Scott Gilliam is a professional guitarist who has been performing, recording and teaching for 35 years. He studied as a Jazz Performance major at the Hartford Conservatory and Western Connecticut State University, as well as privately with Peter Bernstein, Joe Beck, Richie Hart & Chris Morrison. In addition, Scott has taken masterclasses with Joe Diorio, Robben Ford and Pat Martino.
Scott recently moved back to the Northeast after residing in Nashville for five years. While living in Music City, Scott taught guitar, bass, and piano full time, completed several studio recording sessions, and performed as member of the jazz funk group Map Of Mercury. “Nashville was such an inspiring place to be - you are immersed in music at every turn.”
Comfortable performing in a variety of settings, as well as teaching students of all ages and styles, Scott has developed his own personal style as an instructor. “My personal philosophy of teaching is to show the student what they are interested in, and during the process introduce proper techniques, fundamentals, and theory-but most importantly to enjoy the journey.”
FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST
1st song you learned beginning to end
Back In Black by AC/DC
INSTRUMENT YOU WISH TO PLAY
Something by The Beatles (at this particular moment!)
what inspired you into music
I would say the earliest spark was being fascinated with my mom's record collection.
FAVORITE TEACHING MOMENT
The look of joy on a student's face when a musical breakthrough has occurred - I love those moments!