Teacher Profile: Aubrey Crook

Aubrey Crook

Aubrey Crook

Instrument(s): Piano

City: Atlanta

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About Aubrey Crook

Aubrey is a professional educator in Georgia's public school system and teaches in-home piano lessons. He has a passion for teaching and learning and he believes that a well-rounded education includes music and the arts. At the age of 8, Aubrey's parents noticed that he had a gift for music so they enrolled him with a local piano teacher. Aubrey wants other children to have the same opportunity that he had to learn music at an early age.

Aubrey holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with a minor in music performance from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He also holds a M.Ed. degree from Cambridge College and certification in gifted education. Aubrey is a classically trained pianist and an accomplished All-State tuba player. He has competed and won competitions at the University of Mobile. After receiving several music scholarships, Aubrey chose to attend UAB on a music scholarship and became the first African-American drum major of the university's marching band. While a student at UAB, he performed in the jazz band, symphonic band, marching band, and the world-renowned UAB gospel choir. He also performed on stage with several local musicians as well as national award-winning recording artists. At the 2003 Coca Cola Refresh the Spirit Gospel Choir Competition, Aubrey received the $5,000 grand prize award as the musical director of Birmingham's Alpha Omega Choir. This led to national concert performances with several Grammy, Stellar, and Dove Award winning gospel artists including: Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, John P. Kee, Karen Clark-Sheard, and Kiki Sheard. Aubrey has also performed in concert with notable gospel artists such as Dottie Peoples, Daryl Coley, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. These experiences helped him to grow into the musician that he is today. Aubrey's musical background has helped him to develop a strong work ethic and it has fostered his belief that anything can be achieved with discipline and consistency.

Aubrey is skilled at working with diverse student populations and with students of various learning styles and abilities. Aubrey's teaching method is designed with each individual student in mind. His method of teaching allows students to establish their personal learning goals and objectives. He then designs a plan that will help the students to meet those goals and objectives. Aubrey uses Alfred's Basic Piano series as the core fundamentals of his teaching. He supplements it with hand coordination and technique exercises and song selections that allow the students to incorporate the new skills that they have been taught. Aubrey selects solo repertoire pieces for students based on their skill levels. His teaching method is similar for adults as they also identify their goals and he creates a plan to help them achieve whether it be learning to read music, playing by ear, or simply learning to play their favorite songs. When not involved with music, Aubrey enjoys teaching and traveling and sharing his unique experiences and gifts with his students.

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