“CYMG is a fantastic organization because it gave me the great opportunity to participate in more musical activities while giving back to the community and gaining valuable experiences from Chamber Groups and Associate Instructor Training. Throughout my experiences at CYMG, I learned to work together with others and discovered unique musical personalities within each person that inspired me to dedicate to music even more. I love how CYMG is very close-knit because we’re like one big family working together to share our love of music with the community. Music is my passion and talent, and what I love to do. I express myself through music and CYMG definitely allowed me to expand my musical experiences and enjoy every moment of it. I would definitely recommend CYMG to others because the quality of instruction and dedication is amazing, and the joy after performing successfully at a concert after all our hard work is phenomenal.” –Jasmine Li, student

“CYMG has helped me as a musician by giving me the opportunity to still play in a class setting, even if I come from a low income family. It has helped me as a person by meeting people that enjoy to play music like me and becoming friends. The thing I like most about CYMG is the class setting. By having a small class I am to pay more attention but I also get the benefit of my instructor to help me more often than in a huge class. Also I get to know my fellow peers which makes it easier to play music because with time you get to understand the way they play. CYMG is unique because we play all genres of music, and you also get to have an input and what kind of songs you would like to play. Also you get to know faculty on a personal level. I would recommend CYMG to anyone who wants to continue with music or a person who wants to start playing.” –Javier Nunes, student

“My daughter had been taking private lessons for 2 years when her teacher suggested that we find a group for her to play in. We checked out a few different groups which were way too expensive and seemed to be more focused on the money than on the progress of their students. CYMG was suggested to us when we were about to stick with private lessons only. What a difference this group has made! She’s been challenged. She’s played things we thought could never come out of a girl her age. The group setting has changed her and has helped her grow as a musician. The biggest miracle of all is that my daughter who struggles with dyslexia has gained confidence through music, which has helped her to achieve the goal of reading at her grade level. Coming to CYMG was one of the best decisions we’ve made for our young musician. As we enter in our 2nd year with CYMG we look forward to the limitless progression that such an organization can provide.” —Amber Mackay, parent

The unique thing–and the best thing–about CYMG is its focus on extending music to all, providing an encouraging environment to grow as a musician. While other programs, like student orchestras, are highly selective about their musicians, CYMG accepts all interested in music and willing to commit to the program. It’s not a matter of showing off or being the best. We have fun, and we focus on music, not how we’re going to get into college, not how we’re going to snatch the first chair or impress others.
The small groups allow attention to each musician, so each member is important. I think that’s what influenced me the most. I’ve performed in small groups before, but actually being in an organization and contributing to it gave me reason to play and assurance, during the hectic years of high school, that continuing the violin had some worth. I’m thankful for that. I’ve been close to giving up several times, but hey, if I could play music with such dedicated people (like Miss Chen, who’s been all over the streets raising money), it wouldn’t matter that I’m not the best. It’s music. It’s worth it. I recommend CYMG to others: it’s beneficial and affordable.–Rena Chen, student

“Before joining CYMG, I never knew playing chamber music with my peers could be so fun. Usually, as a violinist that took only private lessons, I was always playing by myself in a locked room. As a CYMG musician I began enjoying even the simplest and easiest music to full extent because I was in a group. I enjoy the fact that CYMG is very relaxing and I can feel comfortable speaking and playing…I actually have fun.  Anyone can join, for any reason. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, CYMG can guarantee that you’ll still get your chance to enjoy music. You can improve your group playing skills and even social or leadership skills. It’s not a scary place that simply practices with a performance as a goal, rather, it’s a gathering of people who love music and want to get involved.–CYMG Chamber Strings Student

“[CYMG Strings for Kids Teaching Artist] Lucy is phenomenal.  She corralled some very active boys to apply themselves to some tricky work.  I love how she is warm and funny but also tells it like it is and pushes them to reach for high standards.  And I train teachers for a living! Thank you so much for making all of this happen – it’s really been a gift, keeping [my son] interested in his instrument, which was sometimes a challenge when there was no social aspect to playing.” —Dana Bowden, parent