Head of Piano Department
Scott’s involvement in music began when he was a child. His pianist father was his first influence, playing a wide variety of styles from Chopin and Rachmaninoff to cocktail jazz standards and 1940s Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson style boogie-woogie. Scott was taught the basic 12 bar blues progression at an early age. Beginning formal lessons at age seven, he progressed through the normal Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin material. It wasn’t long before he started playing current popular music (including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Animals, CCR, and more) by ear.
Scott began playing professionally in bands during college, resulting in an extensive list of club, festival, and private engagements throughout the Midwest. These include Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier, Naperville’s Rib Fest and Last Fling, and Summerfest in Milwaukee. Scott has also performed at the Governor’s Mansion and at the State Capitol Building in Madison, WI.
Scott’s musical experience has covered a wide variety of musical styles, including everything from 50s rock and roll, 60s British Invasion, 70s classic rock, and 80s melodic hard rock to blues, southern rock, country, jazz, rockabilly, and even Cajun Zydeco. With such a wide ranging repertoire, Scott has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many great artists. Among these are The Temptations, Pat Benetar, The Grass Roots, Herman’s Hermits, The Guess Who, Survivor, Off Broadway, BJ Thomas, and the Bad Examples.
Scott returned to his formal study at the Arlington School of Music, A Division of Arlington Institute of Music and Performing Arts ® in the early 1980s under the late, great James Matteoni, former concert pianist and composer. In addition to his studies, Scott also began teaching at a number of local institutions. Twelve years later, in 1995 when Mr. Matteoni had to step down from his position at the Arlington School of Music, A Division of Arlington Institute of Music and Performing Arts ® due to illness, he hand-picked Scott to succeed him as piano instructor. “I was extremely humbled and flattered by the offer,” said Scott. “He really ‘grew me up’ both musically and personally, and I try to carry on with that approach. I try to share my love of music with others in a very supportive, low-pressure, fun environment.” Scott’s passion for music extends to his teaching where his supportive style emphasizes theory, technique, and an intuitive understanding of musical patterns.
- Electronic Keyboard
- Electric Guitar
- Electric Bass
- Rock and Roll
- Blues and Boogie-Woogie
Please join us at the following performances:
• Saturday July 9th 2016, 6:00 pm
Scott Hendricks at 8000 Miles
8000 Miles in Roselle, Illinois