Dr. Jaryn Crosby is a native of Anderson, South Carolina. She began her undergraduate studies at Hampton University and earned both the Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Music Performance and Master in Teaching degree. She furthered her studies at Nova Southeastern University to earn a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership. She has served as the Music Specialist in several public schools in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia for over eight years before serving in her current position in the Department of Music.
Musically, Jaryn Crosby is actively involved on campus and in the community. She is proficient on the piano, violin, and viola. She frequently performs with the Hampton University Chamber Orchestra. Also, Dr. Crosby has served as a music specialist for the Hampton University Music Summer Camp Program and other musically focused programs in the Hampton Roads area. She has also served as a clinician and adjudicator for various public schools and colleges for musical performances.
Professional achievements include presenting research at the National Association Symposium for the Performance of African American (NASPAAM) Conference in Birmingham, Alabama; presenting research at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference; and securing a Faculty Research Grant at Hampton University, which studied the impact of string instrument training with preschool age children and their phonemic awareness. In addition to Dr. Crosby's duties as Music Education Coordinator, she teaches applied piano and introductory music classes at Hampton.
Professional affiliations include membership in the National Association for Music Educators, National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education, Urban Music Leadership Conference, Suzuki Association of the Americas, Gordon Institute for Music Learning, American Orff-Sculwerk Association, and a faculty advisor for Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.