I am Assistant Professor of Practice in Composition and Analysis at the USC Thornton School of Music, where I teach undergraduate and graduate composition.

Check out the USC Composer datebook for lectures and concerts happening in our department.

I also offer PRIVATE LESSONS in composition outside of USC both in person and via Skype/FaceTime. My private students have been accepted to many top undergraduate and graduate programs including Harvard, Oberlin, USC, UC Berkeley, UT Austin, CalArts, the New England Conservatory, UC Irvine, and UCLA.

To inquire about lessons, please contact me at sean@seanfriar.com.



Recent and current courses include:


Special Topics in Analysis: Spectral Music
Special Topics in Analysis: Large-Scale Form
Post-tonal Analysis
Tonal Analysis
Directed Research in Composition and Analysis
Private composition lessons to M.M. and D.M.A. students



Music Theory: Two-year sequence covering medieval through 21st-century music
Comparative Analytical Techniques: Intensive analysis course for upper division composition majors
General Education: Musical Genre-Bending
Private lessons