karsten Lagerquist, Heather Raphael)

Duet for Violin and Cello by A. Gliere,


(Haley Raphael, Hannah Synnott, Ms. Ingrid Beute)

Dragonhunter by R. Meyer

(Britta Lagerquist, Annie Chimera, Mr. Ryan Ash)

Piano Quartet by Fr. Seitz


(Julia Freeman, Alexandra Schnatterly, Karsten Lagerquist, Heather Raphael)

Trio Sonata for Piano, Violin and Cello by I. Pleyel

Kaleidoscope for Piano, Violin and Cello by S. Cui

(Haley Raphael, Hannah Synnott,  Ms. Ingrid Beute)

Hannah and Haley

Britta, Annie, and Mr. Ryan
Julia, Alexandra, and Karsten


Lucille McCargo Graduates Suzuki Book One

Lucille McCargo is busy preparing for her Graduation from Suzuki Book One
Congratulations to Lucille McCargo as she prepares for her graduation from Suzuki Book One! Lucille plans to hold a recital celebrating this great milestone, held next Monday, February 11th at 4:15pm in the performance studio (Steinway room) at CYM Sewickley. Family and CYM friends are invited to join in the fun!

Bravo, Lucille!