Student Spotlight: Grace

We’re excited to share our first Student Spotlight on voice student Grace!

Grace has been working with teacher Devaney on honing her craft as a singer and musician. Through a variety of exercises and instruction, the two have worked to improve her vocal technique and control.

Grace is currently focused on making her high notes more resonant and expanding the range of her beautiful voice. She and Devaney have worked on good posture, breathing skills, projection, diction, good vowels and vocal placement. Devaney says Grace has improved a great deal in a short amount of time, particularly with singing resonantly in her vocal break.

Grace is a naturally talented musician who also plays the piano and ukulele. She is also interested in music production and would like to learn other instruments. She’s most musically challenged by memorization and sticking to the rules of playing or singing a new piece as opposed to how she’d prefer to play/sing it on her own. Grace loves many different musical genres and styles and shared some of her favorites with us. Check out her spotlight and a clip of her singing during a recent voice lesson!

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Thank you Grace and Devaney!


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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!”

Fun Ways to Teach Musical Exploration, Creation & Improvisation

Fun Ways to Teach Musical Exploration, Creation & Improvisation

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.  

Teacher Spotlight: Todd Zucker

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.

7 Reasons to Stick with Music Lessons Over the Summer

It’s finally summertime! For kids everywhere this means 3 glorious months of FREEDOM! A long-awaited respite from homework, sports practice, early mornings and math class has arrived and it's time for the pool, sandcastles and sleeping in.

But should summer also mean “freedom” from music lessons?

It’s certainly nice to make a clean break from all responsibility. But there are also some very distinct advantages to continuing with lessons over the summer months. We’ve broken down seven stand-out reasons to stick with your music lessons throughout the summer.

The 2018 Greensleeves Recitals

We had two wonderful days of recitals on Sunday, June 3rd at The Garage Youth Center in Kennett Square and Saturday, June 16th at Jacob's Music in West Chester. Students played classical, jazz, pop, traditional and original tunes on a wide variety of instruments. We had many long-time Greensleeves students perform, as well as lots of beginners and everyone sounded fantastic!  

5 Ways to Motivate Your Budding Musician to Practice

5 Ways to Motivate Your Budding Musician to Practice

1. SCHEDULE PRACTICE INTO THE DAILY ROUTINE

Routine is the most important factor for attaining success in any field, and music study is no exception! The most effective way to establish a routine is to set aside time for practice each day (or as many days as your teacher deems necessary). This time should be framed as one that cannot be replaced by any other activity. Additionally, it is not necessary for this time to be the same each day, as each day of the week is sure to be filled with different activities. But the parent and/or student should pick a time when the practicing can be focused and not interrupted.

Helping Kids Cope with Stage Fright

In his first real performance, our son Wes belted out each and every Christmas carol at his preschool holiday showcase louder and more confidently than the next. His volume was only amplified by the increasing silence of his classmates, perhaps put-off by his antics and the entire mysterious, mystifying ritual unfolding around them.