Scott Burstein

Director, Program Expansion & Advocacy

Scott taught music in the Los Angeles public school system for 12 years before joining the Music Will team in 2012 as full-time Los Angeles County Regional Program Director. He was introduced to Music Will in 2004 at one of their first workshops, and has been involved ever since! As Director, Teaching & Learning, he manages all musical content of the organization, including training, professional development, and curriculum.

Scott completed his dissertation, “Transformation of Habitus and Social Trajectories: A study of a popular music program”, and received his DMA from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He received his B.A. in Music from University of California, Santa Barbara, studied and taught music theory at the doctoral level at the Eastman School of Music, and completed his single-subject music teaching certificate from California State University, Northridge.

While primarily a guitarist, Scott has played a variety of instruments as a performer in the fields of classical, jazz, mariachi, and salsa music. He’s taught music theory, marching band, concert band, guitar, rock band, jazz band, mariachi ensemble, and keyboards. He misses working directly with his students, but loves working with fellow educators and helping them reach their students through Music Will!

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