• Lessons for students at all levels

Scott Kinnison is a seasoned professional drummer and sought-after educator. His technique and extensive experience with various genres including jazz, blues, rock, funk, and music theater make him an ideal drummer for live or studio settings.

Scott also has an intense passion for teaching. He combines his skills, experience and knowledge with his enthusiasm, energy and patience to create an individualized teaching approach that inspires students of all ages and stages of development.

Do you need an experienced professional drummer or want to find out more about private or group instruction? Please contact Scott at skinnison@hotmail.com

“Scott is a fine, professional musician who does a great job with students. Music teachers clamor to have him come back each year to prepare their students for band and state competitions. He has a great rapport with all ages, can key in on what kids need and take them to a higher performance level. His love of music is infectious. He inspires our students by modeling what it takes to be a professional musician.”

- Susan D. Excel Director Maine School District #60

“A very special thank you to Scott for all your years of support, encouragement, and inspiration while sharing Johnny’s journey to Berklee. You are proficient, passionate, and generous with your time. When combined, these qualities make an excellent teacher, and a wonderful friend. Thank you for everything.”

- Deb F.
Parent of Johnny (Age 17)

“To me, Scott Kinnison is first and foremost a good friend, a great teacher, and a fantastic percussionist. I have taken lessons on three different instruments for ten years and can honestly say that the lessons I’ve had with Scott are the best lessons I’ve ever had. Every single lesson is productive and I learn something new every time. This is true because Scott is a great friend who is personally involved in every lesson and cares about a student’s success; he is a lucid teacher who is able to demonstrate anything a student would want to know, and finally; he is an excellent percussionist who can make the worst drum kit sound like pure gold. Even though I’m majoring in percussion performance at UMass Lowell, and have great percussion instructors here, I still consider Scott my drum teacher and I always will.”

- Kyle R. Music Major
UMass Lowell

About Me:

Scott Kinnison has been a professional drummer for more then 25 years, and a sought-after drum instructor for the last 15 years.

Based in Southern New Hampshire (just North of Boston MA) Scott is a highly skilled performer of many genres and has had the great fortune to play with Jazz legends like Clark Terry, Milt Jackson and Al Grey. He has also performed and recorded with the great jazz pianist Don Friedman. He won the 2O13 Drum Fun Competition, (New England’s largest drum competition). He’s been named a finalist in the International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis TN and has been nominated Best New Artist in the Seacoast Music Awards. Most recently Scott has been on tour and recording with international Jazz/R&B artist Vinx. Scott also performed at APAP in New York City earlier this year.

Scott has performed regularly for professional music theaters including Maine State Music Theater and Fort Myer’s Repertory Theatre in Florida; toured the East Coast with rock bands such as Moonboot Lover, Groovechild, Vitamin C, Fly Spinach Fly, Shagg, Nether (Winner of the 1995 New Artist of the Year Seacoast Spotlight Awards) and The Kristin Mueller Trio, playing regularly to sold out crowds in some of the biggest East Coast Venues. In addition to live performance Scott also has extensive studio experience, having recorded in studios such as Big Sound, Dizzyland, Dreamsicle Studios, Thundering Sky, Max Out, and Mill Pond Music Studio.

In addition to being a seasoned performer, Scott also teaches private lessons to students of all ages, and is an active educator at secondary schools across New England where he delivers clinics, workshops, group lessons, and ensemble instruction. Scott is an energetic, passionate instructor who uses creative learning techniques to successfully teach students of all ages. He has helped train children from grade school band up through college. Some of Scott’s former and current students are attending schools such as Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), Musicians Institute of Technology (Los Angeles, CA), University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, University of New Hampshire, Keene State College and Plymouth State College. Scott has also worked with countless adult students, ranging from weekend warrior garage band musicians to fellow educators and professional musicians looking to take their craft to the next level.

Scott is a versatile freelance performer, available for both live and studio settings. He is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team headed by Neil Larrivee, Dom Famularo and Mark Wessels; and the Hudson Music Integration Program, an interactive, global group comprised of the world’s leading educators.