Upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts In Music (Voice) and California Teaching Credential (Life), Scott Hedgecock began a career as a Music Educator that has spanned nearly four decades. The primary areas of his teaching tenure have included directing Choral Music ensembles, teaching voice, piano/keyboard, music theory, Musical Theatre, and International Baccalaureate Music at both the Junior High School and High School levels. He earned his Master of Arts degree in 1995 in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Arts emphasis) in order to better facilitate his work in a multicultural and diverse-language state. Beginning his tenure at Fullerton Union High School in 1990, he created an award-winning Choral Music and Vocal Studies Program, served as the Founding Director of the Fullerton Academy of the Arts, and led the Performing Arts Department for twenty-two years. The AotA at Fullerton was the first school in Southern California to include a Vocal Studio as part of a Choral Music Program; the studio was founded and directed by the late Timothy MacDougall for fifteen years prior to his joining the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Faculty in 2007. Retiring from secondary education in May of 2019, Scott joined the Adjunct Faculty of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, as both a Lecturer and a Supervisor in the area of Music Education.
Scott Hedgecock has been in Service Leadership to his colleagues and the students of California for over 27 years. As a Past President of the Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA), Scott Hedgecock served in chairperson roles for both choral festivals and the Vocal Solo Festival, as Vice-President, and eventually President. Scott has served the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and state affiliate California Music Educators Association (CMEA) for over sixteen years and his service has included leadership as Choral Representative, President-Elect, and President for the former Southern Section. He has served on the CMEA Executive Board as Vice President (two terms), President-Elect, and President, Immediate Past President and is now a Past President of the organization.
During his tenure in CMEA leadership, Scott Hedgecock was part of the restructuring of CMEA through two Strategic Plans, and has been part of the continued growth of the Western Division during the "Bringing NAfME West" and "Shortening the Distance" eras, helping to both strengthen and unite the Western Division. Scott has worked to bring greater focus to NAfME’s Collegiate Chapters, and all music education students, in pursuit of increasing their level of participation, understanding, and development of an early career connection to their professional organizations. In February of 2020, He was elected to serve a six-year term in the presidential cycle of the Western Division of NAfME, and currently is the Western Division President and a member of the National Executive Board of NAfME.
Mr. Hedgecock continues to serve as a Mentor to CSULB Student Teachers and is also teaching in the area of Voice within the BCCM.
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