Scott Slay

Scott S.

Denver, CO
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Scott delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2000

About:
As a fixture on the local music scene for several years, Scott Slay enjoys making music in Denver, CO and the surrounding Rocky Mountain area both as a solo performing act, and with his Bluegrass and Americana group, Scott Slay & the Rail. Scott has won multiple songwriting awards across the United States, and frequently competes in industry settings. His debut album was with the Americana group, Big Virginia Sky, whose self-titled release took them across the country with stints in major folk and bluegrass festivals, and a concluding trip to the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) 2016 Showcase in Raleigh, NC.

Teaching:
Scott's holds a BA in Music Education from University of West Florida, and an MBA from MD University College. He has been playing music since the age of six, and has toured around the world with various groups. Scott's teaching style is relaxed and aimed at having fun while learning to play music. He prefers to focus on Americana, Folk, Country, and Bluegrass styles, and is an expert in flat-picking.

Lessons:
Mandolin, Guitar (Acoustic and Electric), Ukulele, Bass (Upright and Electric), Percussion, Music Theory, Technique, Ear Training, and more. For custom lessons, please inquire.

Fun fact:
Scott is currently in the production stage of his first solo album, produced by Bluegrass legend and banjoist Scott Vestal, with his current group, Scott Slay & the Rail. Featured artists include: Mountain Heart vocalist and piano player Josh Shilling, Lonesome River Band frontman and banjoist Sammy Shelor, Banjoist Scott Vestal, Guitarist (Patty Loveless Band) Brandon Bostic, Nickel Creek Bassist Mark Schatz, and many more.

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Experience

Music Teacher
Aug 2017 - Present
JeffCo Public Schools - Denver, CO

· Direct, design, audition, and instruct student Bluegrass ensemble (guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, fiddle).
· Plan, direct, and design musical instrument performances in rehearsal groups focused on differing segments of
music performance to include: Little Pickers (Bluegrass), Stomp Line (Percussion), All-Star Chorus (150 Students),
General Music, and Theatre.
· Teach and lead musical instrument technique for strings, woodwinds, percussion, and vocals to members of
musical groups such as orchestras, ensembles, pep groups and bands.
· Manage performance ensembles, volunteers, and planning during all school performances.
· Teach music while relating it to recognizable and/or pop songs by grade level, focusing on engagement.
· Develop curriculum/semester plans for each grade level in accordance with state standards.
· Solicit funding from parents and PTA members for performance needs.
· Send weekly newsletters to students and parents, and communicate daily with parents via the app Class Dojo.
· Create performance programs, ads, flyers, and posters for promotion and marketing efforts.

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Professional Musician
Sep 2003 - Present
Self - Freelance (scottslay.com)

· Practice musical instrument performances, individually or in rehearsal with other musicians, to master individual
pieces of music and to maintain and improve skills.
· Maintain and update my promotional website and social media.
· Teach music for specific instruments to individuals of all ages in a private setting.
· Promote music by scheduling and participating in media interviews and other activities.
· Collect fees, commissions, or other payments, according to contract terms.
· Develop contracts with individuals and organizations for booking purposes.
· Schedule promotional or performance engagements for musicians and ensembles.
· Manage business and financial affairs, such as arranging travel and lodging, selling tickets, and directing
marketing and advertising activities.

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Performing Arts Director
May 2015 - Jun 2017
District of Columbia Public Schools

· Auditioned student actors for theatre, ensemble, and chorus roles, working in conjunction with producers.
· Instructed student marching drum lines and guitar ensembles for community performances.
· Solicited funding from parents, nonprofits, grant proposals, community members, etc.
· Recruited students into performance groups in what was a previously dying program in prior years.
· Manage performance ensembles, volunteers, and planning during all school performances.
· Designed and delivered lectures to students on topics related to music, chorus, voice, theatre, and related.
· Served as arts/theatre department head, coordinating weekly practices and creation theatre props.
· Inventoried and repaired donated instruments and supplies, send thank you letters to donors.
· Researched grant and donor programs to obtain new equipment for a poverty-stricken school.
· Created performance programs, ads, flyers, and posters for promotion and marketing efforts.
· Created “Thank You” reports for donors to show the impact of their donation in the community/school.

