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March 3, 2009

Homeschooler Among Top Contestants on TV Show

According to a recent article in the Arizona Republic written about Scottsdale resident Scott MacIntyre, “just everything about [Scott] is remarkable.” At least that is what his former piano teacher from Arizona State University will tell you. Born almost completely blind, Scott was homeschooled and began training in classical piano at age 5. He also plays the guitar and drums and is an exceptionally gifted singer/songwriter.

After starting college at 14 years old, he graduated from Arizona State University at age 19, summa cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance, and was nominated by the College of Fine Arts as the outstanding graduate. Scott is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship to the United Kingdom where he obtained his master’s degree in performance studies from the Royal College of Music and Royal Holloway University of London.

Scott, his mother and two siblings, Katelyn and Todd, have performed together in a vocal ensemble, the MacIntyre Family Singers. Their mother Carole, who has home educated her three children for 19 years through highschool, is herself a student of piano, voice, flute, and guitar. As an independent musician, Scott has traveled to cities in North America and Europe for performances and frequently donates performances for conventions, churches, charities, and stadium athletic events.

With all of these accomplishments (including many more not listed here), Scott can easily be considered a success by anyone’s standards. But as a homeschooled graduate, Scott is a shining example of a young person who is taking the education and training given to him by his parents and using it to make a difference in the culture.

Currently Scott is one of the top 36 contestants on FOX’s television program American Idol. A singing competition airing on Fox, American Idol seeks to discover the best new or upcoming singer in the country through a series of nationwide auditions. A panel of judges give critiques of each contestant’s performance. In the later stages of competition, the American public decides the outcomes by telephone voting.

One of 12 individuals competing on the program today, Tuesday, March 3, Scott stands out not just because of his incredible talent, but also due to his character and Christian testimony. HSLDA would like to commend his desire to use these accomplishments to honor God in the commercial music industry. For those interested in watching Scott MacIntyre perform this evening, the program will air on Fox from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST. Viewers will be able to send their votes for the best contestant either by phone or text message.

Editor’s Note: This article is not meant to be an endorsement of the television show American Idol.

 Other Resources

Bright Spots in Homeschooling, March 8, 2005:
“Homeschooled Pianist Headed for Graduate School in England”