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Music Education (MM)

Scott Watson is currently an associate professor at Cairn University, Langhorne, Pennsylvania. He is a frequently commissioned and published composer and a highly regarded music technology specialist. Watson is also a former band/elective music teacher who taught for 35 years in Parkland School District, Allentown, Pennsylvania.


As associate professor of music at Cairn, Scott Watson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory/composition and music education. For 35 years, he was an instrumental and elective music teacher in the Parkland School District (Allentown, PA), first as high school director of bands, then as coordinator of the elementary band/strings program across the district. He is a frequently commissioned composer with more than 100 published pieces for band and strings at all levels that have been performed around the world at venues including the Academy of Music, Philadelphia; the Midwest Clinic, Chicago; and the White House in Washington, D.C. 

Watson is an exclusive composer/clinician for Alfred Publications and a contributor for its Sound Innovations band series. Watson has presented numerous workshops/clinics for music educators, frequently serves as guest conductor/clinician for honor/festival bands and is the author of the highly regarded music education text Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (Oxford University Press, 2011).


Watson has a breadth of experience as 

  • An associate professor of music, Cairn University; 

  • A former band director, Parkland School District (1986–2022); and 

  • An exclusive composer, Alfred Music (over 100 published works); and an

  • Alfred Music author and clinician.

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