Theory, History & Composition

The Theory, History, and Composition Department provides a comprehensive theory and musicianship program as well as a series of weekly music history courses (for adults only) designed to promote an understanding of musical styles and genres. While history classes are offered quarterly, theory and composition classes are offered based on student interest and availability. Email for theory and composition inquiries.

Year-long offerings

Music Theory for Adults

If you are interested in Music Theory individual lessons for adults, please contact Stephanie Purschell at or 626.683.3355.

Spring Quarter History Courses

A Brush with Royalty: The Kings & Queens of Swing (Pt. 2)

Instructor: Dr. Ray Briggs
Schedule: 10 Weeks| Fridays 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Mar. 17-May 19)

This course highlights the legacies of the most celebrated artists of the Big Band Era, including Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald, and examines the life experiences of the artists and the timeless masterpieces they created. The class culminates with Jazz on Hill featuring a live big band performance and swing dancing!

Music for the Keyboard: Keyboard Concertos

Instructor: Dr. Sarkis Baltaian

Schedule: 10 Weeks | Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. (Mar 21-May 23)

This course explores piano concerto masterpieces from the Baroque Period through the 20th Century, while examining the philosophical, spiritual, and sociological factors that motivated the composers.

Visit the Fees page for more information about tuition and registration fees.