Scott Kettner


When Scott Kettner looks at a map, he sees a direct line that connects the rivers of northeastern Brazil to the parishes of New Orleans and the streets of NYC. For Kettner, the discovery of maracatu was a life-changing experience. The great jazz drummer Billy Hart, who served as Kettner’s mentor, first informed him of the music in 1998.


"I don’t believe in the traditional concept of “teacher passes information-student learns”. Teaching is an art form of sharing knowledge and inspiring students to search for their own musical path.  My teaching techniques are rooted in the oral traditions of folkloric music from around the world.  For the past 15 years I've developed a technique for bridging the gap between the theoretical approaches of teaching and the practices of oral traditions.  My approach is to encourage and inspire my students to find a unique voice in their field. I create an environment that balances the art of tradition and theory without losing the soul of the music that we are learning.  I look forward to seeing you in the next class!"

-Scott Kettner