Ben Green

Percussion, Guitar

Ben Green is the owner and founder of Greensleeves Music L.L.C. Mr. Green is a public school teacher in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, teaching general music at the elementary level. He continues to teach private music lessons in students' homes as he has for many years. Though his instruments of greatest study are in the percussion family, Mr. Green also teaches guitar lessons. His style of teaching focuses on the students' interests, but a well rounded approach ensures that each student has all the basic skills and knowledge needed for success.

Ben studied at West Chester University, where he earned a Master of the Arts in Music Education degree, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Both degrees were met with honors.  

Ben continues to perform locally as a percussionist as well. He plays drum set with the rock band Ka-Pow! and vibraphone with Good Vibes Inc. among other freelance work.

 

 

Ethan Stauffer

Guitar, Piano, Voice

Ethan Stauffer is a recent graduate of West Chester University with a bachelor's degree in Music Education. Having been an avid musician his entire life, singing, playing guitar and piano, he decided to focus his study at WCU on the voice. There he took specific classes and lessons to learn pedagogy and teaching methods for vocal students and choirs of every age. While completing those studies he sang with the nationally recognized WCU Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. David P. Devenney, Sharp Eleven vocal jazz ensemble under the direction of Dr. Jane Wyss and played guitar in the Statesmen Jazz Ensemble under the direction of legendary jazz trumpet player John Swana (Charles Mingus Big Band). He's been playing guitar for over 10 years and studied under Grammy award winning jazz guitarist David Cullen.

Ethan's goal as an educator is to spread the passion and love of music to younger generations in order to enrich their lives culturally and academically. Above all he strives to help everybody find the joy in music, whether it be through shared experience or self exploration.

Jonathan Colman

guitar, Bass, piano

Jonathan Colman has been writing, recording & performing music for the past 16 years, 4 of which he spent at Duquesne University earning his Jazz Performance degree. While a skilled Guitarist, his main voice is Electric Bass. His penchant for jazz-steeped improvisation carries over into his lessons, which focus on practical application of theory for reading music and beginning to write one's own, and gaining a deep understanding of the songs that inspire us to play in the first place. 

An avid performer, Jonathan plays in a slew of Philadelphia bands; most notably his avant-groove trio, Chen City & with electro-soul artist Kate Faust.

 

Caitlin Hoffert

voice, piano, guitar

Caitlin currently attends West Chester University as a sophomore music education major, focusing on voice, with a minor in jazz studies. She has been involved wtih music ever since she joined her first choir in the 4th grade. Along the way, she has learned to play guitar and piano, continuing lessons into her collegiate career. 

Currently, Caitlin is a member of WCU's Mastersingers and is also the jazz vocalist for WCU's Criterions Jazz Ensemble and their Latin Jazz Ensemble. In the past, she has been involved with theater and has won awards as a jazz soloist, one of which allowed her to open for Musikfest in 2013, singing the national anthem as well as Doris Day's "Darn that Dream".

One of Caitlin's passions is performance. She's worked for Windish Music & Productions, performing with a band at Hershey Park in the Dark, singing and playing the keytar. She also sings as the lead vocalist of a band local to her hometown, Meditation XVII, with which she enjoys writing music and performing.

However, a passion that she holds a bit nearer and dearer to her heart is teaching. Caitlin believes that music can sculpt an individual, both intellectually and emotionally, when practiced at any age. As an educator, she hopes to guide her students in this pursuit. 

As a member of the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota, her mantra is, "to study and practice the goodness of life, the beauty of art, the meaning of music."

Ian Sadock

PIANO, GUITAR

Ian Sadock has studied music for over 10 years and focuses on the outlets of performance, education, and composition. His first encounter with the piano occurred when he taught himself simple songs and melodies on his family’s antique grand piano, which they subsequently restored for his study. 

Ian received his early formal instruction through the Nelly Berman School of Music and private instruction throughout the greater Philadelphia region. At 15 years old, he won first place in the Nelly Berman 25th Anniversary Golden Key competition and performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Philly’s Trocadero Theater. His studies have included a diverse spread of genres and techniques, spanning Jazz, Classical, Rock, Latin, Pop, Third Stream, and many others.

For 6 years, Ian studied at West Chester University towards a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance with a concentration in Piano and Jazz Studies while simultaneously studying Cell and Molecular Biology and Chemistry. He performs with the Criterions Big Band (WCU’s premier jazz ensemble), Latin Jazz Ensemble, Honors Jazz Combo, and has been featured as a soloist and accompanist in numerous student and graduate recitals. Additionally, Ian plays in the West Chester and Greater Philadelphia area with the Latin Jazz band which he co-founded, Habanero, as well as his own jazz quartet. His academic performances have been featured in many WCU publications and events, and his musical presence at several political events garnered the spotlight of the media.

Ian’s approach to music education is derived from passion and experience, where he incorporates a synergy of techniques learned through his formal and self- education as well as a fun and rigorous curriculum.

Lily Eckman

Guitar, Strings

Lily Eckman is currently pursuing a duel degree in music education and cello performance at West Chester University, studying cello under Ovidiu Marinescu. She has been studying the cello for eleven years and the guitar for five. 
Lily was involved in a local symphony orchestra during high school and participated in her high school band, orchestra and choir. Now a student at WCU, she is a member of the West Chester Symphony Orchestra, WCU Cello Ensemble, and a piano quintet. 
Lily is very passionate about sharing and connecting with people through music. Her goal to create impactful experiences for her students as they learn and enjoy music.

  

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Won Kim

Guitar, Piano, Voice

Won Kim 김원 is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, actor, choral conductor, and dancer. He started playing the cello at the age of six and began formal lessons at the age of seven. 

“Music was always in me,” he says. “Since my mother was a pianist, she would play classical music in the house all the time.”

Won was born in Incheon, South Korea, and later grew up in Philadelphia. In addition to cello, he picked up the guitar, piano, singing, and break dancing. Won graduated from North Penn High School in Pennsylvania and attended Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Won was the tenor voice section leader in the chamber choir of Manhattan School of Music and NY philharmonic under the guidance of Kent Tritle and Alan Gilbert. He was also the praise leader in Nakwon Presbyterian Church, tenor section leader at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, and Choir Conductor at the Korean United Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. 

Won brings a meaningful and philosophical approach to life and making music.

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Olivia Cox

Guitar, Piano, Voice

Olivia is a recent graduate of Immaculata University where she received a bachelor's degree in Music Therapy. During her time at Immaculata she studied piano, guitar, and voice. Piano is her primary instrument, which she has been studying for about 14 years. 

Olivia says, “I teach because I have a great relationship with my original teacher and I want to inspire students the way he inspired me. I also teach because I don't want children to have any regrets about not learning an instrument. Music is not just part of my life, but part of my soul.” 

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Ian McLaughlin

drums, guitar, piano

Hailing from Long Island, NY, Ian is currently enrolled at West Chester University where he is receiving his master’s degree in instrumental conducting. Ian attended SUNY Fredonia for his undergraduate degree where he studied music education. Specializing in percussion since the age of 4, he has performed in top ensembles at both universities in addition to performing in symphonic orchestras and theater pits throughout New York. While he specializes in percussion, Ian also has a strong passion for guitar and piano and has studied them for several years. During his undergraduate years he also had the pleasure of learning how to play numerous other instruments. 

Ian’s greatest passion is finding what it is about music that drives students to learn. He understands that all students learn at their own pace and wishes to see each of his students achieve happiness in learning and playing music.