Scott O'Day, Guitar and Violin Instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area

The Profile.

Scott O'Day is a guitarist and violinist dedicated to the music of tango. He has performed in the café-bars of Buenos Aires with members of 34 Puñaladas and Palermo Trio. Scott is in demand as a prominent tango guitarist in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he directs and performs weekly with his various tango ensemble projects. He has toured the United States with tango dance bands and is active throughout the country as a musician in the tango dance community. He also regularly performs original guitar arrangements of classic tangos and South American songs as a soloist. A world traveller and scholar, Scott has extensively researched music in Argentina, Spain, and Nepal. Scott is a faculty member at the Community Music Center of San Francisco, and an educator in Bay Area schools.

The Whole Story.

Scott O'Day has been an active performer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2004. His background in music is widely varied, having studied and performed music all over the world. In 2012, Scott attended La Escuela de Musica Popular de Avellaneda in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a popular music school with a focus on the music of tango. His most influential teachers in Buenos Aires were Esteban Fallabella (Quinteto Real, Nestor Marconi Quinteto), Julian Peralta (Astillero), Mirta Alvarez, Adrian Lacruz (Palermo Trio), Juan Lorenzo (34 Punaladas), Diego "Dipi" Kvitko, and the late Anibal Arias (Cuarteto Tipico Anibal Troilo, Montes/Arias). These musicians provided Scott with a solid foundation in the musical elements of tango.


Scott holds two degrees in music performance of classical guitar. In 2004 he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and in 2009 a Master's of Music degree from San Francisco State University. In the latter, Scott worked closely with well known Bay Area classical guitarist Larry Ferrara and violinist Zak Grafilo (Alexander String Quartet) in the performance of modern and contemporary classical guitar works and chamber music.


As a multi-instrumentalist, Scott has also dedicated many years to the study of classical violin, and has performed in various civic and student orchestras and chamber music ensembles. In 2003 he studied Tibetan music in Nepal and Tibet, learning the songs of the Tibetan guitar dramye, fiddle piwang, and trumpet ka-ling. A year later he was awarded a fellowship to study flamenco guitar in Andalusia, Spain. There he focused on the gypsy elements of that style while in Jerez de la Frontera and Granada.

Teaching Experience.

Scott has over 12 years of teaching experience. Since 2003, Scott has maintained his own private studio, where he teaches guitar and violin, along with piano, bass, drums, and saxophone. At San Francisco State University, Scott designed and taught undergraduate courses on musicianship and guitar performance. He has taught lessons and group classes in several Bay Area schools (Realm Middle, Realm High, Sacred Heart School) Currently, Scott is a faculty member at the Community Music Center of San Francisco, where he leads the CMC Tango Music Ensemble.

Teaching Positions

  • Faculty Member through Community Music Center
  • Music Instructor through San Francisco State University
  • Degrees & Education

  • Bachelor of Music from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Master's of Music from San Francisco State University
  • Tango Major at the Escuela de Música Popular de Avellaneda
  • A Sample of Classes & Workshops Taught

  • Tango Ensemble [2015-present] Community Music Center
  • Beginning Music and Guitar Performance [2008-2009] San Francisco State University
  • Beginning Guitar [2012-Present] Realm Middle School/Sacred Heart School
  • Rock Band [2012-2014] Realm Middle/High School
  • Classical Guitar Workshop [2004] University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill