Dr. Horey is available for private lesson instruction in the Twin Cities, and Morris, MN areas. Please contact him at (612)413-5844 or at horey002@umn.edu if interested in discussing schedules, rates, and student needs. 


Dr. Horey's primary area of professional activity is his dynamic and diverse teaching. He teaches drums and percussion for all ages and levels (children, adult, teen and college level), beginner piano, and other general music topics such as music theory, music history, and performance practice. He also gives guest presentations and seminars in topics such as career development, kinesiology for musicians, body awareness and meditation techniques for musicians, teamwork/interpersonal skills for musicians, creativity/song-writing/ensemble skills, and his favorite: the importance being a professional and artistic rock musician.


During his doctoral study, Scotty collaborated with many professors from a variety of music and non-music disciplines to develop his current in depth teaching approaches and pedagogical practices. His doctoral project was entitled “Advanced Percussion Performance through Body, Mind, and Heart” and was a holistic practice for percussionists that combined percussion study with kinesiology, cognitive sciences, mind-body approaches, interpersonal skills, and creativity/interpretation using modernist music and rock music as "in context" examples. 

Scotty is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Minnesota Morris, drumset/percussion faculty at the Virtuosos Music Academy, drumset/percussion faculty at the Music Lab school, and teaches lessons for Bloomington Public Schools’ After School Enrichment program. In addition, he regularly gives guest educational presentations locally, nationally, and internationally (see resume for examples). 

“Going deeper beyond my education and experience, my overarching teaching philosophy is one of open-mindedness, flexibility, and personal sensitivity. It is important for me to learn about each students’ learning style preferences, communication skills, strengths, weaknesses, as well as family and cultural background. Then, and only then, am I able to put my teaching knowledge and expertise to use to help meet both the students goals, and my expectations as a teacher. I place a high priority in keeping up to date with trends in music research and music education, and make my lesson plans for each student prior to meeting with them each week. Private lesson time is a mix between experiential activities for the student, watching students demonstrate their materials, descriptions and demonstrations from myself, and in depth conversations with mutual listening. My goal is to foster skills (mental and physical), confidence, encouragement, creativity, and positive thinking through an integrated two way interaction, and by exemplifying a role model.

Working with children presents a special challenge, and a special joy. As a private lesson instructor to children ages 6-12, I have several goals: first, is to establish clear instructions and clear behavioral structure for lesson time, to promote learning and to avoid too much “silliness”! Next, I employ simple and fun musical activities for both of us to do together that foster the child’s learning of basic musical concepts on a cognitive, sensory, motor skill, and creative level before moving onto technique and music reading instruction. Most importantly, I regularly affirm to the child that I, as a teacher and role model, share the experience of music with them, including practicing, performing, having fun, and even making mistakes, too! At the end of each lesson, I provide clear homework assignments and help a student establish strong home practice habits.

Working one on one can be a very intense and challenging experience for some students (at any age level). I believe it is important to stay in close touch with student’s caregivers and parents/family, and provide guidance and referrals if the student is in need of other types of instruction, education, or care.


curriculum for private Lesson teaching (viewable pdf) 


Video documentation of teaching: (lectures and master-classes) 

- Some discussion on my general teaching approach:

- Discussion on professional and Interpersonal skills for percussionists:


- Discussion on how you can use theory analysis and improvisation as a tool to learn a new piece: (This video was filmed LIVE at one my clinic presentations.)

- Coaching a visiting brazilian drum set student. (This video was filmed LIVE at one my clinic presentations.)

- Discussion on how mind-body disciplines and studies (yoga, meditation techniques, movement based therapies) can be practiced to improve your percussion performance skills.

The following two videos (part I and part II) are a presentation on some of my approaches as a drum set teacher and player, specifically in areas I am most passionate about: progressive rock and solo performance. I also demonstrate and discuss some examples from my piece "Extroverted Introvert" which you can check out on my "Solo Percussion Artist Page" in the video work samples section.

Discussion on learning and interpreting contemporary percussion music, using James Dillons great piece "Ti-Re Ti-Ke Dha" as an example. In this video I also address the very challenging issue of understanding and playing complex polyrhythms. 

This video is a guided activity; a visualization exercise designed to help you you prepare for a performance. I frequently conduct these activities with attendees at my public presentations. I suggest you take a some time during a calm point in your day, and try it! Simply play this video from your computer, iPad, or iPhone (ideally using some quality speakers or headphones) and follow my verbal instructions. I hope you find it insightful and helpful!