Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele
Instruments: Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Composition, Musicianship
Styles: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele (All Levels/Styles); Piano (Contemporary/Blues/Improvisation – no Classical)
Scott is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, instructor, and collaborator spanning two decades’ professional experience in performance, music instruction and composition for film and other media. He has worked for Flying Foot Forum, Ethnic Dance Theatre, and Plymouth Playhouse. He composes and produces music for film, theatre, podcasts, and radio. Scott also performs with Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), an award-winning Twin Cities group that specializes in folk music from the Balkan and Eastern European regions.
Scott graduated with a B.A. in Music from the University of Minnesota – School of Music, where he focused on Composition and Guitar. He studied Composition under the guidance of Alex Lubet and Doug Geers.
As a composer who, over the last twenty years, has had experience in a wide variety of styles, from orchestral to jazz to Americana to electronic, Scott has also focused on ethnic/world folk music in his work, wherein he has specialized in Irish/Celtic, North African, Eastern European and Middle Eastern styles.
Since 2002, under Human Soundtrack Productions, Scott has composed music for radio (KFAI news – 90.3FM Minneapolis), theatre (Cromulent Shakespeare Company), short films (Killing Joke Productions), podcasts (Burn and Brew), and feature length documentaries (Silo Way Films). He has been a music director/arranger for Brave New Workshop (comedy improv), Idiot Box (multi-media sketch comedy) and Blue Umbrella Productions (musical theatre).
In 2012, as a member of Balkan/Eastern European ensemble Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), Scott won the Emerging Composers Award from the American Composers Forum. The ACF award inspired the OBI album “Unveiled – Live At The Celtic Junction” (2014), for which Scott contributed two pieces. He has produced a full-length solo album “Salieri’s Revenge” (2010) featuring his electro-acoustic compositions.
Scott brings a vast range of musical knowledge and experience to his students. His focus is to allow students to learn their instrument and, in doing so, teach them how to have fun playing music. While Scott understands the importance of teaching students to read music, he also offers the opportunity for students to learn by ear, while developing technique on their instrument. To more advanced students, he offers the opportunity to explore different styles of playing, and the opportunity to learn improvisation.
$25/half hour | $38/45 min. | $50/60 min. – Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele
$30/half hour | $45/45 min. | $60/60 min. – Piano
In order to ensure a mutually respectful program of piano lessons, the following must be observed by both teacher and student:
- Lessons must be scheduled at least one week in advance. Regularly scheduled lessons (for example, every Monday at 5:30pm) should be scheduled all at once with teacher for the entire month.
- Cancellations require at least 48-hour notice except in an emergency that directly impacts student’s or teacher’s ability to attend lesson (e.g., car accident, illness that prevents either student or teacher from playing safely, etc.).
- Tuition for the month’s lessons must be paid at the first lesson of that month. If the student cancels the lesson, he or she must mail a check within 24 hours of that missed lesson. Bounced checks will incur an additional $35 penalty to cover bank fees.
- Teacher will make every effort to be flexible in rescheduling a lesson student has missed; however, make-up sessions are not guaranteed. There is no refund for missed lessons.
- If teacher must reschedule or cancel a lesson, student will not be financially penalized: In such case, the missed lesson will be rescheduled at no additional cost to student.
- To ensure focus, student agrees to continue with piano studies with teacher for a period of eight weeks, at which point student can reassess if he or she would like to continue. Teacher reserves the right to modify this requirement if she feels student would be better served by another teacher.
- Student agrees to come prepared to lessons, which includes bringing handouts/assignments from previous lessons to every lesson thereafter. To the best of his or her ability, student will have worked on assignments from the most recent lesson plan, which, in most cases, teacher will have emailed to student within 3 days after previous lesson.
Student understands that the effort put into lessons and between lessons directly impacts student’s success—you get out of lessons what you put into them.
I came to Scott as an adult musician with some professional musical background, some self-learning, and also new areas I wanted to grow in...a definite musical mosaic of ability and experience! In our lessons, Scott put in lots of effort to hear and tune into my specific goals, discover my areas of strength and also what needed work. I am impressed with how he did so! He helped me identify important ergonomic improvements in my guitar playing, music theory basics that I somehow didn't catch in my years of training, and also a particular style and vision that he intuited I was drawn to! I felt very considered as a unique individual in my lessons with Scott, and I appreciated his professionalism and structured approach to teaching while still creating a light and fun experience.
“(Scott) provides positive motivation for learning. While working with him on guitar, (my daughter) has learned how to keep time, play chords, and play the melody line while Scott accompanies her with rhythm.” – Sarah H., parent
“Scott is a great teacher – he took the time to find out what my goals were and planned fun and interesting lessons accordingly. The pace of the learning is fast enough that I don’t get bored. It’s a good challenge and Scott is always positive and encouraging.” – Sheila M., adult student (piano)