Columbia College Chicago

Meet the Faculty

Aubrey Faith-Slaker

Piano
Suzuki Piano

Preferred student age: any age.

Preferred student level: any level.

What do you want to impart to your students through your teaching? 
Independence; Sensitivity to sound and touch; Ability to communicate an idea to an audience through music; Pride in accomplishment.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?  
Really getting to know a student and seeing them improve, getting excited about things WITH my students, and being there for the moment when a student, and even a parent suddenly GETS it - whatever it is that we have been working on.

Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside Sherwood: 
Suzuki trained as a child at the Music Institute of Chicago; MM (Piano Performance and Pedagogy): Southern Methodist University; BM (Piano Performance and Pedagogy): University of Illinois.  Active teacher and performer of solo and chamber music around Chicago. 

What is your earliest musical experience or memory? 
I remember a performance I gave at a Suzuki workshop as a very little girl when I accidentally announced the wrong piece and didn't realize it until I was halfway through performing. I was mortified, though everyone though it was "so cute."

Please describe one of your favorite teachers or mentors: 
My favorite teacher was actually one I had in graduate school - she had a lot of experience teaching children, and really knew how to get the most out of her students. Through example, passion, and effective words, she was able to get her students to first hear exactly what she had in her ear, and then produce it for an audience. She was always so encouraging and I really liked to play for her.

Who is your favorite composer, or what is your favorite musical period?
The longer I play, the harder this question is to answer.  I particularly enjoy practicing Baroque music because the focus is like meditation for me.  I also love performing lush Romantic chamber music.