Theory & Composition at SCE

Browse Music Theory:
Lessons, Classes, & Ensembles
              Browse Composition:
Lessons, Classes, & Ensembles

Lyle Davidson, Department Chair

Paul Burdick
Martin F. Gardiner
Margaret McAllister 
Stephen Savage
Shane Simpson
Doug Amos

Jazz Theory and History Faculty
Eyran Katsenelenbogen
Rick McLaughlin
Joel Yennior

A note on Summer 2020 online learning:

Whether online or in-person we remain dedicated to your growth as musicians and to keeping our community connected.

We are actively arranging virtual one-on-one placement meetings with our Department Chairs who are excited to get to know you and your musical aspirations.

To learn more, please email

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Special Topics in Music Theory | Mondays June 8 - July 12, 2020
Mindfulness in Playing and Singing: Find Ease with The Alexander Technique | Tuesdays June 30 - July 21, 2020
Tools and Tips for Online Music Teaching | Thursdays July 2 - August 13, 2020

Certificate Programs

A Certificate of Merit and a Professional Studies Certificate are available in music theory and composition. Check out our Certificates page for more information.

Private Instruction

Students wishing to broaden their musical training whether general or expert can do so through private instruction. Private classical and jazz instruction is offered by highly qualified and experienced faculty. Lessons range from 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Theoretical studies include sight-singing, ear training, form and analysis, 16th-and 18th-century counterpoint, tonal composition, 20th-century idioms, orchestration, and jazz theory and arranging. Lessons are open to everyone and you can enroll at any time. Placement is made by the SCE Director.

Theory Program

The theory program is designed to provide the highly motivated adult student with instruction in the areas of rhythmic and melodic sight-singing, keyboard skills, and basic theoretical concepts. Ear-training is emphasized at all levels. Class presentations also provide historical context through musical examples and videos.