Friday, August 23, 2013
Fall is almost here, and we want to welcome our returning and new families to an exciting new year of learning, performing, and growing as musicians. Do you know a family who would love joining us this year? We are still enrolling new families to begin with us on Tuesday, September 3rd! Contact us next week at 724-935-0505 or email@example.com to register.
A new school year will mean fresh faces at the Center for Young Musicians! We are excited to announce that new teachers for piano, cello and guitar will be joining the CYM family, bringing unique experiences and solid training in music education. And as always, we happily look forward to greeting new students and their families.
To help everyone get to know each other a little better, we’ll be posting short bios on all the CYM teachers and staff. We now introduce you to Kate Schnieder, who joins CYM as an Early Childhood Music Teacher.
Kate Schnieder, born and raised in the south hills of Pittsburgh, is a board certified music therapist. Kate earned her BFA in Music attending Baldwin Wallace University. Upon graduation she traveled to upstate New York to complete a six-month music therapy internship at the Center for Discovery, a facility for children and adults with different disabilities. Once the internship was complete she was eligible to take the music therapy board certification test. As a music therapist Kate is passionate about the unique ways each child learns and connects with music. She has been playing the flute since the age of ten and began playing the guitar and piano during college.
Q & A with CYM:
CYM: What is the most memorable music performance you've experienced?
Ms. Kate: The Cleveland Orchestra performing An Alpine Symphony by Strauss
(Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros is also up there)
CYM: What has music given you?
Ms. Kate: It has provided a pathway for me to connect with other individuals, to see the human spirit triumph and grow through a vast amount of obstacles. It has challenged me, encouraged me and helped me. To summarize I will quote a pioneer in the field of music therapy, Paul Nordoff, “You must have faith and courage in music. Without music there would be no such thing as music therapy and music is an endless world waiting for all of us to discover it.” I look forward to what I will discover in the world of music here at CYM.
CYM: What is your favorite piece to perform?
Ms. Kate: Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 14 by Robert Muczynski
CYM: Favorite treat to eat?
Ms. Kate: Cheese!
CYM: Your favorite childhood book?
Ms. Kate: Goodnight Moon
A new school year will mean fresh faces at the Center for Young Musicians! We are excited to announce that new violin and early childhood music teachers will be joining the CYM family, bringing unique experiences and solid training in music education. And as always, we happily look forward to greeting new students and their families.
To help everyone get to know each other a little better, we’ll be posting short bios on all the CYM teachers and staff. First, we introduce you to Elisabeth Graham, who joins CYM as a Violin Teacher.
Elisabeth Graham began her violin career at the age of 3 and has since earned a Masters of Music in Music and Human Learning from the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX) and Bachelor of Music degrees in Violin Performance and Music Pedagogy from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL).
Ms. Graham has served on the faculties of The University of Texas String Project (Austin, TX), Regents School of Austin (Austin, TX), the YaGe Community Arts School (Kunming, Yunnan, China), and the Community School of the Arts (Wheaton, IL). She has studied violin with Sandy Yamamoto, Jeri-Lou Zike, and Dr. Paul Vanderwerf and viola with Li-Kuo Chang, Clara Takarabe, and Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff. Ms. Graham also holds certifications as a Suzuki Instructor for Suzuki violin and viola and Suzuki Early Childhood Education.
Additionally, she is certified as an Orff Level I instructor for general music education. In 2010, Elisabeth spent the summer in Kunming, a city in southwestern China, where she worked as a private lesson and group class music teacher at the YaGe Community Art Center and established the string program in existence at the center today. Outside of music and teaching, Ms. Graham loves horseback riding, classic literature, hiking and camping, and a good cup of tea.
Q & A with CYM:
CYM: What is your favorite piece of music to play?
Ms. Elisabeth: Kabalevsky's Improvisation
CYM: If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and where would you eat?
Ms. Elisabeth: G.K. Chesterton at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub in London
CYM: What is your favorite treat to eat?
Ms. Elisabeth: Two favorites: bananas with peanut butter and fudgesicles
CYM: What has music given you?
Ms. Elisabeth: What I love about music and being a music teacher is that it allows me to have meaningful connections with people in all walks of life in ways that would not otherwise be possible.
CYM: Favorite childhood book?
Ms. Elisabeth: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Be sure to extend a friendly "hello" to MS. Elisabeth this Fall!
Since Grant began his journey with violin in kindergarten at CYM, he has always had a strong passion for music. As he grew and evolved as a performer, he has enjoyed performing regularly through CYM Outreach and Community Concerts, most notably being chosen to play at the White House Holiday Open House on two separate occasions. Grant has also been a valuable addition to the Sewickley Academy Orchestra for most of his middle and high school years. A humanitarian, Grant took up a cause close to his heart- selling t-shirts and bracelets to raise funding for research to cure Type 1 diabetes, an illness he has been living with since childhood. His mission was featured on KDKA news this past November. We are proud to have watched Grant grow from an eager young student into an altruistic young man. This fall, Grant will attend the University of Dayton and will major in biology. Congratulations, Grant!
Lizzie began her musical journey over 13 years ago at CYM, strengthening her passion for music with piano study throughout her time with us. An enthusiastic student, Lizzie has performed at countless CYM concerts and outreach programs. A well-rounded individual, Lizzie’s interests are not just limited to music and piano, but extend into her other passions- ballroom dance and golf. She enjoys competing in ballroom dance competitions with her brother, Cameron, and has excelled as an athlete as well. Lizzie’s dedicated golf career has led her to even representing Team USA at the 2012 IJGT Junior Euro Cup in St. Andrews in Scotland in July of 2012. The Pittsburgh Tribune covered her story here. We extend our warmest congratulations to Lizzie and wish her the best as she continues her education. We’re proud of you, Lizzie!
According to his blog, David reveals that “Ever since I was 2 years old, i’ve loved the guitar.” His passion for music has bloomed with us here at CYM since age 8, studying with Mr. Mark Marston. He has performed at various venues, including the Saturday Light Brigade Radio, The PPG Wintergarden, and Heinz Hall. David has also performed with the Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra. He officially graduated from the Center for Young Musicians on Saturday, May 4th after 10 years with CYM, and has plans to make music the focal point of his future education. This fall, David will be attending Slippery Rock University to earn his BA in Music Education with a minor in music performance. We are very proud of David’s success in his journey with us, and wish him the best for the future.
He signs off with:
“Thank you to my amazing and talented teacher Mark Marston, and the CYM for their great talent and getting me out there!”