For many of us, music is a retreat, an escape, a peaceful haven. After a long day of tasks, it is incredibly fulfilling to unwind and express ourselves through our instrument. But what happens when music becomes the chore, either through school or a full-time job?
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Cello students Patrick and Annie perform alongside their teacher Lily and the WCU Cello Ensemble at West Chester University.
Cello student Annie proves the power of practice! In just 6 months she’s advanced very quickly through daily work and under the guidance of her teacher Lily.
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Ian Sadock is an award-winning pianist, composer, and one of Greensleeves’s premier faculty members in the arenas of piano technique, creative improvisation, and jazz composition. Recently awarded the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency for the second year in a row, Ian premiered a provocative new composition for string quintet and electronics…
Crystal Brulato has been with Greensleeves since late 2016, teaching piano and woodwinds to students throughout the area. She also works behind the scenes providing valuable administrative and invoicing assistance.
This summer, Crystal is playing with The Big Band Theory in West Chester and at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. She’s also playing with the Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds and recording with Tribe Sound Records.
Zach has been teaching for Greensleeves since 2015 and is a popular and dedicated piano and drum instructor.
Zach graduated from West Chester University in 2017 with a degree in music theory and composition. He plans to pursue his PhD in music theory and cognition in the coming years. Until then, he is reading and researching how people listen to and process music. He says, “Regardless of one’s musical background, everyone has certain expectations and biases of music, which lead to emotional releases when music is heard. In short, music has the ability to create emotions for the listener, and I plan on studying how and why this happens. I definitely recommend checking out some literature on music and the brain, especially for parents of musicians!”
Many come to the conclusion that we begin learning our native language when we say our first words. But it actually starts much earlier than that! You began learning when your ears could hear their first sounds (at some point in the womb). Soon enough, listening is paired with imitation. Early on, the imitation is just babble, but soon the sounds start to contain meaning and begin corresponding with feelings, objects, and people.
Emily joined the Greensleeves teaching team earlier this year with a degree in Music Education and current enrollment in a Master's in Music Therapy program. She hit the ground running and has steadily grown her student base throughout Chester County.
Todd joined Greensleeves in 2017 and has been teaching piano throughout the area since.
Just recently, Todd graduated from West Chester University with a Master’s degree in piano performance. He has taken the next year off from school to teach and prepare for auditions to get his doctorate. Part of that is learning a ton of new music, including Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Ginastera and then listening to a wide variety of music, primarily from the 60s and 70s but also modern rock, indie and hip hop. His dream job is to one day be a university professor and so each day spent practicing, teaching and learning helps him strive for this goal.