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 all over the country as a sought-out pedagogue and conductor. Currently Scott is the Fine Arts Coordinator, and Music Instructor at the prestigious North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina. Currently Scott is a specialist for both Daddario Bowed Strings, and NS Design Electric Violins. Scott continues to participate in professional development having done Re-certification in Strings: Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood. Additionally he has completed Post-Graduate work in Music Education and Conducting at the University of Maryland College Park.
Scott was a Founding Board Member of North Carolina’s “Kidznotes”, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Governance Committee all respectively with Kidznotes. Additionally Scott worked 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 was 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 has served as conductor at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp for the last 7 years. 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.