percussion education and percussion classes
About Scott Kinnison
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Scott began playing the drums in the school band at the age of ten.
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Whether you’re young, old or somewhere in between, studying music can provide a number of benefits. Research has shown that music helps form neural connections in children, improving reading, writing and math skills as well as physical coordination and critical thinking skills. Studying music has also proven to keep the adult mind alert and active, and sharpen the memory. But, for students of all ages, music can and should be a fun form of self-expression that increases self-esteem and develops pride of accomplishment. Finding the right teacher is an important part of that equation.
A professional educator for more than 10 years, Scott has taught many students at the beginner and intermediate levels, as well as those that have gone on to further their studies at prestigious music schools such as Boston’s Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute of Technology (MIT) in Los Angeles. He views education as a collaborative effort between musicians where information is shared and learned. His overarching goals as a teacher are to inspire his students to play, to help empower his students to reach their potential, and to teach his students to enjoy music to its fullest.
Scott uses an individualized approach to learning – each student is unique, and therefore must to be taught in a unique manner. He watches for expression and body language and listens intently to what his students are saying so that he can best determine their needs and communicate with them quickly, and in a way that they can understand.
Scott is extremely patient, enthusiastic and encouraging, making him a great fit for beginner students seeking a positive first music experience. He has the teaching skills to mentor students as their proficiency levels increase, but is equally as focused on persistently motivating these students to help them develop confidence. His mad chops and significant and varied performing experience mean that Scott is an ideal teacher for advanced students who want to continue to grow and learn.
In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in music performance, Scott has studied privately with Fred Buda, Bob Gullotti, Les Harris Jr., Bob Moses, and Nancy Smith; as well as attended clinics and seminars conducted by Louie Bellson, Dennis Chambers, Alan Dawson, Dom Famularo, Vic Firth, Jason Gianni, Tommy Igoe, Arnie Lang, Rod Morgenstein, Peter Retzlaff, and Jeff Salem. 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. As a lifelong student of the drums Scott is committed to actively continuing his own education, learning as many techniques and styles as possible and always striving to reach the next level.
Scott provides private instruction at his Manchester, New Hampshire, and Derry, New Hampshire studios, and delivers clinics, workshops, and ensemble instruction to students around New England.