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Music Teacher
Aug 2012 - Jan 2015
Virginia Beach Public Schools

· Taught music while relating it to recognizable and/or pop songs by grade level, focusing on engagement.
· Organized performance groups and directed their rehearsals, often arranging music for performance.
· Prepared students for music performances, exams, or assessments, often via song/other engaging methods.
· Solicited funding from parents and PTA members for performance needs, organize student fundraisers.
· Managed performance ensembles, volunteers, and planning during all school performances.

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Music Teacher
Feb 2012 - Aug 2012
Courthouse Montessori School

· Evaluated and graded students' music class work, performances, projects, assignments, and papers
· Lead weekly grade-specific ukulele ensemble, teaching technique, theory, and playing style.
· Develop curriculum/semester plans for each grade level in accordance with Montessori standards.

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Music Teacher/Performing Arts Director
Jan 2005 - Feb 2012
Escambia County Public Schools

· Practiced musical instrument performances, individually or in rehearsal with student musicians.
· Managed a performing arts budget of $15,000 for purchase of music supplies and band travel needs.
· Developed curriculum/semester plans for each grade level in accordance with state standards.
· Directed two jazz bands, one theatre company, a marching band, a pep band, and a student orchestra.
· Arranged pop songs for competitive marching band and jazz band performances.
· Performed administrative tasks such as applying for grants, developing budgets, negotiating contracts, and
designing and printing programs and other promotional materials.
· Prepared music course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
· Prepared students for music performances, exams, or assessments.
· Managed performance ensembles, volunteers, and planning during all school performances.
· Organized music performance groups and directed their rehearsals.
· Community Director/Lead for Bluegrass Kids Ensembles through Escambia County Public Schools.

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Education

Kodaly Music Certification Level I
Jan 2006 - Mar 2006
University of West Florida
B.A. Music Education, Jazz Performance
Aug 2000 - Dec 2005
University of West Florida

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Silver Songwriter's Award
Dec 2016
Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Association
First Place - Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition
Dec 2016
Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Association
Americana Band of the Year
Dec 2015
Veer Magazine
2nd Place - Aiken and Friends Songwriter's Competition
Jul 2015
Aiken and Friends
Florida State Mandolin Champion
Dec 2007
Gulf Coast Bluegrass Music Association
Florida State Mandolin Champion - 3x Champion
Sep 2003
Gulf Coast Bluegrass Music Association

Affiliations

Colorado Music Teachers Association
Aug 2017

The Colorado State Music Teachers Association exists to encourage and advance the standards of teaching and performance, to enhance the professional status of its members, to provide a collegial and fraternal relationship among its members, and to foster the advancement of music education in Colorado through relationships with schools and community organizations

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Folk Alliance International
Aug 2016

To nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance.

International Bluegrass Music Association
Dec 2014

IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Photos & Videos

This playlist is a portfolio of previous public performances by Scott Slay and various musicians.
Scott Slay enjoys making music in Denver, CO and the surrounding Rocky Mountain area.

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7 Reviews

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Peter Jan 22, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Such a great teacher! You can tell Scott has a lot of experience because he is so patient.

Tim Jan 22, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Great teacher, patient. I was happy with what my daughter learned.

Hayley Jan 22, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Best music instructor my son has ever had!!! Will be back!

Hayley Jan 22, 2018
Ukulele · Online

Best instructor I've ever had for my five year old! I was hesitant to start her online with lessons, but with my work schedule, it's all we can do. The connection was great, Scott was patient with her questions, and the payment process is very easy. Thanks!!!!

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Jeff Jan 22, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

After every lesson, I can tell that my son is learning more and more. It's a family tradition to play an instrument, passed down from my grandfather. At first my son didn't want to go to lessons, but after the first few, it's become his favorite thing to do! I fully attribute that to Scott and his attentiveness and sense of humor. We will continue to come back.

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Peter Jan 22, 2018
Guitar · Online

Scott was so patient with my daughters, and made sure that he answered all of their questions before ending the lesson. My girls said they really liked how the lessons were fun. We will definitely be back.

Jessica Jan 22, 2018
Bluegrass Guitar · In home

Scott was so great with my son Evan. Previously, when my husband and I set Evan up with lessons at a local studio, we were having trouble getting him excited about going and then practicing when we got home. Scott was patient with Evan and was able to use different techniques to keep Evan happy during his lessons and used games to keep Evan practicing between lessons. I high recommend Scott for teaching guitar to your little one.

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