Theory & Composition at SCE

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

Paul Burdick
Margaret McAllister 
Stephen Savage
Kate Salfelder
Josh Gilbert

Jazz Theory and History Faculty
Eyran Katsenelenbogen
Rick McLaughlin
Joel Yennior

A note on online learning:

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

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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. 

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.