Scott Rush

Scott Rush is the Director of Fine and Performing Arts in Dorchester School District Two in South Carolina and is the former Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and the University of South Carolina. He currently serves as conductor of the Charleston Wind Symphony, a semi-professional ensemble in Charleston, South Carolina.

Under his direction, the Wando Symphonic Band performed at the 2007 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and were recipients of the 2007 Sudler Flag of Honor administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. His marching bands were two-time BOA Grand National finalist and won the South Carolina State 5A marching band championships nine consecutive years.

Mr. Rush is active as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada. He is lead writer for the Habits series and has authored or co-authored ten highly touted books: Habits of A Successful Band Director, Habits of A Successful Musician, Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician, The Evolution of A Successful Band Director, Habits of A Successful Middle School Band Director, Habits of A Successful String Musician, Habits of a Successful Middle Level String Musician, Quality of Life Habits of A Successful Band Director, Habits of a Successful Choir Director, and Habits of a Significant Band Director for GIA Publications. Mr. Rush has served as President of the South Carolina Band Directors Association and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Band Association. In 2010, Mr. Rush was elected into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and in 2011 was awarded the Bandworld “Legion of Honor.” In 2015, he was elected into the South Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame and in 2016 was awarded the Edwin Franko Goldman Award by the ASBDA for contributions to music education.

He and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Thomas and Caroline.

The following videos are exercises from Habits of a Successful Musician:

Chorale #4

Breathing Exercises

The 5-Step Scale Study


Teaching Strategies That Lead to Music Making - Music Education

This session utilizes a nuts-and-bolts approach to incorporating effective teaching strategies into the rehearsal setting. The "Components of Playing" are used as the basis for the Four Key Practices presented in the workshop. Once established as tools in the musical toolbox, the "Components of Playing" serve as a bridge to artistry and music making.

Non-Stuffy Assessment For Instrumentalists - Music Education

This session presents successful strategies for effective assessment in the rehearsal setting. Performance-based assessment is built on the premise that students must improve as a player and musician and master the concepts that are being evaluated. This workshop deals with the following:

(1) Performance-based Rubrics (2) Four T's Assessment Model (3) The Three-Tiered Assessment Model
(4) Smart Music (5) Written Critique (6) Recorded Performance (7) Student Self-Assessment
(8) Student Centered Assessment (9) Weighted Differentiated Instruction

Habits of a Successful Wind Ensemble - Music Education

This workshop will focus on the important role "fundamentals" plays in the development of outstanding musicians and great-sounding ensembles. A comprehensive approach to warm-up, timing and reading skills, and ensemble resonance are explored. Key practices in sightreading through full-ensemble performance will be the cornerstone of student development. Through this process, all roads lead from the "components of playing" to going beyond the notes. Solfege and music-making exercises conclude the presentation.

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