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Faculty, School of Music

Teaching at Cairn since 2009

Scott Watson


  • DMA in Composition, Temple University
  • MMus, Temple University
  • BS in Music Education, West Chester University


Dr. Scott Watson is a full-time faculty member teaching various courses in the School of Music. For 35 years prior to coming to Cairn, Scott was a band director and elective music teacher in the Parkland School District (Allentown, PA). Additionally, he taught music theory full-time at Temple University for one year and continues to serve as an adjunct instructor at several Philadelphia-area universities. Scott is a frequently commissioned and published composer, whose award-winning music has been performed at prestigious venues including Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and the White House. Scott is an exclusive composer for Alfred Music, with over 100 published works for band and orchestra at all levels. Watson is also a sought-after clinician who has delivered sessions and professional development training at music conferences and for school music departments around the U.S. His book, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity, is published by Oxford University Press.

Scott and his wife, Kim, have two adult children, Benjamin and Abigail, who are both music teachers themselves. The Watsons attend Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, where Scott plays keyboard in the worship team. Whenever he can get away, you can find Scott with his family “down the shore” visiting his parents in Cape May, reading a good non-fiction book.

Additional Information

Academic Specialties & Interests:

  • Music Education
  • Instrumental Music
  • Composition
  • Music Technology


  • Nationally recognized music education technology specialist
  • Frequently commissioned and published composer
  • Veteran instrumental music teacher


  • Approximately 100 compositions and arrangements for band, orchestra, and chamber ensembles at all levels (Alfred, Hal Leonard, Wingert-Jones, TRN Publishers, Trillenium, etc.)
  • Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Teaching at Cairn since 2009