Conservatory Faculty

Scott Arnold

Scott Arnold

Strings Instructor (Guitar);
Off-Campus Instructor, Guitar (Richmond)

Scott Arnold, Guitarist, Banjoist, Teacher, performs an eclectic variety of world music composed or transcribed for guitar from the last 500 years from Europe and the Americas. His interests are diverse and are continually evolving. Currently, his programme centres around 20th century South American and Spanish music. Scott feels connected to the experimental harmonies and rhythms associated with much of this music while still maintaining the folk elements that inspired it. He also enjoys the beautifully lyrical and lush elements that Latin music is famous for.

Scott first began study of the guitar, harmony and composition in Toronto both independently and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Scott has sought out renowned guitarists Norbert Kraft, Jeffery McFadden, Ricardo Cobo and John Holmquist to help him perfect his technique, interpretation, and performance skills. For his theory and composition instruction, he worked with Pierre Gallant, accomplished composer/pianist. Scott continues to work with various people in his lifelong study. He has toured extensively across Canada over the past 20 years, performing in concert halls, music festivals and other venues. Scott, a teacher for the past 20 years, is currently on the faculty at The Conservatory at Mount Royal University in Calgary where he fulfills his responsibilities in sharing his knowledge with the next generation of musicians. Scott was nominated as one of Canada's great guitar gurus by CBC radio 2 in 2009.

As a recording artist, Scott has 2 CD’s of solo guitar to his credit - ‘Landscapes’, 2003 and ‘The Art of the Classical Guitar’, 2007. Scott has also appeared on various albums from other artists. Currently, he is working on an album of studies by Villa-Lobos and Leo Brouwer, both Latin 20th century guitarists, and an album of American roots music featuring both guitar and banjo.