Scott Kasun

Scott K.

Tucson, AZ
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
From producing your first note to Pop and Jazz songs to seriously intense Classical music.

About Scott K.

As a composer I have found it necessary never to stray too far from performance. The shear exhilaration one can obtain through playing an instrument is unique and powerful. I have devoted my life to trying to understand and master this elusive beast we call Music. As a child, of a peculiar spirit, I demanded my parents get me guitar and piano lessons. I felt an instant connection to these instruments and was compelled to investigate. After years of inquiry I ended up attending New School for the Arts, a high school devoted to the arts where I
studied music composition. From there, I went on to the University of Arizona to receive degrees in Music Composition and Philosophy with minors in Mathematics and English Literature. For my Masters' programs I wondered into the world of contemporary composers and experimental music at Mills College in Oakland where I finished my M.A. in Music Composition as well as my M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media. All the while pursuing a mastery of the instruments that caught my ear in the first place.

I have now returned to Tucson to work on my music and further my education in the field of philosophy at the University of Arizona.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back and playful in my approach. I like to gear lessons toward the interests of the student, and if I am doing my job correctly, all traditional technique will be painless. I also like to delve into music theory to give one a deeper appreciation as well as an understanding and steady grasp of the tools of composition if their heart is so inclined. When it comes to music I am rather eclectic and I feel every style has something to add to the techniques of a solid performer, so I tend to draw from many disparate places to offer a fuller experience. In no time at all, you should be playing pieces you love, understanding how they work, and perhaps embellishing them or writing your own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Guitar, Amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
Provide: My guitar, music stand, and amp if necessary.
Student Provides: Their instrument (Piano/guitar etc.)

*** Specialties ***
Rock/ Jazz/ Classical/ Experimental


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23 Reviews
Calvin P.
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We loved our first lesson.

Posted Jul 24, 2020
Alisa M.
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Scott knows when and how much to challenge you. He’s personable and doesn’t get TOO frustrated with me:-)

Posted Jul 16, 2020
Alisa M.
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He is very challenging but patient,

Posted Jul 15, 2020
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well... let's start by saying i somehow got my dates screwed up and showed up a week early for the lesson :D ... scott took it all in stride and i got a really good first lesson, and left with several exercises i can practice on my own to progress before my next lesson. looking forward to the next one(s)!

Posted Mar 12, 2020
Tim G.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Scott gives about the right level of challenge for me as an adult learner, and is clear on what I need to do to master whatever part of the piece I'm working on. It's been a great start.

Posted Feb 24, 2019
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this was my first guitar lesson with scott, and it's been many years since i've even tried picking up a guitar. i enjoyed the lesson. scott started with me at a place that was good and comfortable for me. i felt like a klutz and he had a good way as a teacher in working with me at that klutzy level, listening to me and going at a pace that felt good. i'm grateful, and i know i need to show it by practicing!

Posted Jun 9, 2018
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Scott has been working with my six year old and teaching her piano. He is very patient and consistent and my daughter really enjoys these lessons.

Posted Aug 21, 2017
Mo P.
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Scott is very good with kids and is willing to take the time that is needed to help my son progress at his own speed. He is very knowledgable in his craft and we thoroughly enjoy learning from him.

Posted Jun 2, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Scott is immensely patient and speaks to each student at their level. Both of my children are now learning with Scott and I recommend him to everyone.

Posted Apr 5, 2016
Richard H.
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Great first lesson! Thanks Scott!

Posted Mar 1, 2016
Paula C.
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Scott is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable about music & guitar. I was impressed that he took the time to incorporate some of everything that I said I wanted to learn in the FIRST lesson!

Posted Feb 8, 2016
Quaid H.
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My son has taken lesson for almost a year with another instructor way across town. Scott spent an hour with him and had him playing a piece that was more demanding than he has ever don before. He kept my son engaged and learning for the entire hour and he says that he likes his new piano teacher very much.

Posted Jan 9, 2016
Gayle M.
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So far we've gotten off to a great start. I'm looking forward to continuing.

Posted Nov 16, 2015
Rory E.
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Scott is immensely patient and clearly loves sharing his love for music. Every lesson is relaxed and fun. As a teacher Scott's focus is on getting his student to love music, what more can you really ask for? I just signed up for more lessons!

Posted Sep 26, 2015
Ethan E.
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my son is a brand new student and young. Scott shows incredible patience and always keeps the lesson interesting and moving forward.I'm so glad we selected him.

Posted Aug 12, 2015
Andres R.

Learning to play the piano as been pleasant and engaging!

When I first starting taking lessons with Scott I had never taken piano lessons or even knew how to play. Scott knows classical piano music very well and introduced me to great piano pieces for beginners to get started on learning how to play. The lessons will move at your pace and the challenge will never be no more than you can handle. Now I will most likely make it a long term goal to get better and better thanks to his help.

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Older Student

Have had three lessons so far and very encouraged by his patience and knowlege of music. I come away encouraged knowing I can do it. I really do like Scott.

Posted Jun 27, 2012

I wish I had much more time with Scott

I have only had two lessons, and now find that I have to take a hiatus because of my partner's health. We will be going to California for 3 months of proton radiation therapy for his cancer.Scott has been really terrific with me. He is patient, kind, and has opened new avenues in my understanding of music. I will continue to work on the things he as taught me. I expect that when I get back into the lessons, I will need to start over because there isn't a piano in California for me to practice on. I know that Scott will take this into consideration when this happens. I think Scott is terrific. If you are considering piano lessons, then check him out.

Posted Jun 15, 2012

Although I haven't found a lot of time to try all the new ideas, I'm getting some pieces in the register, and I've figured out some minor and 7th chords by using two or three fingers.

Posted Jan 7, 2012

feed back

Scott is doing a fine job teaching me howto play the guitar. He makes it very enjoyable and easy to folllow along. A great sense of humor. Would highly recommend Scott to any prospective student..........Bill G.

Posted Dec 31, 2011

Gauging the student

Scott is teaching my son guitar. He is 6. Scott has done an awesome job of gauging Hunter and when we started he had taken the information about music styles and we started there. After two lessons it seemed that Hunter just was not getting into that and maybe it was too complicated for him. Scott took a step back and went to absolute basics for Hunter. Showing him a scale and then giving him two children melodies that he is very familiar with to work on. This has certainly helped Hunter to learn and enjoy the guitar. Thank you Scott for your patience.

Posted Feb 9, 2011

Wonderful Results

Tyler is playing with more confidence and desire. Thanks for continuing to push him.

Posted Jun 1, 2010


Son needs to practice more, but he is learning

Posted Apr 12, 2010


Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2006 - Present

Pima Community College

I teach Music Recording, Music Theory, and Popular Music in America courses.


Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Music and Recording Media
Aug 2002 - May 2006

Mills College

Master of Arts in Music Composition
Aug 2002 - May 2006

Mills College

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