Craig Hurley is the music specialist at Ford Elementary School in Cobb County, Georgia. He has presented sessions at the Music Educators Association in-service conferences for Georgia, Florida, and Alabama as well as other various teacher organizations. Under his direction, the Ford Elementary Chorus has performed with the Atlanta Women’s Chorus, the Kennesaw State University Women’s Choir, and the 2015 GMEA In-Service Conference. Dr. Hurley was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2002 and 2016.
Dr. Hurley is the conductor of the Spivey Hall Young Artists, the preparatory choir of the nationally renowned Spivey Hall Children’s Choir. Dr. Hurley has served as a guest clinician for several honor choirs throughout the state including the 2019 GMEA Statewide Elementary Honor Choir. He is also the artistic director of the annual Spivey Hall Summer Music Camp.
Dr. Hurley’s research article Examining the Effect of Aural Preparation on Second Grade Students’ Music Literacy Rhythm Skills can be found in the 2018 edition of Research and Issues in Music Education. Research interests include: music literacy and expressive choral performance pedagogy.
Dr. Hurley holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Shorter College, a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Berry College, and a Doctorate of Education in Music Education from The University of Georgia.
Mr. Hurley resides in Marietta with his wife, also a music teacher, and their three children.
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