June 19, 2018

Michael Scott, PhD, author of Applied Jazz Theory was awarded the “Jamey Abersold Scholarship Award” to attend the Jazz Clinic hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he studied with such renowned jazz artists as Ted Dunbar, Max Roach, Dr. Billy Taylor and selected members of the “Saturday Night Live Orchestra” including Steve Turre in 1986. Dr. Scott received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Mansfield University and has held full Pennsylvania State Certification since 1991. He was then hired under full contract to serve as Director of Instrumental Music and Drama at the Wilmington Friends School in Delaware until 1995. Dr. Scott achieved his Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance at The New England Conservatory of Music in 1997 where he performed with conservatory ensembles and professionally throughout the Boston Metropolitan area including regular engagements at New England Conservatory’s Main Stage at Jordan Hall the Boston Hard Rock Café. Dr. Scott is the published author of both the Instrumentalist Accreditation Program and the Jazz Instrumentalist Accreditation Program which are performance programs designed to motivate music students to advance through four levels of achievement based on specific measurable performance criteria. The IAP’s have been published by the Emelior Publishing Corporation since 2001 and 2002. Dr. Scott received his Ph.D. in 2004 from Century University for his coursework in education and his dissertation on The Development and Analysis of a Performance Based Assessment Model for the Formal Study of Instrumental Music. His most recent publication, Applied Jazz Theory is a complete course of study which couples the theoretical foundations of music with the practical applications of improvisational performance. Dr. Scott is proud to have been the Director of Instrumental Music for the Morrisville School District since 1998.