To Whom It May Concern,
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Scott Emmons. I have had the privilege of knowing Scott for the past four years as my son’s guitar teacher, and would like to speak to you about the qualities that he brings as an instructor.
First of all, Scott has exemplary leadership skills and has been an invaluable educator in my child’s life. He has worked diligently with my son to differentiate to his needs based on extensive depth of knowledge regarding guitar instruction, performance, music technology, and theory. Additionally, Scott is an excellent communicator. He exhibits the ability to listen to parents and students and take their thoughts and ideas to create positive learning experience. He is aware of a variety of approaches to teaching my child, and is constantly broadening his pedagogy based on best-practice. He regularly integrates this best-practice into his daily lessons, and works to keep his instruction fresh and stimulating. As a parent who is also an education professional, I am always impressed to see him differentiating and changing his ability to relay a new skill or concept on the spot to meet the needs of my child. I can confidently say that he goes that extra mile to ensure that my son feels valued and respected during his music journey.
Secondly, Scott enjoys what he does and brings wonderful excitement to lessons. He makes learning music fun and relevant and that taps into the student’s interest. If you walk into one of my son’s lessons, he is making music, not standing at a music stand mindlessly plucking strings. He is engaged! He has a brilliant command of his instrument and can teach any student from beginner to well beyond advanced.
Lastly, although certainly perhaps the most important, he produces amazing guitarists because he has high expectations. My son has been with Scott since he was ten years old. In the four years that Scott has been his guitar instructor, he has gone from a beginner to a well versed 14 year old guitarist who has the expertise to play with working musicians two and three times his age. Scott’s lessons have given my son the ability to play guitar all over the country with bands. He will undoubtedly pursue a career in music due to Scott’s instruction.
I heartily recommend Scott, and if you have any questions at all, I am more than happy to talk with you in order to answer them.
Amynda Pais Ed.S.