Friday, January 31, 2014

Clara Yuo Graduates Suzuki Book One

Clara Performs at CYM's Fall Ensemble Recital
Clara celebrated her completion of Suzuki Piano Book One with a Graduation Recital this past Thursday, January 30th during her group class at CYM Wexford. Family and fellow students and their families were in attendance. Great job, Clara!
Graduating Suzuki students hold recitals to mark milestones along the way as they progress through their instrument study. Their recitals are open to family and friends of the students and CYM families to come and recognize their efforts and artistry.

April is Enrollment Month for the 2014-2015 School Year- Parents: Important New Information to Note

Click here to open the PDF of the 2014-2015 CYM Enrollment Form.

CYM's 4th Annual Hullabaloo 2014 is March 1 at 4:00 pm

Concerts in Community- CYM and PHF Present the 2014 Legacy Theatre Concert Season

To commemorate our third annual collaboration with the Passavant Hospital Foundation, join us next Saturday, February 8th as our students perform on the Concerts in Community at the Legacy Theatre at Cumberland Woods Village.  Directions and more details can be found here.

...make it a day of music with your family- catch our Chamber Music Community Concert, and then join us down town that evening to enjoy our Field Trip to hear Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performing Holst's The Planets to NASA film
The deadline to order discounted tickets through CYM is today!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Who's Who at the Center for Young Musicians- Meet Jacob Nathanson

CYM is delighted to announce a new member of our teaching faculty, Mr. Jacob Nathanson. Mr. Jacob hails from the South Hills of Pittsburgh and will be joining us as a piano and cello instructor. Welcome Jacob!

Jacob Nathanson's musical education began when he was tall enough to reach the keys on the piano, soon afterward developing a passion for the cello.  Over the course of his musical studies he has attended and performed at several acclaimed music festivals including the Meadowmount School, Encore School for Strings, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the National Percussion Festival, and the International Music Academy of Pilsen (Czech Republic).  Jacob has received his Bachelor and Master's Degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Dr. Melissa Kraut. 

Jacob's piano accolades include being awarded 1st Prize at the Duquesne University Young Artists' Competition, featured as a guest soloist at the National Percussion Festival playing Gillingham's Concerto for Piano and Percussion Ensemble, and has achieved his Suzuki training through Book 1 with Suzuki Piano Trainer Kiki BarleyOutside of music Jacob enjoys bike riding on the Riverfront Trail and going for walks with his dog, 'Mr. Rogers'.  

We sat down with Mr. Jake for a chat:

CYM: What is your Favorite piece of music to play and/or favorite composer? 

Mr. Jake: Tchaikovsky's Souvenir De Florence (Chamber Music), Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit (Piano), Ligeti's Solo Sonata (Cello)

CYM: What is your most memorable music performance you've experienced? 

Mr. Jake: Jean-Yves Thibaudet playing the second book of Debussy Preludes at Tanglewood 

CYM: If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be (and what would you eat)? 

Mr. Jake: Beethoven, and I would take him out for Indian food!

CYM: Favorite childhood book? 

Mr. Jake: Where the Wild Things Are

CYM: What is your favorite treat to eat? 

Mr. Jake: I would call it a tie between almond croissants and pecan pie.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Updated CYM Workshop and Activitiy Schedule 2014


March 15: Suzuki Play-In 

April 12: Fieldtrip- Don Quixote at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 

April 19: Beatles Workshop

May 10: Every Child Can Workshop

June 14: Fiddling and Folk Music Workshop

July 12: Musical Theatre Workshop

  • All workshops and fieldtrips are subject to availability and change.
  • One workshop or fieldtrip is already covered by your child’s annual workshop and activity fee. Participation in each additional event is subject to standard fees.
  • CYM Families and their guests enjoy discounted ticket rates to the above fieldtrip events- be sure to take advantage during the year.
  • R.S.V.P.s are required two weeks in advance of each event.
  • Refer to the CYM Family Guide for additional information about our Workshop and Activity Program.

CYM Field Trip to the PSO- Holst's The Planets, February 8th

The pre-concert talk begins at 7:00pm.  Additional tickets may be purchased through CYM at the discounted rate of $15. Email us at or call 724-935-0505 and reserve your space!

CYM Field Trip to the PSO- Helene Grimaud, February 2nd

The pre-concert talk begins at 1:30pm, and CYM piano and strings students will provide a pre-concert performance. Additional tickets may be purchased through CYM at the discounted rate of $15. Email us at or call 724-935-0505 and reserve your space!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Music Therapy is for Everyone- Workshop with Ms. Kate, MT-BC February 15

“Did you say music therapy?? What is that?” This is a question I hear on a regular basis. The answer can be as simple as using music in therapy. But what exactly does that mean?

The official definition of music therapy is, “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” (

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:
  • Promote Wellness
  • Manage Stress
  • Alleviate Pain
  • Express Feelings
  • Enhance Memory
  • Improve Communication
  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation

Ok so that’s great but this definition still leaves you to wonder…what is music therapy? What do you do?

Music therapy can be difficult to definite because it encompasses so much. Music therapists work with a variety of individuals. I have worked in nursing homes, hospice facilities, preschools, high schools and rehabilitation programs.  Music therapists also work in hospitals, correctional facilities, special education programs, halfway homes, wellness groups…the list can go on.

To gain a better understanding of music therapy I’m going to focus on music therapy for children with different disabilities. There are many similarities between this focus of music therapy and the teachings of Suzuki and CYM.

As you probably well know it is not just about learning an instrument here at CYM. There is so much an individual gains from active participation in music and learning an instrument.  Mr. Ryan shared a quote with you all in his article “Points for Parents” that truly resonates with what music therapy is all about.  The quote comes from the man himself, Dr. Suzuki:

          "Teaching music is not my main purpose.  I want to make good citizens, noble human beings.  If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth, and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance.  He gets a beautiful heart." 
When I first read this quote it struck a special chord with me (pun intended!). I knew that I was working for a center that understood the “back stage” of learning an instrument.
          This “back stage” includes developing the following abilities: to listen, observe, concentrate, perform, and persevere. Above all this back stage includes developing abilities of the heart: the self-expression and creativity that goes into music. (Jeanne Luedke Parent Education Newsletter)

Music therapy makes it possible for everyone to work on these abilities. The traditional music lesson is not suitable for every child. This is where music therapy comes into play. A music therapist is able to meet the needs of the individual by adapting music experiences. These music experiences are varied and involve the children in creating music.

Music experiences may involve:
·       Moving to music
·       Playing different instruments
·       Singing
·       Playing as a part of an ensemble
·       Writing Songs/ Creating musical stories

Utilizing music in this way creates the opportunity for these children to discover, search, relate, explore and learn.  Music therapy is different for each person because everyone is unique. How each of us responds to and relates to music is different. Music therapy takes the time to respect and recognize these differences to help children in reaching their full potential, to continuously develop and grow in their abilities.

Music therapy doesn’t look like a music lesson, but there is one similarity for sure. Music is being created.

Come to the workshop Music Therapy is for Everyone to learn more!

Great resources/articles to learn more on music therapy: 

· (the official website for the American Music Therapy Association)

· (Nordoff-Robbins “Music Transforming Lives”) 

· (article on music therapy) 

Please feel free to contact me at with any questions you may have about this article, music therapy and/or the upcoming workshop!