Joseph Scott began to play the guitar in his teens, at first self-tutored, passing through phases of folk music and rock and roll, learning by ear while learning to read. After taking a degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, (1973), he began another period of exploration including forays into folk music, blues and ragtime, and of course, more rock and roll. At the same time, he began his first formal study of the classical guitar, while teaching at home and in music stores and playing and singing in rock bands. Following further private study, and some classroom English teaching, he enrolled in Boston Conservatory, graduating summa cum laude in 1985, in applied classical guitar.
Since 1986, Mr. Scott has taught at Cape Cod Conservatory, Powers Music School, Belmont, Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Milton Academy (1986-2007), and South Shore Conservatory. In 2007, he joined the faculty of Worcester State College, where he conducts a guitar class, and individual lessons. As a student and practitioner of the Suzuki Method for guitar since 1999, Joe has had his most gratifying teaching successes, assisting students from the earliest stages to advanced ability.
Joseph Scott has been performing on guitar, lute, and in vocal ensembles in a wide range of styles since his teens. As a vocalist member of the rock band Ford Theatre, he recorded two albums for ABC Records in the late 60s, and continued to play guitar and sing in rock and folk music until becoming serious about classical guitar in his early twenties. After a number of short periods of study with private teachers, he completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Boston Conservatory, and has been performing in the Boston to Cape Cod region ever since. His most recent performances include solo guitar recitals at Worcester State College, and the Woods Hole, MA Church of the Messiah summer concert series. Mr. Scott has also performed with Cape Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Boston University Opera, and the Colorado String Quartet.
In his work as a teacher of the guitar, Mr. Scott tries to help students discover the beauty of the sound of the instrument and the range of expression it makes possible, while developing a flexible and efficient technique. The instrument is truly the most versatile, and also one of the most challenging, and often requires long exploration and different approaches before a guitarist arrives at what one might call their true voice. In teaching of students of all ages and backgrounds, Mr. Scott tries to find the music and style that will resonate with that particular person to result in joyful music making. In working with young students of the Suzuki guitar method, many beginning at age 6 and continuing through high school, he has experienced the wonderful development of the whole person that can in part be attributed to patient guitar study.