Arvin Scott


Dr. Arvin Scott, performer, composer, author, educator, and community leader has entertained, taught and inspired fans and students throughout the USA and abroad for more than two decades. He was an in-demand performer in Boston and drumset instructor at the Berklee College of Music before going to the University of Georgia School of Music where he now teaches African, Caribbean, and Brazilian hand drumming, and all-around drum set styles. He has also developed a percussion methods class for music therapy applications.

His performance,teaching, and research travels include Brazil, the Caribbean, and Europe. He has also toured extensively with Blue Note Recording Artist and Grammy Award nominee Mose Allison. Arvin has been a regular collaborator with choreographer Bala Sarasvati and the CORE Concert Dance Company, serving as composer, performer, and musical director for post modern and experimental works such as Shakti, which premiered in the 1996 Olympics in Athens Georgia.

He is also a dedicated community leader. In 1996 he founded the "Drumming for Success" Youth Program, a community-based program which rewards academic achievement and provides incentive for youth to achieve goals for success in life.

Arvin Scott completed his undergraduate studies at the Berklee College of Music, earned a masters degree in education from Cambridge College and a Ph.D. in music from the Union Institute. He studied drumset with Alan Dawson and Lenny Nelson and hand drumming and percussion with master teachers from West Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil. He is a charter member of the Educational Advisory Board of the Latin Percussion Music Group, and a member of the Vic Firth Education Team. His writings have appeared in major journals such as Percussive Notes, the official publication of the Percussive Arts Society International, The Jazz Educator Journal, Modern Drummer, as well as the Reading Writing Rhythm Education Newsletter, and the Vic Firth Education Newsletter. He is an endorser/clinician for Latin Percussion Music Group, Sabian Cymbals, Sonor Percussion, Vic Firth, and Earthshaking Music.

In 1999 Arvin produced and released his debut audio CD—Spirit of The Drum—an exciting collection of nine original compositions which were inspired by the exuberant music of West Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil.

MUSI 2960 - African American Percussion Music: From Africa to the Americas - Fall 2014 Syllabus