Crystal is a classically trained pianist and multi instrumentalist who studied under the instruction of Joyce Harwood and Alma Rae Tucciarone before majoring in music at Pfeiffer University with a concentration in piano and trombone.. She studied jazz trombone under the instruction of international trombonist and Fulbright Scholar, Tom Smith and piano underneath prolific composer and recording artist, Dr. David Palmer. 

For over 15 years, Crystal has taught students of all ages and levels of advancement. Her students are the recipients of numerous awards and regularly receive the highest ratings in competitions and festivals. Her teaching career began while in college when she taught her first piano lesson through a music program she developed at the Senior Center in her hometown of Albemarle, NC. Since then she has taught in numerous pre-k through 12th grade classrooms, developed multiple music programs, given back to the community by hosting perform-athons, conducted and developed curriculum for after school enrichment programs and directed summer music camps. Crystal was also recognized and received the Top Teacher of the Year Award two years in a row, presented by Steinway & Sons Piano Gallery-Charlotte in 2016 and 2017.