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Scale 9 (excerpt)

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Little Green Pop (excerpt)

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Lick Machine (excerpt)

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One-Way Trip (excerpt)

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I teach undergraduate and graduate composition and analysis at the USC Thornton School of Music. I previously taught at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

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 high school-aged students have been accepted to many top undergraduate programs including Harvard, Oberlin, USC, UCLA, and the New England Conservatory. My post-undergraduate students outside of USC have been accepted into Master’s and Doctoral programs including UC Berkeley, UT Austin, CalArts, and UC Irvine.

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

 

Recent and current courses include:

GRADUATE:

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

UNDERGRADUATE:

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