Teacher Spotlight: Alexis

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Teacher Spotlight: Alexis

Alexis is a naturally-gifted and passionate music educator who has been teaching music to kids since she was a teenager. An expert pianist, vocalist, and trumpeter, Alexis joined the Greensleeves teaching team in 2014, and some of her first students continue to blossom under her guidance today. 

While at WCU, Alexis took part in the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band and the Cantari Donne Mastersingers. After graduation, she set to work teaching full time. This fall, she’s thrilled to begin a new job teaching Choir and General Music at Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS), one of Philadelphia’s most progressive and highly-reputed K-8 schools. 

This summer, Alexis is practicing to perform at a Woodstock 50 Year Celebration in her hometown of Shippensburg, PA. She’ll be doing a tribute to female “rockstars” and performing folk duets with her boyfriend, Pat. She’s also looking forward to travels in Mexico and Maine in the coming weeks.

Alexis’ all-time favorite musicians are Sara Bareilles, Sam Smith, and Lorde. Lately, she’s had Daniel Caesar, H.E.R., and Rex Orange County on heavy rotation. 

Alexis says, “music is the universal language of all mankind.” She believes the process of musicianship is most valuable. She says, “I’m always telling my students that practice makes progress - striving to be the best musician you can be is important, but the process and the progress you make define who you are as a musician.” 

Alexis hopes to one day pursue a Masters in Music Education or Piano Pedagogy. But for now, she’s thoroughly enjoying her role as an educator.

“I love that I can fuse my two passions together: making music and teaching and learning from children each day,” she says. “Empowering people to express themselves through music brings me joy unlike anything else!”

Thanks Alexis! We’re lucky to have you on board.

Teacher Spotlight: Ian Sadock

Teacher Spotlight: Ian Sadock

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…

Teacher Spotlight: Crystal Brulato

Teacher Spotlight: Crystal Brulato

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.

Teacher Spotlight: Zachary Lookenbill

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!”