Mr. Scott Tanner

Violin Teacher

Scott Tanner

SAA Member


Layton, UT
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Scott Tanner began Suzuki violin at the age of four with Gwen Runyon in Fort Worth, Texas. He continued lessons as his family moved from Texas to California, and finally settling in Utah. Once Scott began orchestra in the 6th grade, he understood the beauty of music and quickly applied himself, often holding the concert master position throughout his high school orchestra groups. 

Upon returning from serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he attended Weber State University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Scott continued his formal education by attending Western Illinois University where he earned a Master of Arts in Violin Performance with emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy. 

Scott’s Suzuki Teacher Training includes having taken classes from Jeanne Grover, Cathy Lee, Beth Titterington, John Kendall and Nancy Jackson. Through Suzuki Institute camps, he has been able to observe many other teachers such as Ed Kreitman, Barbara Barber, Ed Sprunger, Terry Durbin and countless others.  His violin teachers throughout his life include Jeannette Bjorak, June Crosby, Mark Emile, Shi-Hwa Wang, Gabe Pegis and Monte Belknap. 

Over his 30+ year career as a music teacher, Scott has taught hundreds of students both in private lessons, public orchestras and at the collegiate level.  His private studio has always been very successful where he often maintains more than 30+ violin students, some of which that have gone on to become professional players and teachers. Currently, he’s focused on building his private studio once again and is excited to work new students at all levels of ability. 

Scott also enjoys performing with his string quartet, Salt City Strings and as a solo performer at local venues. His violin music videos on his YouTube channel (Scott Tanner – Violinist) represents a fun way in which he is able to reach a larger audience with music that he enjoys playing. 

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