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

Music for the Keyboard: The Keyboard Sonata through the centuries

Instructor: Dr. Sarkis Baltaian
Schedule: 10 Weeks | Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (March 30-June 4)

This class examines and explores the keyboard sonata repertoire from the Baroque period through 20th Century. Representative works include sonatas by Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Ives, Barber, Carter, Copland, and Griffes.

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