Scott Laird is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he completed his Bachelors and Masters in both Music Performance and Music Education. Scott is an accomplished violinist, educator and nationally recognized leader in the field of Music Education. An accomplished musician and educator, Scott’s work has taken him around the country as a sought-out pedagogue and conductor. Scott is the Fine Arts Chair, and Music Instructor at the prestigious North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina and an educational specialist for D’addario Bowed Strings, CodaBow International, and NS Design Electric Violins.
Scott was a Founding Board Member of North Carolina’s “Kidznotes” and served as Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Governance Committee all respectively during his tenure with the organization. Scott has continued to work very closely with Kidznotes over the last 10 years including serving as the Conductor for the East Coast Seminario Orchestra. Scott brings a wealth of knowledge as a string pedagogue and is instrumental in providing any assistance needed with the string curriculum.
Scott has 30 plus years as a leader in string education. He is a noted string pedagogue and conductor of honor orchestras throughout the US. He has been an active member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and the National Association of Music Educators for over 30 years. He is currently serving on the National Board of ASTA. He served as conductor at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp from 2011-2017. Scott maintains strong relationships throughout the national music education community including but not limited to ASTA, NAfME, state organizations, as well as local leadership. He maintains a strong background and commitment to arts leadership and administration, curriculum development, pedagogy, and community building.