Becca Scott | Instructor Bio

  • Becca Scott
    BECK-uh (ˈbɛkə)
    Piano, Voice

  • What is your teaching philosophy?
    My philosophy is that any student can learn anything about any instrument, and maybe can even be good at it without trying very hard, but the best students know that practicing and working hard make you even better than you thought you could be, and that growth doesn’t happen in your comfort zone.

    How long have you been teaching music? At Youth Music Project?
    I’ve been teaching music since 2006, and at Youth Music Project since 2013.

    What is your favorite thing about teaching music?
    I like when students understand what I’m trying to tell them and then are able to do a new thing because of what they have just learned. I also really enjoy watching students’ hard work and practice pay off when they perform a song they’ve been working on.

    What do you expect of your students in classes/lessons?
    I expect my students to try their best, make mistakes and then see what they can learn from them, and make improvements little by little as they put forth the effort to become musicians.

    About Becca:
    Becca Scott began her musical life as a small child singing in church and at home. She began piano lessons in grade school and took up songwriting in high school. As an undergraduate at Western Oregon University, Becca studied composition and arranging with Dr. Kevin Walczyk, Dr. Keller Coker, and Adam Bates, all of whom have helped her to develop her skill and define her songwriting style. She also studied voice for two years, taking lessons from Dr. Kevin Helppie and Amy Chisholm, and performing with the WOU Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Solveig Holmquist. Her educational ambitions propelled her through the Master of Music program at WOU, where she was awarded a Graduate Assistantship with the Edgar H. Smith Fine Arts Series. Becca’s hard work at WOU as a vocalist, keyboardist, and arranger has been displayed in a variety of performances with ensembles including the Western Hemisphere Orchestra, Western Hemisphere Voices, and Western Hemisphere Combo, the Orquestra Brasil, and the Singer-Songwriter Combo, as well as in concert on the Smith Fine Arts Series. Outside of the formal academic environment, Becca has performed with a wide variety of ensembles over a wide range of musicking styles, having performed as an accompanist in church, both for meetings and for the choir, as the synth player in Salem based rock band The Pumps, and as a solo performer and with her voice, keys, and original songs. Becca hopes to encourage others to explore their musical curiosities and find what inspires them, and is thrilled to be an instructor with the Youth Music Project.

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